Get the taste of almond joy candy bar in a healthy, low sugar form with these No Bake Almond Joy Protein Balls.
Just a few simple ingredients come together to make a bite sized dessert or quick snack you'll love!
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Naked Nutrition. The thoughts and opinions in this recipe post are my own and I only recommend products I use and love!
Power balls, bliss balls, whatever you want to call them, these are basically no bake energy bites and they're a delicious sweet treat.
We love Oatmeal bites and I'm coming at you with another tasty variation based on the popular candy bar.
We are always looking for healthy snacks to grab on the go or add to our list of cold lunch ideas. These Almond Joy Energy balls are the perfect snack when your sweet tooth starts sending SOS signals!
Fight back, I say!!
These energy balls taste delicious and the specific ingredients in this recipe have targeted benefits for muscle recovery and optimal joint health.
Yep, chasing kids and getting in and out of a tractors requires good joints!
These almond joy protein bites also have a combo of protein and carbohydrates to aid in optimum muscle recovery and restoring glycogen.
- old fashioned rolled oats
- almond butter - adds some protein and is also the glue that holds these together!
- honey - this adds a touch of sweetness
- coconut flakes - I used unsweetened coconut flakes
- grass-fed whey protein powder - whey protein has a particular ability to fuel and repair muscles as well as increase strength and gains. In particular, whey protein is one of the best protein sources to optimize and maximize muscle protein synthesis after a workout.
- collagen peptides - the collagen in this recipe has a functional role in optimizing joint health and preventing injury. Some studies show that athletes who consume collagen have less joint pain and improved mobility, too!
- pinch of salt
How to make Almond Joy Energy Bites
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. I find it's easiest to mix the almond butter and honey first.
Add the other dry ingredients. Go a little easy on the oatmeal - you may not need every last bit of it.
Give everything a good stir (use those muscles!) until all is incorporated
Use a small cookie scoop to portion into 20 small balls. Use your clean hands to roll them into smooth balls.
Place balls in an airtight container.
Refrigerate for at least 2-3 hours so the oats have a chance to soak up all that goodness!
How to freeze protein bites for later
I like to flash freeze the individual bites on a parchment paper covered baking sheet. Once they're solid, they can go into an airtight container.
Thaw in the fridge for 24 hours or at room temperature for 10-15 minutes before enjoying.
Tips and Variations
- Use maple syrup instead of honey
- Add mini chocolate chips for some extra flavor of the chocolate variety.
I hope you enjoy these protein bites! They're a perfect addition as a cold lunch snack!
Almond Joy Protein Bites
Get the taste of almond joy candy bar in a healthy, low sugar form with these No Bake Almond Joy Protein Balls. Just a few simple ingredients come together to to make a bite sized dessert or quick snack you'll love!
- 1 ½ cup rolled oats
- 1 cup almond butter
- ¼ cup honey
- ¼ cup coconut flakes
- 2 scoops grass-fed whey protein powder
- 1 scoop of collagen peptides
- pinch of salt
- Mix the almond butter and honey in a medium sized bowl until smooth and combine.
- Add remaining ingredients (go gradual with the oats addition - you may need the whole amount or just under depending on the consistency you desire. (We don't want them to be overly dry).
- Stir ingredients until all ingredients are well combined.
- Use a tablespoon or small cookie scoop to make them into 20 small bowls.
- Store in the fridge in an airtight container for 2-3 hours or overnight for best consistency.
Variations: Use maple syrup instead of honey or add mini-chocolate chips.
Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
Energy bites may be frozen for up to three months. To freeze; place the bites on a parchment or waxed paper covered sheet pan. Place in the freezer until they have hardened. Transfer to an airtight container or freezer bag and store until ready to eat.
To thaw: Place in the refrigerator overnight or at room temperature for about 30 minutes.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 130Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 17mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 6g
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