I figured it was time for a recipe! You know, start incorporating a little variety ‘round here. I was going to have a dessert as my first foodie post, but then I thought – heyyy, you’re promoting health and wellness here, along with a balanced lifestyle. Sooo…better go with the healthy recipe first. You can be on the lookout for the sweet stuff though soon. I’m all about balance!
It’s been a goal of mine to ensure I eat enough protein in a day to fuel my intense workouts. I just finished working out 6 days per week for 4 weeks as part of 2 fitness programs I challenged myself to do. Fitness can be another post though…let’s talk about these yummy protein bites!
These are some of my favorite little healthy snacks. I usually make them as bars, but this time around I rolled them into balls. Why not? Feel free to shape them however you’d like. For these, I used a 1 tablespoon cookie scoop and rolled 2 scoops into a ball.
The first morning I grabbed 2 of ‘em thinking…no way is 1 enough, but yeah, I was wrong! Two tablespoons per ball doesn’t sound like a lot, but it’s plenty. These babies are super dense and filling, which make them ideal for a quick + healthy post-workout snack.
So what all did I pack into these?! Well, let’s see here – dates, mission figs, and prunes are the base of this recipe. But I also added oats, ground flax seed, TONS of chia seeds, dark chocolate cocoa powder, dark chocolate chunks (it’s good for you, remember?), shredded coconut, lots of toasted walnuts, and pumpkin seeds. I told you these babies are dense! They are LOADED with so many good-for-you, healthy foods. I mean, you just can’t go wrong with these protein bites.
Wait, let’s talk protein for a minute. There is plenty of protein in this recipe without the addition of protein powder. And truth be told, I’ve made them before with chocolate plant-protein powder, and I didn’t love them. The powder tasted chalky and the flavor overwhelmed all the other amazing flavors. So, I don’t recommend using typical protein powders.
Now this is gonna sound super gross, but what I used instead is Wild Alaskan Salmon Bone Broth Collagen Protein. Wait, wait! Don’t run now. I used the collagen protein because it has ZERO flavor. I mean, 100% undetectable…making it a great substitute for typical protein powder, plus you can use it in smoothies, when you cook rice or quinoa, etc. However, it’s definitely on the pricey side, so don’t feel obligated to buy it. This recipe will still be perfectly good, healthy, and protein-packed without the collagen protein.
Give these Fig and Walnut Protein Bites a try, and I promise you’ll absolutely love them! Oh – feel free to substitute more figs in place of the prunes, if you REALLY love figgy flavor. I love figs, but I found the ¼ cup to be more than enough. It’s up to you! This is an easy recipe that can be made quickly anytime. Roll them into balls, pop them in the freezer, and you’re good to go. I take mine out of the freezer while my coffee brews – no worries, they thaw super fast. Easy peasy, y’all!
Fig and Walnut Protein Bites
Quick and easy protein-packed bites. Perfect post-workout snack!
- ¾ cup Medjool Dates, Pitted
- ¼ cup Mission Figs
- ¼ cup Prunes (Check for pits!)
- 1 cup Rolled Oats
- 1 cup Toasted Walnuts
- ¼ cup Ground Flax Seed
- ¼ cup Chia Seeds
- ¼ cup Pumpkin Seeds
- 2 tbsp. Dark Chocolate Chunks
- 2 tbsp. Cocoa Powder (I used dark chocolate)
- 2 tbsp. Shredded Coconut
- ¼ tsp. Salt
- 3 tbsp. Unsweetened Almond Milk
- ¼ tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract
- Step 1 Add the dates, figs, and prunes to a food processor. Pulse to chop a bit. Then turn it on to process until it forms into a ball. Note: Do NOT leave the processor unattended, as it could wiggle right off the counter.
- Step 2 Add the oats, walnuts, ground flax, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, dark chocolate chunks, cocoa powder, shredded coconut, and salt to the processor and process again until combined. Note: The processor is working hard – be patient, it’ll come together! Scrape down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
- Step 3 Add the almond milk and vanilla and process again until combined.
- Step 4 Carefully remove the blade from the processor, if possible. Or, transfer the mixture to a different bowl.
- Step 5 Using a cookie scoop, scoop out 2 mounds and roll them into a ball. Set aside on a plate and continue to roll out the balls until the mixture is gone.
- Step 6 Store in a freezer-safe container, or in freezer bags. Freeze up to 3 weeks.
- Step 7 When ready to eat, remove one from the freezer and allow it to thaw for just a few minutes.
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