The cookie dough-like texture of these Vanilla Maple Chocolate Chip Protein Bites make them a healthy snack you’ll love to eat. They’re also paleo, vegan, gluten-free and grain-free!
- 3 chopped pitted Medjool dates
- 3/4 cup almond flour
- 1/4 cup vanilla protein powder of choice
- pinch of sea salt
- 1/2 cup natural almond butter
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp each vanilla extract and cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp maple extract (optional, for an even more noticeable maple flavour)
- 1/2 cup dairy-free chocolate chips, chopped dark chocolate or cacao nibs
- Chop the dates into small pieces and set them in a bowl of warm water for about 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile, stir together the almond flour, protein powder and sea salt in a large bowl.
- Discard all but about 2 tbsp water from the dates. Pour the dates and reserved soaking water and in the food processor. Whirl until they’re as broken down as you can get them.
- Add the almond butter, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon and maple extract (if using). Continue processing until smooth, scraping down the edges of the processor bowl as needed.
- Gradually add the flour mixture to the processor, whirling to incorporate. If it looks too dry, add 1-2 tbsp water. (A little goes a long way!)
- Once even in consistency, pour the dough back into the big bowl. Knead in the chocolate chips.
- Wrap the dough in a ball and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes.*
- Roll into 12 balls and store in the fridge, or sealed in the freezer.
*The chilling time isn’t absolutely mandatory, but I find that the dough is easier to work with when cold.
- Category: snack
- Method: no-bake
Keywords: energy bites, protein bites, gluten free, dairy free, paleo, grain free, snack, chocolate, vegan