You know what happens at 3, 4 p.m. when all of a sudden it’s like “OK i’m ready for a nap.” Then the next minute your stomach is growling, you’re getting hangrier by the second and you’re thinking “Isn’t it dinner time yet?” Yup, that’s me like ery day. It’s times like these when you need to open the fridge and gorge on the leftover cookie-dough? No, no my friends. That will only make your problems worse when all of a sudden you’re on a sugar high, then CRASH. You feel sick, unenergized and dinner becomes calling your local pizza joint.
I don’t call these chocolate fudge power bites for nothing. They are packed with healthy, nutrient-dense ingredients that will give you long-lasting energy and give you that extra boost you need in the p.m.
For these little powerhouse treats, you will only need FIVE ingredients! That’s what I’m talking about.
For the peanuts, I used honey-roasted from Trader Joes. Honey roasted is optional…but not really. The little added crunch and sweetness is sooo worth the drive to Trader Joes. Some people aren’t blessed with a Trader Joes 15 minutes from their house, and if that’s the case, feel free to substitute with plain old roasted peanuts. It will still be delish.
Almonds: roasted and lightly salted is the WAY. TO. GO.
As for the dates, make sure you get natural dates with no added sugar. The added sugar doubles the total sugar in each power bite, and we’re going for long-lasting energy here, not the instant blood-sugar spike you get from added sugar.
Let’s talk protein powder. I recommend Orgain’s plant-based creamy chocolate fudge. It’s all-natural and adds the perfect amount of fudgy deliciousness to these power bites.
OK, enough talk. Go fight those 4 p.m. blues.
- 1/4 cup natural peanut butter
- 1/4 cup honey roasted peanuts
- 1/2 cup roasted almonds (lightly salted)
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder (I recommend Orgain plant based)
- 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
- 8-12 pitted dates (see notes)
- 1-2 Tbsp. water (start with 1 and if it's still powdery, add another tablespoon until a sticky dough forms.)
- Combine all ingredients in a high-powered blender or food processor and mix together until a soft dough forms.
- Form into balls. (Should make about 10).
- Store in the refrigerator in an air-tight container for up to one week.
Depending on the size of your dates, you may only need 8, or up to 12. Start with 8 and keep adding them until the dough is no longer powdery and sticks together easily when rolled in a ball.