Clean Eating: Sugar-Free High Protein Bites

I love it when a snack is not just full of good ingredients, but it feels like you’re eating something you really shouldn’t be – like a candy bar or fudge. Even better, these decadent delights have no added sugar, relying on stevia for sweetness!

I make these with a base of walnuts, pulsed in a food processor until they’re well-ground. To this base, I add hemp protein powder, psyllium husk, chia seeds, unsweetened cocoa powder, stevia powder, unsweetened shredded coconut flakes, sesame seeds, and melted virgin coconut oil.

The melted coconut oil serves as the binder for the bites, and will harden in the freezer. I simply scoop the mix into a silicone mold, freeze, pop them out, and store in the fridge. Because of the coconut oil binder, these should be kept cold or they’ll begin to melt as they warm.

Add fun toppings like more coconut, sesame seeds, chopped nuts…I topped a couple with peanut butter (no sugar added), but it didn’t firm up quite the way I’d hoped, remaining a bit tacky. I think mixing the nut butter – sunflower or almond butter would also be tasty – with melted coconut oil would help ensure it hardens properly in the freezer. Note: when stacking the nut butter-topped ones, placing a piece of parchment paper between the pieces will prevent them from sticking to each other (or just stack them like I did and you’ll have peanut butter on top and bottom 🤦).

I like to eat these as a quick bite in the early morning, before doing strenuous activity that might disagree with a full belly. All that protein, fat, and fiber keeps me energized and fuels the full-body workout known as farm chores!