Chocolate peanut butter bites with the creamy, richness of a truffle and the wholesomeness of a healthy homemade treat. Filled with healthy fats, whole grains, and natural sugars, these Reese’s Bites will be your new favorite way to satisfy your sweet tooth. Vegan, gluten-free, and absolutely delicious!
February is flying by and that means we are onto Month 2 of the Aloha Healthy initiative with Tops Markets!
Last month was all about organics…with my delicious (FULLY ORGANIC) recipe for Sweet and Spicy Instant Pot Chicken Chili.
But Tops Markets isn’t just a one stop shop for all your organic food needs, they also have a slew of plant-based foods and ingredients for all you vegans out there! Even if you’re not fully vegan and are just wanting to decrease your consumption of animal products overall, Tops has amazing deals all this month on some of my FAVORITE plant-based products. Everything from almond milk and alternative meat products to dairy-free yogurts and Veggie Pops! (<— I mentioned those on a recent Monthly Favorites post…so good!)
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner and all these healthy, plant-based foods available to me from Tops, I thought it would be fun to make a vegan treat that everyone will enjoy for the holiday of LOVE. And what says “I love you!” more than rich, chocolatey truffles?! I can’t think of anything better! ?
One thing I love making that’s naturally plant-based and vegan are raw bites or “truffles”. They’re a mix of nuts or seeds, nut butter, cocoa powder, dates, and whatever other superfoods I have on hand to throw into the mix. Last year around this time, I made Raw Vegan Red Velvet Truffles and this year I am continuing the chocolate trend with Healthy REESE’S Bites!
Chocolate and peanut butter lovers will REJOICE at first bite of these babies! So rich, sweet, and perfectly balanced between peanut butter deliciousness and bold dark chocolate flavor. I even included some substitutions in the recipe if you’re peanut-free or grain-free. ?
Healthy Vegan Reese’s Bites
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 15 bites 1x
10 oz medjool dates, chopped
¾ cup natural peanut butter (only ingredient should be peanuts, I like Crazy Richard’s brand)
2 tbsp dark cocoa powder
¼ cup sugar-free vegan chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life or Lily’s)
2 tbsp chia seeds
¼ cup gluten-free quick oats
Combine all ingredients in a food processor until no big chunks of nuts or dates are left. Place mixture into a large bowl and roll into balls (about 1 inch in size) until the entire bowl is used up. Store in the fridge.
If you have a peanut allergy: swap out peanut butter for almond butter and peanuts for mixed nuts or almonds.
If you are grain-free: swap out oats for 2 tbsp of coconut flour.
Keywords: snack, dessert, chocolate, peanut butter, vegan, gluten-free, no added sugar
All of these simple, plant-based, WHOLE FOOD ingredients can be found at your local Tops Market and while you’re there be sure to check out some of the other amazing deals they have going on right now.
You don’t have to be fully vegan or plant-based in order to include some animal-free products in your diet. In fact, doing so will provide you with numerous health benefits, lower your grocery costs, AND decrease your ecological footprint as well since vegan food is more environmentally friendly and sustainable. You don’t have to go to extremes of one diet to another to make big changes in your personal health as well as the environment around you. Small swaps like eating a vegan meal a few times a week or swapping in some vegan products for your usual products can go a long way in helping you reach your wellness goals.
Definitely head to Tops this month to learn more about plant-based foods and what products you should purchase in order to be healthier & happier long-term!
Looking for some other plant-based treats for your special someone? Check out these favorites…
What are your favorite plant-based foods or products?
What flavors do you like pairing with chocolate? Peanut butter is my #1 follower by mint and orange!
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