Almond Butter Chocolate Protein Bites
This new year has been so busy already! However, I’m finding more time for creative outlets, like: cooking, baking, recipe-trying, writing, and such. It provides such a great counterbalance to the other stresses of life. Being creative helps relieve that tension, burden, and stress…at least for me it does. Hungry and I have been doing a tough if not repetitive program for the whole month of January (more to come on that later) and we need all the protein we can get to help our poor muscles rebuild each day. I follow the Minimalist Baker and was inspired by one of her recipes found here. Although this recipes differs from her original, it has the same base ingredients. I wanted something easy to pop in the mouth while still getting good nutrition. So, I came up with almond butter chocolate protein bites, and I’m really trying not to eat them all in one go. The ingredients are simple and the macros are great. They are a touch sweet with wonderful texture and you know you’re eating something healthy!
- 1 1/4 cup oats
- 1/2 cup almond butter
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips
- 2 tbsp. protein powder (I used Jarrow’s flavorless powder)
- 2 tbsp. maple syrup
- 2 tbsp. chia seeds
- Put everything together in a bowl and mix!
- Use a spoon to form into balls.
- Put in fridge for 5 minutes and then enjoy! (If not eating right away, leave in fridge)
- If it’s too dry, add more almond butter or maple syrup.
- If it’s too wet, add more oats.
See? One of our easier recipes (though I stray from complicated recipes most of the time). I love being able to just open the fridge and pop in a bite of yummy protein-ness. The texture of the oats and chia seeds alongside the almond butter is really nice. There is a crunch and also a softness to them. What’s so fun about this recipe is that you can change it up in many ways: you can use different nut butters, different additions like dried fruit, you could add flax seed meal and so on and so forth. I will want to have a stock of these at all times in the fridge so I don’t go for unhealthier things! Use this recipe to stay hungry and fit!
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