RECIPE: Protein Explosion Bites {no-bake}

Chocolate AND peanut butter is, by far, my favorite flavor combination – in all forms – smoothies, cookies, ice cream, granola, you name it! When done in a healthier way, it makes it just that much more enjoyable! Last night I whipped up these no-bake goodies and they turned out even better than expected.

The best part is, they only take 10-15 minutes to make – SO SIMPLE!

RECIPE: Protein Explosion Bites {no-bake} // Be Sol-Ful

NO-BAKE PROTEIN EXPLOSION BITES: {vegan, gluten-free, soy-free oil-free}

Makes approximately 16 bites (more or less depending on how big you make them)

What you Need:

  • 1 cup gluten-free oats
  • 1/2 cup organic creamy peanut butter*
  • 1/2 cup dairy free chocolate chips, or cacao nibs (optional, but highly recommended)
  • 1/2 cup ground flax seeds, hemp seeds, chia seeds mixture
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup or raw coconut nectar**
  • 1 teaspoon raw ground vanilla bean powder (can use vanilla extract instead)
  • 1 Tablespoon raw cacao powder

* For a nut-free option, sunflower seed butter and/or tahini work perfectly!

** Coconut nectar is stickier and actually helps to hold the bites together better (especially if you add anything extra, such as protein powder). I prefer doing a mixture of half maple syrup and half coconut nectar.

How to:

  1. In a nut grinder or food processor, grind your flax seeds, hemp seeds, and chia seeds until you reach a 1/2 cup of ground seeds. You can use whatever ratio you choose as far as the seeds go – I went heavier on the flax this batch.
  2. Mix all of the ingredients in a medium size mixing bowl until well combined.
  3. Roll into balls. I used a cookie scooper to form the balls – and ended up with 16, but you can make them smaller.
  4. Lay the balls on a parchment paper lined plate or baking sheet and chill for at least an hour.
  5. Enjoy!

These little bites are packed with protein, fiber, and flavor!

RECIPE: Protein Explosion Bites {no-bake} // Be Sol-Ful

RECIPE: Protein Explosion Bites {no-bake} // Be Sol-Ful

And since Willow was asleep by the time they were chilled and set, I gave her one to enjoy with her smoothie for breakfast this morning. She LOVED it! They’re creamy, nutty, and not overly sweet – so you can have them for a post-workout snack, breakfast, or dessert.

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*** Since publishing this recipe, I have done a few variations and all have turned out:

  • I didn’t grind the seeds the last time I made these – I left them whole and we actually enjoyed the little bits of crunch from the flax and chia.
  • I tried using 1/4 cup of tahini + 1/4 cup of peanut butter (instead of 1/2 cup of just PB) and it might be my new favorite!
  • Try adding in a couple dashes of cinnamon or maca powder!
  • You can also add 1-2 TBSP of raw protein powder for an even bigger protein boost. This will make them sweeter, unless you use an unsweetened powder.

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