Vanilla Energy Bites

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This is a spinoff of a fan-favorite recipe in The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook — Fig Energy Bites! Here, I use dried apples and apricots instead of figs and fresh vanilla seeds and lemon to switch out the flavor profile. Yes, the seeds scraped from a fresh vanilla bean are AIP-friendly, since the seeds are so small they don’t get chewed but pass through digestion “whole” (kinda like the seeds in cucumbers, and berries!).

There isn’t anything fussy or hard about this recipe — just place everything in your food processor, roll into balls, and enjoy!

Vanilla Energy Bites
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  1. Add the apple rings, apricots, vanilla bean seeds, lemon juice, lemon zest (reserving 1 teaspoon for later), and coconut oil to a food processor. Process on high until thoroughly combined and sticky, about 1-2 minutes. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the shredded coconut, sea salt, and reserved lemon zest and stir to combine.
  3. Using your hands, form the apple mixture into small balls, about the size of 2 tablespoons, and roll through the coconut mixture before placing on a plate. Once all of your "bites" are formed, place them in the refrigerator for 20 minutes to harden. Keep refrigerated before serving, or they will melt.


About Mickey Trescott

Mickey Trescott is a cook and one of the bloggers behind Autoimmune Wellness. After recovering from her own struggle with both Celiac and Hashimoto’s disease, adrenal fatigue, and multiple vitamin deficiencies, Mickey started to write about her experience to share with others and help them realize they are not alone in their struggles. She is a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner by the Nutritional Therapy Association, and is the author of The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook, a guide and recipe book for the autoimmune protocol, and AIP Batch Cook, a video-based batch cooking program. You also can find her on Instagram.


  • Sophie says

    Hello Ladies!!! 🙂

    my name is Sophie, I am 18 years old and studying food and nutrition science at university in Australia. I really like your website and was wondering if there are any particular foods, recipes, supplements that may assist in hormonal acne that i experienced for the last couple of years???

    Kindest regards 🙂

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hey Sophie, nice to meet you! I don’t have any specific foods to recommend, but I do think that you may see some changes in troubleshooting your diet. It is hard to know which changes without knowing more, but I would start with a Whole 30 or Paleo approach if you are new to this style of eating! Good luck!

  • Margaret Yarwood says

    Could I use vanilla extract if I don’t have vanilla beans?

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hey Margaret, if you have an extract you tolerate, I would use 1 tsp for each bean in this recipe.

  • Ashley says

    Thank you for this recipe. How many is one serving? Thanks.

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