Nut Butter Protein Bites

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When I tell people that I work out at 5AM every morning before work, they usually tell me that I’m nuts. While that may be partially true, I’ve found that it really works with my schedule and I love the feeling of having my workout completed before most people are even waking up!

I won’t lie, it definitely took me a few weeks to make it a habit and find the perfect routine. My biggest tip for anyone who is daring to join the 5AM Workout Club is to prepare everything the night before. For me this means laying out my gym clothes, headphones, watch, and water bottle. Heck, I even unlace my sneakers! That way I can just get up and GO and there is very little time for me to make an excuse to go back to bed. Trust me, the longer you spend trying to find your socks and sports bra in the wee hours of the morning, the more time there is to convince yourself that your bed looks way more inviting.

When I first started this routine I worked out on an empty stomach. I was never hungry as soon as I woke up, so I would just eat after my workout. I started experimenting with eating a little something before I got to the gym and I found it made a big difference – much more than I thought it would. Even half a banana or one of these delicious nut butter protein bites makes me feel a little bit better and provides me with enough energy to complete a great workout.

Nut Butter Protein Bites Recipe

I started experimenting with protein bites because I didn’t want to eat an entire bar before my workout. I’ve played around with the recipe a lot in order to get the right texture and taste. I think they’re perfect now!

Nut Butter Protein Bites Recipe - Little Chef Big Appetite

Every bite contains a solid dose of fiber, healthy fats, and protein! Even better? They’re gluten-free, so they are great for those of you who try to avoid gluten in your diets!

Nut Butter Protein Bites Recipe - Little Chef Big Appetite

I hope you love these little nut butter protein bites as much as I do. I’ve already finished this current batch, so I think the next time around I am going to experiment with different ingredients such as raisins, dried cranberries, and chocolate protein powder. Do you guys have any other yummy ideas?


Nut Butter Protein Bites
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Serves: 8-10 bites
  • ½ cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • ⅛ cup vanilla protein powder
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ cup almond butter
  • ⅛ cup peanut butter
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1-2 teaspoons water (optional)
  1. In a medium bowl, stir together the oats, chia seeds, protein powder, and cinnamon. In a smaller microwave-safe bowl, combine the almond butter, peanut butter, and honey. Microwave for 15-20 seconds or until the mixture can be easily stirred. Pour the nut butter mixture into the dry ingredients and stir well to combine. If you are finding the mixture difficult to stir, add one teaspoon of water and continue mixing. Repeat if necessary*.
  2. Roll the mixture into 8-10 bite-sized balls. Store in the fridge in a sealed container.
*Avoid adding too much water because this will give the bites a gummy texture


  • August 13, 2014 - 8:35 pm | Permalink

    These sound great, and satisfying, too! Im a total morning person but for some reason find i prefer going to the gym in the afternoon… way to go for getting up and going so early!

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      August 13, 2014 - 9:14 pm | Permalink

      Thank you, Caitlin! I wish I could go in the afternoon, but I am at work :/

  • Thalia @ butter and brioche
    August 13, 2014 - 9:08 pm | Permalink

    yum these little bites look delicious! definitely perfect for when my afternoon sugar cravings hit.. love how guilt free they are!

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      August 13, 2014 - 9:14 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Thalia! I hope you try them!

  • Melissa
    August 15, 2014 - 11:10 am | Permalink

    I’m trying to find a healthy Protein Powder and was wondering what kind you use or would recommend?

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      August 15, 2014 - 2:35 pm | Permalink

      Hi Melissa, I love Jay Robb’s Egg White Protein Powder. I think it tastes great it doesn’t have a lot of added unnecessary ingredients. I try to avoid dairy, which is why I don’t use whey protein.

      • Melissa
        August 18, 2014 - 10:44 am | Permalink

        Thanks for getting back to me. I was lucky enough to find the Protein Powder that you recommended at my local grocery store. I ended up making these last night and my hubby and I LOVE them! 🙂

  • Olivia - Primavera Kitchen
    August 19, 2014 - 4:28 am | Permalink

    I’ve never had Protein Bites, but you’ve inspired me! Looks good 😉

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      August 19, 2014 - 7:17 am | Permalink

      Thanks, Olivia! I love as a quick snack on the go!

  • Meggie
    June 21, 2016 - 6:48 pm | Permalink

    Rach, just made these — they are SO good. I subbed half of the cinnamon for 1/4 teaspoon of garam masala — delicious!

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      June 22, 2016 - 6:53 am | Permalink

      YUM! Never would have thought to do that! So glad you loved them! XO

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