No-Bake Nut-Free Chocolate Raspberry Stuffed Snack Bits
You have probably seen recipes for energy bites/snacks that are no-bake online for years. I know because I have. These are delicious and packed with nutrients to fuel your day (or that of your child). Unfortunately, I cannot make them all because I suffer from a nut allergy. Many of these recipes contain nuts as their main source of protein. I have difficulty finding a recipe that doesn’t make me go to the hospital but still has enough protein and isn’t full of sugar.
After much research and recipe searching, I decided to create my recipe. These snack bites have been made at least a dozen times. I believe I’ve perfected this art of the nut-free snack bite. Because they don’t pose an allergy risk to their classmates, it’s easy to pack them in your children’s school lunches. This flavor is so rich that I eat one of these snacks whenever I need to indulge in sugar.
Ingredients are important, just like in many recipes. Always feel the dates before you buy a package. So that the dates blend more easily in the food processor, it’s best if they are moist. This can be achieved by purchasing Medjool dates. They are usually softer than other types, but they tend to cost more. While you can substitute other varieties in an emergency, we recommend softening the dates in hot water for at least 30 minutes before adding them to your recipe. Be sure to drain any liquids before you add them to the recipe. To ensure enough liquid for the other ingredients to be broken down and the snack bites to be bonded, add the dates to the mixture.
Dark chocolate can be used to make these snacks more like desserts. For a healthier option, you can also use dried fruits in place of jam. We used non-GMO, low sugar raspberry jam from the supermarket for our surprise stuffing. But homemade jam is also an option!
Be aware that these snack bites can be very sticky when you roll them. You may need to chill the mixture for at least 10 minutes before rolling it. To reduce the chocolatey mixture sticking to your hands, you can spray your hands with coconut oil. Once they are all rolled up, place them on a plate and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Then stack them in a bag or container, so they don’t stick together.
This recipe is approximate. You can adjust the number of dates, coconut flakes, and other ingredients to make it more delicious. Add more oats if the mixture seems too dry to make it easier to roll your snack bites. Too dry? You can add more non-dairy dairy milk. This recipe is extremely flexible, we promise! You can make them however big or small you like, depending on the person you are feeding and whether you want them to be a small or large snack.
- 1 cup dates
- 1/3 cup fresh raspberries
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
- 4 tablespoons of cocoa
- Salt a pinch
- 3 tablespoons soy milk
- 1 1/2 cups oats
- 4 tbsp raspberry jam
- Food Processor
- Mixing Bowl
- All ingredients except soy milk or oats should be added to the food processor.
- Blend in one tablespoon of soymilk. Stop stirring and scraping down the sides of the mixture sticks to your processor’s outside.
- Repeat the process with the second tablespoon of soymilk.
- Repeat the process with the third tablespoon of soymilk.
- Blend the ingredients until you have a smooth mixture
- Mix in the oats and pour into a bowl.
- Use a small amount of the mixture to form a ball.
- To create a small depression, flatten the dough and press your thumb into its center. You can add about 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoons of jam.
- To seal the snack bite, press the mixture around the jam. Roll the hands in your hands to seal it.
- Before serving, let cool in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Keep in the refrigerator for up to one week.