Cookie Dough Energy Bites – This snack gets a bonus plant-based protein and nutrient boost which keeps us full and satisfied till our next meal.
The few foods he does eat for breakfast have basically been things like toast, which doesn’t keep him full for long. So, I started trying to find ways to sneak some healthy fat and protein in with his meals. Adding a little collagen or full-fat coconut milk to his smoothie, for instance, or a scoop of nut butter in with his oatmeal.
It’s made a HUGE difference.
We’ve had good luck with a few different flavor combinations, and these are a great protein boost of a snack that feels a whole lot like a treat. We’ll eat a few of these with apple slices or banana in the afternoons and they keep us full through the afternoon and up to dinner. (They’re also just the right size for packing in lunches, which is a big win!)
NOTES ON THE RECIPE
Go nuts! (Or seeds.) You can use a variety of nut/seed butters for this recipe. I’ve used peanut butter, almond butter, etc. You can certainly substitute sunflower seed butter if you’re allergic to nuts. For the photos, I used a 7-seed and nut butter (that includes pumpkin and chia seeds), but we also LOVE peanut butter.
Let it rest. Depending on the nut butter you use, you’ll need to use a different amount of milk. Start small and add from there. Also know that over about 10 minutes, the protein powder and oatmeal will absorb some of the liquid. For that reason, I like to make the dough slightly more wet than I want it to be. I give it a few minutes to soak up any extra liquid, and I’m good as gold!
Change it up! I used Velvet Vanilla protein powder here, but if chocolate is more your style, you can go for something like OLLY’s Pure Chocolate protein smoothie. And as far as mix-ins go, get creative!
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