Nut Free Protein Chocolate and Popcorn Bites

Long time no write! Hi lovely readers, I’m back and baking again with a new recipe to share with you all!

One of the things as a nut allergy sufferer I struggle to eat (or find something that I can) is protein bites! Bars, balls…. ya know the ones they sell at the gym but sadly, not nut free. Well, I’ve been experimenting in the kitchen and I can’t wait to share this awesome recipe with you!! These little bites are perfect on the go or to take with you to the gym, for that protein hit and extra bit of energy. They’re small but mighty!

My boyfriend very kindly got me some Wowbutter for my birthday which apparently, tastes just like peanut butter, which is what I’ve used in the recipe! It is quite expensive so if you’re not ready to splurge the cash, Holland and Barrett do a few cool alternatives too! Ooooor, if you can eat nuts, this recipe works perfectly with the real stuff too! I’ve also used quite a few pricey products, which I’ve ordered online, but you can easily substitute these with cheaper alternatives or your favourites if you wish!

Macros (per 2 balls): 204 kcals, 12.6g carbs, 12.6g fat, 9.4g protein.

What you need (makes 22)

1 cup of Wowbutter

1 tbsp of sugar free syrup

60g vanilla protein powder

1 cup of oats

4 tbsps water

1/2 cup of popcorn

50g of milk chocolate

1 tbsp of cocoa powder

Let’s get started!

Firstly, pop your Wowbutter (or peanut butter) in a microwaveable bowl, then microwave for 60 seconds.

So it looks like this!

Now to add in your sugar free syrup! I’m using skinny syrups here but any alternative will do!

Now to mix in the protein powder. This will thicken up the mixture nicely.

Just like this!

Now time for the oats. These are what make the balls so filling but so delightful!

Keep mixing them well. Add in the water here to soften up the mixture.

Now time to chop your choc! Thanks to David here for being a hand model!

Add this in with your popcorn and mix so it’s evenly distributed.

Time to shape! Take a small handful and squidge to pack everything in tight.

Dust in cocoa powder and set aside.

Pop in the fridge for an hour to set and then voila!! These keep up to 7 days in an airtight container in the fridge!

Tag me in your photos and let me know how you get on with these lil beauties!

Emma x

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Emma is a Registered Dietitian and Registered Associate Nutritionist based in Cheshire, England. Emma works in community healthcare and writes freelance alongside her work: topics including Dietetic life, nutrition, mental health and lifestyle. Emma also writes and photographs recipes for the platform, as well as being the author of the ‘Mummy and Me’ series for SR Nutrition. Emma’s Food Stories is PR friendly brand.

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