December 23, 2011

Recipe Round-Up: Vegan No-Bake, Bite-Sized Holiday Treats

With Christmas right around the corner, there's just enough time to share one more post featuring holiday treats! 

I've already eaten my share of not-so-healthy desserts lately, but with so many temptations everywhere this time of year, I thought it would be a good idea to keep some healthier dessert options around to snack on.  So in the last couple weeks, I've made a few different bite-sized treats that I've been enjoying myself and sharing with others...and now I can share them with you too! 

These are all easy to make, store well, and don't involve baking (except for the last one), so you can whip them up quickly and enjoy them through the rest of the holidays!

Notes: All recipes are vegan. I have not included the recipes here, so you can click on the links to find the original recipes. All photos are my own versions.

Raw Gingersnap Truffles from Young Married Chic

These may have been my favourite of the bunch! They had just the right balance of gingerbread flavors in a chewy bite-sized ball made of ground nuts, oats and spices. 
Notes: I made 1/4 of the recipe, which gave me 9 small balls. I also added 1/2 tsp of molasses to enhance the gingerbread flavor even more. 

Apricot Coconut Snowballs from Healthy Blender Recipes

The original recipe for these balls called for dried mango, but I substituted dried apricots instead. These came together well and had a nice balance of sweet and sour. I thought the apricot flavor was stronger than the coconut, so as long as you like apricots, you will like these! 
Note: I made half the recipe and still got about 20 small balls. 

Peanut Butter & Jam Thumbprints from Alisa Cooks

These no-bake thumbprints tasted exactly like a peanut butter and jam sandwich with a nice crumbly texture from the graham crackers. I filled them with strawberry-rhubarb jam but another flavour like raspberry would work just as well! I regretted not making a bigger batch of these!
Notes: I made half the recipe, which only got me 2 thumbprints. These will start to soften and melt quickly so you should eat them straight from the fridge or freezer.

Banana Coconut Date Macaroons from

These macaroons have just three ingredients - banana, coconut and dates. They had a strong banana flavor - which I liked because I love bananas, but they definitely aren't the same as a traditional macaroon cookie. They make a great mid-morning snack!
Notes: My dates never fully broke down in the food processor, so I would suggest chopping them finely by hand first, or soaking them first to soften them up.

Almond Butter Rice Krispy Treats from Oh She Glows

These are a slightly healthier version of rice krispie bars (since they use almond butter and leave out the marshmallows). Not only were they easier to make, but I also liked the taste better than traditional rice krispie treats! Next time I would make the bars a bit thicker though.
Notes: I used a mix of rice krispies and rice puff cereal. I also left out the Earth Balance and added some unsweetened shredded coconut. 

Quinoa Cherry Chocolate Chip Balls from Running to the Kitchen

These were my second-favourite of the bunch! Don't be scared of the idea of using cooked quinoa in a dessert - they tasted amazing and I loved the unique texture! The combination of dried cherries with chocolate chips and almonds was sooo good!
Notes: The balls were very difficult and messy to roll, but as Gina says, it just means you get more to lick off your hands while you're making them! I also baked mine for slightly less time then the recipe called for. I recommend storing them in the fridge.

Mini M&M Christmas Funfetti Cookies adapted from my previous Funfetti Cookies, originally from Chocolate Covered Katie

I made these cute little dough balls once before, and since I liked them so much the first time, I wanted to do a holiday version! So I replaced the chocolate chips with red and green M&M's (I spent a long time in the bulk bin meticulously trying to pick out only red and green m&m's with the huge scoop) and Christmas coloured sprinkles. I think I messed up the proportions a bit when I tried to make a larger batch but I made them again using the original recipe for only 3 cookies and they turned out better that time!

Hopefully you will find a bit of time in your busy schedules over the next couple of days to make at least one (or even a few!) of these treats!  Now that I've finished my Christmas shopping and the treats are covered, I have to figure out which recipes I want to contribute to our Christmas Eve feast!


  1. i love these collections of things in one place.. so many delicious options! those funfetti cookies and quinoa balls are so fun!

  2. all of your bite-sized holiday treats! they all look delicious!

  3. Thanks @Richa and @Caitlin, I'm glad you like them! And the most fun part is that they aren't just holiday treats, they can be made any time of year!



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