Double Chocolate Protein Bites are a blend of healthy ingredients and packed with protein for a guilt-free sweet you can grab whenever the sweet craving hits!
Okay, look at that sweet little bundle of chocolate joy staring right at you. You can’t be mad at that mini bite right there. Yes, you are trying to back off on the sweets. We know we should get in a healthy routine before all the holiday eating hits. But, you guys those mini chocolate chips! How adorable area they?! I am about to make your day when I tell you we can have our cake and eat it too…er’…our chocolate bites-whatever.
Chocolate bites = Healthy
There I was scanning the discount section, once again, and breaking the cardinal sin of going to the store hungry and craving sweets no less! I was ignoring the snack aisle that was calling my name and spotted a popular health brand “double chocolate bites” snack mentioning only natural ingredients. I was skeptical but desperate. I grabbed the bag and proceeded to open it while it sat helplessly in passenger seat.
Verdict: Good! Result: I can do better…
They don’t taste like your favorite brownie, but they are delish
Therefore, I give you these delightful little results that, if I do say so myself, are even better and can be made in a jiffy (<people still say ‘jiffy’ right?) and frozen for chocolate craving emergencies. By now you have probably seen about 654980635485 protein bite recipes that promise to taste like brownies, chocolate cake, cake batter, cookies…you know, all those things you never think of when eating protein bites. And you walk away discouraged because no miracle occurred and Ghirardelli chocolate brownies just don’t come in healthy little ball forms. While I won’t lie to you and tell you these taste just like your favorite brownie, I will say these were taste-tested by the strictest of sweet testers-my mom. This brownie-batter-lickin’, southern sweet tea drinkin’, non-hippy casserole makin’ gal gave these the thumbs up!??
WHAT IN THE WORLD.
I have succeeded in life, and you have the delicious proof.
A word or two on the deets
Because I know you will ask like A+ readers you are, we use this protein powder. We have tried several powders but they all seem to be so packed with artificial ingredients and sweeteners that we can’t feel good about using them on a daily basis; which is why we were happy to find this one. It has no artificial flavors or sweeteners and is comparable in price for it’s quality. I know everyone has different opinions on protein powders so feel free to use whatever type of vanilla version that works for you. It will still work great in these little bites! 🙂
See that sweet little syrup right there?
It’s a gold mine! SO good and I happened upon it in the organic section at Kroger the other day. It was perfect for these chocolate bites and I am excited at the many possibilities for this syrup! it is the first Shuga product that I have tried and with its impressive ingredient list, I will be trying more. You can definitely get it cheaper in-store, but in case you can’t find it, it’s here.
Mini chocolate bites are where it’s at, and no they don’t taste like brownie batter, because I am not a magician, but you WILL love them 🙂 They have been the perfect after-
school work snack, perfectly-portioned dessert, my-mouth-is-bored-and-I-need-more-than-an-apple solution, and the closest protein bite I have eaten that actually tastes like dessert ?.
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Tools utilized in this recipe:
- 1 cup dates, pitted
- ¼ cup coconut, minced (or coconut flour)
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- ¼ cup raw almonds
- ½ cup vanilla protein powder
- ¼ cup liquid sweetener**
- ¼ cup creamy peanut butter*
- 1 tbsp. coconut oil
- ½ tsp. vanilla extract
- ⅛ tsp. sea salt
- ¼ cup mini chocolate chips (optional)
- Pulse first four ingredients in a food processor until small crumbled mixture forms.
- Add all remaining ingredients, except chocolate chips, and pulse until blended and combined.
- Transfer to a bowl and mix in chocolate chips. Pinch a small amount and roll in the palm of your hand to form a ball. It should be about the size of a rounded/heaping teaspoon.
- Place all mini bites on a parchment-lined baking sheet and place in the freezer for 10 minutes to set up and serve.
-You can substitute the liquid sweetener for one of your choice, however, the sweetener I used was concentrated so you may need to add more sweetener to your bites. (other suggested liquid sweeteners: honey, maple syrup)
-chocolate bites can be stored in an airtight container for up to two months (<you wont let them stay there that long) or in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. (they may lose flavor after the two week mark)
-I used a spice grinder to form a minced coconut/coconut flower from coconut chips, however, you can also just use coconut flour if you have it on hand.
Other sweet options: