These oaty brekkie bites are packed with plant-based protein and perfect for breakfast on the go, or a quick pre-or post-gym snack. They’re made with wholesome oats, nuts and seeds, nut butter and coconut oil, which are full of good fats to keep you feeling fuller for longer.
They’re super easy to make and freezer friendly, so you can make them in big batches to keep you going through the week when you need a pick me up. Better yet, they’re an easy and affordable alternative to store bought protein bars.
I’ve used almond butter with hazelnuts, cacao nibs and sunflower seeds but you could mix up the flavours by swapping in some of your favourite nut or seed butters – peanut butter would be a delicious addition.
Why we should be nuts about nuts and seeds
Loaded with health-loving benefits, nuts and seeds are worth including in our day. Full of powerful antioxidants and minerals, both contain high levels of healthy unsaturated fats, protein and fibre – making them a wonderful snack choice for moments you feel peckish. What’s more, nuts contain a rich source of magnesium which is great for supporting healthy energy, while seeds like chia seeds and flaxseed make an excellent source of plant-based omega-3 fatty acids.
For a nutritionally dense and oh-so satisfying snack idea, try our droolworthy Seaweed Five Seed Crackers – great for when you’re on the go.
Benefits of activated nuts and seeds
The process around activating nuts and seeds begins by first soaking them in water, followed by dehydrating them at low temperatures. This process works to increase their nutritional value, help with digestibility and provide a crunchier alternative to un-activated nuts and seeds.
The scoop on protein powder
Protein powder is an easy and healthy option for increasing your protein intake and fuelling your day. Whether you’re a breastfeeding mama, a growing teen or following a keto diet, there’s plenty of options to help you feel supported and get the nutritional boost you’re looking for.
Suitable for vegetarians and vegans, our Go Good Pea Protein Isolate Organic Chocolate is a delicious choice – especially if you’re lactose-free. From shakes and smoothie blends to including them in your favourite baked goods (like this recipe!), there’s plenty of great ways to enjoy them in your diet.
- 2 cups oats
- ½ cup hazelnuts
- ½ cup sunflower seeds
- 2 Tablespoons cacao nibs
- ½ cup protein powder or coffee creamer
- ½ cup cacao powder (optional)
- ¼ cup maple syrup or syrup sweetener of choice
- ½ cup coconut oil, melted
- ½ cup almond butter or favourite nut/seed butter
- 50g melted dark chocolate for drizzling
- Add oats, and hazelnuts to a food processor and blend to break down slightly.
- In a large mixing bowl combine the oats and hazelnuts with sunflower seeds, cacao nibs and protein powder or coffee creamer. Use a whisk mix to combine and break up any clumps, and add in the cacao powder if using.
- Pour in melted coconut oil, liquid sweetener and nut butter. Mix well.
- Using a lined 20x20cm baking tray press mixture into the base, making sure it is compact.
- Place in the freezer to set.
- Once set drizzle with melted dark chocolate. Store in the fridge or freezer.
Prep time: 10 minutes | Set time: 20 minutes | Total time: 30 minutes
- Servings: 20
Amount per serving:
- Calories: 172
- Total Fat: 13g
- Total Carbohydrates: 11g
- Net Carbohydrates: 8g
- Protein: 5g
- Dietary fibre: 5g
*Nutritional information is based on approximate calculations by My Fitness Pal.
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