Need I say more?
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.