Hey again, friends!
Anyone looking for some more snack ideas or the perfect weekend recipe to whip up on a lazy afternoon? Well, I got ya covered on both points. Check, and check. Energy bites are one of my favorites and another advantage to them is how kid friendly they are.
If I had to list my absolute favorite food items in order, or if I had to choose one of the top flavors I crave, well cookie dough would be near the top! I mean, come on, who doesn’t love cookie dough? Have you ever had one of those moments when you’re imaging something super decadent and then reality sets in and you realize that devouring an entire recipe of cookie dough in one sitting isn’t the wisest choice ever? Omg, me too!!! Well, these are a great option.
They’re like dessert with balance or snacks with benefits, however you want to look at it. I just may have eaten like 4 of them yesterday (Haha, don’t judge), because they’re so convenient to have around. Make them at the beginning of the week and you can have them in the fridge for whenever you need to grab and go or fight off a humongous snack attack. Throw them into the kiddo’s lunchboxes for a treat you feel good about. Ooooh, and they’d even make a wonderful movie night munchy!
The best part is that the ingredient list is short and sweet so there’s nothing too fancy you’ve gotta get. I’ve now tried tons of flavor combinations and they’re all delicious. The foundation for a good energy bite is some kind of healthy fat, something naturally sweet, and a quality source of protein.
Once you’ve got all that covered it’s all down to flavor. There are countless ways to mix and match here but the one I pretty much always come back to is probably the most basic -> chocolate and peanut butter. No going wrong there. Oh, and just a quick note if you do want to try them. I found that soaking the dates at least 8 hours before you plan to mix these up makes it much easier.
These things are legit, guys! I’d love to know what you think if you try them. Happy snacking!
Crunchy Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Bites
- 2 scoops vanilla plant-based protein powder
- 2 ounces pitted dates about 8 + 1/4 cup water
- 175 g 1 3/4 cup oat flour
- 110 g 1 cup dry roasted peanuts, shelled
- 180 g 3/4 cups cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 2 tablespoons powdered peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 65 g semi-sweet chocolate chips
*For best results I recommend soaking the dates for a least 8 hours before blending. It makes things so much easier. Just place them in a small bowl and cover with just enough warm water to cover them (about 1/4 cup).
Pour the dates (along with the water to soak them in), protein powder, oat flour, chickpeas, and powdered peanut butter into a food processor or blender and pulse until your mixture is finely ground. Add in the salt, vanilla, and peanuts and pulse until smooth. Add the chocolate chips and pulse just once or twice to combine.
Roll the mixture into balls (about 2 tbsp sized) and enjoy!
You should get about 24 balls and they're best stored in the fridge and they're good for at least a week.