If you spend any amount of time on Pinterest, you may have come across these No Bake Protein Bites. Some of you may even wanted to make them but when you got to the store to buy the ingredients they were either nowhere to be found, or way too expensive. I'm not only going to show you how easy it is to make these, I will also tell you where I buy my ingredients.
That photo right up there are your ingredients. All it takes are those 6 good for you items to make these yummy bites. Now even if you see something up there that frightens you, like the raw honey, relax because you can modify the ingredients any way you like. If this is the first time you've ever made this recipe, start out with the amounts given below. You don't want to go all willy-nilly and end up with a weird consistency by doubling the batch or something like that.
No Bake Protein Bite Recipe
- 1-cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup peanut butter (use 1/4 cup more if you are using organic natural peanut butter)
- 1/2 cup flax meal
- 1/2 cup Chia seeds
- 1/3 cup honey (I used raw honey that has to be melted before I add it. You also have to use a bit more.)
- 1/3 cup chocolate chips (you can modify this to how much chocolate you want. I'm ok with about 1 chocolate chip per protein bite.)
This recipe consists of 3 steps. #1: Add measured ingredients to mixing bowl. #2: Wet hand with water and mix ingredients. #3: Create ball shapes by squishing the mix in your hand. (Rolling does not work very well.)
Voila! You are done! Store these in an airtight container either in the fridge or out of the fridge. There are no ingredients that really spoil so you can definitely keep them out of the fridge. These are great for a quick and filling snack with a big glass of water - especially when traveling!
Best place to buy ingredients for No Bake Protein Bites
I shop at Vitacost! Not only are their prices FANTASTIC, but I get FREE shipping when I purchase $25 or more in Vitacost brand products! That's easy to do when you are stocking up on healthy ingredients for you pantry! Shipping is pretty quick too because you get your order in about 5 days!
So here is what I buy from Vitacost for No Bake Protein Bite ingredients:
How do Vitacost Chia Seeds support health?
An excellent source of fiber supporting a feeling of fullness; may help those trying to reduce the calories in their diet.
Chia seeds are a natural source of omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFAs), particularly alpha-linolenic acid. Omega-3 EFAs are polyunsaturated "good" fats. They're "essential" because the body needs them for complete health, yet it cannot produce them on its own ( they must be acquired through diet or supplementation).
Bob's Red Mill Whole Ground Flax Seed Meal - 2 lbs
Provides Fiber, Lignans & Omega-3 Fats, Gluten Free
Opaque package protects important nutrients. Flaxseed Meal has a robust nutty flavor. Several studies show Flaxseed Meal may be one of the most powerful natural cholesterol controllers. This opaque packaging material preserves the healthful Omega-3 fats which are an essential part of our diets. One serving of Flaxseed Meal contains 2400 milligrams of Omega-3 fatty acids. It is for you to perceive these benefits and begin using Flaxseed Meal.
Rolled Oats (I flip flop between brands and availability. Just be sure to stick with the regular rolled oats, not the quick cooking kind.)
Bob's Red Mill Whole Grain Rolled Oats Description:
At last, oats that people with celiac disease or gluten intolerance can enjoy, too! Available in three varities--Rolled, Quick-Rolled and Steel Cut--and made from oats grown by the cooperative of over 200 farmers dedicated to growing only pure, high-grade oats. Each farm delivery is sampled hundreds of times and tested with an R5 Elisa gluten test to ensure the absence of gluten.
YS Eco Bee Farms Raw Honey (Remember, you can use regular honey.)
YS Eco Bee Farms Raw Honey Description:
Raw honey that is fully crystallized, energy-packed and in its true raw, solid state. Its purity provides the maximum level of natural antioxidants and healing agents as a functional food. YS Eco Bee Farms Raw Honey is pesticide-free, herbicide-free, pollutant-free and specially cared.
The peanut butter and chocolate chips can obviously be purchased at any store. If you are not used to the drier unsweetened flavor of natural peanut butter, you may want to stick with the regular kind.