Craving Crusher Protein Bites

protein bitesA healthy lifestyle sounds all great & fun, but when it comes down to it, we all have cravings. Granola bars have always been one of my favorite snacks because they are really hearty & normally fill a bit of your cravings. But some of these bars are pretty pricey.

I kept seeing all of these protein bites online. I honestly cannot tell you why I never made them. But it was when my friend, Caro, & I started meal prepping this year that we decided to integrate them into our diet for our snack. I can't give you an exact break down of the calories or price of these, but if I could guess, it probably takes $3 to make all of these! They are so filling and really curb your craving. These are perfect for breakfast or a pre-workout snack. (They are a lot more filling than you think!)

Let's get into the details:

You will need:

  • 1/2 cup of flax seed meal
  • 2 tbsp of protein powder
  • 1 cup of rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened coconut shavings
  • 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup of raisins
  •  2 tbsp of water
  • 2 tbsp of honey or agave
  • 1/2 cup of peanut butter

A few tips behind picking your ingredients...

  1. Mini chocolate chips are better than full size because the mini distribute better.
  2. We chose to add chocolate, raisins, and coconut. If you don't like these or want to add something more, just do it! Some good additions may be dried cranberries or chopped walnuts.
  3. The flavor or kind of protein powder really does not matter. In this batch I used a little vanilla, peanut butter, and chocolate protein just to mix it up. Protein powder can be something pricier to buy, so if you don't have it, just add more flax.
  4. Speaking of flax seed meal, it is important to get the meal (consistency of a powder). This may be found in the natural/organic section of your grocery store. Its something great to have on hand in your pantry.
  5. You can use honey or agave, whatever you have on hand is great. It will mix with the dry ingredients to stick them together.
  6. I modified a few recipes that I found because I wanted to integrate the flax seed with protein powder for extra nourishment!
  7. BOTTOM LINE: The peanut butter/honey/water + protein/flax = the base for the bites.

img_0899Okay so now onto the easiest part, combining the ingredients, basically, just throw them all in. You could mix the wet then add the dry, but whatever you want to do works. Mix it all up with a spatula until you have a pretty good sticky & clumpy mixture. Now this is when it gets a bit messy. We decided that putting them in a muffin tin with cupcake wrappers was the best idea to keep them separate & easy to take on the go. I try to use an ice cream scooper to get the balls into a form then you just roll them in your hands. (Yes, they do get stuck to your hands a bit). We decided to stick them in cupcake wrappers because it makes them easy to grab & eat on the go because they catch the crumbs. Once you have your 12 bites, throw them in the fridge to chill for about 30 minutes. This allows them to condense & become less sticky. After they are chilled, put them into a container to keep them airtight in the fridge until you want to enjoy them for breakfast or a snack!

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Let me know if you you try these or a version of them!

DISCLAIMER: I'm not saying that these are the healthiest things to eat! They are filled with calorically dense foods. But when you are hungry & need to fill a craving, they are perfect.