ALMOND BUTTER, VANILLA, HEMP & DARK CHOCOLATE PROTEIN BITES
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I have been wanting to create my own protein bites for some time now, as I am doing 4-5 boxing classes a week + 2-3 hot yoga sessions too. So with that, plus work and family it is really important to me to keep fueling my body with nutritious food. I wanted to create these bites as a healthy and nutritious snack, to add nourishment and energy to a busy and active day. These are vegan, and are packed with flavour - they really do feel like a treat! I've used Pic's Double Crunch Almond Butter as my flavour base. Almond butter is an absolute favourite of mine, and I love how this one has lots of good chunky bits - perfect for this recipe. I have also used oat flour, a plant-based pea protein powder and hemp seeds as good sources of protein, and coconut oil and brown rice malt syrup to bring everything together. You can also use honey too if you prefer, but the end result is sweeter. I prefer the brown rice malt syrup. This is a great recipe to make ahead if you like to meal prep, it's great for an "on-the-go snack", or to add to a lunch box.
Makes 17 bites OR 8 protein bars
For the bites
1 1/2 cups rolled oat (processed into oat flour)
1/4 cup vanilla protein powder*
1/4 cup hemp seeds
1/2 cup Pic's Double Crunch Almond Butter
2-3 tablespoons melted coconut oil
1/3 cup brown rice malt syrup (or honey)
1 teaspoon real vanilla extract
A pinch of flakey sea salt
50g dark chocolate, chopped
2 teaspoons coconut oil
Extra hemp seeds
Line a small tray with baking paper and set it aside. Put the oats into a blender and process them into oat flour. I just used my blender rather than a food processor and it worked really well. Add this to a large bowl with the remaining ingredients, the protein powder, hemp seeds, almond butter, 2 tablespoons coconut oil, brown rice malt syrup (or honey), vanilla extra and the pinch of flakey sea salt. Combine well, and if the mixture is a little dry, and another tablespoon of coconut oil. I used a 1 tablespoon scoop to portion out 17 bites, rolling into balls and putting them onto the baking paper-lined tray. Alternatively, you can press the mixture into a lined 8x4 sized dish, leave it to set for 1 hour in the fridge, and then cut it into 8 protein bars.
If you are doing the additional topping, melt the chocolate and coconut oil together over a bane marine, and once melted, stir well. I half-dipped each bite in the chocolate and then sprinkled on extra hemp seeds onto half the chocolate. I had to re-melt the chocolate halfway through as the coconut oil sets it up pretty quickly.
Store bites in the fridge.
*I use this Plant-Based pea protein HERE, and I like that at Common Sense you can buy 25g (1/4 cup) sachets. Especially good if you are just wanting to buy this as a one-off for the recipe.