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Protein Packed Energy Bites with chocolate and peanut butter

Markeeta Jones

This past week has been a busy one for my eight year old daughter.  Between school then dance, chorus, orchestra and cheerleading all two days per week Amya stays pretty busy.  This week in particular she had all of those activities to do plus her first daddy daughter dance awww...then the next day her first cheerleading meet. 

   

      Needless to say I had to make sure that during the in between times, Amya had a way to stay hydrated and keep her energy levels up.  I like to make healthy snacks that everyone in the house would love to eat...that includes my three year daughter Avery.  This crazy week called for a snack called Protein Bites.  What I love about this snack is that it is protein packed with peanut butter and a touch of protein powder...chocolate I might add... and it is a quick go to between workouts, exercise classes or a quick snack.  It's a great source of protein that will keep you full and it's sweet.                                                                            

     Now...I know there are tons of recipes for this but this is my version.  At the end I will give you suggestions for add ins or swap outs.   

                                                     

 

     This is really easy to make.  Just grab all of your ingredients and pulse in a food processor and roll into balls...you're done.

Protein Packed Energy Bites

¼ cup Natural Peanut Butter depending on the humidity in your area you may need a touch more peanut butter

½ scoop whey protein powder (flavor of choice)

1 cup Old-Fashion Rolled Oats

¼ cups Raw Honey

¼ cup flaxseed

½ teaspoon cinnamon

1/2Teaspoon vanilla extract/pure

½ tablespoon chia seeds

 

Steps                    

                                               

1        Grind or pulse all ingredients together                  

2        Roll into 1-1/2 inch bite size balls                

3        Cover and refrigerate at least two hours. I placed them in a large freezer bag

4         Enjoy                    

 

    To make this vegan you can definitely swap out the honey for Agave nectar, coconut palm nectar or maple syrup.  Instead of natural peanut butter you can use powdered peanut butter. Also you can use unflavored or vanilla protein powder as well. Here are some ideas for delicious add ins:  coconut flakes, hazelnut spread, mini chocolate or peanut butter morsels. 

 

If you do try this recipe at home take a pic and use the hashtag   #c&sfoodie

Show me what you've got!  

 

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size (39 g) Servings Per Recipe 9

Amount Per Serving

Calories 161

Calories from Fat 54 (33%)

% Daily Value *

Total Fat 6 g

9 %

Saturated Fat 1 g

5 %

Monounsaturated Fat 2.2 g

Polyunsaturated Fat 1.5 g

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 0 g

0 %

Sodium 36 mg

2 %

Potassium 119 mg

3 %

Total Carbohydrate 21 g

7 %

Dietary Fiber 3 g

12 %

Sugars 8 g

NA

Protein 6 g

12 %

Vitamin A

0 %

Vitamin C

0 %

Calcium

1 %

Iron

6 %

* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.


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