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Peanut Butter Raisin Recovery Bites (GF, DF, SF, V, V+)

Melissa Villamizar May 13, 2012 Nutrition, Recipes 1 Comment
Peanut Butter Raisin Recovery Bites (GF, DF, SF, V, V+)

This recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, vegetarian and vegan.

PB Raisin Recovery Bites

I am so excited about these recovery snacks! Made with all-natural ingredients, these bites contain the necessary protein and carbohydrates required to increase recovery and protein synthesis post-workout. Be sure to ingest this snack within 90 minutes of a workout for maximum benefits. For best results, consume within 30 minutes of activity.

Not only are these bites delicious, but cost-effective as well. What you would normally pay $3-4 per serving for at the store, you are paying less than $1 for by making your own. And you know EXACTLY what the ingredients are! No unnecessary additives in these bites!

Notes

  • Recipe Yields: ~24 bites (at approximately 1.5″x1″ size)
  • Prep Time: ~10 minutes
  • Notes: Feel free to experiment with ingredients

Ingredients

  • ~12 organic Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • ¾ cup gluten-free oats
  • 1 Tbsp organic ground flaxseed
  • 1 Tbsp hemp protein powder
  • ¼ cup dry-roasted, unsalted peanuts
  • 2 Tbsp organic creamy peanut butter
  • 1 Tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1 tsp raw honey
  • ¼ cup coconut flakes
  • ¼ cup raw, hulled pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ cup raw, hulled sunflower seeds
  • ¼ cup organic raisins

Preparation

  1. Remove pits from dates, set aside.
  2. Add walnuts, oats, ground flaxseed, hemp protein powder and peanuts to food processor.
  3. Add dates to food processor two at a time, processing for only a few seconds each time. Try to avoid over-processing, as the mixture will become oily from the nuts.
  4. Add peanut butter, coconut oil and honey, process for for a few seconds until combined.
  5. Add coconut flakes, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and raisins, process for a few seconds until combined. Feel free to mix by hand to avoid breaking the seeds.
  6. Test the mixture. Take ~1 Tbsp full of mixture and press it between your fingers. It should stick together nicely. If mixture seems dry, feel free to add in additional peanut butter, coconut oil or honey. If the mixture seems too wet, add in additional oats.
  7. Dump mixture from food processor onto cutting board and flatten by hand (or use wooden roller). Be sure to firmly press mixture into one large, flat slab. Cut the bites into desired size (~1.5″x1″) with pizza cutter or knife and store refrigerated in tupperware container. Wax paper can be used to separate layers of the bites inside the tupperware to keep them from sticking together while refrigerated, but is not essential.

I hope you enjoy these recovery bites! They will keep in the refrigerator for about a week, but feel free to store them in the freezer as well! I prefer to eat them when they’re a bit softer, so I’ll take them out of the refrigerator a few hours before my workout. This leaves them at the perfect temperature for consumption after my evening activities. They also make a fabulous dessert! These PB Raisin Recovery Bites are rich in natural sugars, protein, fiber and omega 3s. Enjoy!

And for a delicious pre-workout snack to load those glycogen stores, check out my Almond Coconut Raisin Energy Bars.

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