Few things are better than chocolate and peanut butter, and these protein bites are no exception. Packed with approximately 5 grams of protein per bite, you can feel good about reaching for a couple (ok maybe more) of these peanut butter-y bites each day. As an added bonus, they taste just like Vega® Protein Snack Bar – if you haven’t had a chance to try the bars yet, this recipe is pretty close to the real thing. Let us know what you think in the comments below.
- 2 cups gluten-free brown rice cereal
- ¼ cup peanuts, finely chopped, divided
- ½ cup peanut butter
- ½ cup brown rice or maple syrup
- 1 serving Chocolate Vega® Protein & Greens
- or Chocolate Vega Sport® Premium Protein
- ½ tsp sea salt and more for sprinkling
- ½ cup vegan chocolate chips
- 2 tsp coconut oil
- 1 to 2 Tbsp water to help stick together if needed
Combine brown rice cereal and two tablespoons of chopped peanuts in a large bowl.
In a small pot, combine peanut butter and brown rice/maple syrup and warm over low heat until runny and well-mixed. Turn off heat and mix in Vega® Protein & Greens and salt.
Coat a spatula with non-stick spray and pour peanut mixture into rice cereal mixture and stir until all ingredients are combined. Feel free to use your hands!
Once the mixtures have become well-incorporated, set it aside and let sit.
In a separate pan, melt vegan chocolate chips with two teaspoons of coconut oil.
Using a small ice cream scoop, a spoon, or your hands, roll the dough into 14 balls and place on parchment paper. Alternatively, you can press entire mixture into 8”x8” pan lined with parchment.
Dip balls into chocolate or spread chocolate evenly over bars. Sprinkle with remaining chopped peanuts and sea salt.
Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or until chocolate hardens.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks or freeze.