Yesterday I shared an easy, delicious recipe and I promised today to share a healthier version. So, here we go, check out these Red Velvet Energy Bites. I like to call them Red Devils. You’ll see why in a bit.
I love to show the versatility that comes with a vegan diet. Sometimes we want fast and easy. But it’s got to be delicious too.
You can’t forget the delicious part!
Adee startled me the other day by telling me she’s been eating beets every day.
I didn’t like beets until I was, well, older than 19. She’s got a serious leg up on me in the being healthy at a young age thing.
Here’s the deal, you don’t have to like beets to enjoy this recipe. Seriously.
What I Love About These Red Velvet Energy Bites
The thing is, yesterday I shared Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies. Man, oh man, are they tasty! But I have to admit to feeling a little guilty, because although they fit my requirements for easy and delicious, they weren’t so great on the healthy side of the scale.
But these Red Velvet Energy Bites have it all – they’re easy to make, healthy, and oh-so-tasty to eat! You may be wondering how I made these so red. Well, a little bit of beet mush is all it took. Do you know what I say to that?
We got the beet, we got the beet, we got the beet. Yah!
I thought of so many fun beet puns.
- Peel the beet…burning you up…ready or not!
- Just beet it
- The beet goes on
- Beet of my heart
Should I go on? I think maybe they should elect me president of the National Beet Council or something. Surely they have a Beet Council and they’re looking for someone like me to be on it. Right?
I call these my little Red Devils because they’re devilishly good and deliver a punch of energy with a lot of omega 3s to boot! Having lots of energy makes me SO happy! And knowing that if YOU make these you’ll have lots of energy too…well, that’s just icing on the cake, people! I hope you DO make these and that you share a photo with me using #namelymarly on Instagram or Twitter. I feel like Clint Eastwood saying, “go ahead…make my day.” 🙂
- 1 small beet
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 4-6 tablespoons water
- 1½ cups oatmeal
- ¼ cup hemp seeds
- ½ cup ground flax seeds
- ½ cup coconut flakes
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1½ cup mini chocolate chips
Peel the beet and then chop it into small cubes. Place these in a microwave-safe glass dish and add around 1-2 teaspoons of water. Microwave for about 20 seconds. Stir the beets, and then microwave for another 20 seconds. Repeat until the beets become slightly tender (insert a fork into a few of the cubes to test). Place a plate on top of the container to allow the beets to continue cooking. Note: Beets pack some massive staining power! You may want to wear gloves and use an old chopping board!
When the beets are ready, add 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. If the oil is still kind of firm, the heat from the beets should melt it. Allow it to sit in the warm container a minute or so until it melts.
Add the beet/coconut mixture to a food processor and pulse for a few seconds. Use a spatula to push the ingredients down and pulse again. Next add a tablespoon of water and pulse again. Continue adding 1 tablespoon of water at a time until you get a nice pureed consistency. I used a total of 5 tablespoons of water for a relatively small beet.
Next add the oatmeal, hemp seeds, ground flax, coconut flakes, and cocoa powder. Pulse for several seconds until well combined. Stir in chocolate chips.
Store in a sealed container in the fridge.
Wanna check out some other healthy red velvet recipes online? Here are some of my favorites:
- Vegan Red Velvet Cupcakes by 40 Aprons. Vegan and so good!
- Fudgy Vegan Beet Cakes by Minimalist Baker. Oh my!
- Red Velvet Beet Brownies from Mind Body Green. Bring on the beet!
- For a cake of a different color, check out my Blue Velvet Cake made with blueberries. Yum!
Whatever velvety dessert you’re dining on, enjoy!