It has been a busy month at SweetRoots Kitchen!
This August, we hosted a workshop at the La Jolla Riford Library. We were thrilled to see it reach capacity so quickly, and we had a wonderful group attend.
The theme of our August workshop was “Totally Rawsome” - i.e., delicious plant-based recipes that we could make without an oven.
We had a blast discussing the benefits of plant-based cooking, learning about some amazing superfood ingredients, and making and enjoying our signature raw-some energy bites (recipe below).
We started off by discussing the big impact a diet predominantly consisting of fruits and veggies can have on our minds, bodies, and the planet.
Then we got cooking! Our raw-some energy bites are the perfect snack to take to the beach, on a hike, or anywhere on the go!
We added dried blueberries and cranberries to our bites for an extra antioxidant punch! That’s one of my favorite things about this recipe -- it is so easy to customize the flavor by adding your favorite dried fruits (some of my favorites are dried mangoes, dried bananas, and dried cherries).
We ended up making a ton of raw energy bites to enjoy at the workshop and take home to share with our families.
While we were enjoying our snack, we talked about some of the wonderful health benefits of the ingredients we were using. We also discussed some other delicious raw recipes including: raw vegan alfredo sauce, smoothie bowls and banana “nice” cream!
We all went home with smiles on our faces, full bellies, and fun recipe cards to share with friends and family.
To be the first to know about our next workshop, make sure to sign up to be on our e-mail list (I’m thinking fall: cinnamon-spice and delicious harvest vegetables) -- I hope to see you there!
All the best,
Recipe for Energy Bites
- 1 cup pitted dates
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- ½ cup add-ins (example: chopped dried fruit)
First, assemble the date paste by putting the dates into a high-speed blender or food processor and blending on high with ¼ cup water until a paste forms.
In a large bowl, add the date paste, ½ cup of shredded coconut, old-fashioned rolled oats, and add-ins!
Mix with a large wooden spoon until fully incorporated. If the mixture is too sticky, add some more oats & coconut. If it seems too dry, add a bit more date paste.
Spoon a tablespoon of the mixture into a piece of plastic wrap. Form into a ball.
Roll in the remaining shredded coconut to finish!