Protein Packed Chia & Nut Bites

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Protein Packed Chia & Nut Bites

Many of you who’ve been keeping up with my blog know that I’m on a journey of healing my gut (Read Part 1 HERE and Part 2 HERE). Since a large part of gut healing includes cutting out inflammatory foods I’ve recently cut out gluten. *Insert serious sad face here* I don’t have a problem that I readily recognize with gluten, but after listening to Dr. Tom O’ Bryan talk about gluten and it’s effects on the gut I decided to give it up. At least for awhile. I hope that once my gut lining has resealed I will be able to enjoy it sparingly, during special occasions. And I’ll be honest, it wasn’t just the gluten talk that shook me, but finding out that the majority of the women on my dad’s side of the family have gut-related health disorders. Scary!

Anyway! This sweet treat/pick-me-up comes to you courtesy of all of this new info I’ve been taking in. These babies are sweet, but not overwhelmingly so. Just enough to satisfy a craving without making you feel gross….

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Rolled Oats
  • rounded 1/4 cup Organic Raisins
  • heaping 1/4 cup Organic Peanut Butter
  • heaping 1/4 cup Sunflower Seed Butter
  • rounded 1/4 cup Roasted Hazelnuts (or lightly salted/no salt cashews)
  • 2-3 tbsp Raw, Local Honey (I used 2 and think they are plenty sweet)
  • 1 tbsp Chia Seeds
  • 1-2 tsp filtered water, optional

Method

  • Add Oats, Chia Seeds, and Nuts of choice to bowl of food processor and pulse.

Chia & Nut Pick-Me-Up Bites

  • They should be ground, but not super fine. See below ↓
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The slightly larger pieces of nuts give them a nice crunch!
  • Now add the Peanut Butter, Sunflower Seed Butter, Raisins, and Honey. Pulse again.
  • Stop periodically and scrape down the sides and help out your food processor by moving things around.
  • I added a teaspoon or two of filtered water to mine to get it to the desired consistency. If you are using dates instead of raisins and have soaked them to moisten them up a bit, this may not be necessary.
  • Another option here is a tablespoon of melted coconut oil mmmmmmm…….

chia-nut-pick-me-up-bites

 

  • Turn off your food processor and use a spoon to scoop out desired amount to roll into whatever size bites you’d like.
  • I rolled mine into ping pong ball size bites and I got about 20.
  • Lastly, try not to eat too much straight out of the bowl before rolling into balls 😉

Additional Notes

  • You can get Sunflower Seed butter at almost any grocery store. One of the name brand labels is “Sunbutter”. I got mine at Trader Joe’s. If you haven’t tried it before, it’s a bit different, but yummy. It has almost the same amount of protein per serving as nut butters and is a great alternative for those who do not tolerate nuts.
  • If you are using a blender that isn’t as powerful as a food processor or vitamix, I recommend gently warming the nut butters and honey in a pot on the stove, then adding them to the blender. This will allow the mixture to come together easier. Just be sure to let it cool before handling it for shaping!
  • Store in the fridge in an airtight container.
  • Make these Vegan by using Maple Syrup instead of honey!

Enjoy!! <3

 

 

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