apple crunch protein bites

by Kristina Sloggett

in Breakfast,Dessert,Gluten Free,product review,recipes,snacks

I was recently asked to create recipes with products from the online sports nutrition and fitness store, NutritionFix. Pretty sure my love of trying new products is fairly apparent, and when I find products I like, I love to pass them along. NutritionFix offers great brands and many products I already use, and I spend a good amount of time finding a couple new products to try.

The first product I chose is one I have been interested in for a while – Kay’s Naturals Apple Cinnamon Protein Cereal – found on the protein page with more than 500 protein products available.

I have had protein cereals in the past, and was anticipating a cereal with a hard crunch. This is definitely crunchy, but very light, like a rice cereal. This is made from lean soy protein and is gluten free. The flavor is light and not sweet, a good choice for those who aren’t sugary sweet cereal fans.

I really love this – the apple and cinnamon flavors are great and the crunch makes this a good snack as is – dry. My one negative with the crunch, it does not hold up long in milk. I am very picky about this, though, and usually eat very small bowls of cereal, pouring milk as I eat it to keep it crunchy.

The crunch is a great aspect of  this recipe, and turns this protein snack into a good source of energy and fiber:

apple crunch protein bites

gluten and dairy free

makes 25-28 teaspoon size bites

1 cup raw cashews, soaked
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 1/4 cups Apple Cinnamon Protein Cereal
1/2 cup dried apple pieces
1/4 cup vanilla protein powder (+ 1 tablespoon for rolling)

In food processor, combine cashews and maple syrup until crumbly. Add cereal and dried apple, continue processing. Add 1/4 cup protein powder, dough should quickly form a ball. Put the remaining 1 tablespoon protein powder on a small plate. Using a teaspoon scoop for uniform size, roll into balls and roll through protein powder to coat. Store covered in refrigerator.

I have made three batches of this recipe so far – they are quick to make, easily portable, and are tasty good! I eat a few of these with a juice or smoothie in the morning before going to the gym.

Have you tried a protein cereal before? Do you use any protein products?



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