Almond butter protein bites

These delicious nut butter bites are great as a pre or post workout snack or are fun to serve as a sweet vegan treat at a party too.  They are really easy to make – the only thing you will need is chocolate molds (I got these on Amazon and love the variety of shapes, particularly the hearts and the circles and rectangles embedded with swirly designs).  They should take no longer than 10 minutes to make and will set in the freezer and be ready to eat in about 1 hour.  Note you do need to keep them in the freezer and serve immediately when taking out since the coco oil and nut butter combo make these prone to melting, especially in high heat.  You’ll get protein from the nut butter, healthy fat from the coco oil, and an energy boost and aphrodisiac kick from the maca 🙂

Ingredients:
1. 1 cup of nut butter of your choice (I did 1/2 cup peanut butter and 1/2 cup almond butter)
2. 1/2 cup coconut oil 
3. 1/4 cup maple syrup (you can probably substitute agave syrup as well)
4. 1 tbsp maca powder 
5. 1 tbsp cinnamon
6. Generous sprinklings of sea salt for that great sweet & salty balance 
Optional: If you like extra crunch, consider using crunchy nut butters and/or stirring in some cacao nibs.
Directions:
Put all ingredients in a small saucepan and mix over low heat for about 2 minutes.  Taste it (it’s absolutely delicious warm too), and if you’ve reached the right balance of sweet, salty, nutty and creamy, turn off heat and pour into chocolate molds.  Note you might need to first pour into something with a spout to get more precise pours into chocolate molds so it doesn’t spill beyond mold shapes.  Once molds are fill, set in freezer and they will be ready after about one hour.  Store in freezer in airtight container.  Serve immediately after removing from freezer to prevent melting.  Enjoy!!!

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