Homemade Energy Bites {Clean Eating Recipe}

Confession: I eat and love packaged protein bars way too much. The nuttier, chunkier, chocolate-ier, the better. Mint Chocolate Quest Bars are my crack.

My favorite aisle in the Sprout’s store is the ‘nutrition bar aisle’ because SO MANY new brands and flavors of protein bars have popped up in the last couple of years. Anytime I see a new brand or flavor, I just have to try it. Luna, Clif, Quest, Kind, Larabar, Pure Protein, Raw Revolution, Nugo, Balance, Kashi – you get the picture.

Anywayyyys, my dependency on packaged bars to supply my protein and energy (or just satisfy my sweet tooth) sort of contradicts my goal to create a more ‘natural’ diet. I’ve been experimenting with lots of colorful and nutrient-packed Clean-Eating recipes over the past couple of years, and these power balls are my new clean alternative to the delicious-but-processed bar aisle!

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On Thursday, I left you with a little throwback post of my mom’s Power Balls recipe. As promised, I recreated the recipe this weekend with some modifications to lighten the calories and fat content. Even clean recipes can be unbelievably high in calories, because nutrient-dense ingredients tend to be calorie packed. For example, chia seeds pack 60 calories per tablespoon, medjool dates 120 calories for 6 dates, and nut butters around 200 calories for 2 tablespoons. Though quality trumps quantity when it comes to fueling our body, I use bars and protein bites as snacks or pre-workout fuel so I would like to cut out some calories and fat where possible.

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New modifications:

Substitute 1 Cup Powdered Peanut Butter (2/3 cup powder + 1/3 cup water) for 1 cup regular nut butter

*The process of dehydrating the nuts removes 75% of the fat content, leaving a 2 Tablespoon serving with 55 calories.

Substitute 1/2 cup of food-processed medjool dates + 1/4 cup agave for the honey as a sweetener.

Add 2 Tablespoons Chia seeds.

Remove 1/2 cup ground flax seeds (I don’t care for the stick-to-the-roof-of-your-mouth texture).

Optional: Add 1/2 cup protein powder of choice

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Find your favorite mix-ins.

I used some clean, some not-so-clean mix-ins. This batch was broken up into 3 flavors: Chocolate Cherry Chunk, Pecan Chocolate Chip, and Coconut Pineapple. The chocolate chips aren’t considered clean and could be removed or replaced with cacao nibs if you want to be really strict about it. The possibilities for mix-ins are endless! Cocoa powder…goji berries…get creative!

Homemade Clean Eating Protein Bites Mix-ins on Stronglikemycoffee.comHere’s the recipe I followed, but like I said, it’s really just a rough guide that you can add and change however you want!

Homemade Energy Bites:

  • 2/3 powdered peanut butter (I used PBFit) mixed with 1/3 cup water
  • 10 medjool dates, ground in a food processor to make date paste
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1.5 cups rolled outs
  • 1/2 cup ground flax seeds
  • 2 Tablespoons Chia Seeds
  • 2 Tablespoons cinnamon
  • Mix-ins of choice: mini chocolate chips, pecan pieces, dried cherries, coconut flakes, protein powder, etc.

1.) There really aren’t any “directions”…..mix all above ingredients, roll into 1-inch balls, and store in the fridge or freezer! :)

Ready for the week:

Homemade Clean Eating Protein Bites Recipe  Stronglikemycoffee.comAnd I’ll leave you with a quick question: What’s your favorite store-bought protein bar?

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Posted on June 29, 2015, in domesticated, Healthy Habits and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. My favorite are the Kind bars. The one u like best I rarely eat cuz I think it’s the least healthy…the coconut flavor. I usually stick with the mocha or salted nut and dark chocolate. High protein with almonds and seeds, chewy, and a bit of chocolate, for around 200 calories.
    I am curious if the power balls were a lot let flavorful with out regular pb? We prefer honey over agave…but with your switch of some honey/agave to date paste, do they still stick together well? I like that idea…I also like the chia vs flax idea, cuz I am with you about the flax sticking to the roof of my mouth. But so far, that has been a little price to pay for the delishiousness of these balls!

    • The date paste & agave actually worked really well to bind them together…I didn’t have trouble at all rolling into balls and they hold together nice! To be honest, pure honey does have a better flavor than the date/agave – it’s much sweeter. However the dates carry more fiber and also provide potassium, manganese and a couple other vitamins. And PBFit removes the chunky nutty quality of using a normal nut butter….it’s different but I wouldn’t say better or worse. I like both! :)

  2. My favorite is now the Quest Mint Chocolate bar. LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!!!! :)

  3. Reblogged this on KinkyReader and commented:
    I am gonna make em…..when I can get my lazy ass away from the computer, that is.

  4. Reblogged this on Life or 30 Something Like It and commented:
    Yummy!

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