Chocolate Protein Cookies

Chocolate Protein Cookies

Calling all chocolate lovers looking for a healthy snack packed with protein for a midday or morning recharge. These protein cookies are paleo friendly, gluten and dairy free!

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When I think about protein snacks I often think of either an intense sugar taste, or an extremely dry and bland texture. There are some good options on the market such as Tone It Up, Primal Kitchen Collagen Bars, and Bullet Proof, which I typically keep on hand. However, there are several protein bars and snacks that are full of unnecessary and unhealthy ingredients that can end up spiking your blood sugar levels, which leave you hungry shortly after consuming.

Recently I decided to try to make my own protein cookies, which can serve as a midday or morning snack in addition to a healthy breakfast option. To be honest, I also really needed to use the bananas on my table. My kids are not banana bread fans, so I have to get crafty.

These cookies are super simple to make. For the protein powder I use Tone It Up, Ancient Nutrition, or Primal Kitchen Collagen Fuel. Again, look on the label to see what you are consuming. Try to avoid a protein that has a long list of ingredients and high sugar content. If your batter ends up being too think then add in a little coconut milk to your preference. Combine all of the ingredients and bake for 6-8 minutes until the tops crack. I like all things soft baked, so I lean towards the 6 minute mark. Enjoy!

Chocolate Protein Cookies

Mindful Living With Amanda
Gluten & Dairy Free, Paleo Friendly
Course Breakfast, Snack
Servings 12 cookies

Ingredients
  

  • 3/4 cup cassava flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 1 tbsp chocolate protein powder
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp dark chocolate, chopped

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  • Using a fork or a standard mixer, combine all of the dry ingredients
  • Add in the maple syrup, melted coconut oil, banana, and vanilla extract. Mix until well combined.
  • Using an ice cream scooper or a generous tablespoon, scoop out 12 cookies onto a nonstick baking sheet. Roll the cookies into a ball and flatten slightly with the palm of your hand.
  • Bake for 6-8 minutes, until the tops slightly crack. Allow the cookies to cool for 2 minutes before serving, or store them in your refrigerator in an airtight container up to 1-2 weeks for optimal freshness. Enjoy!
Apple Pie Bites

Apple Pie Bites

Give me apple pie and apple crisp anything. I love the crisp apple taste blended with the warming spices of cinnamon and nutmeg. My Apple Pie Bites recipe will be sure to hit the spot for when you get a craving for fall or anything apple. These are gluten free, dairy free, and paleo friendly!

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I love making any of my bites recipes to keep on hand for my family. They are a clean and healthy snack to pack for after school commitments, hikes, or just to dig into when we need a little energy boost throughout the day. These are a great alternative to conventional snack and breakfast bars you find at most food stores. I am always a fan of a simple ingredient list that you don’t have to hem and haw about.

Like most of my recipes, the instructions are very minimal. All you have to do is toss all of the ingredients listed below into a food processor, and let it go until a ball of dough forms. The dough will be a bit sticky, but that is from the natural creaminess of the nuts, dates, and soft-dried apples. I find my soft-dried apples at Whole Foods, and all that is inside are apples and water. I have not tried this recipe with the more commonly found dried, crunchy apple slices, so I don’t know if that will be a good substitute.

Whenever I make apple crisp or pie recipes I always put some lemon inside. The citrus brings a nice little something to all apple flavored things. In most of my baking recipes I usually add cinnamon and nutmeg. These two spices play off of each other nicely. I hope you enjoy these little bites as much as we do.

Apple Pie Bites

Mindful Living with Amanda
Gluten & Dairy Free | Paleo Friendly
Cook Time 5 mins
Course Appetizer, Dessert, Snack
Servings 14 bites

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup dates
  • 1/2 cup soft-dried (unsweetened) apple slices
  • 1/2 cup raw, unsalted cashews
  • 1/2 cup raw, unsalted almonds
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened raisins
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg

Instructions
 

  • Toss all of the ingredients into a food processor, and turn it on to blend until a ball of dough forms
  • Use a spoon or a small ice cream scooper to gather the dough, and then roll into bite sized balls
  • Store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1-2 weeks for optimal freshness.
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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!
Birthday Cake Collagen Bites

Birthday Cake Collagen Bites

I love adding collagen into anything I can. The benefits of collagen are just too good to resist. These Birthday Cake Collagen Bites are the perfect snack on the go or as a sweet treat when you need a pick me up. These are dairy free, gluten-free, palo and Keto friendly.

