Peanut Butter & Jelly Protein Bites

PB&J protein bites

These Peanut Butter & Jelly Protein Bites are a healthy treat the whole family can enjoy!

I grew up on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. As a matter of fact, PB&J was is one of my favorite sandwiches.

What’s not to love about peanut butter and jelly sandwiches? Especially when it’s served up on a toasty English muffin. Yes, that’s how I like to eat my PB&J sandwiches!

PB&J sandwich

Creamy peanut butter with sweet  strawberry jelly…What’s not to love?

Since I’ve grown up (only in size, not in taste), I don’t eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches as much as I used too. I blame that on my metabolism and hormones!

But I still love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and I think I’ve found a healthier way to enjoy those flavors along with the creaminess of the peanut butter with these Peanut Butter & Jelly Protein Bites.

Peanuts and dried strawberries mixed together, coated with real creamy peanut butter, and sprinkled with chopped peanuts.

And made with no added sugars!

PB&J protein bites

It’s just like eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich!  Except without the bread of course (which is good news for all you peeps trying to avoid carbs!).

Now I soaked the dried strawberries in hot water before tossing them into my food processor. This helps to soften them up so I’m left with jelly-like strawberry chunks! Otherwise the dried strawberries just spin around in the food processor, staying whole.

These are quite easy to make, almost easier than making a PB&J sandwich. Just toss the ingredients into your food processor, shape into balls, chill, dip in melted peanut butter, and sprinkle with chopped peanuts. That’s it!

So if you love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches as much as I do, you’re going to love these Peanut Butter & Jelly Protein Bites.

And if you have kids, you might want to double the recipe because they’ll be popping ’em in their mouths too.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Protein Bites
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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 12 balls

Peanut Butter & Jelly Protein Bites

The all-American Peanut butter & jelly sandwich becomes a bite size healthy protein ball. Made with real peanuts, dried strawberries, covered with creamy peanut butter and a sprinkling of chopped peanuts these are goodness in every bite.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted roasted peanuts
  • 3/4 cup dried strawberries
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 4 Tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup chopped peanuts to sprinkle over the top

Instructions

  1. Heat 1 cup water for 1 minute in the microwave. Pour dried strawberries into hot water. Let soak for about 20 minutes so strawberries can soften before blending in the food processor. Drain off water after strawberries have softened.
  2. Place strawberries and 1/2 cup peanuts into food processor and pulse on High until strawberries and peanuts are ground into smaller chunks.
  3. Add coconut oil and protein powder. Pulse for another 30 to 60 seconds or until all ingredients are blended.
  4. Unplug food processor and remove lid. Using a cookie scoop, scoop peanut mixture into small balls, shaping with your hands.
  5. Place ball shapes on a clean, dry plate. Repeat until all mixture is used up.
  6. Put in refrigerator to chill for at least 30 minutes.
  7. After balls have chilled, melt peanut butter in microwave, stirring every 20 seconds until peanut butter is liquid. If there are a few chunks of peanut butter, continue to stir before putting back into microwave. This usually helps break up the chunks and helps to prevent overcooking the peanut butter.
  8. After peanut butter is melted, dip balls in 1 at a time, spooning peanut butter over the top. Using a fork, lift ball out of peanut butter. Tap fork gently against side of bowl to remove excess peanut butter. Using a clean toothpick, run the toothpick under the fork to remove excess peanut butter. Use the toothpick to slide peanut butter covered ball off of fork and onto the plate. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts. Repeat with rest of balls.
  9. Place in refrigerator for at least 4 hours so peanut butter can set up. Overnight works best.
  10. Serve chilled.
  11. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
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