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Protein Packed Energy Bites

By eHealthIQ
Reviewed: March 16, 2016
It’s late afternoon and you find yourself reaching for that cup of coffee or a candy bar as a quick pick-me -up. Why not make some protein packed portable energy bites to eat instead? These energy bites are great for a quick breakfast, snack, or even for dessert. And they are full of all the good things your body needs.
Oats are loaded with fiber known to lower levels of bad cholesterol. Peanut butter is a great way to get protein, fiber, and healthy fats. Just one serving of peanut butter has 8 grams of protein and almost 2 grams of fiber. Studies show that people who regularly eat nuts or nut butter are less likely to develop heart disease and type 2 diabetes compared to people who don’t eat nuts. Dried coconut is also high in fiber and has many important nutrients including, manganese, copper, and selenium.
These energy bites are low in sugar so you can avoid that dreaded sugar crash. The healthy fats from the coconut and nut butter will also keep you feeling full for a long time.

Recipe adapted from the blog, Smashed Peas And Carrots.

You’ll need:

2 Cups Quick Oats

½ Cup Chocolate Chips

⅔ Cup Unsweetened Coconut Flakes

*½ Cup Peanut Butter

*⅓ Cup Honey

1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

¼ Teaspoon Salt

To make the energy bites:

1- Combine oats, chocolate chips, and coconut in a large bowl.

2- Add peanut butter, honey, vanilla, and salt and mix until well combined.

3- Chill mixture in the refrigerator for an hour.

4- Roll into balls about 1 inch in diameter.

Store in an airtight container.

*If you are having trouble making the balls stick together, you can add a little more peanut butter and honey. About ¼ cup peanut butter and ⅛ cup honey should do the trick.

These also make great bars. Press the mixture into a baking dish lined with parchment paper.

You can get creative with the ingredients with this recipe! Any kind of nut or seed butter can be used as a substitute for the peanut butter. Dried cranberries, chia, or flax seeds and white chocolate chips are a great way to change it up. Agave syrup also works in place of the honey if you are vegan, other liquid vegan sweeteners may make it too runny. These can also be made gluten free with gluten free oats.

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