No-Bake Vegan Peanut Butter Balls

by kitchenarian on August 20, 2011

Vegan Week – Day 7

What a week! Last Sunday when I embarked on Vegan Week, I did not know what to expect. Could I make it for seven days without dairy products, meat, or fish? Well, I did and it was actually a lot easier than I thought.

Things I have learned this week:

I like almond milk in my espresso
Not all wine is vegan
I do not like vegan carob chips
Sugar is not necessarily vegan – some can be processed with animal products
My husband really dislikes curry
Vegan egg substitute is not found in the refrigerated section of the grocery store

The highlight of my week was my three guest posts. I learned so much this week from my friends and they were such an inspiration to me. JL from JL Goes Vegan taught me to not let food control me.  By eating a healthy diet, I can relax and enjoy a healthy relationship with food. Tiffany from Como Water taught me to be more aware about what I eat and to think about where my food comes from before I eat it. Nikki from The Tolerant Vegan reminded me that none of us are perfect and that change is hard.  If I have a bad food day, don’t beat myself up about it.  Just try again tomorrow.

What will I eat tomorrow? I am not sure. Surprisingly enough at the moment I am not counting down the hours until I can eat a cheeseburger. I have learned some great new recipes this week that I will continue to use and my knowledge about vegan food has expanded. I am already more aware that it is not only important to know the origin of your food, but be aware of how it is processed before it reaches your table.

I mentioned this recipe earlier in the week and a couple of people asked me if I would share it, so here is the recipe for no-bake peanut butter balls. A delicious snack filled with protein that is quick to make and so easy to gobble up! The recipe is from Love Veggies and Yoga:

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Natural (Vegan) Peanut Butter
4 tablespoons almond flour
3-4 tablespoons agave nectar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup vegan carob chips (optional)

Mix all ingredients together. Roll into balls and refrigerate.  Makes about 12 – 15 cookie balls

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Cassie @ Bake Your Day August 20, 2011 at 10:40 am

I will have to try these! I made oatmeal/PB cookie dough balls a week or two ago. They were good and yours look awesome too!

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Alida August 20, 2011 at 11:29 am

These look really good! Do you know if I could substitute another flour for the almond flour? I’m allergic to tree nuts, but would love to make these. Thanks!

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kitchenarian August 20, 2011 at 11:33 am

The original recipe used coconut flour and I substituted almond flour. I am sure you could easily make a substitution. Let me know what you use so we can share it with everyone.

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Alida August 21, 2011 at 7:14 am

Awesome! I have coconut flour…will report back for sure. Thanks!

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yummychunklet August 20, 2011 at 12:57 pm

I’m excited to try these. I just bought 2 jars of peanut butter!

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Kate@Diethood.com August 20, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Congrats on making it through the week without milk, cheese, meat… oh I better stop. ;)

PB balls… loves it!! making this. ASAP.

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Susan August 20, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Did you miss the last step where you dip these balls in melted chocolate and set them on parchment paper? JK! BUT that’s what I’d do!

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kitchenarian August 20, 2011 at 6:05 pm

So funny! I did think of that while I was making them. it just seems to be the natural thing to do. :)

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Sous Chef August 20, 2011 at 3:46 pm

These look so delicious! Congrats on getting through the week, I’d love to try some of these recipes when I come home. I’m sure the rest of the family is happy that the week is over haha :)

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Rita D K Simmons August 20, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Mmmm peanut butter, will have to try these soon.

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KC Quaretti August 20, 2011 at 4:08 pm

What a marvelous idea! My kids always want to eat the cookie dough before it is baked so it’s the perfect summer cookie for us! Now I don’t have to heat up the kitchen and the kids can still have cookies! I love it!

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Kelly August 20, 2011 at 6:00 pm

These are fantastic, love this recipe! :)

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Emily @ Life on Food August 21, 2011 at 6:35 am

It is inspiring that you did this…I eat meat, but am always looking for ways to be more healthy and add different meals to my diet. I book marked some of yours this week. I wish everyone would try this out for a bit just to open their eyes to what else is out there.

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kitchenarian August 21, 2011 at 10:18 am

It was a great week. I can so easily fall into a food rut and this certainly took me outside my comfort zone.

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Carolyn August 21, 2011 at 8:56 am

Delish! These sound wonderful, and it does sound like Vegan Week was a great learning process for you.

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The Culinary Lens August 21, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Love your vegan experiment. I love to see people step outside their comfort zone.
These are such a neat idea.I would love to make them into pops an dip them in chocolate (vegan of course)

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kitchenarian August 21, 2011 at 10:48 pm

Of course!

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Tiffany August 21, 2011 at 6:09 pm

It was such a please to embark on this journey with you (and JL and Nikki, two of my fav food bloggers!). I am so glad you had a great week… AND I’m glad you shared these peanut butter balls! I NEVER say no to peanut butter!

