Homemade energy bites with only 3 ingredients come together in a flash in your blender.
The awesome folks behind Atlanta Veg Fest threw annual bake sale to raise money for a deposit on the venue. I am so happy that Atlanta finally has a Veg Fest (this is its third year), and I’m doubly glad that I’m able to help by donating some delicious vegan baked goods. Well, “baked.”
My friend Leigh Saluzzi helps organize Veg Fest and the bake sale here in Atlanta, and she recently talked with the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale peeps about her advice for would-be bake sale organizers. Here’s what she said:
Do it! It doesn’t matter how small your sale is. A vegan bake sale is such an easy way to feed people good vegan food and raise some money for any organization you like. As far as “Pro Tips,” I can tell you that people want both sweet and savory options, so don’t shy away from baked goods that aren’t dessert like cheesy biscuits, mini pizza rounds, mini quiches and the like. And don’t forget the gluten-free options. In my experience, the highest selling items tend to be more decadent items like cupcakes, and less likely to be things like muffins and small cookies. Want to make a cookie more desirable? Stuff two cookies with frosting for a cookie sandwich! That way you make something extra fun and you can also raise more funds by charging a bit more. And consider selling bags of things, like six cookies to a bag, or a bag of crackers. A clear cello bag with a bow will make these items appealing and a definite sell.
Aren’t those some great tips? I took the savory treats idea to heart and decided to make a batch of savory shortbread cookies. Unfortunately, I totally screwed up the coconut oil-to-flour ratio, and the cookies melted in the oven. Like, they formed one mega cookie that would be impossible to eat. A delicious, unsellable mega cookie.
I didn’t really have time to shop and make another batch of shortbread, so I had to think fast. Want to hear a secret? These homemade energy bites are really just my raw vegan truffle recipe repackaged! They’re chocolatey, nutty, and delicious. No one needs to know that I didn’t actually bake them, right?
Except I just told you guys, so…busted.
The sale was super fun. I love the excuse to shop for decadent vegan treats. I’d share a picture of what I bought, but maybe I ate everything before that happened. I did get a shot of the Veg Fest team assembling a cupcake stand, though.
It was cold and rainy on Saturday, so the awesome folks at Dough Bakery were kind enough to let them set up the sale inside. We didn’t want folks to think it was off because of weather, though, so we got some neon foamboard to make a sign. Check out Adrienne showing off her handiwork:
Dave and I had to head to a baby birthday party Saturday morning, so I wasn’t able to stay all day like I would have normally, but when I left at 10:30 there was already a huge line for baked goodness.
If you’re near Atlanta and didn’t make the sale, don’t worry! You can still support the local vegan community and head out to Veg Fest on November 8th. It’s going to be awesome, as always.
Homemade Energy Bites
Nutrition info per piece: Calories: 67, Fat: 3g, Sugar: 4.5g, Protein: 1.5g, Fiber: 1.5g, Carbs: 8.5g
- 1 cup raw cashews
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder (or raw cacao powder)
- 1 cup dates, pitted (I used halawi dates, but medjool would work just as well)
- 2 tablespoons water
- extra cocoa or cacao powder, for dusting
- Grind the cashews in your blender until they have a flour-like consistency, though leaving it a little chunky is OK. Transfer the cashew flour to a mixing bowl and whisk it together with the 1/4 cup cocoa powder.
- Toss the dates and water in the blender and blend on high until they start to form a paste.
- Transfer the date mixture to the bowl and knead until you have a nice ball of dough.
- Divide into 16 balls, shaping each with the palms of your hands. Dust each energy bite with cocoa powder, and chill until you’re ready to serve!