Since it’s the start of a new year, and everyone is looking for a way to be a little healthier, I wanted to share a new treat that I discovered towards the end of last year. It is some delicious comfort foods all rolled into in a tiny energy boosting bite! I’ve had some requests for the recipe before, and I have to say it’s hard to share, because I like to change it up a little bit every time I make it (as I do with pretty much everything I cook). I am not one for following recipes to the T, but usually I will take a bunch of different ones and make it my own–and use what I have in my own pantry! That’s what I did with these “Protein energy bites” or “bites” as we have come to call them. Here is the base for the recipe that I use, but feel free to change the seeds/nuts to your liking and play around with the different options (given after the ingredient) to best suit your health needs.
- 1 & 1/4 cup of old fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup of natural peanut butter (or almond/sunflower butter)
- 1/4-1/3 cup of honey for sweetness (some say you can use agave nectar too)
- 1/4 cup of dark chocolate mini chips (or none at all)
- 1/3 cup of raw crushed walnuts (or almonds)
- 1/4 cup of raw pumpkin seeds (or sunflower seeds)
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract (or almond extract)
- 1 teaspoon of chia seeds (or flax seed)
Mix all ingredients in a bowl with a hard rubber spatula or metal spoon, then put the mix in the refrigerator to harden a little bit (~30 min or more) before attempting to roll them out.
Take a spoonful and roll them in your palm (like you used to make a play doh ball) to about an inch in size. I like to store them in one big tupperware but they do get sticky, so I line each layer with some parchment paper or foil to keep them from sticking together. Store in the refrigerator!! They don’t hold their form as well if they are warm, so if you pack them make sure to keep them in a cooler. This recipe is enough for one work-week of breakfast for my hunny and me (~2-3 per person…so ~25 bites).
The trick with these is to treat them like a protein booster, and not a snack that you will binge eat. They are not “low-calorie” by any means, and you should only be eating 2 or 3 at at time to keep your energy level up and tide you over until your actual meal (lunch or dinner). I like to eat them as my breakfast during the week, with my coffee, because otherwise I don’t eat anything at all. When I don’t eat, I find that I am sluggish during my workout, but when I have 2 of these, I have more energy to power through. They do keep me full, and they really are delicious! I also have packed them to take to work for a snack, because some nights I am there until 7 and feel like I might crash around 5:00 if I don’t eat something. It doesn’t spoil my appetite but it makes a huge difference.
Enjoy! If you do make any of the modifications suggested, or even your own, please feel free to comment on how they came out!