Vegan Goji Berry & Mixed Nut Energy Balls
Vegan Goji Berry & Mixed Nut Energy Balls

Vegan Goji Berry & Mixed Nut Energy Balls

Our family adores energy balls and we create new ones each week with various ingredients: dried fruit, nuts, chocolate, coconut, Medjool dates, nut/seed butter and more!

The boys have fallen head over heels in love with Goji Berries and so I decided to create an energy ball with these little miracle workers. Goji berries have a very long history in Ancient China and have been used for eye, liver and kidney issues.

They are a great source of Vitamin C, Iron, and Fiber and contain all 8 essential amino acids!!
Vegan Goji Berry & Mixed Nut Energy Ball

I decided to add as many goodies as possible to these energy balls: Dates, Almonds, Cashews, Chocolate, and Coconut!

Further Benefits of Goji Berries

Goji Berries

  • Just one ounce of these berries will fulfill 10% of your daily protein requirements!
  • The high amount of vitamin C is great to boost your immune system and protect you and your little ones from the flu.
  • These berries can aid in weight loss. The sweet and yummy taste (plus the added fiber) can help you to have an easier transition from processed sugar to whole foods. Our family LOVES to snack on these!
  • Goji berries contain a special antioxidant called zeaxanthin (this antioxidant gives them their beautiful and bright color). Antioxidants protect cells against breaking down when they’re exposed to elements such as smoke and radiation.
  • Goji berries are fantastic for lowering blood sugar and avoiding sugar crashes. They can also improve sugar tolerance if you slowly substitute these for the processed sugar snacks!
So now that we have talked about this amazing superfood, let’s get to blending and rolling these amazing Vegan Goji Berry & Mixed Nut Energy Balls!
Vegan Goji Berry & Mixed Nut Energy Ball

Let the Food Processor do all of the work! Just keep processing until a dough ball like this forms 🙂

Vegan Goji Berry Energy Balls

Vegan Goji Berry and Mixed Nut Energy Balls

These are a must try energizing bite to add to your family's weekly meal plans! Great for the kids lunch boxes or an afternoon pick me up!
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beginner friendly, energy ball, kid friendly
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 70.15kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup medjool dates *Packed with seeds removed
  • 2 tbsp almonds
  • 2 tbsp cashews
  • 1.5 tbsp goji berries
  • 1 tbsp vegan chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp cacao nibs

Instructions

  • Start by removing the seeds from the medjool dates and adding to the food processor. Follow this by tossing in all of the remaining ingredients.
    vegan goji berry bites
  • Turn the food processor on and allow it to do all the work for you. If you need to stop to scrape down the sides, go right ahead. Continue to food process the mixture until a dough like ball is formed.
    Vegan Goji Berry & Mixed Nut Energy Ball
  • Once the dough is formed, remove from procesor and take either a 1 tsp or 1 tbsp (depending on the size you want) amount and roll into balls. You can leave as is or you can roll in some coconut shreds as shown. The balls will be quite sticky so I do recommend rollling them in some sort of a powder/shreds. Feel free to use cacao powder, coconut shreds, pulsed nuts, powdered sugar or whatever else you want!
    Vegan Goji Berry Energy Balls
  • Store in the refrigerator to set and also to keep for the week. I like to keep mine stored in an airtight glass container. These are fantastic for snack lunch boxes, mid-afternooon pick me ups or even as a quick out the door energy boost!

Notes

**Can sub out any nuts for seeds.
**Can sub goji berries for any dried fruit you have on hand. 

Nutrition

Calories: 70.15kcal | Carbohydrates: 11.84g | Protein: 1.14g | Fat: 2.8g | Saturated Fat: 0.95g | Sodium: 0.34mg | Potassium: 108.01mg | Fiber: 1.34g | Sugar: 9.62g | Vitamin A: 18.25IU | Calcium: 15.87mg | Iron: 0.48mg
Vegan Goji Berry & Mixed Nut Energy Ball

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Vegan Cheese Sauce Loaded with Vegetables!
Vegan Cheese Sauce Loaded with Vegetables!

Vegan Cheese Sauce loaded with Vegetables

Do you know what really bugs me?

When I slave over the stove for a good hour or so while my kids run through my legs, throw toys around, and drive me a tad bit bonkers and then they refuse to eat the meal. Are you kidding me? Is this payback for my crazy teen years? haha!

p.s. I’m sorry mom!!

