Healthy Protein Bites

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Not sure how well you all know me, but I’m fairly certain that I could out-eat every single one of you.

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.

All.
Day.
Long.

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, in making sure it was vegan, I used Biosteel’s vegan formula (shameful plug…no reward for me but lots for you if you try it!).  Check out their products – they are leaps and bounds ahead of any other protein products!

So, there’s the scoop.  Having trouble curbing your appetite?  Go on…make a batch of these.

You’re welcome!

Ingredients:

1 1/3 c dates (if they are fresh, just pit them; if they are hard, soak them in warm water for 10 minutes)
1 c walnuts (to boost your omega 3’s)
1 c oats
2 small bananas
2 tbsp natural nut butter (peanut, almond, cashew, etc)
1 scoop (about 1/4 c) protein powder
handful (about 1/4 c) chocolate chips (of course, they now won’t be sugar free but they will be yummy!)

* inspired by vegan cookies at Minimalist Baker


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1.  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).

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2.  Throw the dates in a food processor and chop…

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3.  Add the walnuts…chop.

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 4.  Add the oats…chop

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 5.  Add bananas and nut butter…blend (see, I told you it was easy!)

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 6.  Add protein powder and chocolate chips (if you’re using them)…blend

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 7.  Using a small scoop (or two teaspoons), place scoops of dough onto the prepared cookie sheet.

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 8.  With a fork, press gently to flatten a bit.

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 9.  If you like, you can add a couple of chips to the top of the cookies before baking.

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 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).So there you have it.  High protein, high fibre, low fat, gluten/dairy/egg/sugar free goodness.

It don’t get better than that!

4 Comments
  • Karen MacLeod
    May 29, 2014

    Hello,

    My friend Penny sent me your website to check out as we are always talking about tasty and healthy food and food prep. Do you have a web blast list that I can sign up for to receive your tips and recipes as you post a new one?

    Thanks for sharing with us!

    KAREN

    • Suzie Durigon
      May 29, 2014

      Hey Karen!
      Thanks so much for stopping by and I am so happy that you are enjoying the site!
      I am thrilled that you mentioned an email notification bar because I have been thinking about that and wondering if people would find that useful. So, I went ahead and installed a bar (you will find it under the recipe categories)…just enter your email and it should work (or at least that’s what it says!!). Please give it a try and if it doesn’t work, let me know and I will investigate further…fingers crossed!!

  • Art Lightstone
    July 10, 2014

    Cool! Our family will definitely give these a try. We’ll be sure to use wheat-free oats (apparently, there can be cross contamination unless they’re marketed as “wheat-free” oats). Does Biosteel use soy protein? If so, we might stick to our Sunwarrior rice protein powder.

    • Suzie Durigon
      July 10, 2014

      Hi Art!! This brand was formulated for athletes so the makers really focused on clean ingredients. The protein in the vegan formula comes from grain rice protein, raw pea protein and raw hemp protein. I am not vegan (and not even vegetarian) but, after I started using this brand and loving it, I tried the vegan product. In a shake/smoothie, it has an unusual flavour (not sure if a” the vegan powders do) but in baked goods, it’s great!! I haven’t tried Sunwarrior so I can’t really compare!

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