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5-Ingredient Protein Bites

Posted by on May 9, 2017 in Featured, Health Tips, Healthy Lifestyle, Healthy Snacks, Sweet Treats | 2 comments

Elizabeth Finch

These bites might seem like they’re too good to be true, but they’re absolutely for real.

I have so much trouble finding exactly what I want in a snack bar. I want one that:

  1. Tastes yummy
  2. Is low-glycemic
  3. Has plenty of protein, fiber and good fats
  4. Doesn’t contain any artificial sweeteners or processed sugar

Is that too much to ask? I don’t think so.

But apparently it is, because other than my favorite Dark Chocolate Snack Bars from USANA Health Sciences (my product partner), I really can’t find a snack bar that fits this bill. And believe me, I’ve looked!

I have a lot of friends who go for “whole foods” bars with loads of nuts and dried fruit, but because most of those bars are pretty low in protein, they don’t keep me full and satisfied for very long.

Good fats are great, we need them and nuts are full of good fats. But I have found that for me personally, I need a good amount of protein with every meal and snack in order to keep me fuller for longer.

So, I just decided to start making my own protein snacks. Which is exactly what these are — my own personal favorite protein snack bites.

Most days my afternoon snack (3:00pm ish) is either a Dark Chocolate Bar from USANA, or one of these little bites, and a cup of green tea.

I make a batch every weekend to have throughout the week, and honestly, my husband and kids love them too and often snatch them up for their own snacks!

I switch it up and sometimes substitute different nut and seed butters, and I also like to sub a few pieces of dried fruit in for the chocolate chips.

This recipe is super versatile, but this is the basic one to get you started.

*I typically don’t focus on nutritional values in my recipes, but I did calculate this one since I wanted to make sure I was getting the right amount of protein with each snack bite, since that is my goal. These bites are each around 150 calories and 6 grams of protein.

5-INGREDIENT PROTEIN BITES

Makes about 8 bites

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 cup of all-natural, no sugar added nut or seed butter (peanut butter, almond butter, Nuttzo, sunflower seed butter, etc)
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 2 tablespoons of pure protein powder (contact me if you’d like information on my favorite ultra-pure whey protein powder from my product partner)
  • 1/2 cup of rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons of dark chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS:

In the bowl of a food processor, add the nut or seed butter, honey and protein powder. Pulse a few times until everything is incorporated. Add the oats to the bowl and pulse a few more times, again incorporating them into the mixture, but taking care to not overprocess the oats, unless you want your mixture smoother. Mix the chocolate chips into the mixture by hand so they stay whole, ensuring they are well incorporated into the mixture.

Roll into 8 bites that are uniform in size and place the bites on a parchment paper lined plate or dish. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes until they set up, and then transfer to a covered dish. Store in the refrigerator for up to one week or in the freezer for longer.

Enjoy!

2 Comments

  1. Thank you for sharing this recipe! Would you mind sharing with me what brand of nut butters you prefer for taste? I’ve tried a couple and ended up throwing them away because we didn’t care for the taste. That gets expensive! LOL

    • I personally love the ones from Wild Friends and Nuttzo. They are both very minimal ingredients and I love the way theirs taste best.

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