German Chocolate Cake Energy Bites

When the craving strikes for German chocolate cake, these chocolaty, coconutty, pecan-filled energy bites come to the rescue fast! They’re rich, decadent, satisfy your sweet tooth, and come together in just 25 minutes with 9 simple ingredients.
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German Chocolate Cake Energy Bites

When the craving strikes for German chocolate cake, these chocolaty, coconutty, pecan-filled energy bites come to the rescue fast! They’re rich, decadent, satisfy your sweet tooth, and come together in just 25 minutes with 9 simple ingredients.

They’re a filling snack or treat to enjoy throughout the week or share with friends. Did we mention they’re vegan, gluten-free, and naturally sweetened?

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Fudgy Tahini Date Chocolate Bars

If chocolate had best friends, tahini and dates would definitely be in the running! It’s one of our favorite combos, and we’ve put them together in this creamy, decadent treat inspired by Honey Mama’s Chocolate Bars. 
These fudgy, beautiful bars a…

Fudgy Tahini Date Chocolate Bars

If chocolate had best friends, tahini and dates would definitely be in the running! It’s one of our favorite combos, and we’ve put them together in this creamy, decadent treat inspired by Honey Mama’s Chocolate Bars. 

These fudgy, beautiful bars are made with simple, wholesome ingredients, and this version is naturally nut-free! With just 6 ingredients and 25 minutes required, your chocolate club membership awaits!

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Salted Caramel Chocolate Ganache Tart (Vegan + GF)

It’s a good sign when the first word out of your mouth after a bite is WOW. This salted caramel chocolate ganache tart is almost too good to be true…but you better believe it! It’s decadent, chocolaty, salty-sweet perfection, and it requires just 7 ing…

Salted Caramel Chocolate Ganache Tart (Vegan + GF)

It’s a good sign when the first word out of your mouth after a bite is WOW. This salted caramel chocolate ganache tart is almost too good to be true…but you better believe it! It’s decadent, chocolaty, salty-sweet perfection, and it requires just 7 ingredients

Not only is it insanely delicious, but it’s gluten-free, vegan, and doesn’t require baking!

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Almond Joy Energy Bites (6 Ingredients!)

We want to let you in on a little secret. These might look like unassuming energy bites but they’re not. They’re kind of exceptional (but shhh, don’t tell). Not only do they pack all of the flavors of Almond Joy inside (hello chocolate, coconut, almond…

Almond Joy Energy Bites (6 Ingredients!)

We want to let you in on a little secret. These might look like unassuming energy bites but they’re not. They’re kind of exceptional (but shhh, don’t tell). Not only do they pack all of the flavors of Almond Joy inside (hello chocolate, coconut, almond!), but they also have the texture of a no-bake cookie. WE KNOW. It’s a big deal.

Oh, and did we mention they have an (optional but highly recommended) coconut butter GLAZE?

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No-Bake Brownie Bites

We’ve made a number of energy bites on the blog before, but these ones might take the cake. Or the brownie? Either way, these brownie bites are incredibly delicious.
My very first no-bake brownies can be found here, which were inspired by the super ta…

No-Bake Brownie Bites

We’ve made a number of energy bites on the blog before, but these ones might take the cake. Or the brownie? Either way, these brownie bites are incredibly delicious.

My very first no-bake brownies can be found here, which were inspired by the super talented Sarah at My New Roots.

What you need to know: 7 whole food ingredients, 1 food processor, 15 minutes required; refined sugar-free; tastes like dessert; rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids; your friends and family will be in awe of your majestic healthy dessert-making abilities.

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L’Instant Cacao: Bean-to-bar Chocolate Shop

If you’re old enough to remember, the Grateful Dead had a song that went, “What a long, strange trip it’s been.” (There are other reasons you might not remember things back then, especially if you were the type that listened to the Grateful Dead.) But that could be the tagline for a number of things, some as recent as 2020, the Covid crisis, and others…

If you’re old enough to remember, the Grateful Dead had a song that went, “What a long, strange trip it’s been.” (There are other reasons you might not remember things back then, especially if you were the type that listened to the Grateful Dead.) But that could be the tagline for a number of things, some as recent as 2020, the Covid crisis, and others that stretch back longer, such as the bean-to-bar chocolate movement.

