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Chocolate Whey Protein Energy Bites
Do you struggle with 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 sight. 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 challenging to find! The protein powder also has 24 bioavailable vitamins and minerals, which includes the 5-MTHFR methylated folate—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 tears 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. Fifteen 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 quickly 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 acceptable as long as they are similar to 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 you can use 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 keep most of these on hand at all times. Then I am always able to come up with something even when my kids assume we have nothing.