Peanut butter and jelly, hot chocolate and marshmallows, cheese and wine… Let’s be real: Some things are just better together. Take this recipe for Confetti Cake Protein Bites—a clean, high-protein, vegan snack option that combines a delectable, dessert-like flavor with a bevy of nutrient-rich ingredients. (Shoutout to integrative chef Blaine Arin Tacker, who created this recipe exclusively for us!)
Before we get into the how-to, here’s a quick rundown of why you may want to reach for a high-protein snack—rather than one that’s heavy on, say, refined carbohydrates or sugar—when it comes to fueling your body. In short, protein is an essential nutrient, and consuming enough of it—ideally through a well-balanced diet rich in whole foods—is important to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and supporting muscle protein synthesis.* (1)
Here’s the kicker, though: Even with a so-called “perfect” approach to eating, gaps can still occur, courtesy of factors like dietary restrictions, genetic variations, and age. This applies to both micronutrients and macronutrients (protein is a macronutrient), which is where a high-quality protein powder, like Essential Protein, can come in handy: to help support those nutritional intakes.*
Speaking of nutrients, this recipe packs more than just protein—thanks to the presence of nut butter, you’ll also be getting in some healthy fats, not to mention the almond flour, which is a good source of magnesium and vitamin E.* (2)
Okay, enough talking—let’s get to eating!
Confetti Cake Protein Bites
Makes: 15 small bites
Prep time: 5 minutes