Protein Energy Bites

date energy balls

Do you ever find yourself in need of a quick snack when you're in a rush? I'm sure you have. Many of us need a fast bite in between carpools, workouts, appointments and errand running. One that is filling and full of protein and fiber. I like to keep nuts and fruit in my car for an easy and healthy snack but sometimes it's nice to switch things up a bit. I have been testing out different types of energy bites and these two are at the top of my list. First up is my favorite - Almond and Date Bites. Second, are my kids favorite - Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip Bites.

Almond & Date Energy Bites (makes one dozen) 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw almonds, or other nut/seed of choice
  • 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1 cup Medjool dates, pitted (I soak mine in hot water for 5 minutes so they are soft, drain before adding)
  • 1/4 cup chocolate protein powder (or you can use cacao powder)
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1 tablespoon liquid coconut oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

In a large food processor, mix the almonds and coconut until crumbly. Add in the dates, protein powder, flaxseed, coconut oil, vanilla and sea salt and process again until you get a uniform and sticky batter. Roll about two tablespoons in the palm of your hand to form a ball (should equal the size of about 2 bites). Finish by rolling in unsweetened coconut. I store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week, although they never last that long!

Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip Energy Bites (makes 12-18, depending on size)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter or other nut/seed butter of choice (I use unsweetened)
  • 1/3 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 cup mini dark chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk (or warm water will do!)

Directions:

Mix all ingredients (except almond milk) together in a medium bowl until thoroughly combined. Add one tablespoon at a time of the almond milk (or water). You want the mix to be sticky, not watery. Depending on the type of honey and peanut butter you use it can be hard to get the desired consistency. Also, you may have to put the mix in the refrigerator so it binds a bit better before rolling (although my kids usually don't have the patience to wait!). Using your hands, roll into balls about 1" in diameter. Store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

I find that I'm always tweaking this recipe. It is so easy to switch out ingredients so play around with it to fit your taste buds. If you'd like to omit the honey, use dates instead and add a little more almond milk or water to help bind the ingredients. Other things you may add: cacao powder, protein powder, chia seeds, dried cranberries or raisins. Possibilities are endless, have fun and enjoy! :)