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Strawberry Cheesecake Swirl Energy Balls

October 10, 2015

No cheese necessary to make these Strawberry Cheesecake Swirl Energy Balls! Just dried strawberries, nuts and nutritional yeast for a yummy vegan and gluten-free snack recipe.

No cheese necessary to make these Strawberry Cheesecake Swirl Energy Balls! Just dried strawberries, nuts and nutritional yeast for a yummy vegan and gluten-free snack recipe.For the first time in the history of THM I am sharing a post on a Saturday! Since Energy Ball Week couldn’t possibly skip a day, we opted to continue the recipes through the weekend so SURPRISE, I’m posting on a Saturday!

It’s crazy to think that NOT ONCE in the 2 years, 8 months that I’ve been writing on THM have I posted on a Saturday. The funny thing is that I have absolutely no idea why.

In theory, most of my posts are scheduled in advance. I’m usually cooking and testing about two weeks ahead and writing a few days before but today I’m writing to you on a Friday evening. Maybe once or twice have I ever actually written the post on the day it went live, but since my posts typically go live at 5:00 AM, the odds of me waking up in any state to write at that ungodly hour is pretty much slim to none.

But today you’re getting about 12 hours before, which is close to being a record.

No cheese necessary to make these Strawberry Cheesecake Swirl Energy Balls! Just dried strawberries, nuts and nutritional yeast for a yummy vegan and gluten-free snack recipe.If I had to stipulate as to why I’ve never posted on the blog on a Saturday, it would be one (or both) of two reasons.

  1. I suspect that there aren’t that many of you reading blogs on a Saturday. Granted, when I was more of a blog reader than blog writer I had a blog-reading marathon every Saturday morning so I could be totally off about this point.
  1. I need at least one day off a week. Nowadays I typically post 3 and sometimes 4 days a week so this doesn’t really apply but when THM was just a baby and I was a lot crazier I would post SIX days a week, so taking Saturday off was completely necessary.

No cheese necessary to make these Strawberry Cheesecake Swirl Energy Balls! Just dried strawberries, nuts and nutritional yeast for a yummy vegan and gluten-free snack recipe.But here I am posting on a Saturday, and you know what? It feels kind of liberating. Sort of like all the people at the nude beach I was at in San Diego…but that’s a story for another day.

In the blogging world, there’s a lot of talk about consistency and ensuring your readers know your posting schedule. By now most of you know my usual Sun-Tues-Fri schedule, but it’s been kind of fun to change it up this week so maybe it’s time I say f*ck it to the rules and just play by my own.

Look at me, I’m even swearing now! Man, posting on a Saturday will do crazy things to you…

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Strawberry Cheesecake Swirl Energy Balls

Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 25 mins

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Add dates to food processor and process until broken up into pea-sized bits.
  2. Add cashews, nutritional yeast, vanilla and sea salt.
  3. Process until well-combined. Mixture should come together into a large ball.
  4. Remove just over 1/2 of mixture (a little under 2/3) and set aside.
  5. Add in dried strawberries and process until strawberries are well combined with remaining mixture.
  6. Roll both the strawberry and plain mixture into 18 teaspoon sized balls.
  7. Squish one of each flavor ball together and roll until they come together into one swirl ball.
  8. Continue the process until all balls have been squished.
  9. Place in the freezer for 15 mins before storing in the refrigerator for up to one month.

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Notes

Make sure your dates are sticky. If not, soak them in hot water for 15 minutes to soften and then drain. * Nutritional yeast is what gives it a cheesy taste. Feel free to omit but it won't taste as "cheesecakey"

But here I am posting on a Saturday, and you know what? It feels kind of liberating. Sort of like all the people at the nude beach I was at in San Diego…but that’s a story for another day.And that wraps up our Saturday edition of Energy Ball Week! Per usual, make sure you head over to Fit Foodie Finds to check out her High-Protein Mint Chip Energy Balls! I’m a sucker for mint chip so you know I’ll be trying these.

mint-chip-energy-ballsWhen do you like to read blogs? Is consistency in a blogger important to you?

