Crunchy Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bites

I’m on the road to Illinois this weekend to celebrate one of my good friend’s weddings. To say I am excited is an understatement. This will be the first time that I am reunited with my best friends from grad school since we walked across the stage at Illinois State University in May 2016. There is something special about having other dietitian friends. It’s much easier to relate to one another because we share similar career triumphs and struggles. We also can talk about nutrition-y things without boring one another.

Fun friends, long conversations, lots of laughter? Yeah…this weekend is going to be good!

While I am blasting nostalgic playlists with my girls on the 8 hour drive from South Dakota to Illinois, I wanted to leave you with this easy recipe that I sampled at my Hy-Vee location last week. I got positive feedback on these and wanted to share it with you guys.


These were one of those pleasant mistakes that you stumble upon in the kitchen. My recipe was originally inspired by this one. However, in my rush to get my demo set up, I purchased half the wrong ingredients. Instead of smooth peanut butter, I grabbed the chunky peanut butter. It seems that people are either “team chunky peanut butter” or they are not. I tend to be not a fan. However, I had already opened the jar and there was no going back. My other mistake was that I didn’t purchase the mini chocolate chips like I normally do for protein bites. Luckily, they turned out nicely! I actually liked the little crunch that the chunky peanut butter added to the bites.

Chunky Peanut Butter Protein Bites

Spilling the Beans Nutrition
Servings 8 bites


  • 1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp chocolate protein powder
  • 2 tbsp water


  • Combine all the ingredients in a medium bowl
  • Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  • Roll in 8 bites and store in refrigerator up to a week.

Let me know what you think! Were the changes in the recipe a hit or a miss?

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