Chocolate Protein Bites
When I get a sweet tooth, the temptations to overindulge on the candy always stocked in my office hits me hard, especially when I have to walk past it every morning when I come in. These protein chocolate bites are a perfect answer to those cravings - each of these bites are full of protein, but has enough chocolate to satisfy the cravings. While this is not Whole 30 approved, I feel that restricting yourself entirely can cause me to go off the deep end, so once in a while having a treat is a good solution. WARNING - do not eat more than two of these at a time, keep the sugar intake to a minimum. I do not make a habit of eating more than one or two of these bad boys at a time because of the honey in them, but one is enough to keep me full because of the fiber and protein.
1 cup of almond butter
1 1/2 cups of sliced almonds
8 dried black figs, stems removed
1/2 cup flaxseed meal/flour
4 tablespoons of raw honey
1-2 scoops of chocolate protein powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt
1/2 cup of chocolate chips
Add all the ingredients minus the chocolate chips to a food processor. Blend until the figs are completely broken down. Remove the mixture from the food processor and stir in the chocolate chips.
MEG'S TIP: Meg used a blender at first; use a good food processor since blenders are usually used for liquids.
Using a tablespoon, scoop out the balls and roll with your hands. Feel free to enjoy your delicious sweet protein bites, or stick them into the fridge for storing.
MEG'S AFTERTHOUGHTS: With anything that is considered a dessert, you have to keep portion control in mind. These are very much NOT whole 30 compliant, but if you are going to go for something sweet, these are a good way to get protein and fiber in with the chocolate. I take these hiking - I freeze them the night before, stick a few into a tupperware and throw them into my backpack. Do not eat more than one or two of these bad boys at a time.