No-Bake and Raw Sweets

Nutty Chocolate Protein Bars with Chia Seeds

Chia seeds in a spoon and in a jar

These snacks are a lot like candy, but their sweetness comes from dates, which are high in iron and fiber, unlike refined sugar. The bars will need to be refrigerated to firm up the chocolate, but after that, they’re good to go. Take them with you hiking, camping, or on a road trip. Be sure to also keep some at home for a wholesome, handy snack. Recipe adapted from Extraordinary Vegan* © 2013 by Alan Roettinger, reprinted with permission of Book Publishing Company.  more→

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No-Bake Crispy Rice and Seed Bars

Crispy rice bars in pan

These brown rice cereal bars, filled with seeds and dried fruit, are super-quick to make and provide a nutrient-dense treat that tastes decadent. My gosh, these are yummy, if I do say so myself! No baking or machines required, just a bit of patience as they set up in the refrigerator.

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Banana Bon Bons

banana bon bons

We can all feel like royalty when we indulge in these Banana Bon Bons. Although they are only made with sweet ripe bananas and homemade chocolate, the decadent taste and creamy texture will have you looking for your crown! Chef’s Tip: To quickly ripen bananas, place them in a large brown paper bag with an apple and fold down. Set the bag on the counter and check every 12 hours for freckles and browning. Once ripened, remove from the bag and use in your recipe. PS — the apple will be fine to eat, too! Recipe and photo contributed by Chef Joelle Arniot. more→

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Chocolate Date-Nut Lollipops

Chocolate Date Lollipops

Fun, fun, fun! That’s how I describe these lovely little lollipops! The dates help to hold the pops together while also standing in for much of the processed sugar. They’re perfect for any party, whether you are entertaining kids or adults! Recipe contributed by Laura Theodore, from Jazzy Vegetarian Classics: Vegan Twists on American Family Favorites* © 2013 BenBella Books, reprinted by permission.

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Nut-and-Seed Energy Balls

Nut butter and seed energy balls

These intensely rich, super-seed and nut butter treats are meant to be consumed in small portions — one or two at a time — not scarfed down! Unlike other energy snacks, you need no blender or food processor to make them. This makes a great late-afternoon pick-me-up, post-workout snack, or even a good way to start the day. Use different nut butters, seeds, and dried fruits to vary it each time you make it. more→

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Chocolate-Drizzled Apples or Pears with Date “Caramel” Sauce

Chocolate drizzled apples or pears

Two or three crisp apples or firm pears plus vegan chocolate chips add up to a seriously good dessert. And if you have a few dates on hand (and a machine to blend them up with) you can make a caramel-y sauce to dip them into, though this is entirely optional. 
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Unbaked Fudgy Brownies

Unbaked brownies

You won’t believe how easy it is to make these unbaked vegan chocolate brownies, rich with nuts and sweetened with dates. They’re flourless, gluten-free, and altogether rich and yummy. Photo by Hannah Kaminsky of Bittersweet Blog. more→

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Skillet Peach Crisp

Skillet peach crumble detail

Peaches are at their best from mid- to late summer. Make sure to get them already almost or perfectly ripe. Rock-hard peach that have traveled a great distance never seem to develop much flavor as they ripen, and often go to mush. This quick dessert can be enjoyed shortly after you make it — no baking or chilling required! Out of season, frozen organic peaches are a good alternative to fresh. Photo by Hannah Kaminsky of Bittersweet. more→

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