I LOVE banana bread! But sometimes I just don’t have the time (or energy) to make it. That’s why these banana bread protein bites are definitely the next best thing!
I’ve been seeing a ton of recipes on the web lately for these things called energy balls/bliss balls/protein balls, but never really understood what they were. They honestly just seemed like a bunch of random ingredients someone blended together and called it a “healthy treat.” And you know what…that’s basically what they are! But they’re also amazingly delicious!
After doing a little bit of research though, I realized that these little balls are incredibly good for your health. In fact, they weren’t random ingredients at all. Each ingredient actually serves some sort of purpose for your body.
For example, in mine I used:
- Bananas: a high source of potassium and fiber (but mainly because I had A TON that were about to go bad and I needed to use them ASAP)
- Dates: also high in fiber and antioxidants
- Cashews: contain protein and heart-healthy properties
- Almonds: contain protein, fiber, magnesium, vitamin E and lots of healthy fats
- ChoCho Powder: a plant based protein powder that contains no net carbs, is high in fiber and is very easy to digest (It’s Keto and Paleo friendly too! Honestly I feel like I could go on and on about this one, but basically I’m in love with this new product! Check it out here!)
- Cinnamon: contains anti-inflammatory properties and can help lower blood sugar levels
- Vanilla: also contains anti-inflammatory properties
- Chocolate chips: because what’s life without a little chocolate every now and then??
I think it’s pretty safe to say I found a winning snack idea here! Feel free to switch up the ingredients and let me know what you think!
Banana Bread Protein Bites
- 1 banana, mashed
- 1/2 cup medjool dates, pitted (about 5)
- 1 cup cashews
- 1 cup almonds
- 1 Tbsp protein powder*
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 Tbsp mini chocolate chips (dairy free for paleo)
- Milk chocolate chips (for drizzling, also dairy free for paleo)
- Soak dates in hot water for 30 minutes. Discard the skins.
- Place dates, cashews and almonds in a food processor and blend.
- Add the remaining ingredients to the food processor and blend until smooth. (This will take a few minutes so be patient.) Stir in your mini chocolate chips and form the mixture into balls.
- Melt the milk chocolate chips in the microwave at 30 second intervals until all the chips have melted. Drizzle this over the balls.