This past week, I was having a conversation at work during lunchtime about what it means to be vegan. It turned into a collective agreement between the three involved, to try to go vegan for a week! The players are my boss, one of my co-workers, and I. Even though I’m recovering from being sick, I was able to pick myself up out of bed, plan a menu for vegan week, and get to the store.
Thank goodness for foodgawker! I was able to find plenty of recipes, albeit weird ingredients, to get me through the week.
This recipe here was inspired by Elana’s Pantry Chocolate Power Balls. I know that I’m going to have those moments of complete eye-clawing hunger, and I need a healthy snack that will curb the hunger long enough to get my act together in the kitchen!
I altered Elana’s recipe a bit, substituting half the walnuts with almonds, and added in some oatmeal to cut the sweetness. After mixing all of the ingredients, I refrigerated the mixture to help it set up. I used a 1″ scoop to get uniform balls, and wrapped them immediately. Back into the refrigerator they go, ready for whenever I am!
The result was a fudgy, sweet, semi-salty, and nutty snack that will not only satisfy my sweet tooth, but any crazy hunger pangs that come my way.
Vegan Fudge Snax
20 Pitted Dates (1 cup)
¼ C. Steel Cut Oats (dry, prepared per Package directions, allow to cool in fridge.)
1 C. Walnuts (raw)
1 C. Almonds (raw)
½ C Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips (42% cacao)
1 t. Vanilla Extract
¼ t. Sea Salt
Prepare the oats as indicated by the package, and allow to cool in the fridge. Put both types of nuts into a food processor, and pulse until they are finely chopped up. Add in the dates and chocolate chips, and pulse until everything is well chopped up and combined. Add in the cold oatmeal, vanilla and salt, and pulse until just combined. Refrigerate mixture for 1 hour, then roll into 18 1 inch balls. Wrap the balls individually in plastic wrap, and return to the refrigerator for safe-keeping!
Time To Table
|Preparation Time:||5 minutes|
|Cook Time:||15 minutes|
|Wait Time:||1 hour refrigeration time|
|Total Time:||1 hour, 20 minutes|
|Serving size:||1 ball|
|Servings per recipe:||18|