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March 1, 2015

by Alyssa

Vegan Snickerdoodle Energy Bites

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These vegan snickerdoodle energy bites taste just like a cookie but are actually healthy and nutritious. They're the perfect snack for anyone on-the-go!

snickerdoodle energy bites made with 7 ingredients

Thank goodness for these Snickerdoodle Energy Bites. Like for REAL.

After the weekend we've been having, I'm needing all the extra energy I can get. Not only has it been a physically draining one, but my emotions are all over the place.

But don't get your hopes up. I mean really, when I tell you why, you'll probably laugh…

My weekend drama? It's about a sofa. *yawn*

healthy snickerdoodle energy balls with just 7 ingredients

But if you don't mind, indulge me for a moment. I think you'll find some humor somewhere in the debauchery.

So as probably know, we've been living in New York for a little over two years now – same apartment, same neighborhood and we love it. What we don't love? The sofa. We've had it since we got here, and even though two years doesn't sound long, we purchased it from the people who lived here before us and it just never really fit us.

So when we renewed our lease for a third year, we decided that we were going to redecorate (cue the cheers!). I've had my eye on this couch from Pottery Barn for years – it's my dream couch – and so we finally took the plunge and got it. Of course we had to wait 10 weeks for it to be ready, but finally at the end of January we got the call…our couch was ready to be delivered. Woo hoo!

how to make snickerdoodle energy bites

Next up on the docket was getting our old couch out and the new one in – which is precisely where the issues began to arise. If we were living anywhere else, this would probably be a walk in the park, but…it's New York and nothing is ever easy. Instead, Matt and I spent all of Friday morning trying to wiggle our old couch out our skinny doorway, down the skinny hall, into the small elevator and out onto the side of our street where it was promptly picked up by some stranger (who we can only hope is enjoying it!).

With tired arms, burning hands, we said “Good riddance!” and gave ourselves a pat on the back (kidding I was stuffing my face with energy bites…all that lifting left me famished <– drama queen). The new couch was scheduled to be delivered that afternoon, and literally 10 minutes before they were supposed to arrive the elevator in our building broke. Oh and not only did it break, but our neighbor got stuck inside for over an hour.

When the men arrived with our new couch, they looked at the staircase and said, “No way. Not going to fit. We can't get this couch in your apartment.”


snickerdoodle energy bites that are gluten-free and vegan

Our old couch is gone, our new couch won't fit and to get another new one will take another 8 – 10 weeks. What the bleepity bleep!

Off to IKEA we went yesterday morning, picked up a new couch, assembled it and I'm just not really loving it.

Uhm…yeah, so I'm just going to go hide under the covers and continue to stuff my face with these snickerdoodle energy bites. Don't mind me!

(I'll just be taking one of those, thank you!)

how to make healthy snickerdoodle energy bites with 7 ingredients

I hope you don't mind another cookie-themed goody around here. Cookies are just too damn good not to try and recreate into healthy, guilt-free treats. Am I right?

Snickerdoodles, which are really just a cinnamon flavored sugar cookie, have quickly risen to my top 5 list. Even though my vegan chocolate chip cookies will always reign supreme, all that sweet, cinnamon-y goodness is seriously captivating my taste buds.

And what I know you'll love about these energy bites, is that they really do taste just like a snickerdoodle cookie – as in sweet, dreamy and decadent – but they're actually healthy. And not in the breakfast cookie kind of way. Oh yeah, and they're NO-BAKE!

vegan snickerdoodle energy bites made with 7 ingredients

They have all the nutritional benefits that any clean eating snack should have – healthy fats, protein, carbs and low-glycemic sweeteners – without all the added junk like gluten, dairy, and our other main allergens. So instead of stocking your pantry with packaged snacks, sipping caffeine or energy drinks, or hoping you'll get that mood lift from your afternoon snack, pack your freezer with a batch of these and you'll always have something nutritious (and delicious) on hand.

So next time that cookie craving hits – which if you're like me is all. the. time. – reach for an energy bite. Your body and mind will thank you!

vegan snickerdoodle energy bites with dates, cashews and quinoa puffs

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Vegan Snickerdoodle Energy Bites

These vegan snickerdoodle energy bites taste just like a cookie but are actually healthy and nutritious. They're the perfect snack for anyone on-the-go!
Prep Time 40 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 20 Balls
Calories 111kcal
Author Alyssa
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snickerdoodle energy bites made with 7 ingredients
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  • In the bowl of a food processor combine the dates and cashews. Process until they resemble a coarse sand.
  • Add oil, nut butter, syrup (if using) and cinnamon, and process until a dough forms. If the dough does not come together, add some water, 1 tablespoon at a time until the dough sticks together when you press it between your fingers.
  • Pulse in the quinoa puffs.
  • Form 1" balls with your hands and place on a parchment lined plate. Freeze for at least 60 minutes and then enjoy.
  • Keep in a covered container in the freezer for best results, but they will also keep in the fridge.



