Hello friends and thanks for stopping by the blog today. Lots of excitement happening in this post as I’m sharing one of my favorite protein bite recipes and have a little giveaway for you. I LOVE having these No Bake Brownie Protein Bites around to satisfy my sweet tooth. You’ve probably seen them in several of my What I Ate Wednesday posts. They taste like a chocolate fudge brownie, but are made with healthy ingredients. And the most exciting part of this post is I’ve teamed up with Vital Proteins to give one lucky reader a container of their Collagen Whey Cocoa and Coconut Water, one of the key ingredients in this recipe. Read the end of the post to find out how you can enter.
Now I totally understand the convenience of grabbing a protein bar and eating while you’re on the run. But if you’ve never tried making your own protein bars or bites you seriously need to try this recipe. I myself sometimes grab that protein bar when on the go, but I would much rather prefer something homemade. They taste so much better and can be made in 10 minutes with only a few simple ingredients.
For this recipe you start by soaking one cup of dates in water. Soaking the dates makes it easier for them to break up in the food processor. You then drain the dates and mix with the almonds to get them ground up. I love how dates provide such a good natural sweetness in these protein bites and almonds are a nutritious healthy fat.
Once the dates and almonds are processed you add the additional ingredients, Vital Proteins Collagen Whey Cocoa and Coconut flavor, almond butter (more healthy fats, yay!), vanilla extract, and sea salt. If you’re finding the ingredients aren’t sticking together well, add 1-2 tablespoons of almond milk or water.
After all the ingredients are processed you just roll the ‘dough’ into tablespoon size balls. I like storing these in the fridge to preserve their freshness. And I enjoy eating these brownie bites as a late afternoon snack or late at night to curb my sweet tooth.
Vital Proteins Giveaway
Collagen is all the craze right now, right. Well Vital Proteins sure delivers when it comes to finding tasty ways to add collagen to your diet. I’ve been using Vital Proteins collagen peptides and their collagen whey a few times a week for almost a month now. I’ve enjoyed adding it to my smoothies, coffee, and testing different recipes with it. While it’s hard to notice any significant changes in only a month, collagen is known for creating healthier skin, hair, and nails. And many of the Vital Protein products are high in protein for extra energy and probiotics for gut health. Cheers to that.
In order to enter to win a canister of the Collagen Whey Cocoa and Coconut you must head on over to this instagram post, follow @sweetandstrongblog and @vitalproteins and tag a friend in the comments. You must live in the US to enter. I’ll pick and notify a winner Monday July 17th. Good Luck!
- 1 heaping cup pitted large Medjool dates
- ½ cup roasted almonds (I use unsalted and add sea salt)
- ¼ cup almond butter
- 2 scoops Vital Proteins Collagen Whey Cocoa and Coconut
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- sea salt
- Add dates to a small bowl and cover with water. Let sit for 20-30 minutes then drain the water.
- Add dates and almonds to the bowl of a food processor. Process for about 1 minute or until dates and almonds come together. The almonds will still be slightly chunky.
- Add the remaining ingredients to the bowl of the food processor; almond butter, collagen whey, vanilla extract, and sea salt.
- Pulse until a dough forms. If the dough isn't sticking together then add 1-2 tablespoons almond milk or water.
- Roll into medium sized balls. I measure out 1 tbsp, you could also use cookie scoop.
- Store in the fridge.
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