What’s better for a snack than homemade protein bites? Not much! Bites are a quick, healthy, and portable snack that is more affordable than buying protein bars. There aren’t too many protein bars out there that I can have due to my allergies, so when I need some quick protein options I always try to mix up some bites.
If you’re busy this summer like we have been, than making sure you get enough lean protein during the day can be a challenge, especially if you have food allergies or are on a special diet. If you have busy weekdays, it helps to plan ahead and make some protein-packed foods ahead when you have some free time. These Espresso Hemp Protein Bites not only are super quick to make, but they are also easy to take anywhere.
If you want to expand your protein horizons, then check out the new Bob’s Red Mill vegan protein varieties! Bob’s Red Mill sent over an amazing protein package with the 4 new flavors of their vegan protein powders, along with a fun shaker bottle and mini recipe booklet. Pretty awesome!
The 4 new varieties of Bob’s Red Mill vegan protein powders are all plant-based and…
- Good source of omega-3
- Good source of iron
- High in protein
- High in fiber
- Low in sugar
- Boosted with probiotics
The 4 protein powders that were sent to me have a pea protein base and all natural flavors, so people with allergies can enjoy them. Since I have multiple food sensitivities and I’m eating mostly low-FODMAP, Bob’s Red Mill sent me a pack of Hemp Protein Powder that I could have, too. This protein is natural, packed with fiber, and great for recipes like my Espresso Hemp Protein Bites!
These Espresso Hemp Protein Bites have some of my favorite things: coffee and protein! They have a good blend of protein, complex carbohydrates, and healthy fats, so they make great post-workout fuel or a healthy anytime snack. I used white chia seeds in this recipe, but you can use either white of black chia seeds.
Since I don’t have caffeine anymore, I used decaf instant coffee in this recipe. But if you want a little caffeine boost in your bites, try using regular instant coffee. Find a good instant coffee that isn’t overly bitter for this recipe. We used one of our favorite organic instant coffee brands to get the best taste.
Espresso Hemp Protein Bites
Makes 12 bites
Gluten-free, vegan, high fiber, high protein; Free of: peanuts, tree nuts, cane sugar, sesame
- 1/2 cup Bob’s Red Mill Hemp Protein + 1 Tablespoon
- 1/4 cup gluten-free quick oats
- 1/8 teaspoon salt*
- 2 Tablespoons whole chia seeds (I used white chia seeds)
- 2 teaspoons organic instant decaf coffee
- 3 Tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 Tablespoons SunButter
- Vanilla Stevia drops, to taste (I used 1/4 teaspoon)
- In a medium bowl, stir together the hemp protein, oats, salt, chia seeds, and instant coffee
- Stir in the SunButter, maple syrup, coffee (or rice milk), and stevia drops. Adjust the amount of stevia drops to suit your taste
- Mix all ingredients together to form a soft dough. If the dough feels dry after mixing, add 1 Tablespoon brewed coffee or rice milk
- Roll dough into balls about 1-inch in size
- Store in a sealed container in the fridge
*The salt in this recipe helps to balance out any bitterness from the coffee or hemp protein
Nutrients per bite: 65 calories, 2.7 g fat, 7.5 g carbohydrates, 2.7 g fiber, 3.6 g sugars, 3.6 g protein
Now for the giveaway!
Enter to win one 16 oz. package of protein ($30 value) from Bob’s Red Mill in your choice of flavors: Chai, Vanilla, Chocolate or the Protein & Fiber Booster.
Starting Monday the 18th and ending Friday the 22nd, Fit Approach and Bob’s Red Mill are hosting an Instagram challenge! Tag your posts with these tags to be included: #SummerStrong #FuelYourAwesomeness #SweatPink @BobsRedMill @FitApproach.
Here are the challenge prompts for the week:
Monday: What’s your favorite way to get sweaty in the summer sunshine? Show us! Tag all the tags: #SummerStrong #FuelYourAwesomeness #SweatPink @BobsRedMill @FitApproach
Tuesday: With summer around the corner, it’s time to kick our workouts into high gear – today, let’s pump up our squats! Show us your favorite squat variation? What has you feeling #SummerStrong today? Tag all the tags: #SummerStrong #FuelYourAwesomeness #SweatPink @BobsRedMill @FitApproach
Wednesday: What fuel gets you out of bed and feeling strong first thing in the morning? Show us! Tag all the tags: #SummerStrong #FuelYourAwesomeness #SweatPink @BobsRedMill @FitApproach
Thursday: How do you adapt your workouts in the summer heat? Tag all the tags: #SummerStrong #FuelYourAwesomeness #SweatPink @BobsRedMill @FitApproach
Friday: Gotta get those summer arms. What’s your favorite move for working your arms? Tricep dips? Push-ups? Show us! Tag all the tags: #SummerStrong #FuelYourAwesomeness #SweatPink @BobsRedMill @FitApproach