Super Protein Bites
Energy Balls or Protein Bites?
Energy balls, protein bites, oat snacks. Whatever you want to call them, they are delicious and packed with tons of nutrients. I have been making these for years for myself, my friends, cooking demos, and whenever I have oats in the pantry. Energy bites are always a big hit, and they are great for a healthy snack on the go.
Great for Any Occasion
These little bites are great for any occasion. Take them hiking or camping for a quick snack. Instead of doughnuts, bring them into the office as a treat for your coworkers. Missed breakfast? These are a perfect solution. Great for parties, kid’s snack time, and even dessert if you are trying to avoid cakes and cookies.
Ingredients & Ratios
When making energy bites, I generally stick to the same base and ratios. My base usually includes oats, nut butter, and a sticky natural sweetener, such as honey or maple syrup. I see a lot of recipes that include vanilla, but for some reason I always forget to add it. Still delicious.
The ratio for my base is usually –
1 1/4 cup oats : 1/2 cup nut butter : 1/3 cup sticky sweetener : 1/2 cup add ins
This ratio is no science. It is more of a general guideline, but each recipe is different. You may need more or less of something.
It’s easy to add ingredients that pack nutrients, like chia seeds, hemp hearts, flaxseeds, and pumpkin seeds. I love adding dried fruits, which can sometimes also have a ton of nutrients. Be careful of dried fruits as they often have lots of added sugar as an ingredient. Nuts are a great addition because of their nutrients as well as the crunch.
Collagen or protein powder can be a good way to add more protein. Keep in mind that the powder absorbs the moisture in your mix. Be sure to keep some honey or maple syrup handy in case you need to add more.
It is highly recommended to use mini chocolate chips because you get more in each bite. I find that when I use regular sized chocolate chips, I either get very few per bite, or one ball with 10 chocolate chips.
More Energy Bite Recipes
Try my other recipes for these delicious little protein-packed energy bites!
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Gluten Free Oats (for gluten-free)
When forming the bites into small balls, I use a small ice cream scoop to ensure consistency in size. I have three different sizes of these scoops, which comes in handy! You can also use your hands and make different sizes!
Super Protein Bites
- Small Ice Cream Scoop
- ¼ cup oats
- ½ cup natural peanut butter no sugar added
- ⅓ – ½ cup pure maple syrup or honey
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 2 tbsp hemp hearts
- ¼ cup mini chocolate chips
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 scoop collagen powder
- 2 tbsp shredded dried unsweetened coconut
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- Combine all ingredients together in a bowl, starting with 1/3 cup maple syrup and adding more as necessary.
- Combine all ingredients until mixed thoroughly. Using your hands is the best way to combine all ingredients completely. Once you can form a ball with the mixture, it is good. Add more maple syrup as necessary if the mixture is too dry.
- Using a small ice cream scoop, scoop out the mixture and form into balls using the palms of your hands.
- Keep refrigerated in an airtight container for up to a week.