It took me a bit of time but I finally figured it out. Kids like simple.

Kids like what they know, kids like what they can dip and kids like what looks good.

So today, I am honored to present my kid-approved (every single time) Vegan Cheese Sauce Loaded with Vegetables!!!

This sauce has it all. It has three different types of veggies (you can add more if you would like!) and a flavor that is out of this world. No cows, goats or other animals were used and abused for this sauce. I promise it will be a new staple in your home for years to come.

Vegan Cheese Sauce with Vegetables

Every parent’s dream: a nutritionally sound and delicious sauce that kids will beg for!

Benefits of The Vegan Cheese Sauce Loaded with Vegetables!

Potatoes

  • The iron, phosphorous, calcium, magnesium, and zinc in potatoes all help the body to build and maintain bone structure and strength.
  • Keep the peel on! A ton of vitamins and minerals are in the peel 🙂
  • Potatoes contain a great amount of fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Potassium, Manganese, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Niacin, and Folate.
  • Potatoes are rich in compounds like flavonoids, carotenoids, and phenolic acids. These compounds act as antioxidants in the body by neutralizing potentially harmful molecules known as free radicals.

Carrots

  • Carrots are a particularly good source of beta carotene, fiber, vitamin K1, potassium, and antioxidants.
  • They’re a weight-loss-friendly food and have been linked to lower cholesterol levels.
  • Orange carrots get their bright color from beta carotene, an antioxidant that your body converts into vitamin A.

Zucchini

  • Rich in several vitamins and minerals like Vitamin A, Manganese, Vitamin C, Potassium, Magnesium, Vitamin K, Folate, Copper, Phosphorous, Vitamin B6 and Thiamine!
  • Raw zucchini offers a similar nutrition profile as cooked zucchini, but with less vitamin A and more vitamin C, a nutrient that tends to be reduced by cooking.
  • Zucchini boasts several antioxidants that may provide various health benefits. The highest levels are found in the skin.
  • Zucchini is very rich in water which is beneficial to healthy digestion.

Sunflower Seeds: To read our full article on these amazing seeds, click here!

So now that we have talked about some of our amazing ingredients, let’s get cook’n!

Vegan Cheese Sauce with Vegetables
Vegan Cheese Sauce with Vegetables

Veggie Packed Vegan Cheese Sauce

This will 100% be a new weekly staple for you. If you have kids, this may be a bi-weekly staple! This cheese sauce is so delicious and nutritious....we put it on EVERYTHING!
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Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy, kid approved, vegan, vegetable packed
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 137kcal

Ingredients

  • 1-2 garlic cloves peeled, pressed and minced
  • 1/2 small onion roughly chopped
  • 3 large potatoes We use russet or yukon. Scrub and chop. Peel if you wish.
  • 3 large carrots Peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 large zucchini roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds soaked overnight and rinsed/drained
  • 6 tbsp nutritional yeast Add more as needed
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice Fresh squeezed
  • 1 tsp white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar I am a white wine vinegar fan
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/2 tsp mustard (brown or yellow) You can also try dijon. I find that each mustard gives this a different (yummy!) taste.
  • Dash Turmeric Powder

Instructions

  • If you forgot to soak the sunflower seeds, no worries. Just pour some boiling water over the seeds and let sit while the veggies cook. Rinse and drain when done.
  • Peel the carrots. Roughly chop the potatoes, carrots and zucchini. Add to a large pot of water and boil until fork tender. This should take about 10 minutes.
  • From here, carefully remove the veggies and place into a high speed blender with the rest of the ingredients. Blend until smooth.
  • Taste test and adjust. Sometimes I will add in some more vinegar, sea salt or even lemon juice. It all depends on what your taste buds are craving! I rarely need more nutritional yeast but again, it's all up to you.
  • Store this sauce in a large mason jar in the refrigerator for up to 6 days. Use on everything! I love to serve this with homemade french frieds, nachos, as a soup with some sourdough bread, over some toast or even with a load of veggies for dipping.

Notes

**Add any veggies you like. Broccoli does beautifully in this recipe!!
***Can substitute sunflower seeds for silken tofu, cashew nuts or omit. 
***Add more turmeric for more yellow color. 

Nutrition

Calories: 137kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 262mg | Potassium: 749mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 3673IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 4mg
Vegan Cheese Sauce Loaded with Vegetables!

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