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.
Protein Bites, Gluten-Free Snack
- 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!
And addictive 🙂 Thanks!
Heather @ SugarDish(Me)
Do these taste like cookie dough? Because they LOOK like cookie dough. And we all know how much I like to eat cookie dough…
I haven’t jumped on the chia seed train yet. I’ve read loads of good things, but they always seem so EXPENSIVE. Are my stores just lame? Can I just eat peanut butter and honey with chocolate chips? Soooo many questions.
I think Chia has gotten more expensive since they’ve become more popular, but flax seed is s great alternative! I have to be careful with these. Seriously, peanut butter cookie doughish 🙂
These look fantastic! What a great high protein snack.
Super quick to make too!
Love no bake items. Do you think maple syrup will work?
I think maple syrup would stick like honey. That’s worth a try, Norma!