Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Cranberry & Peanut Protein Bites (No Bake)

Readers, I’ve entered into uncharted waters this week.  The fitness world.  Yes, I do occasionally go to the gym, but I’d hardly describe myself as on Olympic athlete.  Anyway, myprotein.com got in touch and I’ve spent my evenings this week researching baking healthy snacks.
Tonight's ingredient haul!
What I’ve ended up with is in fact, no bake.  Fantastic for those of you who are pushed for time after work, or when you’ve come in for the gym, shattered and want to crash.   I made these in 15 minutes, plus half an hour in the fridge to chill.  Take 5 minutes at the end to roll them into balls and you are done.   All in, less than an hour to create a clean snack.

This recipe uses peanut butter (with no added sugar), some oat bran to pull the protein content up a bit further and some dried cranberries to sweeten up slightly.   These are all available from MyProtein.com

I’ve been experimenting recently with healthier baking – getting rid of caster sugar and replacing it with natural alternatives including honey.  I did use a little honey in this recipe to sweeten and to bind the ingredients, but you could up the peanut butter and reduce the honey, if you don’t want the sweetness.

I’ve measured everything in cups, so if you don’t have scales, it’s fairly easy to make this recipe.  Cups are easily picked up in a homeware store or supermarket.

Happy healthy snacking!
 
Cranberry & Peanut Protein Bites
Cranberry & Peanut Protein Bites

Easy Cranberry & Peanut Protein Bites (No Bake)

Ingredients

2 cups rolled oats
2 teaspoons oatbran
1 cup peanut butter
½ cup dried cranberries
¼ cup honey

Method

  1. Put the oatbran and rolled oats into a blender.  Blitz until a rough powder.
    blending
    Blend the oats and oatbran 
  2. Transfer to a bowl and add the cranberries.  Mix to coat the oats.
    mix oats and cranberries
  3. Add the peanut butter and mix with a spoon (use your hands if you are struggling, but it will get messy!)
  4. Add the honey and mix until a dough comes together in the bowl and the mix is fully combined.
  5. Transfer to a plate and refrigerate for 20 to 30 minutes.
  6. Remove from the fridge and using your hands, mix into small, bite size portions.  3 pieces = 1 serving.  These can be stored in a cool place in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
    Cranberry & Peanut Protein Bites
Disclaimer: I was provided a selection of ingredients free of charge from myprotein.com to use in creating some recipes.   Any opinions expressed are my own.


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