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These easy to make Trail Mix Protein Bites make a delicious treat for your weekend adventures or a healthy after school snack. They are naturally gluten-free and can easily be made vegan. Everyone will LOVE this recipe!
Meet my favorite new way to eat trail mix. See those see those mini M&M dotted balls right there? Those are what I call Trail Mix Protein Bites. Aaaand … they're amazing.
If you're not sure you should believe me about the amazing part, scroll down to see the look on little Ava's face. It's a dead giveaway that these things are delicious.
I've made them with all my fav trail mix treats that I love to snack on when we go hiking.
And yes, there's M&Ms in here. And yes, I'm still calling them healthy. No chocolate = no trail mix. We've got to keep this realistic.
Your trail mix protein bites game plan:
Are you ready for this? Honestly, this recipe is so simple that I feel a little silly sharing the game plan with you. Ok, here it goes:
- Grab a big mixing bowl and put all of the ingredients into it. Mix them around until you have a trail mix-y dough. Tip: using your hands makes this WAY easier.
- Roll the dough into balls.
- That's it! I'm not even joking. They should really be called 2-step trail mix protein bites.
You can pop them into your fridge for a while if you'd like them to be more firm. Or you can leave them on your counter (covered!) and they'll be deliciously soft. They are amazing either way.
And for the proof that they're amazing pictures …
Little Ava looks a bit hesitant at first, but that post trail mix protein bite smiles gives it all away.
Whatever you do, can you not look at the mess on my floor? It took me longer to clean her and the mess she made than it did for me to make the bites.
That little face! How am I ever supposed to parent a little girl that cute? I'm serious. Just try imagining saying, “No, you can't have ALL the trail mix balls” to that smiling face. Impossible!
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- Peanut Butter Energy Balls
- Chocolate Coconut Bliss Balls
- 1 cup quick oats
- ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- ¼ cup EACH: sunflower seeds, raisins, chopped walnuts, and chopped peanuts or almonds
- ¼ cup mini M&Ms (sub mini vegan chocolate chips if needed)
- ¾ cup natural peanut or almond butter
- ¼ cup maple syrup (can sub honey)
- Place the oats, coconut, sunflower seeds, walnuts, peanuts or almonds, and the mini M&Ms in a large bowl. Add the peanut or almond butter and the maple syrup and mix everything well. It is easier to start mixing with a wooden spoon and then use your hands at the end.1 cup quick oats, ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut, ¼ cup EACH: sunflower seeds, raisins, chopped walnuts, and chopped peanuts or almonds, ¼ cup mini M&Ms, ¾ cup natural peanut or almond butter, ¼ cup maple syrup
- Once the dough comes together, form it into 22 balls. You'll need about 2 tablespoons per ball.
- Store in your fridge for firmer balls and covered on your counter for softer ones.
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