Chocolate Hazelnut Protein Bites

Chocolate Hazelnut Protein Bites

We love the idea of protein bites – a nutrient-dense bite of food that gives you a boost of energy on-the-go. Unfortunately, many of the protein bars or protein bites on the market are jam-packed with additives, sugars, and artificial ingredients. Rather than splurging on commericial power bites – why not try making your own? Try Chef Kenzie’s ultra-fudgy chocolate hazelnut protein bites, then customize them to make a quick-and-easy snack that’ll boost your energy all day long.

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Store-Bought Protein Bars

What really is in your protein bar? Unfortunately, many commercial protein bars are made with highly processed ingredients that can be triggering or potentially harmful to your health journey. Depending on the protein bar you choose, you may notice ingredients such as: maltodextrin soluble corn fibre, maltitol syrup, sugar, tapioca starch, artificial colors (or dyes), and other potentially harmful ingredients.  Some protein bars, on the other hand, DO contain beneficial, wholesome ingredients. If you are looking for a few brands that are AH Phase 2 or compliant, try some of Chef Kenzie’s favorites…

Not sure if your favorite protein bar contains hidden sugars? Check out our “45 Ways to say Sugar” infographic below.

Homemade Protein Bites

Rather than opting for expensive (often highly-processed) store-bought protein bars – why not try making your own with your favorite wholesome ingredients? Chef Kenzie’s recipe below features hazelnut butter, cashew butter, dark chocolate, collagen protein powder, and vanilla – but the possibilities for ingredient combinations are endless! Try the following variations, or experiment with your own…

  • Replace vanilla extract with orange zest, orange extract, almond extract, or another food grade extract/essential oil of your choice.
  • Replace cashew and hazelnut butter with peanut butter, almond butter, or pumpkin seed butter.
  • Add about 1/4 cup of unsweetened shredded coconut to the batter (this will increase the fat content per serving).
  • Rather than making protein bites, make a protein spread (for Waffles, Pancakes, or to mix into yogurt parfaits) by replacing 1 ounce of dark chocolate with an additional 2 tbsp of nut butter.
  • Add freeze-dried fruits (or dried fruit) to the batter.

What flavors will you try? Comment your favorite protein bite combination below or share a photo of your bites in our Facebook Group – we always love to see what you’ve been making!

Choosing A Protein Powder for your Protein Bites

Although we don’t recommend consuming protein powder on a daily basis, it can sometimes be beneficial to increase your total protein intake. When choosing a protein powder, be sure to look for added sugars and potentially triggering ingredients (such as artificial sugars). Experiment with a few types and pay special attention to how your body is feeling.

Collagen Protein

  • We like to use collagen protein powder due to its neutral flavor and health benefits.
  • Works well in both cooked and raw preparations.
  • Collagen protein is NOT vegan/vegetarian-friendly (the protein comes from the bones of animals).
  • Neutral flavored.

Whey Protein

  • Whey protein is one of the most bioavailable protein powder types (meaning our body can utilize the protein efficiently and effectively).
  • Works well in both cooked and raw preparations.
  • Whey protein is milk-based protein (may not appropriate for those who are dairy-free).
  • Neutral flavored.

Pea Protein Protein

  • A complete vegetarian protein (contains all essential amino acids).
  • Similar muscular gain results as whey protein.
  • Has a gritty texture and a strong “pea” flavor.

Looking for More Quick-and-Easy Recipe Ideas?

Check out our downloadable meal planning classes. Each class comes with an eBook including a Specialized One-Week Meal Plan and Prep Sheet, or Specialized Recipes, as well as Additional Resources prepared by Chef Dawn Ludwig and Chef Kenzie Osborne. Each class also has the option to add-on downloadable presentation slides for more recipes and extra resources.

Chocolate Hazelnut Protein Bites

Chocolate Hazelnut Protein Bites

Chef Kenzie Osborne
Chef Kenzie shares her variation of our Mint Power Balls (Always Delicious pg. 279)
Prep Time 5 mins
Chilling Times 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Servings 12 bites

Ingredients
  

  • 2 ounces dark chocolate, 75% or greater (Chef Kenzie uses 90%)
  • cup cashew butter
  • cup hazelnut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 scoops collagen protein powder (equivalent to 40 grams of protein)

Instructions
 

  • Melt the dark chocolate in a double broiler or in a microwave.
  • Mix the melted chocolate with cashew butter, hazelnut butter, and vanilla. Mix until smooth.
  • Add the protein powder and mix until fully incorporated. The batter will be quite thick.
  • Divide into 12 silicone mini muffin tins OR scoop into 12 balls and place on a silicone sheet pan. Refrigerate for 15 minutes, or until the chocolate is set. Remove from the muffin tins or sheet pan and store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.

Notes

Nutrition (Per Bite)

Fat: 9g
Carbohydrates: 5g
Protein: 6g
Calories: 120

Nutrition (Full Meal - Waffles)

Melt 1 bite over a warm Grain-Free Waffle. Top with 1/2 cup 2% Greek yogurt and 1/2 cup sliced berries (or serve the yogurt and berries on the side). 
Fat: 51%
Carbohydrates: 27%
Protein: 22%
Calories: 540

Nutrition (Full Meal - Parfait)

Melt or chop 2 bites over a bowl of 3/4 cup plain, whole-milk Greek yogurt. Top with 3/4 cup sliced berries.
Fat: 50%
Carbohydrates: 27%
Protein: 23%
Calories: 500
 
Keyword Dairy-Free, Phase 1, Quick and Easy

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