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No Bake Nutella Protein Bites

Posted by LoveandZest
June 27, 2014
Featured in: Athlete Eats
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Ready in minutes and easy to eat and transport, these No Bake Nutella Protein Bites are the perfect energy snack for athletes.

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It’s HOT and the last thing I want to do is turn on the oven and heat up the house. I love to bake, but something’s got to give so I found a work around by making these No Bake Nutella Energy Bites.

They take seconds to make and are easy to eat and transport, making them the perfect energy snack for the busy athlete. Heck, we all want foods that take no time to make, right?

These protein bites are tried and true by many of the athletes that I work with, including my toughest food critic, my husband. Honesty really is the best policy. Because these are no bake (read: no heat), please don’t cook the oatmeal before you make them and just use the plain dry oats, I know it might sound weird but it works. You’ll end up with a sloppy mess if you try otherwise. True story, so I wanted to give you a heads up. ☺

These little Nutella protein bites have the right amount of sweet and crunch and whole ingredients that you can feel good about…all without turning on your oven. Fair warning: they're slightly addicting.

Ready in minutes and easy to eat and transport, these No Bake Nutella Protein Bites are the perfect energy snack for athletes.

Ready in minutes and easy to eat and transport, these No Bake Nutella Protein Bites are the perfect energy snack for athletes.

No Bake Nutella Protein Bites

Yield

makes 16 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup old fashioned dry oats
  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons Nutella
  • 1/4 cup vanilla protein powder, no sugar added
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup semisweet mini chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients into a large bowl, and mix together to incorporate.

  2. Form bites by rolling into 16 uniform round balls.

  3. Place in airtight container, and store in refrigerator until ready to eat.

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Kristina LaRue is the author of the ATHLETE EATS on HealthyAperture -- a feature that hopes to inspire creativity in the kitchen to fuel active lifestyles! As a board certified sports dietitian, Kristina cooks up healthy menus for collegiate and professional athletes in her day job. In authoring Athlete Eats, she shares simple, energizing recipes designed for the athlete and hopes readers will learn sports nutrition tips along the way so that they can be their best self and fuel for performance. Kristina is a Registered & Licensed Sports dietitian for the Orlando Magic and University of Central Florida Athletics. She provides nutrition services for Tara Gidus Nutrition Consulting and works in the treatment of eating disorders with Joyful Nutrition. She is a co-author of The Flat Belly Cookbook for Dummies and the blogger behind Love & Zest where she shares recipes, life, and nutrition. She graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and completed her dietetic internship at Oakwood University in 2011. She loves running and training for marathons and triathlons, gardening, creating (mostly healthy) recipes, decorating, blogging, photography, and volunteering with the women’s recovery ministry at her church. On the weekends you can find her at the Farmer’s Market or a local coffee shop spending quality time with her husband, Eric.
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