Snacking is an important part of my day so I try to keep snacks as healthy as possible, like these Easy Chocolate Fudge Protein Bites. And whenever chocolate is included as a healthy snack…I’m in!
Dates are natural sweeteners with some great health benefits; they are rich in fiber and antioxidants, a good source of energy, plus healthy for our brains. You will find I use dates frequently in my recipes.
Grab a date the next time you are running low on energy during a workout and get a healthy boost. Or try this; cut a date in half, take out the pit, fill the center with your favorite nut butter, and freeze. I grab snacks like this after all my cardio workouts.
I decided to mix it up a little with these new chocolate protein bites and make some new shapes and silicone candy molds worked perfectly.
Just press the mixture into silicone molds, freeze, and then pop the protein bites right out.
Other fun things you can do with protein bites and energy balls:
~serve them as appetizers
~make fun holiday shapes for parties
~add some on top of smoothie bowls
~ let kids enjoy them as healthy after school snacks
Bring your kids in the kitchen to help make shapes, it’s the perfect activity for their little fingers not to mention encourage healthy eating habits.
Easy Chocolate Fudge Protein Bites Makes about 10 Bites
1/3 cup or 5 Medjool Dates ~ when measuring the dates pack them tight.
1/4 cup gluten-free quick-cooking oats.
1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp cashew butter ~ SunButter is an option if needed.
3/4 tsp vanilla
1 scoop chocolate protein powder, I use Orgain Creamy Chocolate Protein Powder. Use a brand that is appropriate for you. **Orgain contains erythritol derived from organic non-GMO corn. Orgain is gluten, nut, & soy-free and vegan.
1 tbsp water
1 tbsp allergy-friendly semi-sweet chocolate chips.
Cut the dates in half and remove the pits. Push dates firmly into a 1/3 measuring cup.
Place all ingredients except water and chocolate chips into a food processor. Process until ingredients become fine and crumbly.
Add water and continue to process until the water is incorporated well.
Dump mixture into a bowl and using your hands work mixture until it comes together, then work in mini chocolate chips.
Form dough into small balls using just under 2 Tbsp of dough for each. Or press dough firmly into candy molds.
Count 2 WW points plus each.
The recipe was inspired by Chocolate Covered Katie, Peanut Butter Brownie Bites
This is the protein powder I prefer to use in this recipe.
Easy Chocolate Fudge Protein Bites
- Food Processor
- 1/3 cup Medjool Dates when measuring the dates pack them tight, about 5 dates
- 1/4 cup quick-cooking oats gluten-free
- 1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp cashew butter SunButter is an option if needed.
- 3/4 tsp vanilla
- 1 scoop Chocolate protein powder I use Orgain Creamy Chocolate. Use a brand that is appropriate for you. I like Orgain because it is Vegan and sweetened with stevia.
- 1 tbsp water
- 1 tbsp semi-sweet chocolate chips allergy-friendly
- Cut the dates in half and remove the pits. Push dates firmly into a 1/3 measuring cup.
- Place everything except water and chocolate chips into a food processor.
- Process until ingredients become fine and crumbly.
- Add water and continue to process until the water is incorporated well.
- Dump mixture into a bowl and using your hands work mixture until it becomes a ball then work in mini chocolate chips.
- Form dough into small balls using just under 2 Tbsp of dough for each. Or press dough firmly into candy molds.