The Easiest, Best Tasting Protein Bites

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Courtesy of POWER HUNGRY™

Looking for some quick energy pre- or post-class?  Try these easy to make Protein Truffles.  Easy and fast to make – the ability to customize these to any taste is one of their true appeals.  Change the flavors, the spices, the nut butter, etc. to have an endless number of options.Ingredients

For the protein balls

  • 1/2 cup natural, unsweetened nut or seed butter
  • 3 tablespoons honey, maple syrup or agave syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2/3 cups all-natural sweetened vanilla whey protein powder

Suggested Coatings or Add-Ins (optional):

  • Miniature semisweet chocolate chips or cacao nibs
  • Unsweetened, natural cocoa powder
  • Unsweetened flake or shredded coconut, plain or toasted
  • Finely chopped toasted or raw nuts (e.g., almonds, walnuts, pistachios, hazelnuts)
  • Toasted or raw seeds, finely chopped if needed (e.g., sesame, chia, pepitas, hemp hearts, sunflower)
  • Finely chopped dried fruit (e.g., cherries, raisins, apricots, blueberries)
  • Matcha powder
  • Quick-cooking rolled oats

Directions

Mix the nut or seed butter, honey, and salt in a medium bowl until blended. Add the protein powder, stirring until completely combined (mixture will be firm). If the mixture seems too dry, add some milk (nondairy or dairy) or water, one tablespoon at a time, until the mixture comes together as a dough.

Scoop about 1 ½ tablespoons of the mixture into your hands and shape into 1-inch balls.  Roll into optional coatings.  Makes 12 truffles.

One of my favorite coatings is a mixture or powder sugar w/cocoa powder.  I also like to roll in unsweetened, toasted coconut.

For add-ins – I typically add 1 Tbsp Chia seeds or I might add in 1 Tbsp of miniature chocolate chips or cocoa nibs.

Keep refrigerated – or they may be kept in the freezer for 3 months.  Thaw before enjoying!

Macro information for protein balls only:

109 calories, 5.8 g fat, 7.2 g carbohydrate, 7.9 g protein.  For the most accurate macros – add the recipe, including any add-ins or coatings into My Fitness Pal or other food tracking system.

Enjoy!

Teresa

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