Peanut Butter Cacao Nib Protein Bites (vegan, gluten free)

Sometimes getting enough protein on a plant based diet can be challenging. I try to incorporate some protein into all of my meals and snacks. There are lots of plant based protein bars out there but it’s nice to make your own because you can control exactly what goes in. These are creamy, peanut buttery, and crunchy because of the cacao nibs. To me, they taste like cookie dough… I had trouble eating just one! They will definitely keep you satisfied until your next meal or work out. I discovered Livwell protein powder through Instagram and really like that their ingredients are non-GMO and not soy based. Of course any vegan protein powder will also work.

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Peanut Butter Cacao Nib Protein Bites

  • Servings: 10
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Ingredients

  • 2 tbs peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup cacao nibs
  • 1.5 cups pitted dates
  • 1 scoop of plant based protein powder (I used Livwell brand)
  • 1/2 tbs agave syrup
  • 2 tbs almond milk
  • 2 to 3 tbs shredded coconut (optional topping)

Directions

Place dates in a high powered blender such as Vitamix. Blend on low speed for about 8 minutes – stopping the blender every minute to scrape down the sides. Dates should break apart and then clump together into a paste like consistency. Next, add protein powder, peanut butter, agave syrup, and almond milk and blend until mixture forms a somewhat smooth paste. Remove mixture from blender and into a medium sized bowl and stir in cacao nibs. Divide into 10 equal portions and use hands to form smooth balls. Roll in shredded coconut to coat (optional). Store in refrigerator in an airtight container for 2 to 3 days.

Nutrition Information:

  • Approximate calories per bite: 100 cal
  • Approximate protein per bite: 2.5g protein

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Vitamix 5200 Series Blender, Black

 

 

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