I’ve officially made the switch to veganism! The vegan lifestyle had been calling my name since becoming a vegetarian but I was terrified of committing to what seemed like such a restricted diet. I was haunted by the questions of what I would eat if I had to give up eggs, cheese and most importantly, GREEK YOGURT. Would there be anything for me to eat if I went out to a regular restaurant? I know that I didn’t want to be limited to just raw foods and if you know anything about me, it’s that I love my food and that I am absolutely not willing to sacrifice flavor or quality.
I’ll be brutally honest. The last week has not been easy; I’ve spent twice as much time in the grocery store diligently reading every food label; I’ve used every ounce of my self-control not to reach for the pastries in the lunchroom or the warm cookies laying out on the counter at home. In some cases I’ve needed to bring my own food to people’s houses or eat ahead of time before going out to dinner with friends. This is quite certainly a learning process, but you could argue that’s true of most things in life.
In the meantime, I’ve decided to get creative and see what type of vegan concoctions I can create in my kitchen. These sweet little treats are packed with dense nutrients, will keep you full for hours and will also satisfy that sweet tooth of yours!
Presenting no-bake energy bites! This recipe was slightly modified from Gimme Some Oven. Feel free to customize this recipe as you wish. Add in chocolate chips, dried fruit or substitute for a different nut butter. This is great treat for vegans and non-vegans alike!
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 2/3 cup unsweetened dried coconut flakes
- 1/2 cup flax seed
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/3 cup agave nectar
- 1/2 cup sunflower seed butter
Combine all ingredients together in a mixing bowl and then cool in the refrigerator for 15-30 minutes (depending on how much patience you have). Once the dough is cooled, roll into balls and enjoy!
There you have it folks! A super easy, super tasty and super healthy treat that you can eat with breakfast or bring as a snack when that post-lunch slump hits. As one of the popular vegan restaurants in Seattle says, “Just cause it’s vegan doesn’t mean it sucks.” And as each day passes, I am starting to starting to see the truth in that statement!
Stay tuned to hear more about my vegan journey!