I thoroughly enjoy an easy recipe that I can keep stocked in my house for a grab and go type of deal. Weekday mornings and afternoons are pretty busy over here, and sometimes I just don’t have the time to sit and prepare the perfectly pictured Pinterest worthy snack. Enter, Birthday Cake Collagen Bites.

Like my other bite recipes, you toss everything into one bowl and mix thoroughly. I save combining the sprinkles until the end and gently fold them in. Then scoop out spoonfuls to form into about 9 bites. I store them in an airtight container in my fridge for up to 1 week, but between my husband and I they don’t make it past Wednesday or Thursday.

I typically use unflavored collagen by Primal Kitchen, because it just makes adding it into my coffee, tea, or baked goods much easier. For this recipe I used Primal Kitchen Vanilla Coconut Collagen Fuel. Vital Proteins and Ancient Nutrition are other clean and trusted brands for collagen products. I have seen such an improvement in my skin and nails since using collagen, and I have been a loyal fan for about 2 years now. I hope you enjoy these as much as we do!

Birthday Cake Collagen Bits
Makes 9 Bites

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup cashew butter
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 3 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1 scoop of collagen (I recommend Primal Kitchen Vanilla Coconut Collagen Fuel)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp of nut milk of your choice ( you may add more if you prefer a creamier bite)
  • Sprinkles to your preference

Directions:

  • Toss everything into a mixing bowl (except for the sprinkles) and mix until well combined
  • Fold in the sprinkles (I used a generous tablespoon worth)
  • Scoop out generous spoonfuls and roll into about 9 bites
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week in the fridge

Enjoy!

Blueberry Lemon Bites

Blueberry Lemon Bites

Berries and lemon are the perfect combination in my book (other than peanut butter and chocolate of course). This recipe offers a nice blend of sweetness from the berries and citrus from the lemons, in addition to a nice crunchy texture from the freeze dried fruit. What’s even better is that blueberries provide some antioxidants, and lemons offer a good dose of vitamin C. These Blueberry Lemon Bites are gluten-free, dairy-free, and Paleo friendly.

This is another variation of my Key Lime Pie Bites and Lemon Bites, which are all refreshing and clean for a worry free grab and go snack. My husband will enjoy these for his breakfast as a swap for his typical bowl of cereal. I can promise you that my food processor never saw the light of day until this past holiday season. I would say it sat unused for a solid 7 years, but now it is routinely out and cranking out the goods these days.

I am not a huge snacker during the week, but during the weekends when I am home and more likely to indulge I want to make sure I have clean options that are guilt free yet satisfying. This recipe is another toss everything in, fold in the blueberries and roll them out into balls for a hassle free recipe.

I don’t know what it is, but I always count myself successful when I seem to streamline a recipe. I work full time during the week and often times on the weekends, so I keep certain recipes on rotation to simplify my life, you know what I mean? I have come to realize not everything needs to be a Pinterest perfect dish, but this simple snack will be sure to satisfy and impress. I hope you enjoy it!

Blueberry Lemon Bites
Makes 8 Bites

Ingredients:

  • 8 pitted dates
  • 1 cup of raw unsalted cashews
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • Lemon zest from 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp of unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/3 cup of unsweetened freeze dried blueberries

Directions:

  • Add dates, lemon zest, squeezed lemon juice, cashews, and coconut into a food processor and turn it on until a ball of dough forms
  • Fold in the blueberries
  • Scoop out generous spoonfuls of the mixture and form into 8 balls
  • Optional: roll the bites into any leftover shredded coconut

Enjoy friends!

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!