Tasty On-The-Go Snack Option
Want a fast source of energy to fuel you through your day? If so, the following oatmeal energy bites are the perfect solution.
These are fast to prepare and even faster to eat, so are perfect for those busy days when you just don’t have time to sit down to a full meal.
The great thing about this recipe as well is that it’s 100% customisable, so you can alter it to meet your own taste preferences as well as your nutrient needs.
Let’s look at the ingredient line-up of the oatmeal protein bites and then give you the full recipe.
The base ingredient of this recipe is, as the name suggests, oatmeal. Oatmeal is a high quality complex carbohydrate that will pack in some dietary fibre and keep your energy levels on an even keel.
If you can’t use oats for whatever reason, you can also use quinoa flakes as well. Or, if you really must, rice crispies.
However do keep in mind rice crispies have a much higher GI index, so this will not be as healthy for you.
Adding The Binder Ingredient
Next you will need an ingredient that will help everything stick together. The best choice here is some type of nut butter. Peanut or almond both work great and will add in the healthy fats to provide lasting energy.
To this, you might also add a little honey for a touch of sweetness. If honey isn’t your preference, you could also add in agave, maple syrup, or if you want to keep the carb count down, fibre syrup instead.
This will make it nice and sticky, ensuring the mixture holds together.
Packing In Protein
You’ll also want to ensure you get a good dose of protein in this recipe, which is why you now also add a scoop of protein into the mix.
You can use your favorite protein flavour – vanilla, banana, and chocolate all work well. Make sure the flavour works well with whatever type of binder ingredient you’re using.
Flavouring It With Add-Ins
Finally, the last step is to add in your favorite add-in ingredients. These will help improve the nutrition of the mixture while also adding plenty of flavour.
Great choices here include dried coconut flakes (unsweetened), dried fruit, dark chocolate chips, nuts, or seeds. Feel free to adjust and experiment to figure out what you like best with this recipe.
So all of this said, here is your oat bites recipe.
Protein Oat Bites
1 cup oatmeal
2 scoops vanilla protein powder
1/3 natural almond butter
2 tbsp. honey
2 tbsp. dried cranberries
2 tbsp. sunflower seeds
2 tbsp. dried unsweetened coconut flakes
Combine all ingredients together in a bowl and then shape into small, bite sized balls. Keep in the fridge until ready to eat.
Take note that because these bites are very calorie dense, you’ll only want to eat one or two per serving.
So whip up a fresh batch of these today to have with you at all times as you need energy on the go.