What’s better than homemade protein bites as a snack? These Espresso Hemp Protein Bites are perfect for busy days, and they’re gluten free, vegan, and peanut free!
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.
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Check out our other protein bite recipes:
- Fudgy Brownie Protein Bites
- Strawberry Oat Protein Bites
- Coffee Chocolate Chip Protein Bites
- Healthy Chocolate Protein Bites (Vegan)
- Orange Poppyseed Protein Bites (Vegan)
- Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Protein Bites
- Cranberry Chia Protein Bites
- Espresso Hemp Protein Bites
- Chai Spice Protein Bites
Espresso Hemp Protein Bites
- 9 Tablespoons Bob’s Red Mill Hemp Protein (= 1/2 cup + 1 Tbsp)
- ¼ cup gluten-free quick oats
- ⅛ 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
Sarah Jane Parker is the founder, recipe creator, and photographer behind The Fit Cookie. She’s a food allergy mom and healthy living blogger based in Wyoming. Sarah is also an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, ACE Certified Health Coach, Revolution Running certified running coach, and an ACE Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
36 thoughts on “Espresso Hemp Protein Bites”
These sound delicious! It looks like they’re quick and easy to take on the go, too, which is always a plus! Thanks so much for the info!
i want to try the vanilla flavor
I would like to try the protein and fiber.
I would love to try the protein and fiber booster. Then I can flavor it as I like. ; )
I would love to try the chocolate to makeprotein cookies with
I would prefer the protein and fiber version, but would love any of those presented other than Chai which I don’t particularly care for. I was a bit disappointed in the recipe shown above because I do not eat GRAINS. However, I do love seeing different ways to use the wonderful Hemp Protein or Hearts.
I would like to try the chai flavor and would probably try it in a smoothie.
I would love to try the chai flavor, and I’d totally make chai protein bites!!
Chocolate please. I would make muffins with it of course.
chai sounds great
I’d like to make my own protein bars and shakes with vanilla.
I would like to try the vanilla powder.
they all sound good – I might lean towards vanilla though
I would love to try the protein and fiber booster. I would add it to my morning smoothies.
Love to try the vanilla.
I would love the chocolate one. I always buy vanilla protein powders to add to my fruit/veggie smoothies but I would love to try chocolate ones. maybe flax milk, avocado and the protein powder. Yum!
They all sound amazing, I would go with chai, sounds interesting to try!
I would love the vanilla, easier to use! Thanks for the chance!
the chocolate.. although vanilla would be good also. I would try a shake or the protein balls looked yummy also
These recipes look amazing and I have been meaning to try Red Mill protein.
Always looking for tasty protein snacks; the ones sold in stores are just too nasty.
I love the versatility of vanilla, but the chai sounds too delicious to pass up! Thanks for the chance to win!
Great giveaway and that recipe rocks!
That sounds awesome !!!! Chocolate !
I love coffee everything
I would like to try the vanilla powder. They all sound delicious, it I think vanilla is so versatile!
I would love to try the chocolate one!
I love chocolate, but vanilla is often more versatile because the flavor can be combined with more flavors that chocolate. I love your protein bites, but I’m not a big fan of coffee flavored anything. Do you have another suggestion for flavoring the protein bites?
Hi Patty! If you don’t like the flavor of coffee, you can just omit the instant coffee in this recipe and leave it as-is (it will still taste good!) or replace 1 Tablespoon protein powder with 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder if you want chocolate flavored bites instead 🙂
I would love to try the chai one!
Well chocolate, of course! Always my favorite
I would love to win the chocolate.. im keeping my fingers crossed!
I would love to try the Chai. I am currently creating “Ice Cream” recipes and this sounds interesting.
That sounds yummy!
Vanilla is my favorite flavor or protein powder in general, but I think I would like to try the protein with the fiber boost in it. I can always use more fiber! These protein bites sound really delicious, but I would definitely add the caffeine to mine, haha.