Peanut Butter Cranberry Bites

By: Hannah Segur

Try out these Peanut Butter Cranberry Energy bites - perfect for someone on the go. Whether your playing a sport or just running around all day, these bites are a quick and easy way to get all the nutrients that are in a granola bar. They deliver a mix of healthy fats and quality carbs to keep your energy levels up! Each bite has about 150 calories, 8 grams of fat, 20 grams of carbs - plus 4 grams of protein!

Peanut Butter Cranberry Bites
Makes 16 - 18 bites (about 1 oz each)

Ingredients:
1 cup oats
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 packet vanilla protein powder (e.g. Klean Athlete Isolate Vanilla Protein Powder)
1/2 cup dried cranberries

Directions:

1. Add peanut butter, vanilla, honey, and vanilla protein powder to a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stir until the mixture starts to bubble. Heat for one more minute once it starts to bubble. Make sure to keep stirring at this point so the mixture doesn't burn. Remove mixture from heat.

2. Add in vanilla and sea salt. Stir until it combines with the mixture. Add in oats and sunflower seeds, mix until everything is combined. (Optional: if you don't want your chocolate chips to melt, refrigerate the granola for 15 minutes, or wait to add the chocolate until the oat mixture reaches room temperature and is cooled.)

3. Add in chocolate chips and cranberries and stir until they're mixed with the granola.

4. Next, line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

5. Once your sheet is lined, use a spoon to scoop out some of the granola. Roll the granola around until it makes a ball. Place the ball onto the baking sheet and repeat this step until there is no more granola left.

6. Place the baking sheet into the freezer for 1 hour. Once that hour is up, transfer the granola bites to the refrigerator and keep refrigerated until you are ready to enjoy them!

Nutrition Facts (per bite): 150 calories, 8 grams fat, 3 grams saturated fat, 0 milligrams cholesterol, 110 milligrams sodium, 20 grams carbohydrates, 1 gram fiber, 14 grams sugar, 4 grams protein

Chia Peanut Butter Protein Bars

Make your own protein bars with this simple recipe! Each bar has 9 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber, and 190 calories. Then wrap up the bars in single serving bags or in pieces of foil - they are perfect to take on the go!

chia peanut butter bar

Chia Peanut Butter Protein Bars

Serves 10

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups chickpeas, drained and rinsed
3 tablespoons coconut milk
30 grams (2 scoops) chocolate Klean Athlete protein powder
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
2 tablespoons chia seeds

Directions:

Prepare a 9 x 9 - inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray or parchment paper.

In a food processor pulse the chickpea and the coconut milk until well combined. Then add the protein powder, peanut butter, sea salt, and maple syrup. The mixture should be thick and sticky.

Transfer the mixture to a mixing bowl and add the oats and chia seeds. Stir until well combined. Add the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Refrigerate at least 4 hours. Cut into 4 bars and serve.

Store bars in a air tight container and refrigerate or even pack in single serving bags or wrap in foil.

Nutrition facts (per bar): 190 calories, 9 grams fat, 2 grams saturated fat, 0 milligrams cholesterol, 140 milligrams sodium, 20 grams carbohydrates, 3 grams fiber, 7 grams sugar, 9 grams protein