Blueberry Muffin Raw Energy Bites (vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free)

-blue berry muffin bites

I love easy snacks. Especially the kind where you just throw everything into your food processor, grind, and roll. No baking required! I think that’s one of the reasons I like raw foods, especially raw desserts and snacks; it’s a pretty easy way of cooking. Or noncooking. I love that you can satisfy your craving in a nutritious way. Have a hankering for brownies, for example? You’d be amazed how much ground up nuts, dates, and cacao can taste can taste like the real thing! A few days ago, I had muffins on the brain. Delicious, moist, and sweet blueberry muffins.

blubeberry muffin in hand

These yummy little bites satisfied my craving and gave me a burst of energy. They’re filled with all nutritious ingredients, plenty of fiber, protein, healthy omega-3 fatty acids, and health and beauty boosting vitamins and minerals. What you won’t find in these muffins: refined flour, sugar, oil, dairy, or gluten.

blueberry muffin and P

My daughter is a big fan of these Blueberry Muffin bites! Most afternoons she requests cookies for a snack. Now, I we certainly don’t have cookies on-hand every day, or even every week, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t going to try! These yummy little bites are as good as cookies to her, and I feel good about giving them to her because I know she’s getting some nutrients in her belly, and not just sugar and empty calories.

blueberry bite in hand

blueberry bites a many

These are the perfect plant-based snack to take to work or stash in your purse to help curb those afternoon cravings and energy slumps. Instead of grabbing that sugary muffin at the coffee shop, how about grabbing a few of these before you head out the door. You’ll save yourself from a sugar crash later, and actually give yourself a dose of sustained energy to get you to your next meal.

blueberry muffin energy bites

Soft, sweet, moist, with a touch of citrus and chewy dried blueberries… these bites need to go on your to-make snack list today!

Raw Blueberry Muffin Energy Bites

Makes approximately 15 bites

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup raw buckwheat groats, ground into flour (use soaked and dehydrated, i.e. activated, if possible*)
  • 1/3 cup rolled oats, ground into flour (use certified GF if necessary)
  • 2 Tbsp of almond meal (grind your own from raw almonds in a blender or food processor)
  • 3-4 medjool dates (soaked in hot water for a few minutes and drained well)
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1 Tbsp of almond milk
  • 1 Tbsp of plant-based vanilla protein powder (my favorite is raw vanilla protein powder from Nutribiotics), or sub in another tablespoon of almond meal and add a teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp of my Homemade Vitamin C Powder, or orange zest
  • 3 Tbsp of dried blueberries

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients, except dried blueberries, to your food processor. Process until everything sticks together. If it’s too dry, add a tiny bit of extra orange juice or almond milk.
  2. Fold in the dried blueberries. Roll the “dough” into small balls, set on a parchment lined cookie sheet and place in the freezer for about 30 minutes. Store in the freezer (harder) or refrigerator (for softer bites) in a air tight container.

 

Notes and Variations:

* It isn’t necessary to use activated buckwheat, but it does yield a lighter, tastier result, and soaked and dehydrated buckwheat is easier to digest and nutrients are more readily absorbed. I do this myself with my very small, very old, basic dehydrator! Just soak buckwheat groats overnight with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, rinse them and drain very well, then dehydrate on low until dry and crispy. You can also buy it activated at the health food store or online.

It might seem like an unnecessary extra step to pre-grind the grains and almonds, but it will ensure a better textured bite compared to throwing them in whole.

You can probably use 1/3 cup of oat flour in place of the buckwheat, but I have not tried this myself.

For nut free: try replacing the almond meal with ground unsweetened coconut shreds or sunflower seeds. The coconut shreds will be sweeter, while sunflower seeds can be a bit bitter. You could also try coconut flour or ground flaxseed, though I haven’t tried these so I can’t guarantee the results.

Instead of dates, you could try using 2 Tbsp of maple syrup, but you will want to eliminate the almond milk and orange juice, or the mixture will be too wet.

Easily double the recipe and store the extra bites in your freezer for tasty snacks all week!

 

What is your favorite snack for on-the-go? 

 

 

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9 thoughts on “Blueberry Muffin Raw Energy Bites (vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free)

  1. Yum! We love blueberry/vanilla muffins with orange zest and these energy bites sound like a delicious alternative! It’s been ages since we’ve made muffins actually and we’ve never made raw energy bites per say; perfect timing Larice! We’re going to experiment without the buckwheat, so we’ll let you know how it goes. Thanks for another tasty recipe. 🙂

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    1. Yay! I’m so excited for you to give them a try! I bake muffins every now and then because my daughter loves them! These were a fun change and we like making raw bites of all flavors! I have another recipe, involving chocolate, in the works 😉 Would love to know how it goes for you without the buckwheat, I think either more almond meal or more oats would do the trick! But any nuts or seeds could work 🙂

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      1. Your daughter’s a very lucky girl indeed! We’ll definitely let you know how we get on. Thanks for all the tips and we look forward to your chocolate invention. Oh yeah, the chocolate caramels were lovely! 😀

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  2. Yum!!!! These look amazing! I love raw treats 😊 I usually keep some kind of homemade deliciousness in the house for a quick grab but the oranges have been so delicious at the farmers market lately that I’ve been buying them by the cases and my kids eat that all day long!! I’ve been barely food prepping!

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    1. Thanks so much and mmmm yes, we’ve been loving oranges this winter at our house! We always keep them on hand. Actually my daughter loves frozen blueberries and raspberries for a snack too, even when it’s cold out. I love raw goodies too, but fresh (or frozen, ha) fruit is even better! 😀

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