Peanut Butter Protein Bites
1 cup natural creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1.5 cup rolled oats (feel free to use gluten free if that’s your thing!)
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1/4 - 1/2 cup dark or double dark chocolate chips
3 tablespoons ground chia seeds, flax seeds, or blend of both
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
Optional: 1/4 cup raisins (if you like that sort of thing)
Scoop peanut butter into a saucepan and heat on low, stirring in the honey.
In a bowl mix together the dry ingredients (oats, chocolate chips, chia or flax, cinnamon, and salt).
Once the peanut butter-honey mixture is slightly more liquified, pour into a medium bowl and add the vanilla extract. Stir, and slowly add the dry ingredients until thoroughly mixed.
Place in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes depending until chilled / solidified.
Using a melon-baller or rounded teaspoon, pack the mixture into a tight ball.
Place in to-go bags or containers for a pick me up pre or post run.
These are super simple to make. Plus, they are a great way to increase energy before a workout or boost recovery afterward by replenishing some much needed glycogen and muscle building protein.
Add or change any thing you feel necessary. For more of a pre-workout snack, dial down or eliminate the protein and add raisins or extra honey. If you’re allergic to peanut butter DON’T use it! Try almond butter or cashew butter or any other nut butter that you prefer.
You can also play around with different ingredients and spices. A hint of ginger or nutmeg, or top it with cacao or shredded coconut. Be your own chef and play with your food.