Living in South Florida there are days where turning on an oven is the last thing you want to do. Even though it’s technically spring, lately it’s been feeling a lot like summer. So the thought of baking on a hot afternoon, doesn’t sound pleasing at all. So this past weekend I figured I’d attempt to make some no-bake bites. I’ve attempted a few times before but they never came out right. One reason being that I was trying to avoid using peanut butter or any type of nut butter, since I seem to get a semi- allergic reaction from them.
So this time around I decided to use sunflower butter in place of peanut butter. It held the bites together perfectly while providing a nutty taste similar to peanut butter. I pretty much added what I had on hand in my pantry but the ingredients can definitely be swapped out for more fruit or seeds. With a few ingredients swaps, this recipe is nut allergy friendly, vegan, gluten free and even paleo. So technically nobody has to miss out on these bites. Check out the recipe below:
Cranberry Almond Oat No-Bake Bites
- 2 1/2 cup oat flour (rolled oats ground into a flour)
- 2 scoops protein powder (optional)
- 4 tbsp flax-meal (flax-seeds ground into a flour)
- 1 tbsp fiber (optional)
- 1/2 cup of rolled oats
- 1/2 cup unsalted sunflower seed butter ( any nut or seed butter)
- 1/3 raw honey or maple syrup
- 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/4 raw almonds
- 1/3 raw sunflower seeds
- 1/3 raw pecans
- 1/4 dried cranberries
- dash of salt
- dash of vanilla extract
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the oat flour, protein powder, flax-meal, fiber and salt.
- Melt the sunflower seed butter and honey together until the mixture becomes liquid (stove top or microwave )
- Combine the honey butter mixture, vanilla extract and almond milk to the dry mixture and stir until fully mixed.
- Stir in the rolled oats, sunflower seeds, almonds and pecans until fully incorporated.
- Using your hands, form small balls or squares and place them on a lined baking sheet. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.