When you’re trying to eat healthy, it’s easy to get caught up in low calorie, low fat foods. In the past, when I’ve dieted, I’ve avoided anything that could be considered “fattening,” even if it was good for me. This time around, I’m working hard to incorporate foods that are high in protein and healthy fat into my daily meal plan.
Healthy fats (or “good fats”) are monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which are found in a lot of really delicious foods. Healthy fats keep your heart healthy, lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, and improve brain function. Some healthy fats are avocados, various kinds of nuts, olives and olive oil, salmon, and dark chocolate.
I’ve been looking for some good recipes that are high in protein and healthy fats, but can also satisfy a sweet tooth. I came across this recipe for vanilla espresso almond butter energy bites and knew I’d found what I was looking for.
These energy balls took about five minutes to prep, and then another 5-10 minutes to roll into balls. The original recipe says it can make about 20, but I rolled them a bit bigger, making more of a baker’s dozen. I also made a couple edits to the recipe: instead of instant coffee, I used instant espresso, and I replaced white chocolate chips with dark chocolate.
- 11/2 cups old fashioned oats
- 1/4 cup vanilla whey protein powder (I used Garden of Life Organic Raw Plant Based Vanilla Protein Powder)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon instant espresso (I used Pilon)
- 1/2 cup almond butter
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
You can check out With Salt and Wit for the full instructions. These are delicious and great to grab as a quick, filling snack that tastes like dessert. I will definitely be checking out her other energy ball recipes in the future.
One quick note: they never fully set, so they’re a little sticky to touch. Not sure if it’s just the way I made them, but I thought I’d pass that along.
Have you tried this recipe? What other healthy fat snacks do you enjoy?