Strawberry shortcake energy bites


{vegan and gluten-free!}

Helloooooo. How’s the morning going?? Don’t forget that there’s still time to enter this awesome White Plum giveaway, and your special discount code expires in 2 days!

Hope you’re enjoying the day so far. After being away for a while, it’s always nice to be home with my favorite people and back in the routine. I took Sunday off from the gym, and was needing it after the various workouts at IDEA, but was back to business as usual yesterday. I can already tell I’m going to be sore from the latest BODYPUMP release. I think my favorite track is the triceps track, and even though I’m so so sick of the song (“Lips Are Movin’”), I think it’s a great balance of my favorite triceps exercises. This release may be my favorite since 89. <— I loved that one.

So today, I have a new recipe for you! It’s a version of my beloved amazeball, with some new ingredients… and it tastes like cake.

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Energy bites aren’t the most attractive food. They’re a jumble of pantry ingredients, rolled into a sphere for convenience sake. According to my Instagram friends, the latest one looks like a turtle? (Which make me laugh so hard I choked a little on my LaCroix.) Ok, so even though they aren’t the prettiest, they taste pretty gorgeous, and make you feel good, too. I’m always about a snack that gives me an energy boost from natural sugars, in addition to satisfying healthy fats and protein.

For the strawberry flavor, I used these crispy freeze-dried strawberries from Trader Joe’s.

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They yield a summery burst of strawberry flavor, but if you don’t have them on hand, feel free to add dried fruit or chocolate chips instead.

On the other hand, I highly recommend keeping the almond extract if you have it! This is what gives it that delightful cake-ish flavor.

Here’s the recipe if you’d like to give them a try!



Strawberry Shortcake Energy Bites

A delicious and satisfying snack option! It’s perfectly portable and tastes like a beloved summer dessert, with a boost of healthy fats and protein.

  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5
  • Yield: 6 1x



  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup freeze-dried strawberries
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup oats (use gluten-free oats for a gluten-free version)
  • 3 pitted medjool dates
  • 2 tablespoons of your favorite vanilla protein powder (can use almond meal instead)
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup


  1. In a food processor, chop all of the ingredients until a dough forms. Using a melon ball scooper or your hands, shape into 6 spheres.
  2. Store covered in the fridge for up to one week.


  • No freeze-dried strawberries? No worries. Try a dried fruit you love, chocolate chips, or another freeze-dried fruit.

Nutrition stats are here.

What’s your snack today?? I’ll be having one of these crumbled onto some plain goat greek yogurt.

Hope you have a lovely morning and I’ll see ya later today on the Family page.

More amazeballs recipes:

The classic never dies

Brownie batter protein bites

Peanut butter cup

Cranberry orange and cashew butter and jelly

Bliss balls

Workout challenge: this barre squat burner! It’s short, but will set your legs on fiiiiire. 

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