Tiger Nut Energy Bites are the perfect nut free and AIP friendly snack or treat! They’re soft & chocolatey with a hint of nuttiness. Only 3-ingredients required for these delicious bites and they’re super easy to make!
DID YOU KNOW? Tiger nuts are not actually nuts, but rather tubers, like sweet potato, though much smaller in size. They get their name from the stripes on the tubers’ exterior.
These marble-sized tubers are chewy and taste like a cross between an almond and pecan with a hint of honey–making them a great nut replacement.
They are naturally gluten, grain and dairy free, so they’re perfect for those following a plant-based or paleo diet.
Tiger nuts can be consumed in a number of ways. You can eat them raw, roasted, soaked or boiled. You can also find tiger nuts in a variety of forms; tiger nut flour, tiger nut oil, tiger nut butter and tiger nut milk!
Lately, I’ve been experimenting with different tiger nut recipes. Not only do I get more variety in my diet with these small tubers, but they are packed with antioxidants, resistant starch fiber & vitamin E.
So, if you’re curious about tiger nuts or maybe you’re looking for nut free paleo recipes, you’ve got to try my tiger nut creations …
Tiger Nut Energy Bites are the perfect nut free and AIP friendly snack or treat! They're soft & chocolatey with a hint of nuttiness. Only 3-ingredients required for these delicious bites and they're super easy to make!
Tiger nut chocolate chip cookies are soft, chewy and so delicious! The perfect cookie recipe for those following a nut free paleo lifestyle or those looking to add more variety and nutrients to their diet.
You might be wondering — “Why tiger nuts, Jen?”
Well, my obsession with tiger nuts started a while back when the BF was having bad gut reactions to nuts.
At that time, most of the treats I made contained some form of nut which were a big NO for him. So, I began searching for a nut replacement that would not only make delicious treats, but also keep his belly happy.
It turns out that tiger nuts, which are small tubers and not actual nuts, are a great alternative since they have a similar taste and texture to nuts. I like to describe them as a cross between an almond and pecan with a hint of honey.
Eventually the BF’s issue with nuts went away, BUT the loads of tiger nuts and tiger nut flour that I bought didn’t!
SO, when life gives you tiger nuts, make tiger nut everything! Right?!
This time around I decided to try a classic treat–THE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE! Turns out that tiger nut flour works well as a base. These cookies turned out soft and chewy, like all chocolate chip cookies should be.
If you’re following a nut free paleo diet (or maybe you just want to add more variety and nutrients to your diet), I highly recommend this recipe.
Here’s what you’ll need for Tiger Nut Chocolate Chip Cookies
Tiger Nut “NOatmeal” is a delicious nut & grain free version of oatmeal. This nutrient-packed breakfast is the perfect way to start your day!
Despite what the name might have you believe, tiger nuts are not actually nuts, but rather small tubers.
They’re rich in a variety of nutrients and have been linked to several health benefits — including improvements in gut health.
Here are a couple of ways tiger nuts can support gut health …
Tiger nuts are high in insoluble fiber, which passes through your gut without being digested. Insoluble fiber adds bulk to your poop and helps food move through your gut easily, reducing the likelihood of constipation.
In addition, insoluble fiber captures toxins, waste, fat and cholesterol particles and expels them from your system.
Tiger nuts contain more fiber per serving than many other recommended high-fiber foods, like quinoa or chia seeds. One serving of tiger nuts contains 10 grams of fiber, providing you with almost half of your daily requirement.
Tiger nuts contain resistant starch, a type of prebiotic fiber that can feed the friendly bacteria in your gut, helping your digestion run smoothly.
It’s a good idea to introduce resistant starch prebiotics into your diet gradually. This can help you avoid any temporary gas or bloating you could experience otherwise.
2tbspcoconut manna (for nut free "NOatmeal"), or nut butter of choice
Fresh fruit, cacao nibs, shredded coconut
Add drained tiger nuts, cacao nibs and cinnamon into food processor and process until everything is finely ground. Tigernuts may take a bit of time to break down, so just run the processor until you get the right consistency.
In one bowl beat eggs and milk together.
In another bowl, mash banana and coconut manna together with a fork.
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Turn heat to medium-low heat and begin mixing ingredients together using a spatula.
Cook for 5-minutes or longer, stirring regularly so "NOatmeal" doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan. Cook for less time if you want a more runny consistency or cook longer if you want a more dense consistency.
Feel free to top your "NOatmeal" with fresh fruit, cacao nibs or shredded coconut!
1/2cuptiger nut flour, or almond flour if not following AIP
4tbspPurePaleo Protein powder vanilla, or PurePea vanilla for vegan/not AIP version*
2tspmatcha green tea
4pitted dates, soaked for a few minutes
1/4cupcoconut oil, melted & cooled
1/2cupcoconut butter/manna, melted & cooled
Add all ingredients into a food processor and process until ingredients start to stick together. If mixture is too dry, add 1 tsp of coconut butter or oil at a time. If mixture is too wet, add 1 tsp of tiger nut flour (or almond flour) at a time.
Scoop out mixture with a tablespoon, press firmly together then roll into balls.
Enjoy right away or store in an airtight container for later.