Good morning! Hope your Tuesday is off to a great start.
I debated posting this recipe; because to me it is still not perfection. But, the recipe is so adaptable I thought why not?
This version is full of peanut butter flavor, not too sweet, and makes a perfect grab and go snack that is fill with protein and healthy fats. Have an afternoon sweet tooth, these little morsels will melt it away! Psst…they taste a little like cookie dough, but are much better for you! I love mine with an afternoon cup of joe.
Peanut Butter Protein Bites
- 6 T of natural peanut butter (the stir kind, if it’s super drippy, you’ll need less liquid)
- 3 scoops of Vanilla Protein Powder of choice (I use Energyfirst, or Sunwarrior Blend)
- 2 T of milk, (almond, rice, or soy milk would be great too)
- 1/3 cup oat bran
- 3 T hemp seeds
- 3 T nutritional yeast
- 1 T raw honey (maple syrup, or agave)
- 2 T dried fruit (I used cranberries)
- 3-4 T water
In the bowl of your food processor add the peanut butter, protein, oat bran, hemp seeds, and nutritional yeast. Pulse until well combined.
Add the honey, and pulse again a few times. Next add the 2 T of milk, and continue to pulse as the mixture comes together.
Finally add the dried cranberries…you’re not done yet though. One tbsp at a time add the water and pulse until the mixture comes together in a ball. You don’t want it to be too sticky, and you don’t want it to be too dry.
Roll into 14 balls with your hands, and store in the fridge in a tupperware for future snacking!
The nutrition stats are stellar…each bite comes in at 100 calories, 5g fat, 7g carbohydrates, and a whopping 8g of protein.
Also, you could easily adapt this recipe to make your own version:
- use almond or sunflower butter (in place of pb)
- 1/2 rolled oats instead of the oat bran
- add in some ground flax seeds for some of the hemp
- swap out the cranberries for dried cherries, or mini choc chips (Mmmm)
The options are endless. Do me a favor and make these okay? Then let me know what you thought of them!
Have a fabulous Tuesday!
Question of the day: Do you/have you used protein powder? What is your favorite kind? What is your favorite way to incorporate protein powder into your diet?
** A short note about protein powders: Many protein powders have ALOT of junk in them, so please check the labels closely when choosing a protein powder. Also, protein powder is not for everyone. Because of where we live and work, many common protein sources are not readily available to us (organic meats, fresh eggs, etc.). At this point the occasional consumption of protein powder has proven to be a positive addition to our diet and active lifestyle.