Fibre & Protein Bites

Fibre & Protein Bites

There are a lot of recipes out there that I've never wanted try before, one of the main reasons is because I think they don't really go with my lifestyle. Let me explain, for example, there is this big food culture surrounding bodybuilding, the people who practices this discipline usually has diets that are high in plant and animal proteins, consume a lot less carbs and need a higher caloric intake than regular people.

Exploring a little bit deeper I realised there is a big misconception about these kind of diets and that there are so many recipes that work perfectly for everyday people that practices ordinary or less demanding exercises. I also found that they use ingredients in a very creative way, to maximise its nutritional value and stay fuller for longer. These snacks are the perfect example.

For this recipe I've tried to use ingredients that I usually have in my pantry or are easy to find at any regular supermarket. This snack is perfect for those hunger attacks you get between meals, especially in the afternoon. They are full of energy and fibre, which will help you get through the day because they digest slowly, improve your blood sugar levels, digestion and give you a high nutritional kick with all the vitamin E, magnesium and iron in them.

Here is what you need to make 50 to 55 fibre and protein bites:

  • 90g / 1 cup whole rolled oats
  • 260g / 1 cup almond butter
  • 2 tbsp fibre boost (or just replace with more oats)
  • 55g / 1/2 cup pitted dates (around 12 dates, I'm using Kenta)
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • Desiccated shredded coconut

You have 2 options here, if you want coarser bites, chop the dates really finely and mix all the ingredients together. But if you prefer a finer texture, blend all the ingredients in a food processor for about 2 to 3 minutes on high speed, or until smooth and a "dough ball" forms. I went for the second option.

Make small bite size balls using a melon baller or a teaspoonIf your mixture is too sticky, wet your hands with a little water, mine was fine, so I didn't have to use any water. Spread a thin layer of shredded coconut on a plate and roll the bites in it until fully coated.

Store the ready bites in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 4 weeks. Be careful not to overcrowd them or they will stick to each other.