Salted Caramel Crunch Protein Bites

Once again, I’m making little dessert bites. I love portable, bite-sized snacks that you can eat anywhere or when you just need a little something sweet (see my recipes for other¬†bite-sized treats here, here, and here). I’ve been really busy lately, so these will be perfect to take with me on long days so I don’t go hungry! I topped the bites with Blue Diamond Salted Caramel Almonds for a little crunch. The salted caramel flavor is so yummy and gives the bites a little added sweetness too. The bites will keep in the fridge and can probably be frozen too….although mine have never lasted that long. ūüôā

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Salted Caramel Crunch Protein Bites

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 3/4 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • about 21 Blue Diamond Salted Caramel Almonds (1 per bite)

Directions:

1.)¬†In a mixing bowl, add all ingredients except the almonds. Mix together until well blended. Put bowl in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to harden the “dough” (feel free to eat some, too).

2.) After 30 minutes, roll the dough into small, golf-ball sized balls. Put onto a plate or container with a lid. Top each bite with one salted caramel almond, refrigerate, and enjoy!

This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds.

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Peanut Butter, Banana, and Chocolate Overnight Oats

Overnight oats…what the heck are those? Basically, they are the easiest and most delicious breakfast EVER! Since I am always on-the-go, and not a morning person, they are perfect for me because they are made the night before. Then in the morning I just grab them and go – no heating or cooking required.¬†I had seen overnight oat recipes all over Pinterest for awhile, but never tried them. I think I assumed they would be too much work or something. But once I tried them, and realized how easy they are to make, I’m hooked!

The main ingredients are whole oats, yogurt, and milk. I played around with the proportions of these for awhile until I found the combo¬†that tasted best. Then you just add your other ingredients – fruit, nuts, cocoa powder, peanut butter, coconut, etc. Just stir everything together in a bowl (I usually use¬†a Tupperware so I can take it with me), leave it in the fridge overnight, and in the morning…boom! The oats get thick and creamy¬†and breakfast is ready! So versatile, easy, and yummy. This banana, chocolate, and peanut butter combo is my personal favorite; it tastes like dessert but it’s good for you and super filling.¬†The perfect breakfast (or snack)!

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Peanut Butter, Banana, and Chocolate Overnight Oats

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup whole wheat old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup milk (I use almond or soy)
  • 1/4 cup yogurt (I use plain Greek)
  • 1 tbsp¬†natural creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 small banana
  • 1 tsp pure maple syrup (or another preferred sweetener)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • a few dark chocolate chips for garnish, optional

Directions:

1.)¬†In a small bowl or Tupperware, mash the banana. Add the rest of the ingredients, stir, and cover. It will be slightly watery, don’t panic! Place in the refrigerator overnight.

2.) In the morning, uncover the bowl, grab a spoon, and enjoy!

Nutrition Info (Per serving, from My Fitness Pal):

Calories 434
Fat 13 g (2 g saturated)
Fiber 8 g
Carbs 63 g
Sugars 24 g
Protein 19 g

Peanut Butter and Honey Oatmeal Bites

Happy hump day! I hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing Easter weekend. I¬†certainly did! Now it’s back to the home stretch for this semester – it seems like everything is suddenly due and exams aren’t too far off. But soon¬†it will be May and the semester will be over and maybe it will finally feel like summer! Just need the rest of the snow to melt away…

I made these little bites last week, because I’m always looking for little sweet-tooth snacks that are still clean and healthy. Plus, I had all the ingredients, so I could whip them up no problem! And no baking required, so they can be enjoyed almost immediately ūüôā I also liked that they didn’t require the food processor, so I could just mix everything together,¬†roll into balls, and be good to go. They have an awesome peanut butter and honey flavor, and the oats give them a nice chewy texture. Definitely refrigerate them for a bit before digging in; it will help them stick together better so they won’t crumble when you bite into them (speaking from experience – I’m impatient). I got rave reviews about them at Easter, so I hope you like them as much as I do!!

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Peanut Butter and Honey Oatmeal Bites

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup oats (I used quick, but I think any would work)
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup natural creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed meal
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp mini chocolate chips (I chopped up dark chocolate baking chips)

Directions:

1.) Mix everything together in a large bowl. Roll into small balls with your hands. You may have to keep wetting your hands so the dough doesn’t stick to them!

2.) Refrigerate bites for about an hour to harden them. Store in a container in the fridge and enjoy!

Nutrition Info (Per bite, from My Fitness Pal):

Calories 103
Fat 6 g (2 g saturated)
Fiber 2 g
Carbs 10 g
Sugars 5 g
Protein 3 g

Seriously Yummy Chocolate Oatmeal No-Bake Bars

Thursday night I did my first Krav Maga class, which is basically a combo of self-defense/boxing/martial arts. It was a ton of fun and I learned a lot, but I’m still sore…what a workout! The most fun part was wearing boxing gloves and just punching the daylights out of a bag, talk about a stress reliever! I signed up to try cardio kickboxing next Thursday, which the instructor told me burns 1,000 calories a class – wish me luck ūüôā

During the blizzard earlier in the week I figured I had no choice but to stay in and whip up a yummy dessert.¬†Luckily I had stocked up on all the ingredients beforehand! These were so easy to make and are seriously so good. Just be careful; at about 350 calories each, you can’t get away with eating too many! However, they are packed with healthy fats (from the coconut and peanut butter), very filling (high in fiber and protein), and require only¬†a few ingredients. Who said clean eating has to be boring?

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Chocolate Oatmeal No-Bake Bars

Adapted From: Money Saving Mom

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup wildflower honey (made by my very own friend Bill and his bees!)
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds (could substitute other nuts/raisins)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • coconut oil spray

Directions:

1.) Melt the peanut butter, honey, and coconut oil over medium low heat in a saucepan on the stove. Stir continually until fully melted to prevent it from burning.

2.) Once it is all melted together, remove from heat and stir in the oats, cocoa powder, coconut, nuts, and vanilla until well mixed.

3.) Pour into a greased brownie pan or 9 x 13 pan and cool in the fridge (I left it overnight). Remove from brownie wells or cut into bars. Store in the fridge or freezer; they get soft if left at room temp too long!

Nutrition Info (Per bar, from My Fitness Pal):

Calories 355
Fat 26 g (12 g saturated)
Fiber 5 g
Carbs 28 g
Sugars 12 g
Protein 9 g