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Peanut Buttercup Protein Bites

Looking for an afternoon snack to pick you up out of that midday slump? How about one that packs a hearty dose of complex carbs, healthy fats and protein but doesn’t skimp on flavor? Well, look no further, my friend.  

These no-bake Protein Energy Bites guys are not only delicious and nutritious, but they’re also super easy to whip up. They’re gluten-free, dairy-free and absolutely taste like a chocolate-peanut butter dream. Every time I make these for gym events, get-togethers with friends or family, or even just for my husband and myself to enjoy at home, they are gone in no time.


INGREDIENTS:

  • 7 Medjool dates
  • 1 Scoop Pro7ein Synthesis chocolate protein powder
  • 2 Tablespoons organic peanut butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Agave Syrup
  • ¾ Cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • ¾ cup Sprouts organic, unsweetened coconut flakes

Remove pits and allow the dates to soak in warm water for 10 minutes. Pour coconut into a food processor and blend until finely shredded then set aside in a small bowl. Combine dates, peanut butter, honey, oats and cacao powder in food processor and blend until a smooth paste forms. Form the paste into inch round balls, then roll each ball in the coconut flakes until fully coated.  Store in the refrigerator inside an air-tight container and enjoy! This recipe makes about 12 servings.

SUBSTITUTIONS:

  • If you don’t have Agave Syrup (or aren’t a fan of it), honey or maple syrup are both acceptable substitutes.
  • If you or someone in your household has a peanut allergy, other types of nut butter (like almond or cashew butter) will work just fine.
  • You can also swap in a vegan protein powder in place of a whey protein powder.
  • When making substitutions, just keep in mind that your macro count may slightly vary from this specific recipe. If you’re counting macros, just make sure to adjust the recipe macros in a macro calculator based on the ingredients you use.

MACROS PER BITE:

  • Calories: 106
  • Carbs: 16g
  • Fat: 4g
  • Protein: 5g

Where to Find Pro7ein Synthesis

For this recipe, I used chocolate Pro7ein Synthesis by Vitasport. This has been my husband’s favorite brand of protein powder for several years now. It’s a top-line protein powder that packs 34 grams of protein per serving with only 2 carbs and is 100% gluten-free.

Believe it or not, I hadn’t actually tried it myself until quite recently. (My husband and I share many things in life, but our taste in supplements hasn’t always been one of them. 😂) Now I’m wishing I had a long time ago! It blends well, bakes well and makes a mean energy bite. It’s also one of the protein powders carried exclusively by Nutrishop.

If you aren’t familiar with Nutrishop, they’re a line of specialty supplement stores with nearly 200 locations nationwide. A big part of what sets them apart as a specialty store is the unparalleled level of customer support they provide their clientele. They offer not only offering knowledgeable product recommendation but also comprehensive assistance with goal setting, meal plans, motivation, and in-depth body composition scans for tracking fitness progress. (And carry vegan-friendly protein powders!)

My husband started getting protein from our local store, Nutrishop Columbia, about 3-4 years ago and this year I’ve hopped aboard the Nutrishop train! If you’re local to South Carolina, I would highly recommend stopping by the shop. You can connect with them through their Facebook page here or through their Instagram page here. If there’s not a Nutrishop nearby you, no worries. You can also order their products directly online through their corporate website here.

I should also note that this is not a sponsored post. I’m just a big believer in sharing products and services I’ve personally found both helpful and enjoyable.


Happy snacking!


All writing and recipe images copyright © 2018 Rachel Elise Weems Woods. Pro7ein Synthesis photo shared with permission by Nutrishop Columbia SC.

Originally published 8-19-15. Updated 12-1-18

22 thoughts on “Peanut Buttercup Protein Bites”

    1. Haha, don’t be afraid of protein powder! But you can definitely make them without it. I would substitute a tablespoon of cacao powder in place of the protein powder.

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