No-Bake Oats and Chocolate Protein Bites

I adore the combination of warm flavors in these No-Bake Oats and Chocolate Protein Bites. The perfect little mid-morning pick-me-up or post-exercise snack!

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I just love it when friends introduce me to new recipes that quickly become part of our own family recipe file. Take, for instance, these No-Bake Oats and Chocolate Protein Bites from our friend Annmarie.

We hosted our first Friendsgiving gathering this past year, inviting a few friends over on the Sunday afternoon right before Thanksgiving. Blake had spent the majority of the prior day smoking a turkey on the Big Green Egg, so we’d have smoked turkey for our (almost famous) creamy turkey and wild rice soup. And the rest of the meal was a collaboration of efforts, with each family bringing a dish to add to our casual meal.

After everyone had left, I opened up a little bag of homemade protein bites, part of a hostess gift given by Annmarie. I was immediately taken by a soft whiff of cinnamon, so lovely. One bite was all it took; I’ve been hooked ever since.

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These are the ingredients I use to make our own no-bake oats and chocolate protein bites. All of the branded ingredients are the exact ingredients that Annmarie uses.

Note: The vanilla protein powder is from Life Time Fitness, where Annmarie is a member. But anyone can order from their website >>> here’s the link for the protein powder. The container is HUGE and not exactly a small price to pay due to the quantity. But I knew I’d be making these protein bites regularly, so I made the purchase. If you have a favorite vanilla flavored protein powder that comes in a smaller container, I’d love to hear from you!

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I have found these flavorful protein bites to be the perfect little mid-morning pick-me-up with a cup of coffee. I adore the combination of warm flavors…almond butter, honey, cinnamon, vanilla, oats, and little pops of chocolate.

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These little bites have also been perfect – absolutely perfect – this time of year, when our daughters are in basketball. I pack two or three in a little container for our oldest daughter each morning, for some quick and tasty protein when her school day is over and she’s on her way to basketball practice. And when our girls have weekend basketball tournaments, I’m sure to send a few of these bites with each of them. These quick little snacks have been so much better than relying on the concession stands all day!

No-Bake Oats and Chocolate Protein Bites

Yield: about 30-35 bites

Ingredients:

** Refer to the second photo in this post to see branded products that I use.

  • 2 c. quick oats (use gluten-free if you like)
  • 1/2 c. vanilla protein powder (I use VeganMax Vanilla from Life Time Fitness)
  • 1/2 c. mini chocolate chips
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 c. salted almond butter (I use Trader Joe’s)
  • 2/3 c. raw organic honey  (I use Trader Joe’s)

Directions:

In a medium/large bowl, combine all dry ingredients. Add almond butter and honey, and then stir. The mixture will be thick. I usually stir what I can with a large wooden spoon and then use my hands to combine fully, making sure the almond butter and honey are evenly distributed. Shape into balls about 1-1/4″ in diameter. I like to use a 1-1/4″ cookie scoop, packing it as tightly as I can with the dough, and then rolling the dough in my hands to finish. If some of the balls feel a bit dry and do not want to hold together very well, just keep pressing them in the palms of your hands and they’ll come together.

Store in an airtight container for up to a week. I find that it helps to lightly press a piece of plastic wrap over the bites to retain moisture.

Shared from the recipe box of my friend Annmarie Gibbs.

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