This protein bites recipe has been sponsored by The Women Bloggers and Kendal King Group on behalf of their client. All opinions are my own.
Summer is here. Can you believe it? I am baffled at how summer came around so quickly this year. Time has been flying by for us, most likely because we have a toddler in the house. Our little one is super fun but she’s constantly on the go. Life with Annabelle feels like it’s stuck in ‘fast forward’ most of the time. I try my best just to keep up!
Since this will be my first summer as a mama to a busy 2 year old, I have been writing and taste testing some healthy recipes in hopes that they’ll provide me with some much-needed energy. I’ve settled on a few and I am excited to share my favorite with you today, a recipe for protein bites.
These bites have completely replaced packaged snacks in our home. In fact, we don’t even buy expensive energy bars at the grocery store anymore. I can make them better, healthier, and cheaper myself. Let me show you how!
Protein bites are packed full of wholesome ingredients, starting with oats.
The interesting thing about this ingredient is that I am not a fan of oats. I don’t like the texture. I am, however, a fan of ground oatmeal, especially my toddler’s brand of oatmeal. She eats Gerber® Oatmeal Cereal which is iron-fortified and has a blend of six B Vitamins, Vitamins E and C, iron, zinc, and calcium. It’s immensely healthy for kids but I also cook and bake with it for our entire family. I love incorporating her oatmeal into meal items and snacks that she can enjoy anytime and anywhere.
If you’re like me and you don’t enjoy the texture of oats, pick up some Gerber® Oatmeal Cereal at your local Walmart. Another option is to pulse oats in a food processor until they are ground but you’d be missing out on the added iron and vitamins from the cereal.
Another main ingredient in the protein bites is protein powder. We prefer chocolate whey protein powder but you can use any flavor for this recipe. The chocolate goes well with our third ingredient, peanut butter. However, any nut butter will do!
I inherit the soft texture and amazing smell of protein energy bites to coconut oil. I have made protein bites without this ingredient before and I NEVER will again. It’s like having cake without the icing, Dr. Pepper without the fizz, or french fries without ketchup.
This recipe also calls for a modest serving of honey. Do I have your attention yet?
Last but definitely not least, is chia seeds, the star of the show ingredient. These seeds are everything! Protein bites get a crunchy texture because of these little babies, and an abundance of antioxidants too.
The ingredients look amazing, don’t they? Well, they taste even better. I’m more than happy to keep ’em stocked in my fridge because I know that protein bites are feeding my family well. You simply can’t go wrong with protein, fiber, complex carbs, and omega 3 fatty acids.
I must mention, however, that these bites aren’t a meal replacement. Instead, think of them as a hunger buster and a fatigue blaster for moments when you need a pick me up. I’ve noticed that I often choose a protein bite over brewing yet another cup of coffee during the day. I am somewhat of a coffee connoisseur so this is a big deal for me.
My husband loves them too and so does our toddler. As if she needs more energy! *giggle*
No-Bake Protein Bites Recipe
As you can see, Gerber® Cereal makes a fantastic healthy recipe substitution. Try all 4 cereal varieties, available at your local Walmart: Oatmeal Cereal Single-Grain, Multigrain Cereal, Oatmeal & Banana Cereal, and Lil’ Bits Oatmeal Banana Strawberry. More options are Organic, DHA & Probiotic, Grain & Fruit, Lil’ Bits, and Hearty Bits.
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