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Whenever I need a quick pick-me-up, Protein Energy Bites are my favorite go-to energy snack! They're easy, tasty, and hello - packed with nutrients! Need a quick bite before work but never have time to whip up a healthy breakfast? Here's your answer.
You will need:
1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
4 scoops protein powder (My favorite is Arbonne's Chai Latte flavor - you can search through any of their natural nutrition products under the "Shop" tab above.)
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (optional)
1/4 cup agave nectar or natural honey
1/4 cup all-natural almond butter (or other natural nut butter. Look for oil settled on the top - separation is natural!)
2 tsp. chia seeds
1 tsp. ginger, cloves, and nutmeg
Pinch of salt
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips, raisins, or other preferred add-in (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl using a hand mixer, a food processor, or a spoon if you've got some extra oomph in those arms (almond butter can be tough stuff). Refrigerate the mixture for about 20 minutes - just enough time to knock out one of the home workouts I created for you on your Fitness Plan.
Once the ingredients have set, roll the mixture into 1-inch balls and store in the refrigerator. The recipe should make about 20 Protein Energy Bites (give or take a couple taste tests). One serving = 2 Protein Energy Bites, about 8g of protein.
Pro tip: I use coconut oil in my Energy Bites to create a tasty, moist texture (plus additional health benefits found from a type of fatty acid called medium-chain triglycerides, or MCTs). If desired, you can substitute the coconut oil for 1 cup of dates (pitted and mashed) and a splash of coconut or almond milk for a little added sweetness and a similar moist texture.
Enjoy your new tasty treat as on-the-go breakfast, a snack throughout the day, or as a pre- or post-workout! Keep in mind that depending on the intensity and duration of your workouts, you will need additional nutrients as well. You can reach me via the "Contact" tab above or follow me on social media for more information.
As always, stay FIT!