Everyone loves a good summer snack, especially when it can be consumed all year round! With the kids out of school, we have been a little creative with our snack choices. And keeping up with healthier options can be tricky especially when you’re constantly on the go like we are. A family favorite is these No-Bake Chocolate Cinnamon Protein Bites. Our little girls LOVE to help make these, and there are so many fun ways to vary the flavors. They are simple, delicious, fun to make, and packed full of protein to keep your kiddos fueled throughout the day.
Gather all your ingredients
There are only a few ingredients that you really need when making these bites. Everything else on top of this is simply to decorate or switch up the flavors! There are so many fun combinations you can make with these. The kids love creating fun new versions with all the baking stuff in the cupboard.
- 2 cups of Old fashioned oats (quick oats will work as well)
- 1/4 cup of honey
- 1 tsp. of vanilla
- 1 scoop of a protein powder of your choice (we really like MyProtein brand)
- 1 cup of Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Chia Seed Almond butter
- 1/3 cup of mini dark chocolate chips or cacao nibs
How do you make these bites?
- Pour in oats, honey, vanilla, nut butter, protein, and all your toppings
- Mix together in a mixing bowl.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Use a melon-baller or a spoon to scoop about a tablespoon of the dough together. Roll it between your hands into a ball and place on parchment paper.
- Refrigerate bites for about a half hour.
- Store bites in a Ziplock freezer bag or Tupperware.
PRO TIP: We love to make a double batch and keep our protein bites in the freezer to extend their shelf life. That way we always have a good quick snack on hand!
Protein Bite Variations*
- Swap out the almond butter for any other nut butter and add some chia seeds and/or powdered flax seed for extra fiber and omega-3s.
- Add in 1/4 cup of cranberries and a 1/4 cup of shredded coconut.
- Mix in 1/3 cup of mini M&Ms
- Add in your favorite nuts or seeds (pumpkin seeds, sliced almonds, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, chopped walnuts or pecans, etc.)
- For a delicious Birthday Cake version, mix in 1/4 cup of sprinkles and add an extra scoop of vanilla protein powder.
Can you freeze them?
Absolutely! This is my preferred way to store them. It helps them keep their shape better, and makes it easier to grab a snack on the run. Like I mentioned above, we like to make a double or even a triple batch and keep them in the freezer. Just be sure to store them in a freezer ziplock bag or plastic container. This helps to make sure I always have a delicious healthier snack option on hand!
So, how long do these last?
Generally, these snacks will last about a week at room temperature (if the kids don’t eat them all first!) In the fridge they’ll keep in a Ziplock bag or Tupperware container for a couple of weeks. If you’re looking for a more long-term solution, chuck these babies in the freezer, and they’ll last for a couple of months
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