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No-bake protein bites are an easy homemade post-workout treat

Brandi is natural born food lover of anything from gourmet cheeses and wine down to plain baked breads. When not in the kitchen cooking, she loves to be outdoors, especially near the ocean. She puts her focus mainly on healthy organic ea...

Skip the shake, and use protein powder to make these healthy, no-bake, bite-size snacks

Want to use up the protein powder that's been sitting on your shelf but don’t feel like sipping it? These no-bake, bite-size snack balls are the perfect way to eat your protein powder, and they make great post-workout snacks.

I'm health conscious and like to work out, but what I don’t love is protein powders. I have never been able to force myself to drink up those thick, chalky shakes no matter how healthy they are.

Rather than make protein shakes, I decided to take protein powder and combine it with oats, spices and other ingredients, like coconut and nut butters, to whip up these super-easy and healthy, bite-size treats.

Here are three tasty flavors of protein bites that are so yummy even your kids will enjoy snacking on them. If you don’t have these exact protein powder flavors, then just get creative, and try adding extra spices or extracts to your mixtures.

Skip the shake, and use protein powder to make these healthy, no-bake, bite-size snacks

Coconut, almond and chocolate chip protein bites recipe

Vanilla protein powder, almond butter, chocolate chips and coconut give these protein bites a punch of flavor without making them too sweet.

Yields 12

Prep time: 15 minutes | Inactive time: 30 minutes | Total time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups rolled oats (or gluten-free rolled oats)
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 1/4 cup dried coconut, plus extra for coating (optional)
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla exact
  • 1/4 cup agave or pure maple syrup

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, combine the rolled oats, vanilla powder, coconut, chocolate chips and sea salt.
  2. In a separate, microwave-safe bowl, combine the almond butter, coconut oil, vanilla and agave (or maple syrup). Heat for 1 minute or until the mixture has completely melted.
  3. Pour the almond butter mixture over the oats, and mix very well.
  4. Place the mixture in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to cool (this also makes forming the balls easier).
  5. Using a small cookie scoop, roll the oatmeal mixture into balls, trying to keep them uniform in size.
  6. If coating the bites in coconut, then add extra shredded coconut to a shallow bowl, and roll each bite in the coconut until evenly coated.
  7. Store the bites in an airtight container for up to 4 days in the refrigerator.

Skip the shake, and use protein powder to make these healthy, no-bake, bite-size snacks

Cinnamon bun oatmeal-raisin cookie protein bites recipe

These spicy-sweet bites use cinnamon bun protein powder and plump raisins — perfect for oatmeal cookie fans.

Yields 12

Prep time: 15 minutes | Inactive time: 30 minutes | Total time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups rolled oats (or gluten-free rolled oats)
  • 2 scoops cinnamon bun-flavored protein powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons slivered almonds, chopped
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup creamy cashew butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup raw honey, maple syrup or agave

Directions:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the rolled oats, protein powder, cinnamon, sea salt, almond and raisins.
  2. To a microwave-safe bowl, add the coconut oil, cashew butter, vanilla extract and honey (or other sweetener), and heat for 1 minute or until the mixture has melted.
  3. Pour the cashew butter mixture on top of the oats, and mix very well.
  4. Chill for 30 minutes or until the oats have firmed up and are easy to handle.
  5. Roll the oatmeal into bite-size balls.
  6. Store the bites in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Skip the shake, and use protein powder to make these healthy, no-bake, bite-size snacks

Double chocolate birthday cake protein bites recipe

Super chocolaty, these chocolate birthday cake-flavored bites use both birthday cake batter- and chocolate-flavored protein powders.

Yields 12

Prep time: 15 minutes | Inactive time: 30 minutes | Total time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups rolled oats (or gluten-free rolled oats)
  • 2 scoops birthday cake batter-flavored protein powder
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon butter extract
  • 1/4 cup agave, honey or pure maple syrup

Directions:

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the rolled oats, protein powders, cocoa powder and sea salt.
  2. To a microwave-safe bowl, add the coconut oil, peanut butter, butter extract and agave (or other sweetener). Microwave for 1 minute or until the mixture has melted.
  3. Pour the warm peanut butter mixture on top of the oats, and mix well to combine.
  4. Chill for 30 minutes or until the mixture is easy to handle, and then roll the mixture into bite-size balls.
  5. Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days in the refrigerator.

More recipes using protein powder

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