This is what I like to call happy snacking. A huge part of meal prep for me is snacks. Not because I am a, “grazer,” necessarily but because I like to have healthy snacks on hand to help get through that mid-afternoon slump! Rather than reaching for something packaged, processed, or full of added sugar, I can enjoy 1 or 2 of these protein bites, which are full of healthy fat and fiber – a great combination to give you energy and make you feel full.
Flax is rich in vitamins and minerals, omega-3 fatty acids, protein and fiber. This little golden brown super seed has the potential to reduce bad cholesterol, lower blood pressure, and help control blood sugar. I love including flax powder in various recipes as a healthy boost. It is great mixed into oatmeal, in baked goods, and of course, it is a key ingredient in these protein bites!
Chia seeds are also a small but mighty super seed. “Chia,” is actually the ancient Mayan word for strength. The ancient Aztecs and Mayans coveted this tiny seed because of its remarkable ability to provide sustainable energy. Chia seeds are able to absorb ten times their weight in water, and like flax, they are also full of fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals.
I love making these protein bites using almond or cashew butter, as a healthier alternative to peanut butter, but you can use whatever nut butter you prefer. The toasted coconut and honey add just a touch of sweetness, and of course, mini chocolate chips are always a good idea!
I usually store my protein bites in the freezer, and then take out 1 or 2 at a time. Just make sure you let them thaw for a few minutes before trying to eat them straight from the freezer!
Freezer-friendly and peanut-free protein energy bites are a delicious snack or dessert. They are full of healthy fats, heart healthy seeds, and sweetened with just a touch of honey.
- Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl
- Roll into round tablespoon sized balls and place on a cookie sheet
- Place cookie sheet in freezer for 90 minutes before transferring balls to an airtight container.
To toast coconut, add to a large skillet and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until flakes begin to brown and become aromatic.
Homemade energy bites will stay fresh in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks. I keep mine in the freezer (up to 2 months) until I am ready to eat them. Thaw for 5-10 minutes before trying to eat them straight from the freezer.