oatmeal protein bites

Oatmeal Protein Bites (2 Ways)

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These oatmeal protein bites can be whipped up super quick. I’ve got two different variations for you to try.

This recipe is both convenient and versatile. First, there is no baking required and each recipe has only 5-6 ingredients! Simply mix all the ingredients in a bowl and form into golfball-sized balls. You don’t even have to wait the 15-30 minutes the recipe calls for before enjoying them! It’s tempting not to try it straight from the bowl- at least for me. These oatmeal protein bites are like eating raw cookie dough, except no risk of salmonella from raw eggs or e. coli from raw flour.

Secondly, you can customize these to your liking. Allergic to nuts? No problem. Substitute sunflower butter. Don’t want to use honey or maple syrup? No biggie. Try another gooey sweetener you have on hand such as agave nectar. Want some omega-3’s? Add in some flaxseeds or chia seeds. Don’t like vanilla protein powder? Try chocolate or a completely different type of protein powder altogether. I used 100% whey protein for these, but you can use any powdered kind you like (pea protein, soy protein, etc.).

Other suggestions are below in the “Notes” section. Feel free to create something new. Just keep in mind the amounts you are using.

The mixture will be easy to form into balls using the measurements listed, however if the mixture is too dry or crumbly, try adding a little almond milk or water at a time until you get the right consistency. Be careful not to add too much water at one time! Start small. You can always add more as needed. I will tell you they do get dry/hard after sitting a day or two.

Also, try not to eat the whole batch at once. These oatmeal protein bites are made for snacks or a quick pick-me-up. Eating 3 or more of these at a times can quickly add unwanted extra calories. And if you are looking at the amount of fat per each oatmeal protein bite, don’t worry. The fat in these recipes are mostly from the nut butters. Meaning, these fats are the heart healthy mono- and polyunsaturated kind.

For another quick snack recipe using oats, try my Chewy Granola Bar Recipe.

oatmeal protein bites

Oatmeal Protein Bites (2 Ways)

These oatmeal protein bites are a quick (and portable) pick-me-up for between meals or when snack time hits.
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12 bites per recipe

Ingredients
  

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Bites

  • 1 ½ cups old-fashioned oatmeal
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp chocolate chips
  • 2 scoops vanilla whey protein powder

Cinnamon Raisin Protein Bites

  • 1 ½ cups old-fashioned oatmeal
  • ½ cup almond butter
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 3 Tbsp raisins
  • 2 scoops vanilla whey protein powder
  • 2-3 Tbsp almond milk or water as needed

Instructions
 

  • Place all ingredients into a large bowl and mix until combined.
  • Form mixture by hand into 12 equal sized balls.
  • Add water, milk or milk alternative as needed if mixture is too dry to form.
  • Place each ball on a baking sheet lined with wax paper or parchment paper.
  • Refrigerate for 15-30 minutes then ENJOY or transfer to storage bag or container and refrigerate for up to 1 week.

Notes

  • These can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 week, however you can store them in the freezer for up to 3 months!
  • Experiment using different nut butters such as sunflower or soy butter.  
  • You can also switch up the add-ins by trying chopped dates  or dried cherries in place of raisins or mini chocolate chips or mini M&M’s.
  • If you don’t have whey protein, you can try other protein powders as well such as pea protein, hemp protein or soy protein.   
  • Sweetening agents may also be switched up- try agave nectar, barley malt syrup or brown rice syrup instead of honey or maple syrup.  
  • Leave a comment below and let me know what combination you like best!
 
Nutrition Information Per Protein Ball: 
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Bites: 
153 calories, 7 gm total fat, 2 gm saturated fat, 18 gm carbohydrates, 9 gm protein, 2 gm fiber, 64 mg sodium, 6 mg cholesterol.
Cinnamon Raisin Protein Bites:
146 calories, 7 gm total fat, 1 gm saturated fat, 19 gm carbohydrates, 7 gm protein, 3 gm fiber, 18 mg sodium, 6 mg cholesterol. 
Keyword easy, oatmeal, protein balls, protein bites, snacks

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