Pais it Forward

If you’re like me, you need to eat often. I’m hangry more than I’m simply hungry, so having satisfying pre-prepped snacks on hand is essential. I’ve made various protein-based balls which are great for supplementing yogurt at breakfast or post-workout to tide me over until the next meal. These energy bites are more for a delicious snack during the day or to curb your sweet tooth after dinner. They do have peanut butter and chopped pecans/almonds though, so you will be getting some protein!

dsc_0287They take about 10 minutes to make and can be stored in your refrigerator or freezer for keeping. I store half in the freezer and take them out a day or two in advance when I know I am running low.

Recipe adapted from the amazing Minimalist Baker:

1 cup pitted dates – I bought mine at a local grocery store for under $3

3 tablespoons nut butter – Justin’s honey peanut butter is my favorite

1 tablespoon chia seeds

2/3 cup rolled oats

1/4 cup almonds – for coating

1/4 cup pecans – for coating

Add dates to food processor (I used my ninja blender!), once finely diced, add to bowl with nut butter, chia seeds & rolled oats.

Roll into ball, finely mixing the four ingredients with your hands (this is the easiest and I know I’m the only one eating so no worries).

Dice the almonds and pecans and place on flat surface for rolling. Take the large ball of “dough” and roll into small bites. This recipe made 12 reasonable size bites for me. Final step is to roll the individual bites in the chopped nut mixture – this will provide not only some additional protein but also some texture.dsc_0281

Do you have any favorite protein/energy bite recipes you have made? I’d love the recipe!

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