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Chocolate Oatmeal Energy Candy Bites

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FitMenCook

My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is truly a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and enjoying adequate exercise. By experimenting in the kitchen and openly sharing my meals, I learned that healthy eating is hardly boring and that by making a few adjustments, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my personal fitness goals. Our bodies are built in the kitchen and sculpted in the gym.

Calories 130
Protein 6g
Fat 8g
Carbs 15g
Total Time 15 minutes

When you need a pick me up and don’t wanna reach for a candy bar, reach for real delicious food instead.  It’ll satisfy and nourish.  Here’s my favorite base recipe for an “energy bar” that I like to make even smaller for bites.  Remember, snacks should help hold you over until your next meal, so no need to make these completely satisfying – these are perfect to curb hunger and sweet cravings.

You can make these into bites, as shown here, or make thick bars – it largely depends on you and your needs.

Here are 4 ways to customize this recipe:

  • Use a combination of dried fruit to use with the dates.  For example, add in few dried cherries to give the bars a fruity flavor.
  • Swap almond butter with peanut butter or cashew butter.
  • Spice it up with your favorite dried herbs, seasonings and spices.
  • Boost protein by incorporate your favorite flavor of lean protein powder (meaning protein with 0g fats and 0g carbs)
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Chocolate Oatmeal Energy Candy Bites

Ingredients

Ingredients for 24 bites

  • 3/4 cup uncooked oatmeal
  • 60g unflavored protein powder
    • I used collagen peptide protein.  I highly recommend using it OR substituting with an isolate whey protein with 0g fats and 0g carbs.  Depending on which type of protein powder you use, you may need more/less dates for sweetness and to help with binding, OR you may need more/less nut butter.  The thicker the protein powder is, the more dates and nut butter you will need to add in order to make it dense like a bar.
    • You can also use vanilla or chocolate flavored protein powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
  • 14 (263g) pitted dates
    • Note: I soaked my dates in water for 5 minutes before blending in order to soften them and make them easier to blend. 
  • 1 measured cup (16 tablespoons) almond butter (with oil)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5oz no-sugar added dark chocolate baking bar with Stevia (I used Lily’s brand)
Steps
  1. Add oatmeal, protein and cinnamon to a food processor or high powered blender.  Blend until you have a fine powder like flour.
  2. Add the pitted dates, nut butter and extract.  Note: I soaked my dates in water for 5 minutes before blending in order to soften them and make them easier to blend. Pulse blend until you have a sticky, chunky mixture.
  3. Scoop out the batter onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper.  The smaller the tray, the thicker (higher) your bars will be, so select the size that coincides with your desired thickness.  Spread it evenly on the sheet and pat/mash it down so it is packed in.  Place in the freezer as you prepare the chocolate.
  4. Place chocolate bar (or chunks) in a microwaveable safe bowl and microwave for 1 to 2 minutes until melted.  Remove the tray from the freezer and evenly spread the melted chocolate on top of the oat & protein mix.
  5. Place in the freezer for 1 hour (or fridge for 2 hours), then remove and cut into your desired portions.  Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 2 weeks or freezer for 1 month.

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Calories
130
Protein
6g
Fat
8g
Carbs
15g
Sodium
Fiber
4g
Sugar
8g
About the author

FitMenCook

My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is truly a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and enjoying adequate exercise. By experimenting in the kitchen and openly sharing my meals, I learned that healthy eating is hardly boring and that by making a few adjustments, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my personal fitness goals. Our bodies are built in the kitchen and sculpted in the gym.