These protein bites are filled with healthy fats, whole grains, and whey protein to help keep your sweet tooth satisfied and give you a little extra boost.
I added whey protein and shredded apples to these oat chocolate chip bites to give an extra protein boost in my diet, even when enjoying dessert. These two-for-one cookies are low in added sugar and are packed with protein, alpha-linolenic acid (important for heart and brain health) and phytonutrients like beta-glucan to make them (almost) guilt-free! Adding flax meal may also help lower cancer risk.
Eating primarily plant-based foods can require more meal planning to meet your protein needs if you’re weight training regularly. Maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the occasional sweet treats!
- ½ + ⅓ cup oats
- ⅛ cup flax meal
- 3 tablespoons almond butter
- 2 scoops (30g) vanilla whey protein (contains stevia)
- 1 scoop (25g) regular whey protein
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- ⅓ cup chocolate chips
- 1 medium apple finely shredded
- Mix ½ cup oats, flax meal, almond butter, protein, vanilla extract, cinnamon, maple syrup, and chocolate chips in a large bowl.
- Stir in the shredded apple until mixture is runny.
- Fold in remaining 1/3 cup of oats.
- Use a tablespoon to scoop and roll into balls. Keep a bowl of cold water close by to use if the mixture sticks to your hands.
- Place on a silicon baking mat-covered cookie sheet or parchment paper.
- Bake at 300°F for 10 minutes.
- Flip balls over and continue cooking for another 2 minutes or until golden brown (if you flip too early, the balls will lose their shape and the chocolate will run out of the cookie).
- Let balls cool, then place in freezer.
- Enjoy these protein bites straight out of the freezer. They are both soft and crunchy, the perfect texture!