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kitchenarian August 21, 2011 at 10:54 pm

Tiffany – I had such a great time. Thank you for participating. Peanut butter seems to be the perfect way to end of up Vegan Week. Today is Sunday, Day 8, and I haven’t had meat or dairy today. What is happening to me? :)

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Happy When Not Hungry August 21, 2011 at 8:08 pm

These look so yummy! I could eat the entire batch :-)

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Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts August 21, 2011 at 10:15 pm

These look great! I am going to save this recipe for sure! And I love the idea about dipping them in chocolate!

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kitchenarian August 21, 2011 at 10:51 pm

That seems to be the general consensus! haha Now I think I have to make another batch. :)

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Val August 22, 2011 at 7:13 am

Your week was a great eye-opener into becoming vegan. It has given me something to think about and I hope to attempt a week of eating vegan myself to see how it benefits me.

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Liz August 22, 2011 at 7:17 am

Oh, man, these look irresistible! Congrats on the Top 9!

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Jen A. August 22, 2011 at 8:06 am

I used to make pb balls when I was a kid, but I forgot the recipe. These sound amazing and I cannot wait to give them a try!

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Courtney - FoodMuster August 22, 2011 at 8:40 am

thanks for sharing this recipe. I am considering a raw food detox and thought straight away that his could be used, but I maybe I have to make my own peanut butter? Anyway, its looks delicious and something my kids would love, minus the carob, I think I will cheat with that!!!

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emily August 22, 2011 at 8:46 am

This is my favorite combination. ever. I have a little bit of an obsession. I just made these nut granola bars held together by peanut butter and honey- so so good and really tastes like peanut butter! And healthy, too.
http://emilyspieceofcake.com/2011/08/21/almond-nut-energy-bars/

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Peggy August 22, 2011 at 8:50 am

Oh I’ve seen these on Avery’s blog and always drool! No different seeing them here =)

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briarrose August 22, 2011 at 9:09 am

An addictive looking snack.

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JL goes Vegan August 22, 2011 at 9:29 am

I loved reading your journey this week! Thank you so much for including me. I learned so much from you, as well as from Nikki and Tiffany. Your series was such a great example of simply leading through example. You quietly demonstrated how easy it is to eat vegan if one decides to try for health or ethical reasons.

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lisa @ early morning run August 22, 2011 at 9:40 am

I love that this recipe is gluten free! I’ll definitely have to give it a try.

I’m a more than a little annoyed to learn that not all sugar is vegan. Seriously, why do so many seemingly simple products include ‘extras’? I just don’t get it sometimes. Thanks for enlightening us, I had no idea.

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Lauren@LittleYellowKitchen August 22, 2011 at 9:43 am

Sounds like a great learning experience! Averie’s PB Balls are some of my favs :)

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Michelle Benoit (ChocolateCentral) August 22, 2011 at 11:08 am

How interesting that sugar is not always vegan. I’m going to look into this. I had no idea. Your peanut butter balls look like a healthy protein rich snack. They’d be great with almond butter too. Congrats on making Top 9 with your lovely photograph.

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Mercedes August 22, 2011 at 11:23 am

I think it is wonderful that you made a commitment and stuck to it. And it sounds like you received some great advice along the way. These no bake vegan treats look delicious!

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Nikki August 22, 2011 at 12:29 pm

These look so good! I love anything that’s no-bake because it’s usually harder to mess up :)

Congrats on making it through vegan week, Lorie! You did an AMAZING job and it was an honor to be a part of your week.

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Irena August 22, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Must make on my list….what a great post and accomplishment:)

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Priya Mahadevan August 22, 2011 at 1:23 pm

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Kita August 22, 2011 at 3:59 pm

I would have never guessed that wine could not be vegan! I have some friends I need to chat with about this little discovery. Thank you so much for vegan week!

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kitchenarian August 22, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Here is the site I used as a guide for determining whether a wine was vegan or not:
http://www.barnivore.com/

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Jen @ The RA Vegan August 22, 2011 at 8:07 pm

These look wonderful! I’m working hard to bring a healthy vegan lunch every day (I’d love for you to check out my Vegan Lunchboxes for Adults Challenge if you might be interested in participating!). But one thing that today taught me was that I need to bring more food. (My new school does not have air conditioning and I’m on the 2nd floor which means lots of walking and being hot!) I’m thinking of trying these with almond butter instead of pb and dairy free chocolate chips instead of carob. Maybe soy nut butter for my son’s. Yum. Thanks so much for posting!

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Kate@Diethood.com August 22, 2011 at 10:48 pm

Just dropping in to say Congrats on Top 9!!! Woooot!

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Julia August 23, 2011 at 8:33 am

So glad you enjoyed your vegan week. Maybe you should go vegan more often, cuz these peanut butter balls look might tasty!

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga August 23, 2011 at 10:25 pm

I’m glad you enjoyed my recipe!

I see that you made the Food Buzz Top 9 from it. I wish that would happen to me :)

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