What to whip up for a ravenous group of 11-year-old soccer players? Can’t bring cupcakes, cheez-its, or goldfish crackers. No, they wanted me to speak about healthy snacks and feeling good. So… With ten minutes to spare, Brynne and I whipped up these almond-butter chocolate delights. Really, they were so easy. And they were gobbled up in seconds.
“Can I have the recipe?”
“Are there any more?”
“Can you bring more next week?”
I’ll try, my little soccer friends!
Loaded with tons of protein, energy carbs, and good fat, they’re also much cheaper and easier to make than my previous Protein Bites (which are still good but a little more time-consuming and pricier!)
Your next go-to snack?
Almond Butter and Chocolate-Chip Protein Bites
- 1/2 cup almond butter
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 cup uncooked oatmeal
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon chia sees
- 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
Makes about 12-14 protein balls.
Optional add-in: dried cherries or cranberries. Substitutions: I originally added cashews but some of us have a small and “down-there” annoying reaction to cashews…so I used walnuts. Almonds or any other nut also work! Don’t have almond butter? Peanut butter works, too.
- It couldn’t be easier. Dump all ingredients into a bowl and stir until combined. For uniform balls, use a cookie scooper with your right hand and put the ball in your left hand to make it nice and smooth.
- Or you can put the little ball into your child’s hand and have them form a nice little ball, which is what I ended up doing, followed by, hurry hurry roll that ball we have to go right this minute…!
- Put in container and refrigerate for a 1/2 hour-1 hour (unless you’re running out the door.) If they feel a little wet? Add a little more substance like the coconut, oatmeal, or nuts. Too dry? Add a little more almond or peanut butter. Another option is to freeze and eat when you’d like to gnaw on something cold and hearty.
Good? Good. Happy weekend – Eat up!