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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Chocolate Cashew Energy Bites, a.k.a. Jane’s Addiction (Plant Based, Gluten Free)

Before I get to today’s recipe, how have I never used the phrase “Jane’s Addiction” on the blog before?!?! Speaking of Jane’s Addiction, I have a new one. (How’s that for a segue?) Okay, so now that I am not eating wheat and peanuts and almonds and dairy and shellfish and apples and cucumbers and basically have become one of those annoying people with too many dietary needs, I am exploring all kinds of great cookbooks for new inspiration. Nate’s cousin Amanda, who is on a low-FODMAP diet, recommended a book called The Low-FODMAP Diet for Beginners. I have already tried a few recipes and flagged about 20 more to try, and so far every recipe is a winner. Today I’m sharing one of them with you, the peanut-butter energy balls. Except I can’t eat peanuts. So I changed it to cashew butter. And made some other changes to the recipe. So actually I’m sharing a recipe for cashew energy bites and not peanut-butter energy balls. 

Cashew Energy Bites

These cashew energy bites are not just Jane’s Addiction but Anna’s Addiction and Nate’s Addiction, too. (You’re welcome for the cool band name ideas.) They are super easy to make, pretty darn wholesome, completely plant based, gluten free, and only have 2-3 grams of sugar per bite. Seriously, these little cashew energy bites are the best. Enjoy!

Forming Cashew Energy Bites

Container of cashew energy bites

Chocolate Cashew Energy Bites
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Adapted from a recipe for Peanut-Butter Energy Balls in the book "The Low-FODMAP Diet for Beginners" by Mollie Tunitsky
Serves: 20 bites
  • 1½ cup rolled oats
  • 2 generous tablespoons chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon coarse sea salt (if you use kosher, use a little less than ¼ tsp)
  • ⅔ cup cashew butter
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. In a blender or food processor, add the oats, chocolate chips, cocoa powder and sea salt. Pulse until the oats and chocolate chips have been broken down. If you like your bites chunkier, pulse less! If you want things finer, pulse more! I go for a coarsely ground mixture.
  2. Combine the dry ingredients with the cashew butter, syrup and vanilla in a mixing bowl, stirring to combine thoroughly.
  3. Form bites into 1 tablespoon sized balls, place on a cookie sheet, and flatten them out with wet fingers so you have nice thick discs. Refrigerate until firm and store in the refrigerator.



  1. 1

    Seems like I got the perfect start to my tomorrow mornings jog plan. I like the steps, very unique and precise. Moreover, less time consuming!

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    Kim from PA

    Just bought all of the ingredients to make these. They look delicious and I don’t like peanut butter, so I’m looking forward to using cashew butter. Great idea!

    • I’m finding that cashew butter is really nicely taking the place of peanut butter…I always liked peanut butter OKAY, except, also, not really…it’s just so strong. Cashew butter gives you the creamy, nutty flavor but doesn’t have that strong flavor that lingers, you know? I think you’ll like these for sure, lmk how it goes! (I already need to make another batch myself!)

    • Kim from PA

      These were a snap to make and I really like them! I have a feeling I will be making another batch before the end of the week. Just eating one is a very satisfying “pick me up”.

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