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  • Reply
    Ashley @ Fit Mitten Kitchen
    October 10, 2015 at 8:23 am

    Holy crap these are genius. I need to get some nutritional yeast!! And I like it when you swear. Swearing schmaring. Words be words. Post on Saturdays more often 😉
    Have an AWESOME weekend. And Happy Thanksgiving to you on Monday! 😉
    Ashley @ Fit Mitten Kitchen recently posted…Spiced Matcha Latte [dairy-free, vegan, paleo]

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      Davida Kugelmass
      October 12, 2015 at 12:43 pm

      LOL Tell that to my parents who HATED when we swore growing up…I feel like I’m making up for it now haha

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      Davida Kugelmass
      October 12, 2015 at 12:44 pm

      P.S. Happy Thanksgiving to you too (even though I’ll wish it to you again next month..) Also that Matcha Latte YES!

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    Michele @ paleorunningmomma
    October 10, 2015 at 10:25 am

    Agree, genius!
    Michele @ paleorunningmomma recently posted…Paleo Banana Bread with Cassava Flour

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    Sara @ Oats & Rows
    October 10, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    These look amazing! I read blogs every day and if I get behind, I usually spend my weekend mornings reading them. I have been terrible with consistency lately with my blog- real life has just been insane! But I do appreciate consistency from other bloggers…I like knowing when to expect something
    Sara @ Oats & Rows recently posted…How To Meal Prep When You Don’t Have Time

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      Davida Kugelmass
      October 12, 2015 at 12:44 pm

      Awesome feedback! I need to make more time for blog reading. I really miss it!

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    Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut
    October 10, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    I don’t really have particular days I read blogs, but the couple of times I have personally posted on a Saturday it did NOT go so well haha. I am curious to know if you get more or less views with this post.

    Also loving your blog makeover!! Very bright and happy! 🙂 The font is a little challenging to read but it could just me me and my eyeballs.
    Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut recently posted…Fire-Roasted Tomato Hummus Recipe with Bacon

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      Davida Kugelmass
      October 12, 2015 at 12:42 pm

      Truthfully, if I post a new recipe It’s rarely the top post of the day so days of the week don’t mean much. It’s more promotion in the days and weeks to come.

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    Janelle @ Wholly Healthy
    October 11, 2015 at 2:00 am

    These sound delicious! I never would have thought to use nutritional yeast for a cheesecake flavour.
    Janelle @ Wholly Healthy recently posted…Apple Cinnamon Chewy Oat Bars {No-Bake}

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      Davida Kugelmass
      October 12, 2015 at 12:39 pm

      It’s fun ingredient to change things up. I’ve found myself using a lot of nutritional yeast lately!

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    masala girl
    February 13, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    this is new but i am definitely making these. i love that the nooch adds some protein and you dont rely on a ton of cashews!! literally life changing haha.
    masala girl recently posted…Cornbread Take 1: Curry Leaf Skillet Cornbread (+ MOON Chili Cook-Off & Nuts.com Intro)

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    Caitlin
    April 19, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    I’m late to the party, but WHERE did you find dried strawberries?! I can only find freeze dried, and I assume these need to be chewy like dried cranberries or cherries. On that note… could I sub dried cherries?! Dying to try this! The nooch idea is genius!

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      Davida Kugelmass
      April 20, 2016 at 8:38 am

      you could definitely sub cherries! My local bulk store carries dried strawberries so if you have a bulk store, check them out!

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    Julie
    April 25, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    What’s the nutrition info for these? Calories, carbs, etc.

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    Veronica
    April 27, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    Can you use fresh strawberries instead of dried strawberries?

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    Malessa
    July 19, 2017 at 7:56 am

    Do you by chance know the nutritional facts on these bites?

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