Maple Pecan Protein Bites

Maple Pecan Protein Bites

I love a good maple and pecan combo! Pair this combination with a splash of protein and the texture of raw pecans, and you have yourself an amazing snack that will reenergize you for the morning or afternoon slump. This recipe is gluten free, and will have you asking for seconds!

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I typically have a variation of my bites recipes on hand for my kids or husband to grab and go for a healthy snack. For this recipe I wanted something with warm tones, so I paired maple syrup, almond extract, and chopped pecans together. To make this a well rounded snack I used healthy fat from the raw nuts and a chocolate protein powder. The brands of protein powder I use are Primal Kitchen Collagen Fuel, Tone It Up, and Ancient Nutrition.

Of course I had to bust out my food processor (again) for this easy recipe. Seriously, what is better than a food processor? The dough will be a bit sticky from the maple syrup, but this will allow for the remaining 1/4 cup of chopped pecans to stick and roll into the dough at the end for some added texture. I recommend storing these in your refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 1-2 weeks for optimal freshness. One batch makes 7 bites, so they will most likely be gone within the week. I hope you enjoy these goodies as much as we do!

Maple Pecan Protein Bites

Mindful Living With Amanda
Gluten Free
Course Snack
Servings 7 bites

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/4 cup raw, unsalted pecans (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp chocolate protein powder
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 5 pitted dates
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp chopped dark chocolate

Instructions
 

  • Toss 1 cup of the chopped pecans, chocolate protein powder, maple syrup, dates, almond extract, and sea salt into a food processor and process until a ball of dough forms.
  • Fold in the chopped pieces of dark chocolate
  • Using a tablespoon or ice cream scooper separate the dough into 7 balls. Then, roll each ball into the remaining 1/4 cup of chopped pecans. Keep rolling the balls to combine the chopped nuts.
  • Place the bites into an airtight container and store in the refrigerator. Enjoy!
Pistachio & Vanilla Protein Bites

Pistachio & Vanilla Protein Bites

Dig into these Pistachio & Vanilla Protein Bites for a nutrient dense snack that will keep you fueled for the day ahead. Keep these in the fridge for a healthy alternative to conventional protein bars when you need a little pick me up. These are gluten free and paleo friendly.

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Pistachios are a nutrient dense nut that is an excellent source of fiber, protein and fat. Whenever I buy nuts I always opt for a raw and unsalted kind. If you look at the labels you may be surprised to see that there can sometimes be added salt, oils, and sugars inside common brands found at the grocery store. Being a mindful consumer is the best thing you can be when browsing the isles these days.

Nuts generally have a creamy texture, so it was a no brainer to mix them with a nice vanilla protein powder for an extra punch of fuel. For this recipe I used Primal Kitchen’s Vanilla Coconut Collagen Fuel. I typically always have that protein in my pantry, because it has a nice and light vanilla flavor that isn’t overbearing. For the honey you want to use a raw kind, because it goes through less processing than regular honey. Regular honey looses most of its nutrients when it is processed, and often contains additives.

I pack these for my husband for long work days, or I will make them to keep in the fridge for a grab and go snack before school picks up and after school commitments. These are nutrient dense with a nice blend of protein and healthy fats to balance your blood sugar levels to prevent a spike and burn effect. These are gluten free and paleo friendly.

Pistachio & Vanilla Protein Bites

Mindful Living With Amanda
Gluten Free, Paleo
Prep Time 5 mins
Course Snack
Servings 8 Bites

Ingredients
  

  • 1/4 cup organic, raw, unsalted pistachios
  • 1/4 cup organic, raw, unsalted cashews
  • 1 cup dates
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tbsp raw honey

Instructions
 

  • Combine the cashews, pistachios, dates, vanilla extract and vanilla protein in a food processor. Pulse until finely broken down.
  • Fold in the honey until nicely combined, and a dough like consistency is formed.
  • Use an ice cream scooper or spoon to scoop out spoonfuls, and then roll into 8 balls.
  • Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. Enjoy!
Carrot Cake Bites

Carrot Cake Bites

Are you looking for a healthy dessert or snack that packs in the nutrients and satisfies your sweet tooth? Then you will love these Carrot Cake Bites. These are simple to make and have a simple list of clean ingredients that are paleo friendly and gluten free.

