So earlier this week I was lying in bed when I had a craving come over me very intensely. I wanted mocha + mint so badly, and this is NOT something I usually find myself craving.
If you know me, you know its either dark chocolate, or lime Tostitos chips with queso cheese OR sour watermelon slices. Ha, now you know my fave treats if you didn't before!
But this craving had to be made, so I thought, why not adapt one of my protein ball recipes with this flavour profile?!
Well holy heck, it was SOOOOO dang good! And the perfect snack to grab-and-go when you're needing a little kick of energy and you have a busY day.
These little energy bites have literally everything I LOVE in a protein ball: coffee, chocolate, peanut butter, and protein! And the best part, besides the taste, is that they are so chewy! Texture + flavour + convenience WINS!!!
These energy bites got the approval from the hubs (two big thumbs up 👍🏼👍🏼) and inadvertently from Aiden (he snuck one, but don't worry - this first batch I used leftover decaf coffee!!)
I think you're gonna LOVE these - and if you do, be sure to leave me a comment or review here so others can see it too! You're feedback always helps me improve and adapt existing and new recipes and I sooooo appreciate it :D
OK now - let's make these bad boys!
Mocha Mint Energy Bites
Prep time: 15min
Fridge time: 30min
Total time: 45min
Makes 14-16 bites
1 cups quick cook oats*
1/4 cup chia seeds
4 scoops (~150g) vanilla/plain protein powder - I used Vanilla IsaPro Whey Protein by Isagenix
1/2 cup smooth natural peanut butter (I LOVE the MaraNatha brand)
1/2 cup coffee, cooled**
1/4 cup maple syrup
pinch of sea salt
1-2 drops pure peppermint extract
2 IsaDelight Isagenix dark chocolate with mint (alternatively, you could do 30g dark chocolate with 1 drop pure peppermint extract)
Place oats, chia seeds, protein powder, peanut butter, coffee, maple syrup, sea salt and peppermint extract in a large bowl. Use a whisk to combine. The batter should be moist, but it should come together to form a ball. If it doesn't - use a bit more oats to bring it together. If it's too dry, add a touch more cooled coffee
Have a small bowl of water next to your batter, and wet your hands before you roll batter into bites. They should be the size of a golf ball (approximately).
Place energy bites on a parchment-lined tray in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to harden.
Once the bites have cooled, melt dark mint chocolate over very low heat on the stove, stirring frequently until melted. Once melted remove from heat.
Get the energy bites out of the fridge, then using a small spoon, take melted chocolate and drizzle over the bites. place back in the fridge to cool, or serve immediately.
Store energy bites in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 1 week OR freeze for up to 3 months.
One serving = 1-2 bites
Quick cook oats will bind better than whole rolled oats, but if you like a really chewy bite then go for it!
You can substitute for decaf coffee, if you don't want/need the energy kick