I’ve been really excited to share this new recipe for an on-the-go snack with all of you! As school and work pick up again, it’s important to pack whole, filling foods to fuel you throughout the day. On days where I forget to pack lunch and/or healthy snacks, I tend to feel more tired, unfocused, and sluggish, so packing snacks like these are the perfect option.
These bites are very versatile, and the recipe can easily be altered based on what you have on hand. So, feel free to use peanut butter or cashew butter in place of almond butter, any dried fruit you like, or even add some dark chocolate chips. While I use berry collagen, this can be a bit pricey, so feel free to omit it or use another protein powder.
So, what even is collagen? I like adding it to my smoothies and other recipes (like this one!) for an extra, natural protein boost. While most protein powders have a ton of unnecessary fillers, flavors, and sweeteners, collagen peptides have a mild taste that you can buy plain or with natural flavors, such as vanilla coconut or the berry one I like. The collagen is sourced from fish or hides, and is a 100% natural option that strengthens your hair, skin, and nails. Many brands, such as Vital Proteins and Ancient Nutrition, sell collagen powder, and though it can be a bit pricey, it’s rather reasonable compared to most protein powders on the market.
Of course, if purchasing collagen is out of the question for you, it can be totally omitted from this recipe. However, it’s a supplement that frequently goes on sale, so when it’s available, it’s a perfect add-in! Hemp and chia seeds are another great, cheap protein boost for recipes like these.
So, let me know your thoughts on these bites and stay tuned for more of these healthy back-to-school snacks + meal prepping ideas coming soon. 🙂 So grateful for you all!!
Berry Collagen Energy Bites
- 1/3 cup almond flour
- 1/2 cup whole grain oats
- 1/3 cup almond butter
- 2 tbs. coconut oil
- 2 tbs. pure maple syrup
- 2-3 scoops berry collagen
- 1/4 cup dried berries
In a food processor, combine all ingredients and blend until the mixture resembles a ball. If it’s too dry, add a tablespoon or two of water. Roll into small bites and store in the fridge for up to a week!