I have a teenage son who is quite athletic and his coaches are constantly telling him to make sure and get “lots of protein”.
I decided to try and come up with an energy packed snack that was both high in protein as well as nutrients.
Luckily these little treats passed the “Kid-Approved Test” with all 4 of my kids. I usually store them in the freezer and then kids can grab them when they want.
Chocolate Protein Bites
1/2 cup raw cashews
1/2 cup almonds (sliced almonds blend better)
1/2 cup pecans
2 TBS raw sunflower seeds
2 TBS sesame seeds
2 TBS hemp seeds
2 TBS ground flax seed
1 cup of dates (you can soften them by soaking them in water for a bit)
2 scoops chocolate protein powder (I prefer the raw CLASSIC protein by Sun Warrior)
1 TBS cocoa powder
2 TBS PB2 (peanut butter powder that I LOVE) or regular peanut butter
2 packets of Stevia, optional
1/2 tsp almond extract
1/2 tsp of salt
This recipe might look intense but the truth is that any of the ingredients can be swapped out or eliminated (although I think the almond extract add just the perfect amount of flavor). All you really need are about a cup of dates, a mixture of 2 cups of nuts, and some protein powder (I wouldn’t recommend whey protein).
Simply combine all of the ingredients in a powerful food processor. If you are worried about yours, just do it in smaller batches.
You’ll end up with a crumbly mixture that should hold together when you squeeze it into a ball.
That’s it…nice and simple. Then just store them in an air-tight container. These don’t need to be refrigerated, but they will last longer if they are.
Source: WFM 1-10