These vegan protein bites are amazing replacements for your store bought granola bars. You would be incredibly surprised to find out how much sugar and sodium one of those granola bars contains! I absolutely love these protein bites; even if you’re not vegan, they are a great healthy on-the-go snack. I have them as a mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack, or as a post-workout snack. They pack a lot of protein and fibre per bite, so they can definitely tie you over in between meals. And because I am a tad bit more generous with the chocolate chips, I find that they help curb my cravings for other unhealthier sugary snacks. This recipe makes roughly 8-10 bites, depending on how big you make the balls. I scaled down my recipe, so that you could test it out and see if you like the flavour of my protein bites. If you do, you can then multiply everything by two to make 16-20 bites, that’s the normal amount I make every time I make this recipe. They can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for a week, or in the freezer for up to two weeks.
1/3 cup roughly chopped unsalted, raw almonds
1/4 unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup of quick rolled oats
1/2 cup ground flax seeds (I bought mine in the bulk aisle and noticed they are the same price as the whole flax seeds, so why not get them already ground up to save you the work!)
1/3 cup of vegan chocolate chips ( I prefer the mini chips, I find they bind better in the mixture.)
1 tsp. of pure vanilla extract
1 tsp. of cinnamon
1 generous tbsp. of raw peanut butter ( I would prefer to use almond butter or cashew butter, but this was what I had on hand.)
2 generous tbsp. of coconut oil
1 tbsp of water (this amount may vary)
- Mix all your dry ingredients together ( almonds, shredded coconut, rolled oats, and ground flax seeds).
- Combine all the ingredients well.
- Add vanilla extract, cinnamon, peanut butter, and coconut oil.
- Use your hands to mix the ingredients (the temperature of your hands will help the coconut oil melt and blend into the mixture much better than a spoon would).
- Combine the ingredients until it is all thoroughly distributed and just holding together.
- Add 1 tbsp. of water to start – continue mixing with hands.
- The mixture should hold together, but not be sticky. If it isn’t holding together add another tbsp. of water, if it is too sticky add more rolled oats.
- Once you reach the right consistency you can start forming your balls!
- You can pick the size of your balls, just make sure when forming them to really apply some pressure to ensure they keep their shape.
- Store them in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.