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Brownie Batter Protein Bites are essentially my take on my favorite protein snack bars, Larabars and RX Bars. They are sweetened with dates only and flavored with iron-rich dark chocolate, then protein-boosted with collagen peptides.
Easy Protein Snack
Collagen peptides are a great source of dairy-free protein, and amazing for you gut health, hair, skin and nails. I use the unflavored protein in my recipe, but there are vanilla or chocolate versions out there that would be just as amazing.
I wanted to make an energy bite with the collagen in them just as an easy backup to having bars on hand. These are a bit cheaper and more customizable as well. I like to package single servings up in freezer bags and throw them in my gym bag and they are thawed, but not melted by the time my workout it through.
Eat Chocolate Without Guilt
Did you know that dark chocolate is great source of iron? Most women are iron deficient. I, myself, have difficulty getting as much iron as I would like.
If iron deficiency is a persistent problem it can lead to all sorts of troublesome outcomes, such as hair loss, brittle nails, fatigue and a whole host more. So do your hair and nails a favor and make a double batch of these chocolatey protein snacks!
More Chocolate Recipes
- Dark Chocolate Glazed Nuts – Low sugar treat made in the Instant Pot!
- Peppermint Mocha Protein Bites – better than Thin Mints and date-sweetened!
- Peanut Butter Swirl Avocado Brownies – Rich, fudgy brownies without any oil!
Brownie Batter Protein Bites
What You Need
- 1 cups dates, pitted
- 3 scoops collagen peptides ((33g))
- 1/4 cup creamy, salted, unsalted nut butter
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder ((plus extra for dusting, if desired))
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (alcohol free, if possible)
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil ((optional))
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips (sugar, diary free (optional))
- 1/4 cup raw walnuts
How to Make It
- Add the chocolate chips and walnuts to the food processor and pulse 5-10 times until they are evenly distributed throughout the mixture.
- Using a cookie dough scoop, grab 1 tablespoon at a time and press into balls. The heat from handling the mixture will soften them a bit, so they will need to be chilled for 5-10 minutes to set.
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