Vegan Protein Energy Bites
Vegan Protein Energy Bites- Made in one bowl with just 8 pantry ingredients, each energy bite packs in 4 grams of protein! Super easy to make and they taste great too.
As easy as it is to find packaged plant-based protein snacks on the market, I have yet to find any that I like more than these homemade energy bites. I pop one or two in my mouth on my way to the gym in the morning and they give me enough energy to power through my entire workout.
They are also kid friendly, made with wholesome ingredients (assuming you use a quality protein powder) and come together super fast in just one bowl.
Vegan Protein Energy Bite Ingredients
- Natural Nut Butter- I prefer to use peanut butter because it’s my all-time favorite but any nut, (or seed) butter will work so long as it’s natural which means no added oils or sugars. Nut butters with added oils have a thicker consistency so they won’t incorporate as easily as a drippy nut butter. Additionally, they will change the moisture content and ultimately the end result will be different.
- Pure Maple Syrup- Maple syrup adds sweetness and moisture to the energy bites while also keeping them vegan. Honey, date syrup or agave nectar are potential substitutes but keep in mind they may require a little tweaking of the recipe since honey tends to be thicker than maple syrup.
- Vanilla Extract- Alcohol free vanilla extract is my go-to for no bake treats as you can use more without adverse effects. If all you have is alcohol-based vanilla then you may want to reduce the amount to 1/2 teaspoon.
- Plant-Based Protein Powder- The recipe was created using a plain, unsweetened protein powder. You are welcome to use whatever flavor you want but I would recommend sticking with an unsweetened variety as the bites will be overly sweet with the included maple syrup.
- Quick Cooking Rolled Oats- I like to use Bob’s Red Mill Organic Quick Cooking Rolled Oats for no-bake recipes as I find them easier to chew and digest. They also happen to be certified gluten-free which means they are processed in a dedicated gluten-free facility.
- Chia or Hemp Seeds- These are added simply for a boost of nutrition so you can omit them if necessary. Just keep in mind it will decrease the protein content ever so slightly.
- Salt- Just a bit of salt helps round of the sweetness in the bites. If you are using salted peanut butter then be sure to omit the added salt.
- Chocolate Chips- Is there a better combination than chocolate and peanut butter? Not in my book. Be sure to use dairy-free dark chocolate chips to keep these vegan and low in sugar.
How to Make Vegan Protein Energy Bites
- Whisk together peanut butter, maple syrup, vanilla, and water.
- Add protein powder, oats, hemp or chia seeds, and salt. Stir until a dough forms. If the dough seems to dry or crumbly, add another tablespoon of water at a time until it holds together when pressed between your fingers.
- Fold in chocolate chips.
- Roll the dough into balls. That’s it!
I’m telling you, these could not be easier to make and they are so dang tasty! They can also be easily modified if you want to change up the flavors. You can add ground cinnamon with raisins instead of chocolate chips or use cashew butter with orange zest and cranberries…the possibilities are endless!
Want more healthy snack ideas?
- Superfood Fig Energy Bites
- Healthy No-Bake Brownie Bites
- Dark Chocolate Pistachio Bliss Bites
- 5-Ingredient No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars
Vegan Protein Energy Bites
- ½ cup natural creamy peanut butter, should have a drippy consistency
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3-4 tablespoons water
- 1 cup quick cooking rolled oats, can also use regular rolled oats
- ⅓ cup plant-based protein powder
- 1 tablespoons chia or hemp seeds
- ¼ teaspoon salt, omit if peanut butter has added salt
- ¼ cup mini chocolate chips
- In a large bowl, stir together peanut butter, pure maple syrup, vanilla extract and water.
- To the bowl, add the oats, protein powder, chia or hemp seeds and salt. Fold together until everything is evenly combined and a dough forms. It should hold together when pressed between your fingers. If it seems to dry or crumbly, add more water, starting with 1 tablespoon at a time. Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Using a tablespoon, scoop out the dough and roll into about 20 balls. Enjoy immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
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