A few years ago, I started experimenting with different protein bite recipes. I’ve made them with dates, with espresso powder, with maca, with dried cranberries- you name it. And generally, they have all been a quick and healthy snack for me that tasted good enough.
But today, I want to share with you the one that has risen to the top. It takes ten minutes to whip up a batch, scoop them out, and put them in the fridge to harden, and you’ve got 20ish bites to help get you through the 3pm slog, or the 6pm pre-dinner hanger, or the breakfast hour when you didn’t prep your overnight oats and you have to get out the door like RIGHT NOW. These are your savior.
You’ll need oatmeal (I use slow-cooking rolled oats, but any kind you have will work unless they are steel cut), chocolate chips, a protein powder (I used vanilla Vega), collagen powder (if you have it- if you don’t, just skip this step), cinnamon, almond or your favorite nut butter, honey, and sea salt. Rolling the finished bites in coconut is optional.
Combine the oats, protein and collagen powders, chocolate chips, cinnamon, and sea salt into a big old mixing bowl. Melt the almond butter and honey together in a large mixing cup (I do this in 30 second increments and it usually takes one minute), then combine the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients. Scoop into tablespoon-sized balls, or use a cookie scoop (my preferred method, as they can be hard to scrape out of a measuring spoon.) Place the bites onto a plate, and refrigerate, covered, for as long as you want. I have a batch that I made two weeks ago and I’m still grabbing one or two each day for a snack.
- 2 cups of oats
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 1/3 cup vanilla protein powder
- 1/4 cup collagen peptides
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- pinch of flaky sea salt
- 1 cup almond butter
- 1/2 cup honey
Yield- approximately 20 protein bites.