After posting my gut-healing broth recipe, I’ve heard from a lot of people following gut healing diets, particularly the SCD (specific carbohydrate diet) but who are also vegetarian (or vegan) and are struggling to make it work.
One of the other tricky things about the SCD diet is that the only “legal” sweetener is honey. I know this isn’t a problem for vegetarians and even some people who follow a plant-based diet but for vegans, this is not an option.
The one way around this is to use dates! I love using dates to sweeten desserts. Not only because it’s healthy but it also gives this wonderfully natural caramel-taste.
For a recipe like this, dates work perfectly. They not only provide sweetness but also that sticky texture that helps bind everything together.
However, translating this to baking and other desserts is a bit more tricky. But NOT impossible. I’m going to be experimenting with it more soon but for now, here is a super-easy, chocolate-y, nutty treat that is both vegan and SCD-friendly.
A quick note about peanuts: Apparently shelled peanuts are not SCD-friendly but as far as I can tell, this is only because it’s assumed they will be coated with starch. Well in the UK, at least, most brands of roasted peanuts are simply peanuts, salt and rapeseed oil. If you’re unsure though, simply make your own!
But regardless of your dietary needs, these are just plain delicious.
These Chocolate & Peanut Energy Bites are:
- ½ cup roasted peanuts*
- 1 tbsp peanut butter
- 10 medjool dates, pitted
- 2 tbsp cacao powder**
- Add all the ingredients to a blender and mix until the mixture balls together.
- Roll into twelve bite-sized balls and enjoy!
- Can be kept at room temperature or refrigerated for a firmer texture.
**I use raw cacao powder but if you want to use cocoa powder instead, try adding a small amount at first as it might give a more bitter taste.