To make the cut as a "fueling recipe" on The Athlete's Parent, the recipe must be healthy, fueling, yummy, and easy to fit into the busy schedules that athletes' families have. These Protein Packed Energy Bites are a perfect match! We even asked Amy Goodson, MS, RD, CSSD, LD, Sports Dietitian if these bites really do the job.
"Energy bites are a great protein-carb-healthy fat snack for athletes of any age, be it as a snack during school or for pre/post workout. Paired with milk, they can even be a breakfast on the go! The combination of nutrients is essential to stabilize blood sugar and thus energy throughout class or a workout. They can also be a great outdoor sport snack as they don't have to be refrigerated. Win-win!"
- Amy Goodson, MS, RD, CSSD, LD, Sports Dietitian
To make your own Protein Packed Energy Bites You will need only 5 Ingredients:
1 cup oats
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup whey protein - vanilla or chocolate
1/4 cup honey
1/3 cup mini dark chocolate chips
*When purchasing whey protein, look for one that is NSF Certified for Sport to ensue no lacing of supplements. You can see a full list of NSF Certified products at www.nsfsport.com.
Add all of the ingredients into a mixing bowl and stir until the oats are evenly coated. If you find your mixture is a bit dry or crumbly you can drizzle in more honey to bind the ingredients together. Just don't over do the honey or you'll have a sticky mess. Once the ingredients are mixed, refrigerate the mixture for 1 hour, or pop it in the freezer for about 20 minutes to make it easier to form. Roll tablespoon amounts into small balls and your Protein Packed Energy Bites are ready to start fueling your athletes...and on-the-go- Athlete's Parents ;)
The ingredients don't require refrigeration, but my kids prefer them cold, so I store them in a sealed container in the refrigerator. They're a family favorite! My kids love them as a yummy treat, and I feel good knowing that I'm providing my young athletes with fuel to help them perform their best!