Oatmeal Cookie Protein Bites
I was so excited to read this post from The Roasted Root the other day for her Oatmeal Cookie Energy Bites.
Not only is the recipe top notch, but the post words were so refreshing!
Talk about needing energy bites…this year has been nuts. We all go through hard, busy times. More than once a week, I feel like adulting is just being “busy” all of the time. Sometimes it’s just “normal busy” but other times it’s just so damn uncomfortable…right? And it’s taken me a while to understand that that’s OK. That owning/embracing your vulnerabilities can actually help you. In life, in relationships, in work – across the board. It doesn’t make you weak, it makes you human. 🙂
I talked to a friend about this recently, who’s going through some tough soul-searching and growing pains. I reminded her of one of my favorite quotes: “You can’t pour from an empty cup.” Every day, I feel like there’s more and more pressure to be “great” or to have it all together. To be perfect for our social feeds and that’s just not life! We’re really all just figuring it out aren’t we? Sometimes we don’t have energy to do it all, sometimes we need a little extra.
So when you actually just want to make the bites, here’s the recipe!
The bites actually DO taste like oatmeal raisin cookie dough, even without having any oats! Julia’s vegan and paleo energy bites are perfect for the on-the-go lifestyle!
As you can see, I edited the recipe a little bit by adding protein. You get some natural proteins from the ingredients themselves, but I wanted to add a little boost. My husband doesn’t eat breakfast (I KNOW it’s ridiculous) and I often need a little more protein in the afternoons – so this was a tasty, easy alternative! But, you by no means need it!
Definitely adding this one to the rotation!
- 2 C walnuts
- ½ C pumpkin seeds
- ½ C unsweetened shredded coconut
- ⅓ C almond butter
- 3 T unsweetened almond milk
- 5 large medjool dates (pitted)
- ⅓ C raisins
- 1.5 t ground cinnamon
- 2 t pure vanilla extract
- ⅛ t sea salt
- 1 scoop Perfect Fit Protein (optional!)
- Add all ingredients to a food processor and process until a thick, sticky dough forms. (Keep scrapping the sides to make sure everything gets into the blade!)
- NOTE: If dough continues to stay crumbly, add 1 to 2 additional tablespoons almond milk, until dough forms.
- Transfer the mixture to a sealable container and refrigerate at least 2 hours. Form balls and store in a zip lock bag or air-tight container in the refrigerator or freezer.