Energy bites, protein balls, homemade granola bars, etc. etc…whatever you want to call them!
I love having healthy but treat-ish snacks around for when my sweet tooth needs some love
(which, let’s be honest, is practically always)
Here are a few favorite go-to recipes around here!
They are all different, so sorry there’s a few!
Almond Joy Protein Balls
1 1/2 cups old fashion oats (slightly chopped in blender)
1 cup almond butter (I love Costco’s or PB&co)
1/2 cup toasted unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup raw honey
1/4 cup cacao nibs or dark chocolate chips
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
2 tbsp cocoa powder
2 tbsp chopped almonds
1-2 tbsp coconut milk (start with one, depending on the consistency you may not need to add the other)
1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1 tsp almond extract
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp sea salt
Combine all dry ingredients in blender or kitchen-aid.
Mix on low until ingredients are well blended.
Add wet ingredients to blended dry ingredients.
Mix on medium speed until a “dough” forms.
Scrape sides of bowl and mix again if needed.
Using a 2-inch cookie scoop, form dough into balls.
Set balls on a parchment lined cookie sheet or storage container and refrigerate for at least one hour or until ready to eat.
Keep refrigerated up to one week, if they last that long! Enjoy!
Cranberry Granola Balls
1 cup pitted dates
2 cups walnuts (I did 1 cup cashews and 1 cup walnuts)
2 cups coconut (desiccated if you have it)
3/4 cup dried cranberries
3 tbsp water
First toast the walnuts slightly in an oven heated to 170 degrees. Let them cool down before adding them to your food processor along with dates, desiccated coconut and cranberries.
Process until the mixture is well combined and has a crumbly texture.
Now gradually add the water, a tablespoon at a time and keep processing until the mixture is sticky and holds together.
Next get a square baking dish, line it up with cling film and press the mixture in. Press down firmly to ensure the mixture sticks well together.
Pop in the fridge for a couple of hours, then cut in to bars and sprinkle with some more desiccated coconut
Chocolate Chip Protein Poppers
2 cups Oatmeal
2 Tbls. Chia seeds
1 cup flax seed (ground)
1 ½ cup Coconut Flakes
1 cup nuts
⅔ cup Agave or honey
1 cup peanut Butter
2 tsp Vanilla
1 cup mini Chocolate chips
In a Food processor, blend oatmeal, chia seeds, flax seed, coconut flakes and nuts. Blend until fine powder.
In a large bowl combine oatmeal mixture with peanut butter, agave, vanilla and chocolate chips.
With a medium scoop, scoop mixture into balls on a cookie sheet. Place in fridge or freezer to harden. Place balls in an airtight container and enjoy.
Maca Powder Balls
1-2 Tbsp Maca Powder (I get at Traders)
1 cup cashews or macadamia nuts
1 cup dried, pitted dates
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 Tbsp cacao powder
Water, as needed
Add all ingredients except the water to a bldner and combine until the mixture is finely chopped and sticky enough to roll into a soft dough.
*To test texture: roll a small piece in the palm of your hand. If it sticks together, it’s ready to form into bars/balls. If it’s too dry and won’t come together, add water one tsp at a time until dough sticks together.
Roll into balls, or press into a lined 8×8 pan and freeze for at least 30 minutes. After the dough stiffens, cut into bars, wrap individually and store in the freezer until ready to eat.
Peanut Butter Bites
1 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 cup peanut butter, natural
1/3 cup raw pumpkin seeds (raw, unsalted)
1/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
3 T semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
Mix all ingredients together in a medium bowl. Let chill in fridge for 30 minutes. Once chilled, roll into 1 inch balls. Store in airtight container, keep refrigerated up to a week!
These are all so yummy and the best treats to have around for a little bit healthier indulgence!