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!
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!
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!
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!
If you are looking for a midday snack with some protein and chocolate flavored goodness then look no further than these delicious Salted Chocolate Pecan Protein Bites. These are gluten free and dairy free.
I make these bites for my husband and me for a midday pick me up or a post workout snack. They are packed with protein and healthy fats to keep us energized, so we can keep up with our daily demands of work and parenting. I will pack these when we are going on a hike, or in our lunches if we need a bridge snack between meals.
These keep nicely in the fridge for 1 week. The dough consistency will vary depending on the size of the protein scoop you use. So, if the dough seems a bite dry you can slowly add 1 tsp at a time of unsweetened almond milk to reach your desired consistency. For this recipe I used Tone It Up chocolate protein for your reference. You can find the link for the protein on my Shop page.
I used Hu Chocolate Chunks, and then I chopped them up into smaller pieces. The pecans I also chopped a bit smaller as well, but they add a good texture so you don’t want to overdo it with the chopping. For the almond butter, pick a brand that does not have added sugars or unnecessary ingredients. I used the organic Whole Foods brand, which the only ingredient is almonds. The other ingredients needed are gluten free oats, maple syrup, salt and vanilla extract. The directions are below. Enjoy my friends!
Salted Chocolate Pecan Protein Bites Makes 16
1 cup gluten free oats
1 cup almond butter
1/2 cup maple syrup
2 scoops chocolate protein powder (I used Tone It Up brand)
1/4 cup chocolate chunks (I used Hu brand)
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Combine all the ingredients into a mixing bowl, and mix until it is well combined.
Use a cookie scooper or a spoon to scoop out spoonfuls and roll into balls
Note: if the mixture is too dry due to the size of your protein scoops then you can add tsps at a time of unsweetened almond milk until it is smooth enough to work into balls
Store these Bites in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week