Thursday, April 23, 2015

Chocolaty Matcha Peanut Butter Protein Bites

Disclaimer: I was given this product for free to sample and review. There was no monetary compensation and all opinions are my own as they always will be. 

Peanut Butter. Matcha. Chia. OH MY!

If you're like me, you're always on the lookout for new protein bar or bite recipes that aren't crazy complicated to make. Who has time for complicated? Pretty sure no one raised their hands.

But, I'm also looking for protein bars or bites that have healthy ingredients providing full, balanced nutrition. Basically looking for the biggest bang for my buck so to speak.

Oh, and if you're like me, you love peanut butter!

MyProtein offered to let me try one of their products. Unfortunately, they were out of their vegan protein powder, however, they had peanut butter! So, I quickly took them up on the offer to let me try it out. But, I didn't want to just do a review on peanut butter alone. I mean, it is peanut butter right? At least theirs is. It's straight up ground peanuts. Period. No added salt or sugars.

But, I took this an opportunity to get my creative juices flowing again for recipe ideas.

The nice thing about this peanut butter is that it is nice and smooth, after you get in your workout of stirring it up I must add. It's a large jar and it took a large spoon to get it stirred up. That may be my only complaint. But, there are no additional ingredients, just peanuts. Plain and simple.



After scouring the internet and looking through tons of different recipes in search for ideas, I came up with my Chocolaty Matcha Peanut Butter Protein Bites.

These bites pack a punch of nutrition with chia seeds, matcha powder and protein plus the antioxidant benefits of cocoa powder.

I think this recipe lends itself to some easy additions like banana, pumpkin puree or unsweetened apple sauce in lieu of the almond milk. Some ideas I have for the next batch that I make.

Chocolaty Matcha Peanut Butter Protein Bites

Ingredients:
2 scoops vanilla protein powder (60 grams, I used PlantFusion Vanilla Bean)
2 tsp organic matcha powder
1/2 cup peanut flour (I used PB2)
1/3 cup natural creamy peanut butter (I used Myprotein)
3 tsp chia seeds
1 tsp cinnamon (or to taste)
NuNaturals Cocoa Syrup (to taste)
NuNaturals Liquid Vanilla Stevia (to taste or vanilla extract)
1 tsp cocoa powder
1/4 cup + Unsweetened almond milk (to consistency, start with less and work up)

Directions:
In a large bowl combine all ingredients adding in the almond milk 1 or 2 tablespoons at a time until you reach the desired consistency. The dough should be damp enough to allow you to form into balls that hold together tightly.

Gently roll into balls and refrigerate. Makes 12-14 balls depending on the size.

Note: The nutrition breakdown is based off of 12 bites and a serving being 1 bite. Also remember that the nutrition information is just an estimate and can vary depending on the protein powder you choose as well as the amount and brand of almond milk you choose.


Do you have a favorite peanut butter protein bar recipe?