Recently Jennifer and I put our older kiddos into swimming lessons together. And you know what swimming means, post swimming HUNGER! In general my kids are always hungry. Always. So swimming lessons meant I needed a fast, portable and healthy snack that would give them the energy boost that they would need post pool time. And of course I can always use an energy boost too, mostly to keep up with them! So summer time swimming was the inspiration for this nutrient and protein packed recipe. These protein bites are the perfect snack for when your body needs a quick boost of energy. I’m not a big fan of protein powders so the main protein source in these tasty morsels comes from hemp hearts. Though my adult palate hearts the nutty deliciousness of hemp hearts my kids don’t generally love the taste or texture of them, however in this recipe they meld in perfectly and remain undetected by the hemp heart radar my kids usually have. Oh and Jennifer’s little man loved them too! Success!
As this mixture comes together it can take some arm strength. I use up mine and then employ my husband. I haven’t tried using a stand mixer though this might be an option for those of us who are bicep/tricep challenged.
Rolling all the little balls does take some time but it’s worth it in the end! I store my bites in freezer for freshness. You can eat them straight out of the freezer or throw a few in a container for later and you are good to go!
- 3 cups rolled oats (ground)
- 1 cup hemp hearts (ground)
- 1 cup crisped rice cereal
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut
- ½ tsp salt
- ¾ cup natural peanut butter
- ¼ cup tahini
- ¾ cup maple syrup
- ½ -1 cup rolled oats (whole)
- ½ cup chocolate chips (optional)
- Grind 3 cups of oats and the hemp hearts to flour like consistency. Mix this with rice cereal, coconut and salt.
- In a saucepan (or microwaveable bowl) mix peanut butter and tahini. Heat up until soft and easy to work with. Add maple syrup.
- Mix the wet ingredients with the dry. Stir with a wooden spoon. The mixture should be wet enough to hold its shape. Add whole oats until the mixture feels wet to the touch but doesn’t stick to your fingers. This will take anywhere from ½ to 1 cup of oats. Add chocolate chips.
- Line a large pan with parchment paper.
- Pack a cookie scoop tight with dough and roll the mixture with your hands to form a ball. Scoop about 10 onto the parchment paper, roll and then repeat.
- Place the tray of bites into the freezer and then transfer them into a bag once they are set.