These no-bake chocolate and coconut protein bites are a quick way to not only satisfy a sweet tooth but depending on the ingredients you choose, can also work as a pre and post workout meal. If that is your goal, I suggest excluding the extra fats like nuts in your recipe. These protein bites have a good balance of protein, fats and are packing a nice amount of carbs. Placing them pre and post workout is an obvious choice. Ideally, keep these meals a bit on the lower side of fat intake. If you don't mind additional calories from fat, then by all means, add away!
Another important aspect to this recipe is the kind of protein used. I chose a brand that is higher in protein and lower in fat.
For the sake of creativity, I created a list of potential add ins. Here are the optimal ingredients for no bake recipes. Feel free to try any not listed here, as long as you account for all of the macronutrients in your final nutrition break down.
- medjool dates – natural sweetener and base of recipe.
- hemp seeds – healthy fats, creamy texture.
- shredded coconut – binding, adds richness as well as delicious coconut flavor.
- protein powder – boost the protein content, adds richness of flavor and sweetness.
- nut butters – try peanut, almond, walnut with cashew or cashew.
- tahini – high in iron, unique flavour, nut-free.
- chia seeds – rich in antioxidants and vitamins.
- stevia – natural sweetener.
Find your blend. The base of a no bake recipe consists of 1 cup of medjool dates. For nut lovers, blend in 1 cup of nuts of your choice. You may use almonds, cashews, pecans, walnuts or hazelnuts, all are delicious. You may add in either oats or shredded coconut to add a texture needed for binding the bites together. From there, try adding cacao or cocoa powder to make them brownie bites or almond or cashew butter for more flavour and decadence. I prefer to begin with the medjool dates and keep adding ingredients until I reach a flavour and consistency that I’m happy with and that meet my macronutrient goals. Feel free to experiment to suit your preference.
Chocolate and Coconut protein bites (vegan and gluten-free)
Plant-based treat that may be a snack, a meal or anytime of the day.
Packed with good ratios of protein, carbs and fats.
May also be used pre and post workout!
Here are my Chocolate and Coconut Protein bites.
1/4 cup (28 g) Vega Performance Protein Chocolate
For use of this recipe and accurate macro totals, I chose this protein powder.
1 cup (225 g) packed pitted medjool dates
1/2 cup (50 g) quick oats
1/4 cup (25 g) unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4 cup (40 g) hemp seeds
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp vanilla bean powder
1/4 tsp Himalayan Sea salt
Place all ingredients in a food processor or high-powered blender.
Mix until it forms a dough.
Roll into balls.
Divide the number of balls created into the total macronutrients used in your recipe for nutrition accuracy.
Store in the refrigerator.
If your dates aren’t soft, soak in hot water for 10 minutes and drain before using. For best results, use fresh, soft medjool dates.
Serving Size: 1 ball