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Spring time is calling, and so is everything carrot cake. These energy bites are fabulous to make for a dessert or snack. I’ll keep these in the fridge for a bridge snack between meals or enjoy one after dinner. My husband will pack these energy bites in his lunch in exchange for a protein bar.

I love how easy these are to make. Just pop everything into the food processor, pulse, roll into bites, roll into shredded coconut, and you are good to go. The whole process takes no longer than 10 minutes. These will stay good in the fridge for up to 2 weeks in an airtight container.

Carrot Cake Bites

Mindful Living With Amanda
Gluten Free & Paleo Friendly Dessert or Snack
Course Dessert, Snack
Servings 16 Bites

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup dates
  • 1 cup raw, unsalted pecans
  • 1 cup raw, unsalted cashews
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut

Instructions
 

  • Put all the ingredients into a food processor, and blend until a dough forms.
  • Scoop out generous spoonfuls and roll into balls.
  • Optional to roll them into unsweetened, shredded coconut.
  • Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks, or you can freeze for up to 3 months.
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Bites

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Bites

If you are a fan of chocolate covered strawberries then you will love this bites recipe. This is the perfect grab and go snack that will fuel you up with energy and satisfy your sweet tooth all at the same time. You will find it hard to have just one! This recipe is paleo, grain, dairy and gluten free.

There is something very satisfying about chocolate covered strawberries. The sweetness from the berries and the subtle hint of chocolate is out of this world. I love having these as a snack in the fridge during the week. Often times when I am on the hunt for a clean snack bar it can be difficult to find an option that is simple and clean. Lately, I have found pleasure in knowing exactly what I am eating, and knowing that it wasn’t prepared in a far off distant factory. Don’t get me wrong I am not the perfect eater, but when I have the opportunity to make something homemade that is minimal time and effort I go all in.

For my bites recipes they all kind go the same way in terms of preparation. You place the dates, cashews, vanilla extract, almonds, and maple syrup into the food processor and pulse it about 10 times. Then, I add in the unsweetened freeze dried strawberries, and let it go until a ball of dough forms. Once the mixture is good to go you will use a cookie scooper or a spoon to scoop out generous spoonfuls and roll them into balls. Place them onto a plate or cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

Once the bites are all formed (you should get about 16 from this recipe) then you will prepare the chocolate. Simply, melt the chocolate and coconut oil in a microwave safe dish and stir every 30 seconds until it is completely melted. Take a spoon and drizzle the chocolate evenly across all of the bites. Pop the bites into the fridge and let the chocolate harden for about 30 minutes. Then you can serve them or transfer them to an airtight container, and they will stay good in the fridge for up to 1 week or you can freeze them for up to 3 months and take them out as needed for a nice sweet treat.

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Bites
Makes 16

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dates
  • 1 cup raw unsalted cashews
  • 1/4 cup raw unsalted almonds
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 5 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 cup unsweetened freeze dried strawberries
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips (Hu gems are recommended for a Paleo and dairy free option)
  • 1 tsp coconut oil

Directions:

  • In a food processor add the dates, cashews, almonds, vanilla, and maple syrup and pulse 10 times
  • Add in the strawberries and let it process until a ball of dough has formed
  • Scoop out generous spoonfuls and roll into balls, and place them onto a baking sheet or plate lined with parchment paper
  • Melt the chocolate and coconut oil in a microwave safe dish while stirring every 30 seconds
  • Drizzle the melted chocolate over the bites evenly
  • Place the bites into the fridge and let the chocolate harden for 30 minutes
  • Serve immediately or transfer to an airtight container. These can stay in the fridge for up to 1 week for maximum freshness or put them in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Enjoy!

Lemon Bar Bites

Lemon Bar Bites

Are you a fan of anything lemon like me? My Lemon Bar Bites will be sure to satisfy your pallet while providing you with a clean source of energy that is Paleo, Whole 30, and gluten free. Dig into these Lemon Bar Bites for a worry free and vibrant pick me up.

