Quick and Easy Fresh Strawberry Raw Snacks!
A plant-based recipe, practically whole food with no added oils!
A super delicious combination of walnuts, dates, and cocoa crust, filled with the most aromatic and flavourful strawberry frosting!
One truly healthy and tasty vegan dessert or snack.
I love making these raw nutty bites as they are quick and easy to prepare.
So delicious and require no time! They are also so sweet and look beautiful!
A Sweet Snack that is Health Food
These strawberry snacks might be sweet but they are so healthy, you can think of them as actual food!
That’s because they are made with only pure, natural, whole plant food ingredients.
Without any heavily processed ingredients!
No eggs, no milk, and no oil!
And whole plant foods are, by nature, rich in phytonutrients and antioxidants. They detoxify the body, remove metabolic waste and play numerous important roles within the body.
Instead of processed ingredients, I used whole chia seeds, whole walnuts, whole cashews, whole coconut shreds, and whole dates.
So you get calcium, selenium, vitamin E, zinc, magnesium, manganese, copper, potassium… And FIBER!
Whole nuts are super fiber-rich and the fiber fills you up, slows the absorption of calories and even sucks bad cholesterol out of your body!
And for that small tbsp of maple syrup? Such a small amount mixes with the fiber and will not have any adverse effect on you.
And the strawberries, like all berries, lower the overall glycemic effect of the food. So you get to eat a sweet dessert and your blood sugar levels stay nice and low.
Those chia seeds and walnuts are also a great source of the essential Omega-3 fats that protect the brain, build your cell membranes and reduce inflammation.
Just make a big batch of these strawberry bites and enjoy a snack that is delicious and nutritious!
How to prepare these Fresh Strawberry Raw Snacks?
The Nut Base
The nut crust is really easy to prepare. Ready in just a few minutes.
I used raw walnuts for this recipe, but you can use your favorite nuts, like pecans or almonds. They will be a good choice as well.
These raw bites contain no sugar. I prefer using dates for sweetness instead. Their natural sugars are bound with fiber, making them a healthy source of sweetness. If your dates are a bit dry, you can soak them in water. They will be easily chopped after that.
For the nut base, put all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until a sticky dough is formed. You can also use water instead of fruit juice, but I prefer it, as it adds a fresh citrus note to the taste.
Then you need about six small bowls with a flat bottom. Line them with parchment paper. Take about one and a half tablespoons of the nut mixture and press it to the bottom of the bowls. Slightly scoop the central part to form small, low edges (something like a pie crust should be formed) to put the frosting in it. Refrigerate for a while.
The Strawberry Frosting
This is one of the tastiest and aromatic frostings I have ever tried!
The strawberries release their beautiful pink color and irresistible aroma. I used frozen ones, it is important to thaw them before chopping. You can use fresh strawberries as well. Combined with coconut shreds and a bit of freshly squeezed lemon juice, the taste is simply exquisite!
The raw cashew nuts add a creamy and thick texture to the frosting. If you have time you can soak them for 2 hours. I skipped this step as I was in a hurry. I also used a tablespoon of maple syrup as a sweetener, as I wanted a smooth consistency. I do not like overly sweet desserts and a tablespoon was more than enough for me in this case. So taste the frosting before it is ready and feel free to adjust the level of sweetness.
I used chia seeds and rolled oats to thicken the strawberry frosting so it does not leak when you pour it over the nut base.
Refrigerate it for at least two hours before assembling these sweet little bites. The oats and chia seeds will absorb the extra fluids and thicken the frosting.
To assemble these sweet little snacks, take out the nut crusts from the bowls and add about one tablespoon of the strawberry frosting in each of them.
Decorate according to your taste. I love using small fruits, like raspberries, blueberries or cranberries.
Unleash your imagination and enjoy yourself in the process!
Why These Fresh Strawberry Raw Snacks are healthy for you?
- Fewer calories
- High in Omega-3 healthy fats
These Fresh Strawberry Raw Snacks are the perfect vegan dessert!
An individual, small serving of sweetness that will make anybody feel so special!
For the nut base
- 1½ cups (120 gr) raw walnuts
- 5 regular dates
- 2 tsp cocoa powder
- 3 tbsp freshly squeezed fruit juice (orange or tangerine)
For the strawberry frosting
- ½ cup (50 gr) raw cashew nuts
- ¾ cup strawberries, fresh or frozen
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp coconut shreds
- 1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tbsp Maple syrup
- 1 tbsp fine rolled oats
- Place all ingredients for the nut base in a food processor and pulse for several minutes or until a sticky dough is formed. You may need to scrape the sides occasionally.
- Line six small bowls with a flat bottom with parchment paper. Take about one and a half tablespoons of the nut mixture and press it to the bottom of the bowls. Slightly scoop the central part and form small, low edges to put the frosting in it. Refrigerate for a while.
- For the strawberry frosting put all ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Refrigerate for about two hours or until it thickens a bit so it does not leak from the nut crust.
- To assemble the dessert take out the nut crusts from the bowls and add about one tablespoon of the strawberry frosting in each of them.
- Decorate with fresh blueberries or raspberries. Enjoy!
- If you use frozen strawberries, let them thaw before chopping them in the food processor. It will be easy.