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Chia Seed Protein Bites

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. + chilling

Makes

about 2-1/2 dozen

I keep these little bites on hand in my refrigerator and grab them for breakfast or a snack when I'm in a hurry. We have a lot of food allergies in our family and I like to keep healthy snacks around that everyone can eat. This recipe has no gluten, eggs, dairy or corn, so it's the perfect go-to treat in our house. —Tanja Miller, Peoria, Arizona
Chia Seed Protein Bites Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup almond butter or creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup vanilla or chocolate protein powder
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • Additional unsweetened shredded coconut, optional

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the first 6 ingredients. Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm enough to roll. Shape into 1-1/2-in. balls. Roll in additional coconut if desired. Store in the refrigerator.

Chia Seed Protein Bites Tips

What are the benefits of eating chia seeds?

There are many benefits to eating chia seeds. A super food, chia seeds are packed with fiber, plant-based proteins and omega-3 fatty acids. Discover the benefits and how to give your recipes a quick nutritional boost with these super seeds. Get more recipes featuring super foods!

How long do these chia protein balls last in the fridge?

Chia protein balls will last about a week in the fridge, or two months in the freezer. Make sure to store them in an airtight container so they don’t dry out.

Why are my protein balls not sticking together?

If your protein balls aren’t sticking together, try adding add a few teaspoons of water. Try our other recipes featuring chia seeds, like pudding, overnight oats and parfaits. Research contributed by Maggie Knoebel, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 72 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 14mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein.

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