When you go to the supermarket, there are hundreds of snack options, yet the large majority are overly processed, high in fat, packed with sugar and devoid of any true nutritional value. Being an avid outdoor enthusiast, I often go hiking and need snacks — I’m actually climbing Mount Snowdon today, the highest mountain in Wales, yay!
Whether I’m camping or just ensuring I get enough protein within my plant-based diet, I understand the importance of consuming foods that offer key essential amino acids. This snack is one of my favorites, offering an immense amount of protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals — these bites taste better than any junk-riddled “granola” bar out there.
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The perfect portable snack
This vegan snack could literally not be easier, offering a great recipe for when you’re on-the-go. Whether you want to kick-start muscle recovery after the gym, or simply ensure that your protein needs are met, these bite-sized treats will boost energy levels and make you rethink snack time.
Think of it this way — every single cell in the human body contains protein. Without it, your body would not be able to repair itself or make new cells. Each day, you should be consuming a minimum of approximately 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight. If you’re active, you need even more.
As a whole, modern society is eating far too much meat. This is not only leading to health issues, but also environmental and sustainability concerns — not to mention the horrendous conditions of factory farming. When aiming to increase your protein intake, you need to look to other sources — including oats, beans, nuts, seeds and seaweed.
Make these no-bake bites for yourself
No-Bake Vegan Snack
This recipe could not be more simple. Since there’s no baking involved, all of the ingredients maintain their nutritional value.
1 large bowl
- 1 cup raw, organic oats
- 3/4 cup all-natural peanut butter (or almond butter)
- 1/2 cup mixed seeds (I choose flax, chia, pumpkin, sunflower, hemp and sesame)
- 1/4 cup sultana raisins
- 1/4 cup chopped almonds
- Pinch of sea salt
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, mixing thoroughly until well-combined.
- Place in fridge for 45 minutes, as this will make the balls easier to roll.
- Spoon out equally sized portions (approximately 1 tablespoon each) and roll into balls.
- Store in fridge and enjoy!
After you make this recipe, you’ll see how easy it is to create snacks that not only benefit your health but your wallet as well. Buying these dry ingredients in bulk will allow you to make delicious variations time and time again. Feel free to switch up ingredients based on your personal preference or dietary needs.
— Krista Hillis