Meatless Monday – Protein Bites

I’ve been wanting to make some protein bites (or protein balls) for, I don’t know, a few years now. Don’t ask me why I’ve not done this yet, because I have no good answer. So, today, after a flurry of PINTEREST pinning of protein bite recipes, I realized I had all the ingredients to make them…when does that EVER happen? To me – never. Into the kitchen I went.

I combined a recipe I found online with a few tweaks of my own, which means that YOU can make these with whatever you have in your kitchen, too. Like, now. Go do it. It’s worth it. 😉 I’ll share with y’all what I did with mine, based on the recipes I read and what I had on hand. What I built mine upon was found over on SUPERSKINNYME.COM. 😀 And the results are an overall 5/5 stars from the family. Success!


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PROTEIN BITES RECIPE

 

  • 2+ cups of dry ingredients for the base (I used half a bag of a pre-packaged mixture of organic oats and seeds from Trader Joes, because that’s what I had on hand, plus 1-2 tablespoons of chia seeds)
  • 1/4 cup dry ingredients for flavor (I mixed an even amount of organic coconut flour and organic coconut palm sugar, then 1 tablespoon cinnamon, and 1 tablespoon cocoa powder)
  • 1/2  cup of dried fruit (I used a mixture of dates and raisins – but make sure whatever dried fruit used is pitted first…otherwise…disaster in your blender)
  • 1/2 cup of peanut butter (or any nut butter of choice)
  • 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil

Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl. In a food processor (I used our Nutri-Bullet), mix all wet ingredients and dried fruit and blend till desired consistency (mine took only a few seconds of pulsing). Combine wet and dry ingredients and mix till well blended (I ended up using my hands to really mix everything together…the spoon wasn’t cutting it and a fork wasn’t much better). Place bowl in the fridge for 20 minutes to ‘set’. Remove, mix with a spoon once more, and scoop a small amount of mixture into palm and roll into a ball. The end result should be about bite-size. My mixture came out to 27 balls.  They can be stuck in the fridge for later, or eaten immediately. Half of mine were consumed within 3 minutes. O.O

 

NOTE: It helps to press mixture together into a firm consistency in your hands while rolling, to avoid the balls from falling apart. Mix what’s in the bowl intermittently as you make the balls to keep any loose dry ingredients from collecting on the bottom – less waste at the end!

BONUS: I considered rolling the bites around in the cocoa powder I have on hand, but was curious to see if they tasted chocolately with the cocoa powder already in the mixture, and they did, so I didn’t coat them in more cocoa…this is really just a preference. 😉

Prep Time: 10-15 minutes

Time from Mixture to Mouth – under 35 minutes

**Totally vegan, packed with protein, and can be easily made 100% organic. If you make some, let me know how it went! This weekend I’m going to grab up some dried cranberries or even cherries, more nuts and seeds, agave nectar, chocolate chips, etc… and play around with this recipe – which is the beauty of it – you can completely tailor it to your tastes. Enjoy!

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