Made with whole foods in mere minutes, these raw brownie bites are packed with protein and the perfect after school snack! There is even a nut-free option making this the ultimate allergy friendly recipe.
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Unlike other quick snacks, these raw brownie bites will keep your kids full and satisfied. They boost 6 grams of protein in each small bite and are made with healthy whole foods. They take only minutes to put together, keeping them mom friendly, and taste like dessert, keeping them kid friendly. Basically, perfection.
But where do you get your protein?
Everywhere. The question really should be, where do you NOT get your protein. If you eat the right foods, you will get plenty of everything you need to lead a healthy active life. The roadblock to this is kids. The little devils like to make life hard, and when you have a screamer, it’s easy to cave. I should know, I often succumb to the little terrorist.
This school year I decided I am going to be a creative healthy whole food mom. At least I am going to start out that way, I make no promises once the year goes on. So I whipped out my best arsenal, dessert. And made a treat not even my craziest little monster could refuse. Gotcha kid, I finally win.
To keep the DeSantis child hanger from creeping in, I needed something that would fill them up, something stuffed with protein and whole foods, but tasted like it was filled with sugar. So I went to my favorite protein powder, NOW Sports Organic Pea Protein Powder, where the only ingredient is yellow peas.
I am not much of a premixed protein powder drink lover. I prefer to create my own smoothies with whole foods, which is why I have used this pure pea protein for years. It is not only low in fat, carbs, calories, etc, but it has over 2700 mg of branched-chain amino acids and over 1300 mg of arginine. Which makes it the ideal post workout nutrition. And it mixes well in just about anything, so the prefect ingredient for this recipe.
I love that this powder has no added sweeteners (I am not a fan of stevia, which is in basically all of them), so I can add whatever sweetener I prefer. It is also really neutral so any and all flavors go great with it!
Making raw protein bites is so easy, the kids can do it!
Much like my Grain Free Chocolate Chip Cookies, kids will love them and we are okay with a few extra since they are made with great ingredients. Making these no bake brownie bites are really as simple as dump, stir, and roll. Or don’t roll and just shove into mouth. Anything works!
- Put all ingredients, except the chocolate chips and water, into a bowl.
- Stir everything together well. Add water if needed, 1 tablespoon at a time until you get the texture you prefer.
- Add chocolate chips and stir again.
- Eat as is, or let chill while you clean up, then roll into balls.
This easy after school snack will be your next go to! You can even put the balls in their lunch to avoid the end of school day hanger that comes with our stubborn (errr, I mean behaviorally strong) little ones. The list of greatness these have is one to boast about for sure!
- gluten free
- grain free
- raw, no bake
- whole food based
- no refined sugar (leave out the chocolate chips for extra pureness)
- packed with protein
- nut-free option
- tastes like dessert
- made in mere minutes!
Raw brownie bites made in minutes, packed with protein and a perfect after school snack! The nut-free option makes this the ultimate allergy friendly treat.
- 10 tablespoons cocoa powder (I use NOW Foods brand)
- 6 tablespoons maple syrup (I use NOW Foods brand)
- 1/4 cup almond butter , use sunbutter for nut free (see note)
- 1/4 cup unflavored pea protein powder , see note (I use NOW Sports brand)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 2-4 tablespoons dairy free chocolate chips , omit for even healthier option
- 2-4 tablespoons water , optional (see note)
Put everything except the chocolate chips and water into a bowl and mix well.
Slowly add water if needed. You may not need any water if your almond butter is runny. If you are rolling these into balls, only add water if you need help mixing the batter well. Start with a teaspoon and slowly add until you get a well mixed batter. If you add too much then the batter will be too soft to roll.
Add chocolate chips and mix again.
Eat right away if you are eating as batter.
Allow to chill in the fridge while you clean up, then roll into balls if you prefer to eat it that way.
- These make 10 balls about 2 inches in size
- To make this nut free use sunbutter, this will change the flavor slightly but will allow it to be completely allergy friendly
- You can sub another kind of protein powder, just make sure it is unsweetened and unflavored
- If you are making balls or your almond butter is runny you may not need any water, add slowly to get the consistency you prefer
- You could also use milk if you want a little extra richness
- Nutrition facts include 1 1/2 tablespoons of chocolate chips
- If you do not have, or do not want to use, a protein powder you can sub oat flour. Use the same amount. My friend Brandi from The Vegan 8 tried this and said it worked perfectly and no water was needed.