If you work out weekly, you probably have some favorite brands of protein bars to boost your energy before or after each workout. There are hundreds of brands you can get in grocery stores. Some are fresher than others and you can find them in the refrigeration section, but they can be more expensive.
Actually, if you check the ingredients closer on the packages, many of them may not be 100% healthy and clean. Some protein bars contain a lot of syrup, corn and rice starch, processed oil, flavors and preservatives. You want to avoid those.
If you compare different protein bars, you may notice that many good ingredients are very similar. For example, many of them have dried dates, dried fruits, different grains, chocolate, coconut, soy, nuts, and added vitamins. It’s very easy to get these ingredients from stores and make your own fresh protein bites at home.
Jeff and I work out every week, and we both enjoy eating a protein bar after exercises. The flavor of peanut butter is always our favorite. After trying different brands from Costco and Trader Joe’s to Target and Sprout’s, one day I was thinking why I couldn’t just make some in my home kitchen! So I did some research online and created a super simple and easy recipe. Now I want to share it with you all.
This recipe is easy to make, great for everyone, and even for kids! Unlike some brands using soy protein isolate, I use organic peanut butter powder which you can easily get from Costco or other grocery stores. It’s kids friendly if they are not allergic to peanuts. I also use raw honey to substitute for syrup or cane sugar, and unsweetened flake coconut to give you an extra creamy taste. You can add some chia seeds and flax seeds to increase the fiber level. Since we both don’t like dried dates or other dried fruits in it, I skipped those. Adding vitamins? Nope. But you can add some vitamin drops if you want to. You can also use dark chocolate instead of semi-sweet chocolate.
These protein bites are easy to make and don’t need any baking. Because I don’t add water or milk into it, it doesn’t need to get refrigerated after. Once making them, just keep them in a jar from moisture with a cover and enjoy one or two daily. You can also serve them as desserts if high calorie peanut butter cookies scare away your guests.
If you love peanut butter and believe all natural and homemade, try those in your home kitchen. Even if you are on a diet, it is a great nutrition to boost your energy with low carb and calories.
Ingredients for 40 Scoops
- 3 cup wholegrain rolled oats
- 1/4 cup flaxseeds
- 1/2 cup chia seeds
- 1/2 cup unsweetened flake coconut
- 1/2 cup peanut powder
- 1/2 cup raw honey
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate
- Use a food processor to blend the whole grain rolled oats for 20 seconds.
- Add flaxseeds, chia seeds, coconut, peanut powder, raw honey, and peanut butter to blend until smooth.
- Put it in a bowl and add chocolate. Mix well.
- Use an ice-cream scoop to shape the protein bites. Press hard so all ingredients stay together tightly and won’t fall apart.
- Keep them in a jar from moisture.