Cinnamon Oat Protein Bites
Cinnamon Oat Protein Bites are my new favorite snack to have on hand. Easy to make, no weird ingredients, full of protein, and absolutely delicious to boot! What more could you ask for when you’re craving something sweet?
THE WINTER GRIND
We’re officially in what I like to call the “winter grind”. Pretty much my favorite time of year! A lot of playing outside and burning A TON of calories. Snowboarding, skiing, hiking the dogs, building jumps in the backyard, having snowball fights, sledding, and throughout it all, just trying to stay warm. The whole Mountain Mama crew is tired AF. Tired from having the most fun ever but tired none the less.
WHERE DOES ALL THE FOOD GO?
Between school, after school activities, homework, being professional weekend warriors, work, regular workouts, and trying to fit in some downtime and family time, I swear this past month has gone by in a blur. I often joke that I run a restaurant out of my house. The amount of food my kiddos go through is astounding. Big breakfasts, full lunch boxes, hearty after school snacks, and what feels like a bottomless dinner. My husband and I are not far behind. Our grocery bill is off the charts right now!
CINNAMON OAT PROTEIN BITES
It’s rare that there isn’t some sort of homemade treat in the fridge or donning our kitchen counter. Sometimes it’s muffins, sometimes it’s cookies, this week it’s our favorite trail mix, and last week it was these Cinnamon Oat Protein Bites.
I’m so not afraid of sugar or indulging a little. It’s all about balance. I would way rather give my kids (and myself) something homemade than processed from the grocery store so you’ll find me in the kitchen just about every week making some sort of sweet treat. While I don’t fully consider these a treat…..they’re more of a “power snack”….they’re sweet none the less and perfect whether its a mid afternoon pick me up or lunchbox dessert.
INGREDIENTS FOR CINNAMON OAT PROTIEN BITES
My not so secret ingredient for this protein balls is Kodiak Cakes Cinnamon Oat Power Cakes Mix. If you haven’t had it- change that asap. Basically they make super delicious, protein-packed pancake and waffle mixes. Kodiak Cakes is pretty much the only mix I buy anymore for pancakes and it makes for a delicious base for protein balls. I love the texture and consistency. Bonus that they’re local and based out of my hometown, Park City, Utah.
Cinnamon Oat Power Cakes or 1 cup any protein pancake mix + 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
Trader Joes Dark Chocolate Cacao Nibs or dark chocolate mini chips
Collagen Peptides or 1 scoop your favorite protein powder
MAKING AND STORING PROTEIN BITES
Full of all pantry ingredients, this is a super simple recipe. It’s a one-bowl-mix-it-all-together kind of recipe. You can use a small cookie scoop to make even balls or just use a tablespoon and your hands- always my method! Once the protein bites are made, I store them in an air-tight glass tupperware. Freezing the protein bites is an option but I never do. They store beautifully in the fridge and last for a solid week to 10 days. I pop the protein bites in my kiddo’s lunchboxes, and they’re my go to pocket snack when I’m snowboarding.
Stay warm (and full!), friends! Happy New Year and, as always, thanks for reading and being here! xo, KelleyPrint
A healthy- and totally delicious- protein bite recipe full of pantry ingredients!
- 2/3 cup honey
- 1 cup nut butter- any will work- peanut, almond, mixed…
- 1 1/2 cups Kodiak Cakes Cinnamon Oat Power Cakes Mix
- 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 scoop collagen peptides
- 2 tablespoons hemp seeds
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips or dark chocolate cacao nibs
- In a large bowl mix honey and nut butter until throughly mixed together.
- Add oats, shredded coconut, collagen peptides, hemp seeds, chia seeds, vanilla, and kosher salt. Mix until combined. Stir in chocolate chips.
- Using a small cookie scoop or a large tablespoon divide the mixture into 30-36 balls.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.
photos by Deborah DeKoff/ recipe by me