Orange creamsicle protein bites are a one bowl, no bake, no blender recipe, and a brightly flavored change of pace in snacking! Oil free, gluten free, vegan
recipe originally published September 17, 2017
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Orange Protein Bites
These orange creamsicle protein bites are the perfect pre-workout or post-workout snack. These bite size pieces make a delicious snack for kids.
I always have protein balls or energy bites available for snacking. The short ingredient list makes these low carb and high protein, and a perfect option to refuel after a workout or as a snack between meals.
These bites are relatively inexpensive to make and use ingredients that are likely in your pantry already.
Chocolate orange balls recipe
Another reason that I love these orange energy balls is that I can easily change the flavor. I used vanilla protein powder when I made these. But, you can use chocolate protein powder instead for chocolate orange balls.
For another layer of flavor and texture, add a few mini chocolate chips, dried fruit, or shredded coconut to the recipe. To give them a nutritional boost, add ground flaxseed or chia seeds.
Can I use another type of juice?
These orange creamsicle protein bites are made with concentrated frozen orange juice. This recipe can be made with any flavor of frozen concentrated juice. Pineapple, lemonade, grape, or apple would be great flavor options.
I love to use fruit concentrates for bolder flavor - this protein rich pineapple chia pudding uses pineapple which is so bright and vibrant!
What can I roll orange energy balls in?
If you want to step these up a notch, roll them in finely chopped nuts. If you are hoping for a nut-free energy ball, you can roll them in cocoa powder or a tiny bit of vegan granulated sugar. Or, if you really want to go all out and turn them into a dessert, you can drizzle them with dark chocolate.
It's so easy to change up the flavor combinations in this recipe. Just experiment until you find the perfect flavor for your family.
Nut-free orange energy balls
Since nuts are an issue for many people, you can make nut-free orange energy balls with a few simple substitutions. Instead of the cashew butter, use sunflower seed butter. Instead of using almond flour, use oat flour. These two simple substitutions will make them nut-free.
How to store energy balls
Make a large batch of these orange energy balls and store them in a tightly covered container. In the refrigerator, they will be fresh and flavorful for up to a week.
To freeze for later, lay the bites in a single layer on a cookie sheet to freeze. After they are frozen, remove them from the cookie sheet and place them in a freezer bag. Freezing them flat first helps prevent them from sticking together.
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- ¼ cup cashew butter (or sunflower seed butter*)
- 3 tablespoons orange juice concentrate (undiluted, from frozen can)
- 1 cup vegan vanilla protein powder
- ½ cup almond flour, + extra for rolling (or oat flour, to keep nut free)
- In a mixing bowl, combine cashew butter and orange juice concentrate. Stir until combined completely and smooth. *If using a nut free seed butter option, you may need to increase protein powder or flour by a tablespoon if the seed butter is runny.
- Add protein powder and almond flour, stirring to combine completely.
- Using your hands, roll dough into balls approximately one inch in size.
- Store in covered container in refrigerator up to one week.
dairy, egg, soy, oil, and gluten free, vegan recipe
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 94Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 29mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 8g
nutrition calculations results vary by calculator, are for informational purposes only, and are not intended to replace medical advice or treatment.
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