These no-bake protein energy bites are the perfect pre or post workout snack, or even to curb your cravings in the afternoon! They are full of fiber, protein and antioxidants and taste amazing too!
No Bake Protein Energy Bites are certainly not a new trend, but for some reason I have been making these a lot more lately.
It’s fun and easy to throw different ingredients in the food processor and have them in the fridge to snack on during the week! They are also a little tempting because every time I walk by the fridge I want to pop one in my mouth! (Who’s with me on that? haha)
HOW TO MAKE THESE CUSTOMIZABLE:
- Sub almond meal or flour for coconut flour or chickpea flour.
- Use gluten free oats to make them gluten free.
- Drizzle the energy bites with peanut butter or melted chocolate. You can even roll in coconut flakes or mini chocolate chips!
- Add in vanilla or chocolate protein powder, or even collagen.
- Use different nut butters: cashew butter, almond butter, soy nut butter, sunflower butter.
No Bake Protein Energy Bites
Perfect for a mid-afternoon snack or treat after dinner!
- 1/2 cup almond flour almond flour/meal
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1 Tbsp. peanut oil or coconut oil
- 6 dates, chopped
- 3/4 cup nut butter (peanut, almond, soy butter, etc)
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 2 Tbsp. water
- 1 Tbsp. chia seeds optional
Pulse oats in food processor a few times. Then, add in all other remaining ingredients and mix on high until it is all incorporated nicely. Roll into balls. Makes 14-16 small bites. Store in refrigerator.
*Note: Mixture will appear crumbly. Once you start to form it together between your palms it will come together to make a ball. If it's just not working out, add more nut butter and a splash of water until desired consistency is reached.
Roll in unsweetened shredded coconut, mini chocolate chips, or drizzle with melted peanut butter!
Another substitution for almond flour: coconut flour
If you are looking for a gluten free flour I recommend using almond flour or almond meal. I’ve found they work as a great substitute and give whatever you are making great flavor. Also…while I was making this I was reminded of how much I LOVE dates. My favorite way to eat them is cutting them in half with a little (or big) dollop of peanut butter in the middle. mmmmm