I’ve recently fallen in love with these yummy no-bake protein bites. They are a great snack and that protein boost will help you feel satisfied with just a few bites. It’s my new go-to sweet when I’m craving sugar. I take a couple to work for that mid-morning snack to get me to the lunch hour without hitting up the vending machine. My son takes a couple in a zipper bag for the same purpose. They are so versatile, you can use almost anything you choose to make a delicious treat and customize them for any dietary preferences.
I usually select recipes based on ingredients that I already have on hand. My grocery stockpile is made up of items that I know my family eats that I have picked up on a sale or for a good price. I like to have two or three of our shelf-stable favorites available at all times so I just go “shopping” in my garage. I only buy these items when they are on sale and if they aren’t on sale, we go without them. You might like: You Don’t Have to Use Coupons to Save Money
Of course, you want ingredients you can eat raw and don’t need to bake. It’s also about finding the right consistency if you want to shape them at all. I found a great recipe at buildyourbite.com/energy-balls and have customized it just a little bit. It literally tastes like cookie dough and a small bite goes a long way.
There are hundreds of recipes out there so really, it’s about finding what works for you and your family. I found this buildyourbite.com/energy-balls one that looked so good it was worth a try. I follow the recipe for the most part but have added a few customizations of my own.
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Yummy No-bake Protein Bites
1 ½ cups no-stir creamy peanut butter
½ cup honey
1 1/3 cups old-fashioned oats (rolled oats)
½ cup vanilla protein powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
½ cup mini dark chocolate chips
- You could use any kind of nut butter but the consistency is important to get right so they can easily be rolled into bite-sized balls. That’s why the recipe calls out the ‘no stir’ peanut butter.
- I really like to use honey but you could use maple syrup if you prefer. You may need to adjust the quantity as syrup is usually thinner than honey. You just need something sticky and gooey in order to keep the consistency in check. Tip: Spray your measuring cup with cooking spray before you measure out your honey. It will easily slide out of the measuring cup when you dump it into the bowl. This makes it less messy and less effort. You might like: How to Decrystallize Honey
- I’ve recently re-discovered oats. They’re relatively inexpensive and good for you at the same time. I like the quick oats as they’re thinner and absorb moisture nicely. If you like more texture you could use steel-cut oats. The only difference is the thickness of the slice.
- This recipe calls for vanilla protein powder, you could really use any flavor or unflavored if you prefer. I have French vanilla powder that I bought for another program that is leftover. You could also use chocolate if you want a richer flavor.
- I add a few Tablespoons of Chia seeds. This just gives it a bit more nutritional punch. I tried flax powder once as well but ended up having to put more honey in to get it to stick. The powder dried out the ‘dough’ more than I liked. But the chia seeds are perfect and don’t impact the moisture. Flax seeds would likely work the same as the chia seeds.
- I add 1tsp of vanilla extract as well. This boosts the flavor in my opinion.
Mix together the dry ingredients so you don’t end up with clumps of unmixed powders. I use my Kitchen Aid mixer for ease. Then add the wet ingredients and mix. Just make sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl to get an even batter.
I find these super filling and super satisfying when I’m craving a sweet snack. My son loves them as well. I realize there is sugar in the ingredients but I don’t add any excess sugar and I believe that the bite-sized portion helps to manage the quantity of sugar you consume. As they are very sweet, I find that I don’t want more than one at a time so I don’t overeat.
I hope you give these yummy no-bake protein bites a try. It’s pretty hard to mess them up. You can use the attached recipe word for word or add a custom touch. If you find your ingredients too wet or too dry you just add small quantities of the opposite (wet/dry) ingredient until your batter sticks together. Roll into small snack-size balls, adjust for your personal snack size.
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