No Bake Protein Bites
One of the key ingredients in these protein balls are chia seeds - an edible seed that originates from a desert plant, salvia hispanica, grown in Mexico. Chia seeds are rich in omega 3 fatty acids, protein, fibre, and calcium. Just 2 tbsp of chia contains the same amount of calcium as 100 grams of yogurt and almost double the amount of omega 3 fats in 1/4 cup walnuts. This Omega Protein bite makes a great, low sugar granola bar alternative for on-the-go breakfast or snacks.
1 cup whole oats, dried
2 tbsp pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds), chopped into pieces OR 1.5 tbsp hemp seeds
1/4 cup almonds, chopped into pieces
1/4 cup soaked chia seeds (take ~2 tbsp chia seeds and add ~1/2 cup water. Let soak until the chia absorbes the water)
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
2 tbsp honey
1 tsp cinnamon, ground
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Get messy! Use your (clean) hands to mix and blend. Roll into 12 balls and place in the freezer on a cookie sheet for 5 minutes. Store in the fridge.
Makes 12-14 bites
Each bite contains ~ 125 calories, 6 grams mono- and polyunsaturated fats, 5 grams protein, 3 grams fibre, and 3 grams sugar
Submitted by Brooke Bulloch, RD