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Cookie Dough Energy Bites

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. 

Cookie Dough Energy Bites. We love these babies! Protein, vitamins, and good-for-you ingredients.
A few months ago, Milo went from eating a pretty solid breakfast to refusing all but a few foods in the morning. I’ve been sticking with my “wait till the next meal or snack” way of doing things, trying to encourage them to eat more solid meals, but hoo boy. That’s rough when breakfast is at 6:30 and the “when’s lunch?” conversation starts at 8:00am.

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.

Cookie Dough Energy Bites! We love these. So many flavor combinations and boosted with @ollynutrition protein-packed smoothies!
I’ve been keeping up the practice, offering turkey slices with his afternoon snack and finding ways that I can add protein to the diet of a little boy who eats very little meat, refuses beans, lentils, nuts, seeds, and eggs and can’t eat things like cheese or dairy yogurt (non-dairy yogurt is pretty low in protein).

Making protein packed cookie dough energy bites. These are yummy! Just sweet enough to scratch the sweet itch.
Making Cookie Dough Energy Bites with oats, honey, nut butter, vanilla, and @ollynutrition Velvet Vanilla protein smoothies.
One of our successes lately is these cookie dough energy bites. Are they cookie dough? Heck, no, but they taste sweet and satisfying. They’re energy bites made from nut butter, oatmeal, honey (or maple syrup), vanilla, coconut milk, and vanilla protein powder. We’ve been using this gluten free, vegan Velvet Vanilla from Olly. I’ve been taking their lemony vitamin-D supplements since February, and I was excited to see their line of smoothies launch this month. They’re packed with protein, yes, but they also have plant-sourced fiber and vitamins tucked in for good measure. I’m not big on drinking protein powder shakes, but I love using them for recipes like these energy bites.

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!)

Getting a little protein boost with Olly protein smoothies. They're great in these!

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!

Make some cookie dough energy bites with vanilla protein powder from Olly! So many ways to change these up!

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Gluten Free, Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Energy Bites - Just sweet enough and boosted with protein and nutrients!
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Cookie Dough Energy Bites! We love these. So many flavor combinations and boosted with @ollynutrition protein-packed smoothies!

Cookie Dough Energy Bites


  • Author: One Lovely Life

Ingredients

Scale
  • 3/4 cup oats (I use old-fashioned/rolled)
  • 1/4 cup vanilla protein powder, like Olly Velvet Vanilla Smoothie
  • 1/4 cup nut or seed butter (peanut butter, 7-seed and nut butter, almond butter, etc.)
  • 1/4 cup honey (or pure maple syrup)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 13 Tbsp milk (I use almond or coconut), as needed

Instructions

  1. In a food processor, combine oats, protein powder, nut butter, honey, vanilla, and salt. Process until dough is well mixed.
  2. Add a little bit of milk at a time, and pulse until dough comes together in a ball, adding more milk as needed. (Depending on the nut butter and protein powder you use, you may only need 1 Tbsp of milk, you may need 3 or more.)
  3. Fold in chocolate chips with a fork, spatula, or your hands.
  4. Roll into 1- 1 1/2 inch balls and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Energy bites will keep for 5-7 days in the refrigerator.

Gluten free, vegan Cinnamon Raisin Energy Bites - Protein, nutrients, and fabulous!
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Cinnamon Raisin Energy Bites


Ingredients

Scale
  • 3/4 cup oats (I use old-fashioned/rolled)
  • 1/4 cup vanilla protein powder, like Olly Velvet Vanilla Smoothie
  • 1/4 cup nut or seed butter (peanut butter, 7-seed and nut butter, almond butter, etc.)
  • 1/4 cup honey (or pure maple syrup)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 13 Tbsp milk (I use almond or coconut), as needed

Instructions

  1. In a food processor, combine oats, protein powder, nut butter, honey, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt. Process until dough is well mixed.
  2. Add a little bit of milk at a time, and pulse until dough comes together in a ball, adding more milk as needed. (Depending on the nut butter and protein powder you use, you may only need 1 Tbsp of milk, you may need 3 or more.)
  3. Fold in raisins with a fork, spatula, or your hands.
  4. Roll into 1- 1 1/2 inch balls and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Energy bites will keep for 5-7 days in the refrigerator.

Cherry Cashew Energy Bites - These are gluten free, vegan, and awesome!
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Cookie Dough Energy Bites! We love these. So many flavor combinations and boosted with @ollynutrition protein-packed smoothies!

Cherry Cashew Energy Bites


  • Author: One Lovely Life

Ingredients

Scale
  • 3/4 cup oats (I use old-fashioned/rolled)
  • 1/4 cup vanilla protein powder, like Olly Velvet Vanilla Smoothie
  • 1/4 cup nut or seed butter (peanut butter, 7-seed and nut butter, almond butter, etc.)
  • 1/4 cup honey (or pure maple syrup)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • pinch salt
  • 23 Tbsp dried cherries, minced
  • 23 Tbsp cashew pieces
  • 13 Tbsp milk (I use almond or coconut), as needed

Instructions

  1. In a food processor, combine oats, protein powder, nut butter, honey, vanilla, almond extract, and salt. Process until dough is well mixed.
  2. Add a little bit of milk at a time, and pulse until dough comes together in a ball, adding more milk as needed. (Depending on the nut butter and protein powder you use, you may only need 1 Tbsp of milk, you may need 3 or more.)
  3. Fold in cherries and cashews with a fork, spatula, or your hands.
  4. Roll into 1- 1 1/2 inch balls and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Energy bites will keep for 5-7 days in the refrigerator.

 

3 Comments

  1. Hi! These would be great snacks for my 3 little grandchildren who spend a lot of time with us. I make them cookies just about every week, but these would make a great and, of coarse, more nutritious snack that I feel they would love.

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