Last week, Anne and I went on a road trip to The South. Stops included: Durham, Charleston, Savannah, and Asheville (city guides to come!). Now, I love road trips. I would probably choose them over flying. I love them for the playlists, the beautiful scenery, the license plate game, the old-timey feel, and the snacks. For this trip, I decided to make a healthy snack option for the car ride. These little fellows are tasty and chock full of good-for-you ingredients, and they will fill you until your next meal. Protein bites are a no-bake snack that could even work at home. Just keep them in the fridge (up to two weeks), and enjoy one during that dangerous pre-dinnertime window.
Prep time: 15 minutes | Inactive time: 30 minutes | Yields: 15 bites
- 1/4 cup whole almonds
- 1/2 cup quick oats
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 5 dried apricots
- 1 tbs honey
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
- 1 cup shredded coconut
In a food processor, grind the shredded coconut until powdery. Set aside in a small bowl. Grind almonds in the food processor. Add in the oats and pulse together. Then, add cranberries and apricots. Grind these ingredients together and transfer to a medium bowl.
In the same medium bowl, add in honey, peanut butter, and chocolate chips. Combine these ingredients by hand until blended.
Roll the dough into bite-sized balls and place on a cookie sheet. Transfer into the freezer for 30 minutes.
Remove bites from the freezer and roll balls in the powdered coconut until covered. Place protein bites in a plastic container, separating them from one another with paper muffin cups. Keep refrigerated while home, or in a cooler bag while on the road.
*These ingredients can be altered for dietary restrictions or personal taste. Some examples: different types of dried fruit, almond butter, whey protein powder, etc. They will be delicious regardless! Enjoy!
From Scissors & Sage