Image and Recipe are original to Mindful Living with Amanda

Nuts are a great addition to any diet (depending on if you have allergies). They are a good source of protein, fat, and fiber. Certain nuts support bone and thyroid health while also providing your body with essential amino acids. You have to be mindful when shopping for nuts, so you want to check the ingredient list on the back. You may be surprised to find added highly processed oils, sweeteners (such as high fructose corn syrup, etc.), and high amounts of salt. My suggestion for when you shop for the ingredients is to find raw and if possible organic nuts. Dry roasted is okay, but be mindful of nuts that are labeled “roasted” as those can also contain industrial seed oils that are unhealthy for many reasons.

I am a huge fan of lemon and lime (check out my Key Lime Pie Bites). I squeeze lemon and lime into my water in the morning before work, and I will also squeeze the juice onto my salads as well. I use to purchase a popular brand of lemon snack bars and they were awesome. However, one day I really looked at the label for the ingredients, and I was shocked to see what was inside. Then I started to think about how I could create my own version with clean ingredients that I keep in my pantry regularly.

To make these bites you simply put everything into a food processor, then press the “on” button and let it go until a ball of dough forms. Next, pop the top off and scoop out generous spoon fulls of the dough and roll them into snack sized balls. If you want to, roll them into some more unsweetened shredded coconut for a little something extra! You can store these in your fridge for up to 1 week, or you can freeze them up to 3 months in an air tight container. When you layer them in your container separate them with parchment paper.

When I make these Lemon Bar Bites I almost immediately feel little hands creep up from the counters to grab them and my husband immediately requests for me to save him some. They are definitely a crowd pleaser over here, and I hope you enjoy them just as much!

Lemon Bar Bites
Makes 8

Ingredients:

  • 7 medjool dates (pitted)
  • 1 cup of cashews
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 lemon (juiced)
  • 1 tbsp of unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp of pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. of sea salt

Directions:

  • Place all of the ingredients into a food processor and press “on”
  • Let the mix process until a ball of dough forms
  • Pop the top off and scoop out generous snack sized spoonfuls of the dough and then roll them into balls
  • Optional: roll the bites into any left over shredded coconut to make a light coating
  • Store them in the fridge up to 1 week or in the freezer up to 3 months in an airtight container. Place a piece of parchment paper in-between layers when storing them.

Enjoy!

Key Lime Pie Bites

Key Lime Pie Bites

These Key Lime Pie Bites are Paleo, Whole 30, and gluten free. The recipe is super simple with clean ingredients you don’t have to feel guilty about eating yourself or sharing (if you can) with your family!

Photo and Recipe are original to Mindful Living with Amanda

I love making all of the “bites” recipes from my page mostly because they are a cleaner version of snack bars I find in the grocery stores. Traditional protein bars or breakfast bars found in the stores have extra fillers, unnecessary sugars, and not to mention artificial sweeteners. The ingredient list for these is short and all of them can be found in nature! The best part? You can make these in 5 minutes or less and avoid consuming an otherwise highly processed snack.

There is no baking necessary to make these. Simply pull out your food processor with the S-blade, toss all of the ingredients inside (except the pistachios), and turn it on until a ball of dough is formed. Then, pop the top off and fold in the chopped pistachios. Once everything is nicely combined all you need to do is take a spoonful of the dough and roll them into snack sized balls. For some extra flare you can roll them in more unsweetened shredded coconut.

As far as storage goes, I will put them into the fridge for up to 1 week. I will be honest they do not last that long in my house between my sons and husband. Sometimes I will double the batch, and put the second one in the freezer in an air tight container with parchment paper separating the layers for up to 3 months.

Key Lime Pie Bites
Makes 10

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of raw cashews (not salted, roasted is okay)
  • 7 medjool dates (pitted)
  • 3 small limes juiced
  • Lime zest from 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon of unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp. of pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. of sea salt
  • 1/4 cup pistachios (chopped)

Directions:

  • Add the cashews, dates, lime juice, lime zest, coconut, vanilla, and salt into the food processor with the s-blade
  • Press the “on” button and let them go until a ball of dough forms
  • Remove the blade and fold in the chopped pistachios
  • Use a spoon and scoop out generous spoonfuls of the dough and roll them into about 10 bites (more or less depending on how big you make the balls, or how much you eat while you make it!)
  • Optional: roll the bites into extra shredded coconut for a nice coating if you wish
  • Store them in a single layer, or use parchment paper to separate the layers, and put them into the fridge for up to 1 week. You may also put them in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Enjoy!