If you are looking for an easy and delicious way to sneak in more protein, I’ve got you covered! These no-bake, double protein cranberry almond energy bites will please the pickiest of picky eaters. You may find yourself having to make some more in no time! The double protein in this recipe comes from protein powder and powdered collagen. I’ve written about the benefits of collagen before, but I wanted to incorporate collagen protein in more than just my daily coffee and green smoothies.
I have recently doubled-down on my love for fitness. Next week I will share with you my new fitness routine. Since I’m burning more calories than with my previous fitness routine, I find myself needing little snacks throughout the day. Instead of reaching for junk food, I thought I’d plan ahead and prepare little morsels to tide me over between meals. These also serve to give me a boost before my workouts. Today’s recipe has all the things that are good for aiding with a fat loss plan: low-glycemic carbs, protein, and good fats.
Oatmeal is the low-glycemic carb here. It is a great option for breakfast, for energy before your workout, or even to replenish glycogen stores post-workout. Oatmeal gives you energy without spiking your insulin. It’s important to have low-glycemic carbs if you want to burn fat. The moment your body produces a spike of insulin (in response to high-glycemic carbs) your body stops burning fat.
Each of these double protein cranberry almond energy bites have 5g of protein thanks to the organic plant-based protein powder and the collagen peptides. There is also protein in the oatmeal and almond butter, which helps make this snack pack a powerful punch. You could easily swap the almond butter for peanut butter, however, I prefer the cleaner taste of almond butter.
The key with this recipe is to keep mixing the ingredients even when it seems like you’ll need more liquid. I added a couple of dashes of almond milk (already factored into the nutrition information) to help facilitate the mixing. Too much liquid and you’ll have a harder time keeping the balls from falling apart. You can always add more almond flour or oatmeal to help bind the ingredients if needed. For easier storage, I popped them into my deviled eggs container. Easy!
You could easily swap out the cranberries for chocolate chips to have more of a coconut macaroon flavor. The possibilities are endless. Enjoy!
Double Protein Cranberry Almond Energy Bites
- 2 cups oatmeal
- ⅓ cup almond flour
- 1 scoop vanilla plant-based protein powder
- 2 scoops collagen powder
- ½ cup almond butter
- ⅓ cup almond milk
- 4 tbsp raw honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ⅓ cup sweetened shredded coconut
- ½ cup cranberries
- 2 tsp flaxseed
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon (optional)
- ¼ tsp ground cloves (optional)
- In a large bowl combine the dry ingredients.
- Soften the almond butter in the microwave for 15-30 seconds. Add to the mixing bowl.
- Add the honey and the vanilla extract to the melted almond butter.
- Mix well, adding a small splash of almond milk if needed.
- Scoop out mixture with a cookie batter scooper. Form protein balls by rolling the scoop in your hand. Arrange the protein balls on a plate.
- Cover and refrigerate for two hours.