Salted Caramel Protein Bites {vg, gf}

Salted Caramel Protein Bites

I know it’s getting a bit much with all my energy/bliss ball-y things lately (see here, here and here). But one bite into these beauties and I knew I could not wait another day to share these with you. I know you guys love salted caramel. And I know you love protein bites. Enter…salted caramel protein bites!

These came about as I tried to recreate one of those crazy expensive and filled-to-the-brim with junk store-bought protein bars. The combination of dates and oats has never disappointed me and I figured that with the addition of my favourite vegan protein powder I’d be able to make the perfect protein bar. But then it just seemed easier to go down the bliss ball route again. So here we are. Unfortunately or fortunately, I tasted the “batter” while making these balls and got so addicted that I devoured a considerable part of the mix (so you might well be able to yield more than 30 balls out of this recipe). I could not get over how much these tasted like salted caramel!

I hate the word amazeballs, but it pretty much does them justice!

Salted Caramel Protein Bites

Makes 30 bites

2.5 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup packed pitted dates (any kind)
1/4 cup coconut syrup (you can try other liquid sweeteners, but I find the coconut syrup really gives it that deep malty, caramelly taste that we want)
1/4 cup filtered water
4 rounded tbsp (ca. 40-45 g) vegan vanilla protein powder (I use Amazonia Raw Fermented Paleo Protein)
dash of vanilla extract
healthy pinch of Maldon sea salt

First, blitz the oats in a high-powered blender until you reach a rough flour consistency. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until the mixture comes together and holds its shape but is not overly sticky. Shape into balls and store in the fridge.

Enjoy!

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