Calories: 111kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 148mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1.1mg



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  1. Hey can I use quinoa flakes instead of quonia puffs, I am not able to get quonia puffs around my area or any other substitute you suggest. Thanks

  2. Is there something I can sub for the dates? Also can I use any nut butter? Or does it need to be cashew butter?

    • I think dried figs might work! But you’ll need some sort of dried fruit for this recipe because that’s what holds it all together. And yes, any nut butter will work!

  3. Hi, I made your snicker doodles and they taste yummy. I struggled with getting them to keep their shape so I added more quinoa puffs.
    I wonder if I should cut back on the coconut oil or use it as a solid instead. I will definitely try these again.
    Thank you

    • When you’re forming the balls, you want to press them together really firmly. The dough should be a bit sticky, so I would say next time add a splash of water instead of more quinoa puffs 🙂

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  6. I just read through the directions (made my own quinoa puffs) and it I do not see when or where to add the chia seeds.

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  8. This snickerdoodle bites look great! Moving is ridiculously stressful. When I moved into my apartment a year and a half ago, I decided to buy a mattress from Costco. My dad helped me transport the mattress home on his pickup, except the rope he used to tie down the mattress snapped! The box spring just fell out of the back in the middle of the freeway, and we had to call the police to help us get it out. Thankfully, no one was hurt! Long story short, I feel you pain!

  9. Oh my, those look totally delicious! I love energy bites and snickerdoodles! Bummer on the sofa. I’m not one to give up easily. Do you have a balcony? Wondering if it could go up that way, but I don’t know what floor you’re on, etc. Anyway, good luck!!!

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  11. These sound amazing! Loving all the flavors in there and for whatever reason the quinoa puffs make these look extra cute 🙂 . Yum!

    • It is a cereal. You buy them puffed. Remember in the 70’s ‘Puffed Wheat’ or ‘Puffed rice’? I loved the stuff! But Quinoa puffscare way smaller. Yummy though!

  12. Furniture has to be the biggest PITA ever! We always dread getting new stuff, which is probably why we’ve been hauling around the same set of stuff for years! Those energy bites look like a great way to recharge though!

    • Seriously! Since we’re still young in our apartment living years, we’ve opted for lots of IKEA furniture which does NOT travel/move well. It’s getting new stuff almost every time we move. Hopefully now that we’re investing in some nicer things, we’ll be able to hang onto them (and love them) for years to come. But thank goodness for energy bites – they were a savior this weekend!

      • We had to upgrade ever so slightly from IKEA as we were trying out new towns about once a year. But we have these IKEA cupboard cabinets that we can’t seem to let go of even though they fall apart more and more with each move! Those flimsy things are one crack away from tumbling (my husband has already repaired them many times). So good for storing recipe stuff and products for my work!

  13. wow, we are all learning something about cashews today! 🙂

    as soon as you said you bought the couch from the previous tenant, I figured it was because of the size. then I thought of the Friends episode with the new couch and Ross yelling PIVOT. PIVOT…

    energy bites fix everything though, right? or at least help during couch drama.

    • Haha! I totally forgot about that episode 🙂 Going to have to watch it tonight so the BF and I get a good laugh. Hopefully this saga is over soon! And yes, energy bits cure all…always

  14. Omygoodness, what a nightmare! LOL. (The couch saga, not the energy bites, of course!) I love your photos. You must have a crazy amount of natural light in your kitchen.

    • Oh Jo-Lynne, it’s been terrible. But on the bright side, we picked out a new couch and will hopefully be all set (and happy) in the next few weeks! And thank you for the complements on my photos! I actually shoot everything on my desk which is right by a window because sadly I have zero natural light in my kitchen #nycproblems 😉

      • Hm, that’s a great idea! I have much better light in my office than in my kitchen or dining room.

  15. These sound delicious. I haven’t been able to find quinoa puffs in Southern California. What brand do you use?
    PS…I had no idea about cashews & the poison ivy family!

    • Hi Kandice! I purchase my quinoa puffs online – from either Nuts.com or Edison Grainery. I honestly haven’t found them in a store – but I have heard that Whole Foods carries them sometimes. And ps I’ve never heard that either…that’s crazy!

  16. Could I substitute cashews with almonds in this recipe? I cannot even eat a crumb of a cashew as I am allergic to them and will break out in blisters on my lips. (They are a member of the poison ivy family after all!)

    • Hi Ki, oh my goodness! I had no idea that they were related. Thanks for letting me know 🙂 AND yes I do think you could use almonds. Really, you could use pretty much any nut / seed. Let me know if you try them!


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