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As a full-time working mom who tends to sign up for races at terrible times, and generally over-extend myself, I’m always looking for snacks that are easy to make, easy to carry, and healthy. I love things that are “grab-and-go” because I’m constantly running out of time, but hate feeling hungry throughout the day.
Enter the no bake protein bites. These are such a versatile snack! They are so easy to make, and even easier to carry with you.
There are a variety of protein/energy bites out there, but (of course) the way I make them is my favorite. I love adding chia seeds to, well, basically everything, and who can resist peanut butter?!
But…my favorite ingredient in these is the maca powder. The maca powder has a nutty flavor, but it isn’t overpowering. The combination of the chia and maca powder gives you extra energy that lasts for hours.
There are a lot of different kinds of maca powder, and I’ll be doing a review of several of them soon, so look for that in the next couple of weeks!
On to the Chia-Maca Protein Bites. These make about 20 bites, and they can keep in the refrigerator for almost a week. I like to make them on Sunday, and use them as snacks or pre-workout snacks during the week.
These snacks are slightly sweet, have a little crunch, and are really filling. Two of them have about 130 calories, so they make a perfect snack to add to your day. (Honestly, I’ve eaten them for breakfast on occasion!)
The prep time on these is about 7 minutes, and they are ready to eat just a few minutes later. Really, what can be easier than that?
1 heaping cup old-fashioned oats (not instant)
½ cup peanut butter (I use smooth, but you can use chunky if you prefer!)
2 ½ TBSP honey
1 TBSP chia seeds
½-1 tsp real vanilla extract (depending on taste)
1 TBSP maca powder
Combine all ingredients and mix well. Roll into 20 balls (they will be a bit sticky, and that’s ok). Place on wax paper and put into the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes until they have firmed up. Enjoy!
See, they couldn’t be any easier!
I keep them in an airtight storage container, and take a few in my lunch each day. Again, because these are slightly sweet, they satisfy the need for something sweet, but continue to keep you full until the next meal. I almost always grab these around 9:30/10:00 a.m. when I’m starting to search for something, but it’s too early to dig into my lunch.
My toddler LOVES them, and they are a great way to get some added protein into a growing toddler.
I love how quickly you can make these, because it gives a homemade snack that you know exactly what went into it.
What else would you add to protein bites?