Protein bites have become a staple in my diet: they’re a regular part of my weekly food prep, and I’ve gotten making them down to a mindless routine. No matter what’s in my pantry, I can usually whip up some reasonably delicious concoction, and presto, a quick, easy, and nutritious snack.
What I didn’t realize about having a two year old, until I had a two year old, is that they want to do every single thing you’re doing. When I’m wearing a dress, she wants to wear one too. When I’m plucking my eyebrows, she wants to pluck hers. No matter what I’m eating, she wants in. And while I’m fine with her trying most foods, my protein bites recipes aren’t always what I’d consider toddler friendly. For example, I don’t think she needs chocolate or protein powder on the regular, or cold brew, ever. So I’ve been gradually adapting my recipes to make sure they work for all ages, and this week, I made one that’s not just okay for her, but is tailored to her.
The recipe below is a real winner, but please note that proportions are infinitely adaptable. I measured ingredients so I could create this recipe but usually don’t, so feel free to adjust up or down, replace, etc, and you’ll probably still end up with something yummy.
The star ingredient of this version is the Lantana Strawberry Hummus, which gives these bites a super moist consistency, just like a nice buttery cookie dough. Whereas my biggest challenge with protein bites is getting them wet and sticky enough to cohere into balls, these practically came together on their own. As a result I used far less honey and almond milk than I typically do.
Here’s another delicious way to use fruit hummus.
Toddler-Friendly PB&J Protein Bites with Lantana Strawberry Hummus
- 6 pitted dates
- ½ c oats
- ¼ c Lantana Strawberry Hummus
- 3 Tb Peanut Butter
- ¼ c dried blueberries
- Splash of almond milk
- Drizzle of honey
- Optional toppings: coconut flakes, cacao nibs, hemp hearts, etc
- Combine everything in the food processor and let it go!
- Roll into balls
- Optional: roll the balls in toppings of your choice. I used coconut flakes, cacao nibs, and hemp hearts.
My two year old loved them. So did her two year old friends. So did her parents. And her grandparents.
I think it’s safe to say they’re a multi-generational-friendly treat.
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