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Tart Cherry, Dark Chocolate Protein Bites

Tart Cherry, Dark Chocolate, Super Seed Protein Bites from A Thousand Crumbs (4 of 4)

Aloha and happy Friday friends!  Okay, so I haven’t left for Hawaii yet, but the bags are (almost…not really) packed and my flight leaves tomorrow morning!  I can hardly wait!  This is the last recipe I am going to be posting for a week, but I will resume my normal Monday, Wednesday, Friday, schedule when I get back.  I have lots of tasty tasty things in store for Fall, including some of my favorite Crumbs in the City spots around Los Angeles to help you embrace the new season with glee!  In the meantime, I wanted to share a snack that has been helping me power through these days – tart cherry, dark chocolate, super-seed, protein bites!

Okay, so the name could use a little work, but they are so stinking good, hopefully you can overlook that.  With that said, if you have a good name suggestion for these little freezer bites of deliciousness, then send me a note!

There is a funny story of how these little bites came to be.  David called me in a fit of excitement about this breakthrough in sleep that he heard about on a Podcast (he’s WAY into biohacks).  Anyway, he said he heard about how tart cherries can be good for sleep so he ordered TWO POUNDS for us.  What was I supposed to do with two pounds of dried tart cherries?  How many did I have to eat in order to achieve the sleep benefits?  Well it turns out, unsweetened tart cherry JUICE is really what’s supposed to be good for sleep.  Whoops!  A giant box of dried tart cherries showed up.  So besides eating them straight out of the bag because they are so delicious, I thought I would turn them into these delicious freezer-friendly protein bites.  Moral of the story – we can thank David for this recipe since his little mixup was our gain!

These are an AWESOME spin on my favorite protein bites (one of my first recipes ever posted!), with the addition of dried tart cherries, hemp seeds, and dark chocolate chips.  They make a great snack any time of day, or a healthy dessert.  They are PACKED with amazing good-for-you ingredients that keep you full and on track during busy days.  I keep a few in the freezer at home and at work for that in-between time of day when I just need a little something to carry me through to the next meal.  They are great straight out of the freezer (my personal favorite), or thawed for a few minutes so they are softer to chew.

The best part?  You literally throw everything in a bowl, mix it up, roll them into balls, and freeze.  Done.  And.  Done.

Now seriously, ALOHA!!

Tart Cherry, Dark Chocolate, Super Seed Protein Bites from A Thousand Crumbs (1 of 4)

Tart Cherry, Dark Chocolate, Super-Seed Protein Bites

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Serves: 36 Balls Cooking Time: 20 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats, pulsed in a food processor or blender for 1-2 seconds
  • 1 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup dried tart cherries, roughly chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups unsweetened natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

1

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.

2

Roll into 1 1/2 Tbsp size balls, and arrange on a cookie sheet.

3

Freeze balls for 90 minutes before transferring to an airtight container and returning them to the freezer.

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