This is the first installment in our #5under5 recipe series, a collection of original plant-based recipes made by yours truly that cost less than $5 per serving and can be made with only five ingredients. No way, right?! We at One Green Planet want to show you that it's totally possible to eat plant-based without sacrificing time, money, or creativity. We wanted to begin the series with a spinoff of one of our most popular recipes: Raw Vegan Lemon Meltaway Balls by our fabulous recipe blogger Karielyn Tillman! We love the original recipe, but wanted to see if we could give it a #5under5 makeover while still keeping everything as delicious and easy as possible. The original recipe calls for almond flour, coconut flour, pink Himalayan salt, maple syrup, lemons, vanilla extract, and coconut oil. In order to preserve the "melt in your mouth" quality of the bites, we kept the coconut flour and substituted roasted, salted cashew butter for the almond flour. It's a little pricey, but the cashew butter ingeniously stands in for the nuts, the salt, and the coconut oil because of its high fat content. Agave nectar stands in for the maple syrup because it's usually cheaper, but you can use whatever liquid sweetener you already have on hand. As a finishing touch, we decided to coat the bites in crushed freeze dried strawberries for a pop of hot pink color and burst of fruity summer flavor! You can't have strawberry lemonade without the strawberry, right? The end result: these bites are perfectly tart, chewy, and yes, they definitely melt in your mouth. They're perfect for any occasion, too, whether it's an adorable dessert or everyday snack. Plus, spending only $4.99 for 35 bites is a sweet deal, indeed! Have an idea for a #5under5 recipe? Send it to [email protected] and you might just see it on the site next week! If you make this dish, be sure to post it on social media with #5under5 and @onegreenplanet so we can see your amazing creation!
#5under5: Strawberry Lemonade Meltaway Bites [Vegan, Gluten-Free, No-Bake]
Makes 35, 4 bites per serving
- 1 cup coconut flour - $1.40
- 3/4 cup cashew butter (we used roasted and salted) - $2.50
- 3 tablespoons agave nectar - $0.30
- 1 whole lemon, juice and zest - $0.29
- 1/4 cup freeze dried strawberries, crushed into powder - $0.50
- In a mixing bowl, add the coconut flour, cashew butter, agave, lemon juice, and lemon zest, and stir to combine. (Alternatively, you can pulse everything together in a food processor.) The mixture will be a little dry, so you should thin it out with a few tablespoons of water until the dough forms a nice, soft ball and there is no dry flour at the bottom of the bowl.
- Form the dough into half tablespoon-sized "bites" and roll in the strawberry powder to coat.
- You can eat the bites right away, or store them in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
We used roasted and salted cashew butter so this isn't technically a raw recipe, but if you want to make the bites completely raw you can use raw coconut flour, raw cashew butter, raw agave nectar or maple syrup, and add a pinch of Himalayan crystal salt. Here are some variations you can try! Coconut-Lime: sub the lemon for lime and roll the bites in unsweetened shredded coconut Orange-Chocolate: sub the lemon for orange and roll the bites in cacao powder (or melted chocolate!) Maple-Cinnamon: sub the agave nectar for maple syrup, omit the lemon, and roll the bites in cinnamon Chocolate-Strawberry: omit the lemon, add a tablespoon or two of cacao powder to the dough, and roll in the strawberry dust Pina Colada: sub the lemon for pineapple juice and roll in unsweetened shredded coconut The cost of the serving size above is based on the NYC Metro Area product pricing below: Coconut flour, $3.00 Roasted and salted cashew butter, $8.00 Organic Agave Nectar, $3.30 Lemon, $0.29 Freeze-dried strawberries, $3.50