Today I'm excited to share my first-ever protein bite recipe with you! Recently I got to try out the new protein powder nutritional boosters from Bob's Red Mill and let me tell you, they're super tasty. The chai flavor is my favorite so far because it's so different from any other protein powder I've tasted. But before we get into the recipe for these yummy 2-bite morsels, here's a bit more info about the protein powders.
These protein powders are a new product line from Bob's Red Mill. I'm excited that I got a chance to try them, and even more excited to give one lucky reader a chance to try a flavor too! (Keep reading for the giveaway details at the end.) I've been using Bob's Red Mill flours, hot cereals, and baking products for a long time now, so it's a trusted household brand. These are obviously great for protein shakes, but also for baked goods or snacks like these bites. They're gluten-free and vegan (made from pea protein) if those dietary needs are important to you, and they contain chia seeds & probiotics, which give you added fiber and help aid in digestion. (Fair warning about the chia seeds: they're not ground up with the powder, they're whole and mixed in. So when you first open the bag, you'll see little black specks in the powder. Freaked me out at first! Hah!)
I'll be honest, I'm not a big protein shake person in my day to day, but I DO try to incorporate protein powder into baked goods or snacks as much as I can. Usually I just use regular vanilla, but this chai flavor is AWESOME! It's a bit strong, I'll warn you, so if you want a subtle hint of chai, halve the amount you use in this recipe (and add in another neutral flavor like vanilla or use a protein powder that's unflavored).
I know I'm late to the party when it comes to protein bites, but I'm happy I finally joined. These are the perfect little 2-bite snack to keep on hand when you're at the office, out and about running errands, or for a pre- or post-workout snack. Keep reading for the recipe and be sure to enter the giveaway to win a full-size package for yourself!
Chocolate Chai Protein Bites
Yield: 10 bites
- 1/3 cup quick oats
- 1/4 cup pitted dates
- 1/2 cup peanut butter (or nut butter of your choice)
- 1/4 cup Bob's Red Mill chai protein powder
- 3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 Tbsp agave (honey or maple syrup also work)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- handful dark chocolate chips
- Use a food processor to grind oats into a fine powder
- Add dates and grind again
- Add all other ingredients and grind together into a sticky solid consistency
- Form the mixture into bite-sized balls by rolling in your palms
- Optional: roll the balls in whatever coating you like (coconut flakes, cocoa powder, chocolate chips, etc.)
Enter to WIN the flavor of your choice!
Woot woot! Giveaway time! I'm stoked to offer this giveaway since normally each pack would run you $30 (kind of a lot for a 16-oz. bag), so get on it and enter below! Tell me what flavor you'd choose and how you would use it. You have until the end of the day on Tuesday 7/19 to enter - a winner will be chosen Wednesday 7/20! Good luck!
And if you need your Bob's Red Mill products right now, or they just so happen to be on your shopping list for the weekend, here's a coupon for you!
Readers: chat with me! Do you use protein powder in your every day nutrition? How do you use it? Have you ever made protein bites before? How are you fueling your summer and staying #SummerStrong?
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Fit Approach on behalf of Bob's Red Mill. While I was gifted the product and compensated for my time, all opinions and this recipe are my own (just like always!).