Today’s recipe is inspired by a nut butter that I’d heard about and had to try from Manna Organics. Oh my goodness. It’s amazing! Seriously addicting. When I found myself going back to the jar for the second, third and fourth time, I decided I needed to come up with a recipe for a healthier snack with this flavor combo. I believe I’ve achieved it with this No-Bake Brownie Protein Bites recipe. I hope you will agree.
If you are curious, the product I was drooling over above is called Organic Nut Butter Dark Chocolate Pecan. I found it on Amazon (affiliate link). It’s gotten a lot more expensive since I tried it, but you may be able to find it in retail stores for less, such as Whole Foods or from the Manna Organic web site.
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Healthy and Delicious Chocolate Snack
I wanted to capture this rich and satisfying chocolate flavor but clean it up a bit and make it grab and go friendly. I replaced the cane sugar with stevia and added some protein and healthy fat. Now it’s perfect for an on-the-go snack.
These are not quite as sinfully indulgent as the Manna Organics nut butter, but they are healthier and really do the trick when you need a chocolate fix! Also, these are great when you are running out the door or after dinner when you are craving some sweetness. Grab one out of the freezer, pop it in your mouth, and … instant happiness!
Adjust the Natural Sweetener to Your Taste
Remember you can easily increase or decrease the sweetness with the amount of natural sweetener you use. Personally, I have been working on dialing sweetness (and refined sugar) down in all areas of my food life. It’s amazing how your taste buds adjust and over time you don’t require the sweetness you once did. I am using Erythritol in this recipe, but feel free to use the natural sweetener you prefer. Other ideas include, stevia and Xylitol, and maple syrup.
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How to Freeze and Store Energy Bites
The best place to keep these protein bites is in the freezer. Make them ahead of time, so they are ready at ALL times!
Here are a few pointers. Firstly, put them in the freezer on a flat surface, for example, a baking sheet or multiple plates. Keep them separated until they freeze solid; so they do not stick together. When frozen, put them in an airtight container or ziplock freezer bags with parchment or wax paper between the layers, if desired.
Another storage idea, which I absolutely love and have been using for years is these reusable freezer containers. They are really easy to open and close, grab a snack, and put back in the freezer. Plus they are pretty. 😁 Here’s a link to check them out. StarPack Home Freezer Storage Container Set (affiliate link)
The colorful freezer containers below appear to be the same as mine, highly rated, and available in more colors! Tovolo Freezer Containers, (affiliate link)
Most protein balls should remain fresh in the freezer for up to 3 months. To thaw, take them out individually as craved, 😉 then place them on the counter at room temperature or in the refrigerator until soft enough to eat.
Without further ado, here is the delicious protein ball recipe! Enjoy.Print
No-Bake Brownie Protein Bites
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 18 1x
These brownie bites are a super healthy chocolate fix for you, whenever you need it!
1/2 Cup Pecans
1/2 Cup Raw Cashews
1/8 tsp. Himalayan Pink Salt
1/4 Cup Cacao Powder or Cocoa Powder
1 Scoop Chocolate Protein Powder
1–3 T Erythritol (or natural sweetener of your choice)
3/4 Cup Almond Butter
1 tsp. Vanilla
2 T Coconut Flour (Optional)
1/4 Cup Lily’s Dark Baking Chips
- Place pecans and cashews in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse on and off until finely ground.
- Add the salt, cacao or cocoa powder, protein powder, erythritol (or sweetener of choice), almond butter, and vanilla to the processor. Pulse until combined. Add coconut flour, to thicken batter if necessary. Stir in the baking chips.
- Form each ball with a cookie scoop. Place on a small plate or pan that you can fit in the freezer to set up. Use waxed or parchment between layers.
- Freeze for an hour and when firm, move to a Ziploc freezer bag or a freezer-safe container to store. Enjoy!
- Prep Time: 20
- Category: Snack, Dessert
- Method: No-Bake
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1 protein bite
- Calories: 74
- Sugar: 1.4 g
- Sodium: 31 mg
- Fat: 5.6 g
- Saturated Fat: 1.4 g
- Unsaturated Fat: 4.2 g
- Trans Fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 6.1 g
- Fiber: 1.8 g
- Protein: 2.3 g
- Cholesterol: 1 mg
Keywords: Keto, Protein, Clean, No-Bake, Chocolate, Energy, Bites, Pecans, Cashews, Snack, Brownie, Lily’s
I hope you enjoy this satisfying chocolate snack, No-Bake Brownie Protein Bites. They are convenient and soooo good for you.
Please let me know if you try making them for yourself!
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2 comments on “No-Bake Brownie Protein Bites”
These look awesome! I’ll try making these soon.
Thanks Cody! Let me know how they turn out. 🙂