Protein Power Bites: Chocolate Chip & Peanut Butter

We are creatures of habit. In our house we tend to make the same things over and over until we can’t stand it any longer (hello taco soup!) What a wondrous thing to discover a completely different, yet delicious snack: The Power Bite.

Ain’t nothing boring about these babies: healthy, delicious, so cute…DSC_0083 Power Bites are now a Maisymak staple. These little balls of yum-yum** are filling, make you feel good, and are chock full of incredibly healthy ingredients like chia seeds, hemp hearts, gogi berries, peanut butter, and coconut flakes. Oh yeah, there’s some chocolate slipped in, too.DSC_0085 We devoured this batch in a day or two – and the recipe makes a lot! Reluctant? I’ll tell you, I’m a little weird about “food in my food.” For instance, I absolutely can’t stand brownies and ice-cream “touching” each other. As a child, I carefully ate all my peas, wiped up the juice, and then could eat the rest of the meal. I’ve come a long way. Anyway, I like all this “stuff” together; it’s very chewy, muy delicioso! (espanol practica.)

A sampling of some of the ingredients:DSC_0072Hemp Seeds? Does it conjure up of marijuana? This is not that; but these will give you a high of a different kind (and are legal everywhere.) Sold in your local grocery store (look by the chia seeds, probably in the rice aisle or by Bob’s Mill Food), hemp seeds are heart-healthy and loaded with protein. Hemp seeds are almost tasteless, making them a great addition to other foods (like smoothies and homemade bread).DSC_0092 You can use dried cranberries, but I wanted more nutrition and less sugar. These are Gogi Berries, (I can only find on Amazon) a Himalayan Superfruit and Asian herbal medicine. They are non-GMO, gluten-free, and raw. High in protein, Vitamin A, Iron, and Vitamin C. Great for smoothies, yogurt, salad, oatmeal, AND power bites!DSC_0093 Unsweetened Coconut. A great source of healthy fat.DSC_0105I used a blend of Steel Cut Oats and Triticali (an optional, high-protein grain.)

DSC_0088Healthy, tasty, power-packed, easy to make – don’t you want a power bite, too? Don’t forget cute. This is definitely a cute snack.

Protein Power Bites: Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip

  • 2 Cups Steel Cut Oats
  • 2 Cups Unsweetened Coconut
  • 1/2 Cup Chia Seeds
  • 1/2 Cup Hemp Seeds
  • 1/2 Cup Goji Berries
  • 1 Cup Miniature Dark Chocolate Chips
  • 2/3 Cup Honey
  • 1 Cup Peanut Butter

DIRECTIONS

  • Measure out all ingredients into large bowl. Stir together.
  • Roll into balls or press hard into mini muffin baking pan. Put into refrigerator until ready to eat.

*A few helpful hints: these power bites are sticky; I found it was a little easier to roll into balls if my hands were slightly damp. I also tried using a cookie dough measuring scoop to make them a little more uniform. Either way works.

*The beauty of this recipe is the variation. Want to lower the sugar even more? Reduce the chocolate chips. Don’t have goji berries? Use cranberries, or eliminate all together if you don’t like dried fruit in snacks. Allergic to peanut butter? Try almond butter. Don’t have hemp seeds? Try flax, or skip this time! You just want to get the right about of “stick” to roll into a ball without too much mess.

It’s rather exciting, isn’t it? Questions or comments? Please leave one and share away!

**It was pointed out to me that my overzealous use of the word “yum” was…getting obnoxious. I believe I only used the word, “yum” once in this post and have not used it for at least a whole month while writing online. This is difficult for a “yum” kind of gal who dreams of one day opening “The Yum-Yum Shop.” I hope you are appreciative of my efforts and restraint.

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7 thoughts on “Protein Power Bites: Chocolate Chip & Peanut Butter

  1. Jessica Lawson

    Yum! Just so you know, you can also buy goji berries at Nuts.com (and so much more~ I’ve gotten everything from bulk almonds to green algae powder there and it’s great pricing for the amount/quality).

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  2. 4amWriter

    How do you get your pictures to look so professional? I swear I felt like I was reading this post on some professional site like Food Network. Seriously, I want to know.

    btw, the bites look amaaazing! But that’s partly due to the professional photography action!

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    1. maisymak Post author

      Well, that makes my day 🙂 I’m not a great photographer…but I’m trying to learn more. I always photograph in natural light when it comes to food, otherwise it my pictures look unappealing. I have a good camera (Nikon D-90). I use cutting boards to photograph food on b/c my counters are black and I haven’t been able to make it look very good (I should probably also ramp up my dishware). The light combined with the right background (remove all distractions) make for a pretty easy picture. I want to learn more; I’m really a newbie!

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  3. Julia Tomiak

    How did you know that I’ve been looking for a healthy snack? Now that the kids are home, and frequently trolling the pantry, I want to try new recipes to get us away from packaged granola bars – a Tomiak staple. Thank you!

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