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Protein energy bites

2014 March 11
by Emily Hill

Disclosure: I was provided with a couple boxes of Honey Bunches of Oats Morning Energy and a few other goodies in exchange for this post. All thoughts, opinions and recipes for protein energy bites are 100 percent honest, yummy and all mine.

Almost a year ago today I whipped up a batch of peanut butter oatmeal protein bites and promptly ate half the batch. What can I say? They’re extremely hard to resist even though they’re considered a healthy snack. The same goes for these protein energy bites I created using the new Honey Bunches of Oats Morning Energy Chocolatey Almond Crunch.

I’m pretty sure it should be “chocolaty” but who am I to tell Post how to spell the names of their cereals?

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Protein energy bites

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These protein energy bites are packed with protein (duh), fiber and whole grains. I threw in some semi-sweet chocolate chips for added antioxidants and flavor. Some people think chocolate chips are optional.

I’m not one of those people.

I found these protein bites didn’t “roll” as easily as the peanut butter oatmeal protein bites. I used a medium cookie dough scoop to scoop the dough into my hand and then I pressed it into a ball shape. Rolling only made the dough crumble apart.


Protein energy bites


Printable recipe for protein energy bites below.

Protein Energy Bites
 
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These protein energy bites are packed with energy in the form of protein, fiber and whole grain goodness. NOTE: They don't roll very well so you'll need to press them into a ball shape. Makes approximately 12 to 18 protein bites depending on size.
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Recipe type: Snack
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1¼ cups Honey Bunches of Oats Morning Energy Chocolatey Almond Crunch
  • ⅓ cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 3½ tsp ground flax seed
  • ¼ cup all-natural peanut butter
  • 2 T honey
  • 2 T pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ tsp coarse sea salt
  • ¼ cup rolled oats
  • ¼ cup coconut
  • 2 T mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Place the cereal in food processor and process until finely ground.
  2. Add waluts, chia seeds, ground flax seed, peanut butter, honey, maple syrup, vanilla and sea salt. Process until well blended.
  3. Scoop dough into a small bowl and add oatmeal, coconut and chocolate chips. Mix until thoroughly combined. Dough will be slightly crumbly.
  4. Using a medium cookie-dough scoop or large spoon, scoop approximately 1½ to 2 T of dough into your hand and press into a ball. Place balls on wax paper-lined cookie sheet. Transfer to an air-tight container and keep refrigerated.

We’ve been fans of Honey Bunches of Oats in all its flavors for years. (Check out my review of Post Cereal’s Greek Honey Crunch.) Love the crispy flakes and clusters of oaty goodness. Throw in slivered almonds and it’s a great start to my day.

Though I often buy the generic version of many cereals (Cinnamon Life, Chex in all its varieties), I stick with Post when it comes to Honey Bunches of Oats.

The new Honey Bunches of Oats Morning Energy comes in two flavors: Chocolatey Almond Crunch, which includes delicious chocolaty morsels and almond slivers, and Cinnamon Crunch, which is packed with sweet, crunchy cinnamon clusters.


Post Honey Bunches of Oats Morning Energy


Lauren tried the Chocolatey Almond Crunch first (that’s my girl!) and was a fan.


Honey Bunches of Oats Morning Energy  Chocolatey Almond Crunch


Both flavors offer 6 grams of protein (10 when served with fat-free milk) and 5 grams of fiber per serving. They are also heart healthy with zero grams grans fat, 1 gram saturday fate and zero cholesterol. Even better, Chocolatey Almond Crunch gives you 35 grams of whole grain per serving (over 2/3 your day’s whole grain) and Cinnamon Crunch gives you 33 grams (also over 2/3 your day’s whole grain). The only thing that gives me pause is the 220 calories per 1-cup serving. I have a hard time with anything over 140 calories or so per serving.

This is why Post Grape Nuts cereal kills me. I love Grape Nuts so much and a 1/2-cup serving is nearly impossible.

Of course, if a bowl of cereal is all you have time for in the morning, Honey Bunches of Oats Morning Energy is the way to go. It ought to keep you fueled and fired up until lunchtime…or until your first Diet Coke.


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  1. May 7, 2014

    I love how these protein energy bites are so nutritious and can very well become my go to snack whenever my sweet cravings hit. Will be making them the first chance I get. Can’t wait to taste the crunch!

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    Emily Hill Reply:

    They really are good, but I must say my favorite are these: http://www.isthisreallymylife.com/2013/03/pinterest-no-bake-energy-bites/. :)
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  2. June 10, 2014

    Damn, thank you so much for posting this! It is gonna help me when I order Chia Seeds at the grocery store! Super Mind Blowing!

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    Emily Hill Reply:

    Awesome! Hope you like them!
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