Let me just put it out there: These sweet potato superfood energy bites are awesome! They are…
- vegan (gluten-free optional)
- no-sugar added
- packed with plant-based protein
- healthy fats to help your body absorb nutrients
- slow-burning carbs to keep you energized long
They are the perfect snack.
Especially for someone like me. I have a tendency to “forget” to eat and then suddenly be completely ravenous, which results in me grabbing the first thing I can get my hands on. Let me be honest, that isn’t always the healthiest option. Most of the time I would end up eating candy, cold left-overs, bread with jam or whatever else I could get my hands on. I was not giving my body the nutritious boost it actually needed, but instead just feeding it the first thing in sight. Then I would wonder why my weight was going up or why I was always tired.
The reason why is because what we eat really matters. Since I stopped eating processed foods, ready-made meals and ‘fake foods’ (apart from maybe the occasional candy, but none of us are perfect), I have seen a major shift in my body. I feel better and more energized. However, not having processed foods at home means that I need to spend a little time to prepare my snacks, but it is well worth the time.
Another thing that I have been trying to get under control for a while now is my sweet tooth. I loooove eating anything that involves sugar and dough. However, refined sugar is simply not healthy. There is no way to twist or turn that to make it sound better. Sadly, it is in so many things and we are so used to using it in our homes. I am currently working on completely removing the refined sugar from my diet and switching to honey, raw sugar, coconut sugar and maple syrup if I need a sweetener. I am also working on reducing my overall sugar intake in the process. Because of this change, I am always looking for healthier alternatives to satisfy my sweet tooth.
I love the fact, that I can whip up these sweet potato superfood energy bites in under 20 min using some leftover sweet potatoes or in about 45 if I need to boil some first and then just keep them in the fridge for a quick snack. The sweet potato and the raisins satisfy my sweet tooth without adding unnecessary calories or refined sugars. And when I really need something sweet, I sometimes roll them in a little raw sugar instead of cocoa (secret tip, don’t tell on me!).
The basis of these energy bites are mashed sweet potato and oats. It’s a great recipe to use up left-over sweet potato. It can be boiled, steamed or baked, whatever you have or want. Sweet potatoes are a great base because they are naturally sweet and super high in vitamin A. Both sweet potatoes and oats contain valuable fiber. In short, they are the perfect way to get your carbs, filling you up and keeping you full longer. If you use gluten-free oats, you can also make the recipe gluten-free since sweet potatoes don’t contain any gluten.
In addition, these energy bites contain a bunch of healthy seeds. They contain hemp hearts, chia seeds and flax seeds. In other words, they pack a real superfood punch. These not only add more healthy fiber (there can never be enough fiber :P), they also have protein and omega 3 & 6 fats, which support your immune system and brain (source). And that is only the beginning of their ‘superpowers’ but I won’t bore you with the full list, you can look that up yourself if you wanna know.
Sweet Potato Superfood Energy Bites
These adorable little bites are the perfect snack. They are vegan, oil-free, no added sugar, gluten-free optional, packed with slow-burning cars and plant-based protein.
- 1 cup Sweet Potato (200 g, cooked & mashed)
- 1/2 cup Old-fashioned Oats (70 g)
- 6 tbsp Almond Meal (i grind almonds in the blender)
- 1 tbsp Hemp Hearts
- 1 tbsp Chia Seeds
- 2 tbsp Flax Seeds
- 2 tbsp Raisins
- Cocoa for Coating (optional)
Mix all ingredients (except cocoa if using) in a large bowl. Stir until well combined.
Wet hands and shape little balls from the mixture. Roll the bites in cocoa if desired.
Enjoy immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.