there are often days when i am dragging like crazy in the afternoon. days when i did not get that second cup of coffee in the morning and by 2 pm all i want to do is go crawl back in bed and go to sleep. usually i try to snack on something packed with protein for a pick me up, whether it’s a hearty homemade granola with loads of chia and flaxseed (on a good day) or a huge spoonful of peanut butter with an apple (on a normal day).
for a few years now, i have been a huge fan of juice plus complete protein powder. it is a staple in our home and we go through it super fast. it’s one snack that i can get in my kids’ tummies that is easy AND good for them (how rare is that?! well with MY kids it is…). we make shakes daily and i add it to a lot of things, including smoothies and snack recipes, like this one. use your JP complete, or if your family uses a different brand of protein powder, you can sub it in this recipe (as long as it’s vanilla). the egg white is optional, if you want to make the bites vegan – but they add an extra punch of protein (and i like the glossy finish it gives the bites 🙂
almond butter + oat + chia protein bites
makes 12-14 balls
1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup almond meal (or we love guiltless superfoods’ new flour)
1 scoop (1/4 cup) juice plus vanilla complete powder
1/2 cup nut butter (almond or peanut butter are our favorites)
1 tbsp chia seeds
2 tsp vanilla extract (or 1 heaping tsp vanilla bean paste)
1 tbsp local honey
1 egg white (optional)
- mix all ingredients well in a bowl with a spatula or your hands. roll into 1-inch diameter balls (packing them as you roll so they hold their shape). place on a small plate and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before eating so they can firm up. transfer to an airtight container – will keep for about a week in the fridge.
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These look so, so delicious! I have almond meal and was looking for great recipes to try – this totally fits the bill. Thanks for the recipe! Can’t wait to try it soon. Also, I’m so in love with your photography! Are there any subs for protein powder here?
of course! glad you stopped by:) as for a protein powder substitute, the juice plus complete powder also gives a lot of flavor, so if you don’t have another powder to sub, i would suggest increasing the almond meal (or even use coconut flour) and then adding some agave syrup and vanilla extract to sweeten and give it the vanilla flavor. hope this helps!
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Awesome! That’s a wonderful idea. Thanks Lindsay! Love your blog 🙂 Enjoy the rest of the week and I’m looking forward to new recipes!