Protein Energy Bites

Protein Energy Bites

Back in 2013 and 2014 I made this snack so often (like once a week for months) that I burnt out my taste buds. Time went on and I had forgotten how good these little guys were and how convenient they were to just grab one as I'm running out the door.

About 3 weeks ago I was thinking about snacks for my cousin's bachelorette party.  Considering no female likes to eat a big meal then slip into a bathing suit I started thinking about light nibbles, that's when these yummy 2-bite snacks made a return to the DeSocio kitchen.  After seeing the girls at the party eat 'em up I've decided they deserve a come-back.

The thing I like most is the versatility. If you have quick oats in your pantry you probably have enough stuff to make a batch. Back in the day I made so many variations and would encourage you to mix it up as well. Below are my go-to ingredients with some different options to get your creative side (and taste buds) thinking. 

Protein Energy Bite Ingredients
Protein Energy Bite Scooping
Protein Energy Bite Ingredients
Protein Energy Bites

 

Stuff You'll Need

1 C Old Fashioned Oats
1/2 Cup Peanut Butter (You can use chunky or smooth) or Almond Butter
1/3 Cup Unsweetened Coconut
1/2 Cup Ground Flaxseed (I like this brand, scroll down to the edible section)
1/3 Cup Mini Chocolate Chips
1/3 Cup Chopped Bing Cherries (Trader Joes has my favorite)
1/3 Cup honey (or agave or a combo of both)
1/2 tsp vanilla

OTHER OPTIONS: (about 1/3 Cup each)
chia seeds, chopped almonds, raisins, chopped almonds, chopped cashews, chopped prunes, dried pineapple
*NOTE - if you're substituting an ingredient you won't need to change the recipe, however, if you are adding more than 2 additional options you'll want to add a little more of the 'binder' i.e. peanut butter and/or honey. Start with adding 2 tablespoons more of PB and a 1 tablespoon of honey.
 

How to:

Combine everything in a medium or large bowl.  I find using a spatula to stir it up works best to get everything covered. If you have time, refrigerate for an hour then roll into balls. If the mixture is cold it rolls easier and with less mess on your hands. After you have rolled all the mixture into 1" balls place back into the fridge in an airtight container.  I find these stay good for 7-10 days in the fridge.

*Note - to keep all the bites the same size I use a #40 scoop which you can find here on my favorites page. You'll find this scoop has so many uses, it's worth it to have on hand.

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