These are a weekly staple in the Hodge household. Between the three of us we probably go through 6-8 of these a day. Andy will typically grab 3 as he’s heading out the door for work (“that’s all he eats for breakfast?!” Yes, yes it is…I don’t get it). Depending on what’s prepped for Caiden’s breakfast, he may eat one or two with fruit on the side, and I eat two as a mid-morning snack, or pre-run snack in the afternoon. They also serve as a perfect alternative to the late night cookie craving (if there aren’t cookies in the house), otherwise I advise you to go straight for the cookie.
This recipe took lots of tweaking. To this day, not every batch ends out exactly as I want it, and I end up needing to add a little more peanut butter or a little more oats. Be willing to mess with it! For my type A personality friends, I am so sorry you can’t follow this recipe to a “T.” Live a little.
Hodgepodge Protein Bites
1 cup quick oats
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
1 serving of your favorite protein powder (I typically go for a plant based vanilla protein powder)
1/4-1/3 cup rice krispies (this secret ingredient changed my life)
1/3 cup mini chocolate chips
1 T chia seeds
2/3 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup honey/maple syrup (I fill half of the 1/3 cup with honey, and half with maple syrup)
1 t vanilla
Directions: Mix all of the dry ingredients in a medium sized mixing bowl. Add the peanut butter, honey/maple syrup, and vanilla and combine well. The mixture should create a dough-like texture. Place in the fridge for 20+ minutes, then form into balls. Store in the refrigerator.
1. There should be no dry oats left in the bottom of the bowl. If there are, add more peanut butter, NOT honey/maple syrup (that just sweetens it, the peanut butter binds it).
2. I’m a fan of all natural peanut butter, but what I’ve found is that Skippy or Jiff works so much better for keeping these bites together and forming the perfect texture.
2. I’ve made the mistake of leaving them in the fridge uncovered too long, causing the dough to dry out a little. At that point you’re kind of screwed and stuck with some crumbly bites. Still good though…
3. I HIGHLY advise you to get a “push button cookie dough scoop”. This is a freaking life saver, I wouldn’t even make these bites if I had to roll each one by hand. I would search at your local kitchen store or at BB&B, or something of that sort. Cuz ain’t nobody wanna pay more for shipping than the actual cost of the product, #amiright.
4. If you end up finding your nitch with these bites, double the recipe. Always double the recipe. They freeze super well too!
That’s it. Enjoy the energy from these bites!