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4 Protein Snacks to Hit the Trails With!

Posted on Fri, May 21, 2021 @ 10:37 AM

These portable, protein-packed snacks will give you the energy you need for your outdoor adventures.

BlogImage-2021-Nut Butter Power Balls

Nut Butter and Flax Powerballs

Makes 15 servings
Prep time: 20 minutes

1½ cups almond butter
1 banana, peeled and mashed
2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
2 tablespoons whey protein powder
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 tablespoon honey
1⁄3 cup almonds, finely chopped

1. In a mixing bowl, stir together the almond butter, banana, flax, protein powder, cocoa powder and honey. Blend until smooth.
2. Line a plate or pan with parchment paper. Roll the mixture into 1- to 2-inch balls and place on parchment paper. Next, roll each ball in the chopped almonds and return to parchment paper. Place in the refrigerator or freezer until firm.


Nut Butter and Flax Powerballs

Makes 14 barsBlogImage-2021-No-Bake Apricot Cashew Energy Bars
Prep time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Active time: 15 minutes

1½ cups chopped dried apricots
½ cup cashews
½ cup almonds
½ cup cashew butter
½ cup peanut butter
1 cup flaked coconut
1⁄3 cup shelled hemp seeds
1⁄3 cup chia seeds
3 tablespoons cacao powder
1 tablespoon maca powder

1. Place the apricots, cashews, almonds and cashew butter in a food processor and mix until the apricots are finely chopped and the ingredients have come together. The mixture will still be coarse.
2. Transfer to a mixing bowl and add the remaining ingredients. Stir until the mixture takes on the consistency of a very thick dough. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper and press mixture firmly into the bottom of the pan. Chill in the refrigerator for at least one hour, then check to make sure it has set. When set, turn the mixture out onto a cutting board and slice into 14 pieces. Keeps refrigerated up to 5 days.


BlogImage-2021-Chocolate Matcha Energy Balls

Chocolate Matcha Energy Balls

Makes 16 servings
Prep time: 15 minutes

½ cup raw cashews
¼ cup raw walnuts
1 cup pitted dates
1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1 tablespoon plus
1 teaspoon matcha, divided
Pinch of salt

1. Place cashews and walnuts in the food processor and grind the nuts to a fine mince, then scrape them to the center of the container. Add the dates, maple syrup or honey, cocoa, 1 tablespoon matcha and salt. Process until the dates form a thick paste and the mixture holds together if you squeeze a bit of it.
2. Scoop out a tablespoon of the mixture, form into a ball and place into a medium bowl; repeat until all of the mixture has been used. Use a wire mesh strainer to sift the remaining matcha over the balls. Roll the balls around to coat. Store, tightly wrapped, in the refrigerator for up to a month.


Chewy Cocoa Granola BarsBlogImage-2021-Chewy Cocoa Granola Bars

Makes 12 servings
Prep time: 20 minutes active; 50 minutes total

2 cups rolled oats, thick
½ cup raisins, dried cherries or other dried fruit
½ cup coarsely chopped almonds, walnuts or peanuts
¼ cup cocoa
¼ teaspoon salt
¾ cup applesauce
½ cup honey or agave syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Cut a piece of parchment paper 8 inches wide, and place it in an 8" x 8" baking pan, with the edges hanging over to make handles for easy removal of the finished bars.
2. On a sheet pan, spread the oats and toast them in the oven for about 10 minutes, until fragrant and lightly golden in spots. Let cool on a rack.
3. Place the cooled oats in a large bowl and add the dried fruit, nuts, cocoa and salt and stir to mix well.
4. In a medium bowl, combine the applesauce, honey and vanilla. Stir until smooth, then pour over the oat mixture. Stir until well mixed, then spread in the prepared pan. Using a spatula, press the mixture firmly and evenly in the pan.
5. Bake for 30 minutes, until the bars feel firm when pressed. Cool on a rack for 10 minutes, then use the parchment to lift the bars out and let cool completely. Cut 3-by-4 to make 12 bars. Store, tightly wrapped, for up to 4 days at room temperature or a week in the refrigerator.

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