Chocolate Almond Butter Protein Bites

Chewy wholesome homemade chocolate almond butter protein bites!

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These little nuggets are a meal prep must, a sweet tooth craving saviour, and loved by kids and adults alike. You’ll kill many birds with one stone by whipping up a batch or two. You can add some mint extract if you fancy switching up the flavour a little, peanut butter for a more intense flavour, or opt for sunflower seed butter to make these beauties lunch box friendly. I’m not sure how strict they are outside of Ireland, actually I don’t know how strict they are outside of my immediate area, but here kids can’t bring ANY nuts or peanuts onto school premises.

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When it comes to store bought energy bars and balls that are date based, the vast majority, at least all those that I’ve tried are usually on the dry side, a little tough, and just lacking something that makes them in any way desirable to be honest!?! I eat them if I had too, but let’s be honest, I never leave myself in that position. I’m the queen of last minute meal and snack prep!

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I do like having a couple of things on hand, more so for my niece and nephew. They’re forever hungry and looking for a snack and these are loaded with goodness. I used Pulsin’s Brown Rice Protein Concentrate which really just balances out the macros, making them that bit more satiating and nourishing. I personally think it’s fine for kids to have this kind of whole, natural protein powder. Those with additives, colours, flavours, sweeteners…well they’re not ideal for anyone and should definitely not be given to children.

This particular protein is a new addition to my store cupboard staples. For the most part I have no issue getting my protein from meat, fish, eggs…BUT… I have one meal a day with a good portion of either whey protein concentrate or isolate, and of late I’ve been doing some combining with this rice protein! I’ll have a couple of other recipes for you to put it good use soon…protein mug cakes are on the agenda! The reason I use protein powders, albeit, only Pulsin’s, is that these protein are more easily digested and assimilated and with my current training program particularly post workout I want to make sure my muscles are getting what they need to help them recover and grow.

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Yes admittedly I am a Pulsin ambassador, but his only came about as a result of my love and true passion for their products. I haven’t consumed an artificial sweetened drink, snack, supplement…in for about 18 months now. I was sucker for a diet 7up, or a shop bought sucralose sweetened protein bar, but now I just make my own and I feel all the better for it. You don’t realise how these things are affecting you until you cut them out. That’s not to say that they affect everyone in the same way at all, I just have a sensitive digestive system!

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Ok so I’m rambling a little, sitting here with my feet up with the TV on in the background. I claim to never really watch TV and for the most part I don’t but when the house is empty I like it on for a bit of background noise.

Start the new year with healthy treat in hand for you, you’re friends and family. These would also make for a nice New Year gift if you’ve someone you want to entice onto the healthy train with you!

Chocolate Almond Butter Rice Protein Balls

by Michelle Hunt

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: Nada!

Keywords: blender dessert breakfast gluten-free low-sodium paleo soy-free vegan vegetarian almond butter oats

Ingredients (15 -16 protein bites!)

  • 1 cup (220g) pitted Medjool dates
  • 1 cup (90g) gluten free rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup (30g) raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup (30g) Pulsin
  • 1/3 cup (80g) almond butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla powder or pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of Pink Himalayan Rock Salt

Instructions

Place oats into your food processor and blend to a fine crumb or flour like consistency.

Remove and blitz the dates to a paste. Break it up a little in the food processor before adding in all ingredients. Blend to combine to form a dough.

Roll dough into 15-16 balls.

Store in seal tight container in the fridge for up two weeks or in the freezer for up to one month.

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