Peanut Butter & Cacao Energy Bites

So I’ve been really getting my sweet cravings lately. Like literally after every meal. That’s quite unusual for me since I don’t essentially have a sweet tooth. But I ALWAYS look at the dessert menu first lol. I’m one of those people who are excited about desserts from the start of a meal but by the time you actually come to the desserts portion, you are too full. Does it happen with any of you? Or maybe I’m the only weirdo haha 😛

Energy bites are definitely the best thing ever! They are light, yet filling and definitely do the trick of satisfying your sweet cravings without burdening your waistline. No extra 20 minutes on the treadmill for these guys, woohoo! I love how quick these are to put together and you don’t have to be a culinary mastermind to make them. Just throw everything into one bowl and give it a good stir. Tadaaa! Energy bites are super versatile and you can literally make them in any flavor. I went with the classic peanut butter-cacao combination because well, I was craving peanut butter. (Seeee you don’t have to deprive yourself of the food you like because of a healthy lifestyle). There is a lot of goodness packed into one bite here. You get your protein dose from peanut butter and oats. Oats are also a high source of fiber. Cacao are great anti-oxidants and flax seeds are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. Bottom line: they are damn good! 😀

Peanut butter cacao balls

Peanut butter energy bites

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Makes: 12 balls

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup flax seed meal
  • 3 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tsp coffee powder
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp honey / maple syrup if vegan

 

Method

  • In a medium bowl, add the oats, flax seed meal, cacao powder and coffee powder. Mix well.
  • Add the peanut butter and honey/ maple syrup and mix well until everything comes together. Form 1″ balls. You could also make bars out of them. Refrigerate until use.

 

 

 

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Baileys Salted Caramel (vegan)

If you have been reading my blog for a while now you would know my love for Caramel. Especially salted caramel, oh! There’s something VERY tempting about it. Maybe it’s about how luscious and rich it is. Not to forget, that beautiful color when you see the sugar melting. Sweet and salty is a great combination- there’s no denying that. Whoever thought of doing it with caramel must be a genius! Yeah, you would’ve probably guessed my love for it by now. Giving up dairy was both a choice and compulsion. I had to for medical reasons (I’m not lactose intolerant) plus I never liked what it did to my stomach. None the less, giving up dairy isn’t easy. I still struggle to completely eliminate it from my diet, but I’m getting there. Although it has given me some perspective on the kind of things we put in our stomachs since I have started checking the ingredients before buying anything. I must say, our bodies are pretty strong for all the crap we feed them. Anyhow, you’re not here to read about my rants on packaged foods. Getting to an exciting topic, salted caramel.

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Salted caramel is hands down my favourite accompaniment. It’s quick, easy, and tastes bloody amazing with everything! How many of you agree? This one is so luscious and rich. The best part, it’s obviously vegannn! I like to add a splash of baileys in my caramel because what can I say, I’m an alcoholic! 😛 Haha, I’m kidding. It just tastes so goooodd! I like to make a big jar and store it because it’s just one of those things that come so handy. This one is quite a spontaneous post. You can see I’m already ¾ down the jar and I thought it would be a good idea to share the recipe with you all. Make a big jar because trust me, it’s definitely gonna come handy for you too! Pour it over your ice cream, waffles, serve it along with cake or better just make some caramel popcorn. They are hell addictive!

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vegan-baileys-caramel

Makes: 1 cup

INGREDIENTS

  • 200 gms granulated sugar
  • 60 ml coconut cream, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt, or to taste
  • 1 tbsp Baileys

 

METHOD

  • In a medium saucepan, heat sugar on low heat and melt completely. It will form clumps and then melt to a dark amber colour. Stir continuously while the sugar is melting using a heat resistant spatula or a wooden spoon. This should take about 4-5 mins, however keep an eye on it as sugar burns very quickly.
  • Remove from heat. Add the coconut cream and mix rigorously to avoid forming clumps. The mixture will bubble as the cream is colder than the sugar. Once the cream is well incorporated, place it back on low heat and cook for a minute.
  • Add the vanilla extract and sea salt. Remove from heat. Lastly add the baileys and stir. Your caramel is ready!

 

Note:

  • You can store it in a jar and refrigerate for further use. It should last for a month or so.

 

 

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