Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bites

Serves 7

10 Minute Prep Time

By Kim McDevitt, MPH RD on January 13, 2017 , categorized in Snacks, Workout Fuel

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Few things are better than chocolate and peanut butter, and these protein balls are no exception. Not only are they delicious, but they also contain almost 10 grams of protein in two balls!  Now you can feel good reaching for two (okay, maybe three) of these peanut butter-y balls each day.  As an added bonus, these balls were made to taste like Vega® Protein+ Snack Bar, so if you live in Canada or haven’t had a chance to try them yet, these balls taste just like the real thing!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups gluten-free brown rice cereal
  • ¼ cup peanuts, finely chopped, divided
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ½ cup brown rice or maple syrup
  • 1 serving Chocolate Vega® Clean Protein
  • or Chocolate Vega Sport® Performance Protein
  • ½ tsp sea salt and more for sprinkling
  • ½ cup vegan chocolate chips
  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp water to help stick together if needed

Preparation

  1. Combine brown rice cereal and two tablespoons of chopped peanuts in a large bowl.

  2. In a small pot, combine peanut butter and brown rice/maple syrup and warm over low heat until runny and well-mixed. Turn off heat and mix in Vega Clean Protein and salt.

  3. Coat a spatula with non-stick spray and pour peanut mixture into rice cereal mixture and stir until all ingredients are combined. Feel free to use your hands!

  4. Once the mixtures have become well-incorporated, set it aside and let sit.

  5. In a separate pan, melt vegan chocolate chips with two teaspoons of coconut oil.

  6. Using a small ice cream scoop, a spoon, or your hands, roll the dough into 14 balls and place on parchment paper. Alternatively, you can press entire mixture into 8”x8” pan lined with parchment.

  7. Dip balls into chocolate or spread chocolate evenly over bars. Sprinkle with remaining chopped peanuts and sea salt.

  8. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or until chocolate hardens.

  9. Enjoy two at a time for nearly 10 grams of protein.

  10. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks or freeze.

Kim McDevitt, MPH RD

Kim McDevitt works at Vega as a National Educator. A runner, cooking enthusiast, plant-focused flexitarian, Kim has passionately built her career in nutrition. Noticing that her running performances were closely tied to what she was eating, Kim decided to study nutrition and pursue advanced degrees in Dietetics and Public Health, to better understand the power of food in performance. Today, Kim specializes in sports nutrition to enhance athletic performance and focuses on realistic and approachable ways for improving health through educated dietary choices within an active lifestyle.

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