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Pumpkin Spice Protein Balls

Pumpkin Spice Protein Balls made with almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin, dates, protein powder, and more! These warmly-spiced energy bites are quick and easy to make in the food processor. This post is Sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill. Check out more delicious healthy recipes, snag coupons and find stores near you at BobsRedMill.com! Pumpkin season …

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Trail Mix Energy Bites

Trail mix energy bites made with all the trail mix essentials – almonds, cashews, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, raisins, chocolate chips and more. Make these energy bites in minutes in your food processor, then hit the trails!

There are still many warm months ahead, which means more time on trails, which means more trail snacks, which means: trail mix.

I may not be very conventional in my eating habits (I eat non-”breakfast” foods for breakfast, like salmon and roasted vegetables, or stir fry veggies and rice, and consider tuna salad on crackers to be a perfectly acceptable “second dinner”), but trail mix has been and always will be a must when it comes to outdoor activity. AND indoor lounging. Let’s face it: trail mix is life. 

Energy bites (or balls, if you will) are on constant rotation in my home. When I finish a batch, I make another one, always going for a different flavor. They take mere minutes to make, are a great lower-sugar snack, and are easy to pack up and take with you anywhere you go.

So for this rendition of energy bites, we’re taking the trail mix approach, incorporating your classic trail mix ingredients with almond butter and dates for a convenient trail mix explosion.

Let’s whip them out!

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Superfood Blueberry Dark Chocolate Energy Balls

Energy balls with dried blueberries, dark chocolate, almonds, walnuts, dates, pumpkin seeds, flax seed oil, and more. This easy and nutritious snack recipe is a great low-sugar alternative to packaged snacks.

Superfood Blueberry Dark Chocolate Energy Balls made with walnuts, almonds, dates, flax seed oil, and more! A healthy snack recipe | TheRoastedRoot.net #paleo #vegan #healthy

You may have noticed a theme with my snacks section of this site. Let’s face it – they’re mostly nut-based and they’re mostly balls. The  amount of snack recipes I share in comparison to main dishes is pretty dismal by virtue of the fact that I’m not a big snacker.

But when it comes to nuts, seeds, and dried fruit all balled up together in an energy bite? Sign me up.

When I head out of town for a long road trip or go for a long jaunt in the mountains, I’ll often snag some balls in case I have to go more than a few hours between meals. I don’t rely on store-bought snacks, as I find they contain too much sugar and/or contain ingredients I try to avoid.

For this rendition of energy balls, I used all superfood ingredients to generate a ball that is jam packed with healthy fat, antioxidants, minerals, and all sorts of health benefits. PLUS they taste like blueberry chocolatey goodness, which is a major win in my book.

Superfood Blueberry Dark Chocolate Energy Balls made with walnuts, almonds, dates, flax seed oil, and more! A healthy snack recipe | TheRoastedRoot.net #paleo #vegan #healthy

Let’s chat about superfood.

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Spinach Pesto Sauce (Low-FODMAP, Paleo)

Spinach pesto sauce made dairy-free and low-FODMAP. This easy pesto sauce recipe is vegan, and can also be adapted to include parmesan and garlic for a more classic approach.

Spinach Pesto Sauce - a paleo recipe for pesto using spinach for a nutrient-dense sauce - dairy-free with a Low-FODMAP option | TheRoastedRoot.net

Hypothetical situation: You have a massive hankering for something pesto-y, but don’t have any pesto on hand, nor do you have basil to make your own pesto. But you do have spinach!

Hypothetical situation #2: You have kids who love pesto sauce but don’t enjoy eating leafy greens. In walks: spinach pesto.

Case in point: I wanted to make pesto salmon a couple weeks ago, but found the basil in my refrigerator had gone bad, and I didn’t have any pesto sauce on hand; however, I did have a huge tub of spinach.

So I gathered up some nuts from the pantry and tossed them in my food processor with spinach, dill, and oregano – essentially whatever I could find that was pesto-appropriate.

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Almond Crusted Salmon (Paleo, Keto)

Crispy on the outside, moist and tender on the inside Almond Crusted Salmon made with only a few basic ingredients. This easy recipe is paleo, keto, whole30, and mouth-wateringly delicious! This post is sponsored by Raley’s. After going paleo a million (okay, eight) years ago, I missed my crusted animal protein. In particular, I missed …

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Maple Rosemary Roasted Nuts

Salty-sweet and crunchy maple rosemary roasted nuts are the perfect snack or appetizer for entertaining guests. These warmly-spiced nuts are great as an edible holiday gift!

Maple Rosemary Roasted Nuts - refined sugar-free, vegan, paleo, and healthy! | TheRoastedRoot.net

You guys know me well enough to know I have a difficult time writing posts about roasted nuts without making some sort of innuendo in the poorest of taste, so I’m going to skip the intro and get straight down to business before you unfollow me for life.

These maple rosemary roasted nuts are just what you need for entertaining during the holidays. They have that irresistibly sweet-salty-crunchy trifecta, and they’re just so easy to make!

Maple Rosemary Roasted Nuts - refined sugar-free, vegan, paleo, and healthy! | TheRoastedRoot.net

Rosemary and cinnamon give the nuts this burst of flavor that keeps you wanting more. You can make these in bulk in advance (they keep for up to 2 weeks in a sealed jar!), and they’re quite the little crowd pleasers!

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Low-FODMAP Pesto Sauce

This recipe for Low-FODMAP Pesto Sauce is perfect for those who are sensitive to garlic, have IBS, or follow a dairy-free (or vegan) diet. This boldly flavored sauce is great for all your pesto-ing needs!.

Low-FODMAP Pesto Sauce - a garlic-free, dairy-free recipe for pesto sauce that is Low-FODMAP and vegan - perfect for those with food sensitivities

Pesto sauce adds an incredible pop of flavor to everything it touches. I’ve always been a huge fan of pesto, and have made it homemade for over a decade. I recently changed up the way I make pesto because I’m sensitive to garlic, which is a high-FODMAP food that triggers my IBS symptoms.

In addition, while fermented dairy isn’t a huge trigger for me, I do try to avoid dairy when possible. In essence, I go garlic-free and dairy-free when I make pesto, which may sound like an epic snooze fest, but rest assured, I have a formula for low-FODMAP pesto that is easy on my digestive system while still being super flavorful.

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Roasted Beet Salad with Herbed Whipped Ricotta and Citrus Dressing

Roasted beet salad with vanilla bean-infused herbed whipped ricotta, roasted almonds, and citrus dressing is a beautiful sharable dish that’s perfect for serving for brunch. This post is sponsored by Nielsen-Massey. How’s your brunch game these days? If you’re like me and you are planning on entertaining more now that the weather is warming up, …

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