Don’t get me wrong…I am a complete lady about it. I know you just envisioned that hot-dog eating guy throwin’ back 100 dogs in 6 minutes. Sorry to disappoint you, but I am far more graceful than that.
Remember, I cook multiple times a day and bake at least every other day. This is lots of food to “test” (good excuse) so I have become accustomed to nibbling.
But that’s okay, right? It’s all in a days work, right?
Please say right.
But, when you chow down on lots of food, and you are my age, things can get ugly…fast.
Hence (long story even longer), my foray into some really awesome healthy nibbles. These are awesome…seriously.
I tried to make this as healthy as possible, taking away things that are generally irritating to many digestive tracts out there (like gluten, sugar, dairy, eggs ) and adding extra goodness like good quality protein.
So, there’s the scoop. Having trouble curbing your appetite? Go on…make a batch of these.
* inspired by vegan cookies at Minimalist Baker
It don’t get better than that!
If you want a reminder to make these bites, pin this image now!!
Healthy Protein Bites
Make a batch of these bites for your afternoon snack craving!!
- 1 1/3 cups dates if they are fresh, just pit them; if they are hard, soak them in warm water for 10 minutes
- 1 cup walnuts to boost your omega 3's
- 1 cup oats
- 2 small bananas
- 2 tbsp natural nut butter peanut, almond, cashew, etc
- 1 scoop about 1/4 cup protein powder
- handful about 1/4 cup chocolate chips (of course, they now won't be sugar free but they will be yummy!)
Get all of your ingredients ready (nothing sucks more than getting half way through a recipe only to realize you're missing something!). Preheat your oven to 350 and line a cookie sheet with parchment (or spray with cooking spray).
Throw the dates in a food processor and process.
Add the walnuts next and process.
Next, add the oats, bananas and nut butter and process again.
Add protein powder and chocolate chips (if you're using them) and blend
Using a small scoop (or two teaspoons), place scoops of dough onto the prepared cookie sheet. With a fork, press gently to flatten a bit.
If you like, you can add a couple of chips to the top of the cookies before baking.
10. Bake for about 18 minutes (check often...because there are no eggs to cook, you don't have to worry about under cooking). They won't really brown on top but check the bottoms as they will be ready when the bottoms begin to brown (they will be moist on the inside)