Ever since I was a kid I've had an obsession with all things peppermint. From peppermint ice cream (my all-time fav), to York Peppermint Patties and Thin Mints, it's safe to say I'm a total peppermint enthusiast.
If you've been following along with She Well for the past few months, you've probably noticed that I've been on a bit of a homemade protein bar kick.
It all started over the summer when I realized I was spending close to $40 a month on protein bars. As someone who is always on-the-go and likes to carry healthy sustenance at all times, I knew I needed to find a way to remedy this.
So I created my own.
Inspired by the bars I love so much, I started a protein bar series where I release a new flavor each month. Since December is somewhat of a special month, I decided to deviate from the protein bars and create a recipe for protein bites.
These chocolate peppermint protein bites have the same ingredients as the typical bars, with the addition of a few extra chocolate chips and crushed peppermint to get you in the holiday spirit.
Best of all? You can either eat these raw OR pop them in the oven and bake them into cookies.
Either way, I know you're going to absolutely love! Enjoy!
CHOCOLATE PEPPERMINT PROTEIN BITES
Makes 20 bites or 20 cookies
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Optional Cook Time (cookies): 12-15 minutes
1 cup creamy almond butter (at room temperature)
1/4 cup honey (or agave to make vegan)
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup filtered water
1/2 cup vanilla protein powder (I recommend OLLY brand)
1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
optional topping: crushed peppermint
NOTE: It is IMPERATIVE that you use protein powder that actually tastes good for this recipe. After experimenting with countless vanilla protein powders I found that Olly vanilla protein powder creates the best bars. I am no way an affiliate for Olly, just love and believe in their product! Olly vanilla is available at most grocery stores as well as online. Find the product on Amazon here.
NOTE: Depending on what kind of protein powder you are using you may need to add more or less sweetener to the recipe. In this recipe 1/2 cup of Olly Vanilla protein powder contained 13.5g of a sugar/stevia blend. If you can get your hands on this protein powder or something like it I highly recommend for baking.
1. Place the almond butter, honey, peppermint extract, cocoa powder, water and protein powder into a large bowl and mix well to combine. Fold in the chocolate chips.
2. Place the dough in the refrigerator and chill for a minimum of one hour.
3. Once the dough is chilled, roll the dough into 20 bite size balls. To add a more festive look you can add crushed peppermints to the outside of the balls.
4. Place in a tupperware container and store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. You can also store these in the freezer if desired, just be mindful that they do get much harder once frozen.
* To make these bites into cookies, flatten the balls slightly with your palm and place on a baking sheet lined with foil. Bake for 12-15 minutes at 350 degrees F.
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per 1 bite/cookie without crushed peppermint)
100 calories, 6g fat, 7g carbs, 2g fiber, 5g sugar, 4g protein