Saturday, November 16, 2013

Healthy Protein Snack Bites

Do any of you have trouble with mid-afternoon munchies?  I don't really have a sweet tooth, but in the middle of the afternoon, I get craving chocolate or peanutbutter, or something else just a little sweet.  

I looked high and low and found these two recipes that really help me, with 100 calories or less, to satisfy the afternoon hunger-monster. 

Peanut Butter & Pumpkin Bars
1/2 cup vanilla protein powder
1 tbsp peanut butter
1/2 cup quinoa flakes
1/4 cup pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
1/8 cup whole milk (can use almond or soy milk)
1 tbsp coconut flour
1/4 cup + 2tbsp flaked coconut

Combine all ingredients, except the 2 tbsp coconut. Shape into bars. Coat each bar by gently pressing it into the flaked coconut (the 2 tbsp that you set aside). Store in fridge or freezer.
One batch = 848 calories.
(I made 8 bars, so my bars are 106 calories each) Feel free to make the size that is right for you.

Pumpkin Peanut Butter Protein Balls
1/4 cup pumpkin puree (not pie mix)

1/4 cup peanut butter
1 cup oatmeal

2 scoops protein powder
1tbsp vanilla extract
1tbsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tbsp cinnamon
3 packets of stevia
Mix ingredients well, form into balls and keep in the refrigerator.