Some days you need a giant piece of cake. Those days are my favorite. I love cake. But some days you need something a little healthier.
As much as I bake and love sweets, I don't believe that eating dessert all day every day is healthy. In fact, my mission in life is to offer indulgence, as part of a balanced lifestyle. And by balance, I mean a cocktail in one hand and a cookie in the other! Badum-ch!
All joking (and cake!) aside, I made some of these delicious protein bites for my marathon-running husband. He just started training for the Big Sur Marathon and he's been doing two-a-days because he's an overachiever. I wanted him to enjoy something that tastes as good as a cookie, but without all of the flour and white sugar. So, I vetoed the chocolate chip cookie request that he usually puts out during training and started looking into foods that were higher in protein and lower in glycemic index. Even though the caloric intake is similar, I think these bites are more nourishing - especially after a long run!
This recipe was super easy to make. All you need is a food processor and about 30 minutes!
LITTLEST PROTEIN BITES
- 1 C. Oats
- 1/3 C. Toasted Coconut Flakes (Plus extra to roll bites, optional)
- 1/2 C. Almond Butter
- 1/3 C. + 2 Tbsp. Ground Flaxseed
- 1/4 C. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- 1 Tbsp. Espresso Powder
- 6 Dates
- Combine ingredients into food processor.
- Pulse until dates blended well. Mixture should look like wet sand.
- Use hands to roll into 1" balls (makes roughly 20).
- Roll bites in extra coconut flakes (optional, but adds fun texture!).
- Store in airtight container for up to a week (if they last that long)!