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My Name is Gary and Chocolate Cherry Bomb Energy Bites

the veggie nook

J Man is going through this phase where he changes his name. Daily. Names of late?


Sometimes I only know the most current name because I happen to see something different written on papers he brings home from Preschool. God bless his teachers for being willing to help him spell “Jopan”.


Good thing he’s cute.

Today he very seriously informed me that his name had once again changed.


His name is now Gary.

I’ve got to tell you, “Gary” just doesn’t seem to fit my sweet little man.

There’s something else lacking a good name.

I made these…things. For lack of a better word, they’re amazing.


They’re completely all natural, gluten free, and vegan. And delicious. I’m not lying.




Cashews, pecans and rolled oats.




Cocoa powder, dates and dried cherries.


And at this point, I’m stumped for a name. Here’s the story. I’ve never been a girl to enjoy a dirty joke, much less understand one.

These look like balls.


But I don’t want to call them balls!

No way am I going to taint my innocent little treats with even an opportunity for someone to desecrate them.

So they’re “bites”.

Chocolate Cherry Bomb Energy Bites.


“What’s the ‘energy’ in them?” Matty B asked.

“It’s all natural whole foods!” I replied. “That’s your energy!”

He wasn’t satisfied and then came up with the best idea he’s ever had (other than marrying me and throwing away his Mickey Mouse tank top- two very good decisions:)

Add ground espresso beans.

So we divided the dough in half, (my kids don’t need any extra energy!) and added 1/2 TBS ground espresso beans to one portion.

I don’t know what to call my son on a daily basis, but these are fabulous.

Don’t take my word for it.

Just ask Gary.

Chocolate Cherry Bomb Energy Bites


1 cup raw cashews
1 cup pecans
1 cup dates
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup dried cherries
1 TBS cocoa powder
1 TBS pure maple syrup
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp almond extract
1/2 TBS finely ground espresso beans
(For 1/2 batch. Double to 1 TBS for full batch)


Starting with cashews, pulse ingredients in food processor in order listed. Once you have a sticky paste, form into balls. Store in refrigerator. Approximately 150 calories a piece.


2 responses »

  1. Hi! I found you via Healthy Vegan Fridays. 🙂 These look great! i have a real thing for cherries at the moment – so this was good timing! Adding ground coffee – pure genius!


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