After a slight hiatus from A Teaspoon of Bliss, I am ready to get back to the kitchen and get creative for all of you. We are starting off with one of my signature favourites. I make these energy cookies every week to have as a grab-and-go snack. Life gets busy, our blood sugars drop, and we tend to crave sweets and treats! Instead of rolling through the drive-through, whip up a batch of these to have on hand during the busy work week. No time for baking? Trail mix works too…. BUT I think we’d all prefer a cookie… let’s be honest.
Why did I call these “Back in Business Bites”? 1) Because HEY I’m back 2) They really do satisfy your hunger and let you get back to business.
I tend to add protein to almost all of my baking items lately to satisfy my tummy longer and balance out those macronutrients. Up to you! If you are not a protein powder fan you can use a regular flour or nut flour as a substitute. This is a very flexible recipe – if you want to add flax, chia, more nuts, m&ms… do as you please!
Ingredients (makes ~14 cookies):
- 1/3 cup mashed dates
- 1 mashed ripe banana
- 1 1/4 cup large flake oats
- 3/4 cup unsweetened medium flaked coconut
- 1 scoop Vanilla protein powder (~30g)*
- 1/3 cup natural peanut butter
- 1 tbsp powdered peanut butter
- 1/4 cup egg whites
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- Fold in: 1/4 cup trail mix (mixed nuts & raisins) & 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips!
- Not sweet enough? Add 1 tsp. stevia or a dry sweetener of choice
- Preheat your oven to 350F.
- In a microwaveable bowl, place ~1/2 cup packed/pitted dates (break them up) in 2 tbsp of water. Microwave for 1 minute until softened. Mash until the dates resemble a puree.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients in the order above using a spoon or spatula. Fold in the whole nuts, raisins, & chocolate chips last.
- Bake at 350F for ~15-17 minutes until browning. Remove and allow to cool.
- Store these bites at room temperature for 2 days. After 2 days I would recommend placing them in the refrigerator to keep their freshness. Consume within 5 days.
*I do not have a preference of protein powder brand. Sometimes I choose vegan and sometimes I choose a whey-based protein. Choose what works best for you. However, choose a vanilla flavour for the best taste profile in this recipe. If you’re interested, for this recipe I used North Coast Naturals Vanilla Iso-Protein-100 (https://www.northcoastnaturals.com/iso-protein-100).
Comment below or send me a message if you have any recipe requests! I am always looking for your input.