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These Strawberry Vanilla Bean Energy Balls are an easy, no-bake snack that tastes like strawberry shortcake! With a base of raw cashews, they're buttery and deliciously flavored with vanilla and strawberries. They're gluten-free, paleo, and vegan, and perfect for bringing on the go.

Strawberry Vanilla Bean Energy Balls


Description

These Strawberry Vanilla Bean Energy Balls are an easy, no-bake snack that tastes like strawberry shortcake! With a base of raw cashews, they’re buttery and deliciously flavored with vanilla and strawberries. They’re gluten-free, paleo, and vegan, and perfect for bringing on the go.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • ⅓ cup shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup cashew butter
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, doesn’t need to be melted
  • 3 tablespoons hemp seeds
  • 3 pitted Medjool dates, soaked in hot water for 10 minutes if they aren’t soft
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla bean powder, can also use ½ teaspoon vanilla extract instead
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup freeze-dried strawberries, lightly crushed

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of a food processor or a high-powered blender (I used my Vitamix), combine all of the ingredients except for the freeze-dried strawberries. Pulse for about 1-2 minutes, until the mixture starts to break down. It will first become powdery and will stick together, but still be crumbly.
  2. Keep processing until the oils start to release a bit and the mixture sticks together easily – just be careful not to over process or you’ll have nut butter. If your mixture seems a little dry, you can use a little extra coconut oil to help it come together. Once the mixture is sticking together well, pulse in the crushed freeze-dried, just to incorporate them. You can also just stir them in.
  3. Use a small cookie scoop (I use this one) or a tablespoon scoop to divide the mixture into equal pieces. Use your hands to roll into balls and place on a plate.
  4. Store in an airtight container zip-top bag in the refrigerator or freezer.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Calories: 155
  • Sugar: 3
  • Sodium: 49
  • Fat: 11
  • Saturated Fat: 3
  • Carbohydrates: 10
  • Fiber: 1
  • Protein: 4

Keywords: vanilla bean, strawberries, no bake, energy balls, vegan, gluten-free