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Chocolate Whey Protein Energy Bites
Do you struggle with what healthy protein snacks to give your young athletes? Chocolate whey protein energy bites are the answer!
My goal is to make as many homemade snacks for my kids as I can. It saves money and what’s more is that I can control the ingredients. Most protein powders are full of junk that don’t fuel the body well. Because of this fact, I make homemade snacks whenever possible.
I have a basketball player that comes home ready to eat anything in site. Two of my chocolate whey protein energy bites help him to refuel and feel less hangry.
Chocolate Whey Protein Powder
The protein powder I use has 15 grams of rBGH-Free whey protein. That is something very hard to find! The protein powder also has 24 bioavailable vitamins and minerals which includes the 5-MTHFR methylated folate. You can find it here. Just 5 grams of sugar in two scoops of powder. The sugar is sourced from organic coconut palm sugar with Stevia added in as well. Consequently, I feel great using this chocolate whey protein powder in my energy bites.
This recipe has the perfect amount of chocolate flavor in addition to the added benefit of healthy fats and proteins. Protein is great for athletes to help rebuild the muscle that is torn down during exertion.
- 1/3 cup walnuts (measure walnuts then chop)
- 2 cups gluten free whole oats
- 4 TBSP chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup honey
- 3/4 cup almond butter
- 2 scoops chocolate whey protein powder
- pinch salt
Combine chopped walnuts, oats, salt and protein powder in a bowl. Add half of the almond butter and honey. Stir to combine. Next add the chocolate chips stirring again to incorporate the chocolate chips into the mix. Then add the remainder of the honey and almond butter. Mix well. I mixed it by hand this time, but have used my KitchenAid stand mixer before which makes it much easier!
Finally roll them out into balls and flash freeze on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. 15 minutes in the freezer is plenty of time. Then store in a gallon size freezer bag and keep in the freezer. Take them out in the morning to pack in a lunch or take with you to sports practice. The chocolate whey protein energy bites will thaw easily and be ready to eat. This recipe makes about 20 protein bites.
Substitutions in the Recipe
I developed this recipe with items I had on hand. Substitutions are fine as long as they are along the same consistency. For example, you could use peanut butter instead of almond butter. You could also use pecans in place of the walnuts or something similar. The recipe needs the nut butter and honey to hold the energy bites together. Subbing sugar for the honey would not work in this recipe.
Your savvy tip for today is to keep your pantry stocked with different ingredients that can be used for making protein snacks. Homemade is cheaper. Above all, this method also allows you to control what is going into the food you feed your family. Considering this, here is a list of things you can use to make different protein snacks. I actually keep most of these on hand at all times. Then I am always able to come up with something even when my kids are convinced we have nothing.
- Organic sprouted gluten free oats
- Almond butter
- Cashew butter
- Peanut butter
- Real maple syrup
- Chocolate chips
- Ground flax seed
- chocolate whey protein powder