My mom adventures in Fort Collins


Fast food: Mama’s Power Bites version 2.0
October 22, 2012, 1:19 pm
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A while ago, this awesome mommy blogger that I read posted a recipe (she calls them “anti-recipes,” which is hilarious) for Mama’s Power Bites. You can check out her version here. I played around with her version, made several batches over the last few months and came up with this.

Not only is this delicious, it’s also packed with protein, void of most senseless sugar (I mean, I had to put a little bit of chocolate in it… I’m only human), and rich in good fat. These are satisfying little bites of goodness. And the best part? You don’t even have to turn on your oven! Just get out your food processor and chill in the fridge. I just made a batch and gave it to a mommy that has a newborn–perfect snack for a nursing, busy mom. Hence the name: Mama’s Power Bite.

The finished power bites

Mama’s Power Bites

Ingredients:

1 cup raw almonds (or raw cashews)

1/8 cup coconut oil (melted)

¼ cup honey or brown rice syrup (or combination of both)

3 pitted dates

3 Tablespoons of protein powder (optional—I use Shaklee Soy protein)

1 cup of grains—I like to use a combination of whole oats and Ezekial cereal

Melted chocolate (optional)

My ingredients in harsh light. If you have never seen the Ezekial cereal, it’s great in this recipe! It’s packed with protein (8 g in a 1/2 cup) and has the crunchy consistency of Grape Nuts.

Directions:

In a food processor, begin with the almonds (or cashews) and grind. Add the melted coconut oil and honey/brown rice syrup, blend again. Add pitted dates and protein powder (if using), blend again. Now, a big ball of doughy-like substance will have formed. Dump this into a big bowl, add your grains and mix with your hands (like you’re making meatloaf). Now press the mixture into ice cube trays, muffin tins, mini-muffin tins, or just press it into a pan and cut it into squares later. Finally, if you want just an eensy weensy bite of sweetness, melt about ¼ cup of chocolate chips in your microwave and dot each “bite” with a bit of chocolate. Allow to harden in the fridge. Makes about 20 bites if you use the ice cube tray trick as I did. Keep these puppies stored in your fridge so that they remain solid and not soft.

Pressed into the ice cube tray, some with their chocolate topping and some “naked”

Using the ingredients that I used in this particular batch, I came up with this: Raw almonds—20 g protein, Protein powder—14g protein, Grains—approximately 14 g protein. That’s 2.4 g of protein per bite, plus healthy fats and fiber!

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4 Comments so far
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They are quitet tasty, for adults too!

Comment by Lacey

Aw, thanks Lacey! I’m working on a new recipe, a little chewier… I think you will approve!

Comment by jaymers

Great idea! I will have to make these and see if my dudes like them! 🙂

Comment by jeandayfriday

Do let me know if they achieve “dude approval”! I can only hope for such an honor!

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