I was there at the beginning of it in the United States, and I clearly remember when Robert Steinberg handed me a melting wad of freshly-made chocolate he pulled out of his pocket at a baking event, that was folded up in a little foil packet, as if it was a part of a drug deal. That eventually bloomed into Scharffen Berger chocolate.

They were the pioneers of bean-to-bar chocolate making in America, back in 1996, and now there are close to two hundred artisan chocolate makers in the States. That’s amazing, considering when Robert and his business partner John Scharffenberger, told me they were going to make chocolate from scratch, I thought it was a crazy idea and would never get off the ground. Thirteen years later, they sold the company for a reported $50 million. So if you want to ask someone for business advice, you might want to ask someone other than me.

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5-Ingredient No-Bake Cookie Energy Bites

Friends, are you ready for a throwback? These intensely delicious energy bites are adapted from a recipe I posted way way back in 2012 for No-Bake Cookie Bars, shortly after Minimalist Baker began. #memories
The concept was simple: Throw a bunch of rea…

5-Ingredient No-Bake Cookie Energy Bites

Friends, are you ready for a throwback? These intensely delicious energy bites are adapted from a recipe I posted way way back in 2012 for No-Bake Cookie Bars, shortly after Minimalist Baker began. #memories

The concept was simple: Throw a bunch of really good tasting ingredients like chocolate chips, peanut butter, and dates into a food processor and see what happens. The result? It tasted like a straight-up NO-BAKE COOKIE. Yes, the no-bake cookie of your childhood (or my childhood, at least).

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Nourishing Chocolate Banana Adaptogenic Shake

We turned our favorite adaptogenic hot chocolate into a shake! Because it’s summer and it’s hot outside, but adaptogens are great year-round.
Just 1 blender, 10 minutes, and 10 ingredients stand between you and this delicious shake. Let us show you ho…

Nourishing Chocolate Banana Adaptogenic Shake

We turned our favorite adaptogenic hot chocolate into a shake! Because it’s summer and it’s hot outside, but adaptogens are great year-round.

Just 1 blender, 10 minutes, and 10 ingredients stand between you and this delicious shake. Let us show you how it’s done!

What is an Adaptogen?

Good question, and something I wondered about myself up until a few years ago.

An adaptogen is a plant (usually an herb, root, or mushroom) that may help your body adapt to stress (whether acute, episodic, or chronic).

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Coffee Chocolate Nice Cream

Sometimes a chocolate and coffee craving strikes, and when that happens, this banana ice cream is just the thing you need. It’s creamy, fruit-sweetened, intensely chocolaty, coffee-spiked, and comes together in minutes! 
Because I don’t consume mu…

Coffee Chocolate Nice Cream

Sometimes a chocolate and coffee craving strikes, and when that happens, this banana ice cream is just the thing you need. It’s creamy, fruit-sweetened, intensely chocolaty, coffee-spiked, and comes together in minutes! 

Because I don’t consume much caffeine, I opted for a decaf version using dandy blend, but you could also opt for espresso powder or a small amount of cooled strong brewed coffee or espresso.

We also share our favorite tips for getting perfectly creamy, scoopable banana ice cream every time!

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No-Bake Red Velvet Cake Balls (V/GF)

Introducing a red velvet spin on our incredible no-bake chocolate cake balls!
These cake balls are infused with beetroot powder for a deeper chocolate flavor and health perks. Just 1 bowl, 7 ingredients, and 10 minutes required for these healthier tre…

No-Bake Red Velvet Cake Balls (V/GF)

Introducing a red velvet spin on our incredible no-bake chocolate cake balls!

These cake balls are infused with beetroot powder for a deeper chocolate flavor and health perks. Just 1 bowl, 7 ingredients, and 10 minutes required for these healthier treats!

How to Make Red Velvet Cake Balls

Red velvet cake is considered a Southern dish that was invented in the 1800s. Those looking for a deeper dive into the history can do so here and here.

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