Gluten-Free Honey Oat Protein Bites
About a year ago, when I still lived in central Illinois, I was given this recipe from a friend and fellow Mommy. She was on a mission to get more fit and make some long lasting, healthy changes in her life. One of her discoveries was this recipe that she got off Pinterest. As a rockstar mom of boys, she was looking for a quick, homemade snack that she could make ahead and share with the whole family and this fit the bill. (Personally, I think she just needed a quick bite of something that would keep her on the move. Why are boys so exhausting?) She was so surprised at how delicious they were, she made sure to share it with everyone she knew! I recently started experimenting with all variations of no bake, granola-type, snack bite kind of recipes and thought I would start with this one.
Score! I am a huge peanut butter and chocolate fan so this was one of the flavors that was top on my list. Man, are they good! I have several family members and friends that are gluten-free due to celiacs disease or other health issues so I am psyched to be able to pass this on to them! My Mom used to make something similar to this when I was a kid so I can’t help but feel like these are kind of a retro snack making a comeback as a food fad. There are so many recipes similar to this that are floating around the internet, I am glad to have narrowed them down to just one! I am still working on another version; different flavors so that we all get some variety, but I’ll leave that for another day. For now, know that these awesome little bombs of heart healthy flax and oats are a powerhouse of good things for your bod!
My initial taste testers of this recipe, who coincidentally eat GF and include at least one health professional, all gave a full stamp of approval. They liked that you can really taste the ingredients, which in my opinion, makes them that much more scrumptious. My kids went crazy for them and have requested they be tucked in their lunches, sent for snack, or both! My husband is a runner and even though he has had them as a boost before and after his runs, the rest of the time I need to physically separate him from the container. While they are healthy and full of good things, too many would really up your calorie intake. So don’t eat them like popcorn!
Ultimately, they are just a smart, easy, kid and adult friendly food that is a good idea. They are a faster, more simple recipe than making a full batch of granola bars and easy enough for your kids to make by themselves! They last for quite awhile stored properly in the fridge and can be frozen too. Very convenient if you are little, grown, single, married, new parents, old parents…or a rockstar mom of boys.
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Gluten-Free Honey Oat Protein Bites
Recipe via Danielle (friend of BP) via Pinterest
These can be altered a bit depending on your tastes. I have specified substitutions where applicable.
1 c peanut butter or almond butter
1 c ground flax seeds
2 c rolled oats, gluten free if desired
1/2 c mini chocolate chips or 1 c raisins or dried cranberries
2/3 c honey, preferably raw
Combine all ingredients in a bowl with a wooden spoon. Cover and chill until the mixture firms up. Scoop by level tablespoonfuls and roll between the palms of your hands until they are smooth and round. Chill. Enjoy! Can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for…I don’t know! We always eat them too fast! 🙂 I like to freeze them in bags of six to pull out later and make them last longer.