Protein Bites Gluten Free Snack, tasty mid afternoon bites, and perfect for pre and post workout fuel. No baking required! Measuring and mixing is all it takes!
After being inspired by these at The Comfort of Cooking and Gimme Some Oven, I went straight to my kitchen and started experimenting. I added protein powder to aid in a post workout recovery, and some chia seeds for the omega-3.
My goal was to also cut down on the sugar without compromising the taste or the texture, which can be a bit of a challenge since the honey/peanut butter mixture is the glue that holds all the ingredients together.
After two recipe re-dos and sampling by me and Alan, the third batch was tested by my running pals, Michele and Sharon! These gals get me to roll out of bed before 5:00 a.m. several mornings during our work weeks. They workout hard and like me, they like good food! Perfect post-workout taste testers, right?!
They gave me the thumbs up and the Protein Bites an excellent review, but the real test is if they want and ask for the recipe…and they did 🙂
Taste-test is a PASS
Whether you snack on these Protein Bites after a workout or need something to grab between meals, these beat a store bought bar any day!
Share these will little ones for an after school snack. They’re filling and will beat the pang of hunger before the dinner meal.
- 1 cup old-fashioned oats, uncooked (I used gluten-free)
- 1 1/2 servings of vanilla whey protein powder (this equates to three scoops of the brand I use)
- 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
- 1/3 cup honey plus 1 tablespoon
- 1/3 cup nut butter (I used peanut)
- 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
The Chia seeds can easily be substituted for ground flax seed. This is my first time trying gluten-free oats (Bob's Red Mill), and I didn't notice a distinct difference in taste from regular oats, so use the type that fits your needs.
Based on the brands I used, Jiff peanut butter and this basic protein, each bite is about 62 calories each, and 2.7 grams of protein. The recipe made 25 bites.
Gimme a delicious snack!