As I navigate the current landscape of my fitness journey (which I’ve ambitiously titled Operation Muscle Growth), I’ve made a few changes to my daily routine including what and when I’m eating; tracking macros (macronutrients) and getting pre-workout fuel, respectively. The latter has proven to be a challenging (nonetheless tasty) practice, and after two weeks of banana-belly and one accidental sugar-trap, I was craving some variety in my 6 am bite.
The challenge: a grab n’ go, easy to digest snack that doesn’t leave me feeling full and gives me all the goods to power through my last set of back squats.
The solution: my take on the Protein Energy Bite.
These gluten free, balanced balls of sweet crunchy goodness hit all the macros (carbs, protein, and fat), and come certified with the no-added-sugar and clean ingredient seal of approval. Plus, they don’t discriminate! Pop one in your mouth any time of day for a satisfying superfood infused snack.
Ingredients (yields 10-11 bites):
1/2 cup your fave chocolate protein powder (I love Aloha and Perfect Fit)
1/2 cup gluten free rolled oats
3/4 cup Trader Joe’s crunchy peanut butter with flax and chia (you can totally sub your fave crunchy PB and B.Y.O. flax and chia to the mix) *Tip: if you’re using a no-stir PB, you may want to add a splash of almond milk for preferred texture
2 tbsp maple agave blend
2 tbsp unsweetened dried cranberries
Roll up your sleeves. Taste-test peanut butter to make sure it’s as good as you remember – it is. Then, in a large mixing bowl, combine protein powder, rolled oats, peanut butter, and maple syrup. Kneed thoroughly with hands to until a thick dough is formed. Fold in unsweetened dried cranberries. Roll dough mixture into bite-sized balls, arrange in your fave tupperware, and store in the fridge to set. Eat crumbs and stray dried cranberries from bottom of bowl. 😉