Ever find yourself without a recipe ingredient? I do, all the time. But I don’t like to drive to the store just to pick up one (okay, sometimes it’s two or three) things, so I substitute. No sour cream for last night’s crock pot cowboy chicken? No worries, greek yogurt will do. Soy sauce or tamari? Same thing in my house. Any vegetable is pretty much interchangeable with another. I’ve subbed so many things I can’t even remember. The results are, admittedly, interesting on occasion, but rarely disastrous.
Yesterday I came home from a 2 hr ride to find that we were out of Picky Bars, again. No worries, I would make my go-to protein bites recipe. Except there wasn’t any peanut butter to be found. In a house where only one person (my husband) eats peanut butter on a regular basis, this isn’t all that surprising, really. I looked around in the pantry (how did I wind up with six cans of chopped tomatoes?) and found the Nutella. I decided that would sub nicely. Looking down the list of ingredients, I noticed I didn’t have agave nectar. But I did have maple syrup so I went with that.
Seeing as I was already subbing two ingredients, I decided to come up with my own recipe. I’d been dying to use this Costco fruit & nut mix in something other than cookies, as it’s got a ton of cherries and cranberries in it along with almonds, walnuts, and pistachios, so I subbed that, too. Then it was just a case of adding the other ingredients in the right quantities, until I came up with the right consistency. The result was a dense, chocolatey, crunchy, nibble of which I am proud enough to share!
Makes 26 Nibbles
1/2 cup Nutella
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup fruit & nut mix
1 tbs cocoa powder
I scoop Infinit Repair chocolate protein powder (can sub any protein powder, chocolate flavor preferable)
1/4 – 1/2 cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1/4 cup shredded coconut
Combine Nutella, fruit & nut mix, and oats in a food processor and pulse until fruit & nut mix is finely chopped and ingredients are well combined. Add the cocoa powder, protein powder, maple syrup (start with 1/4 cup) and chia seeds and pulse until combined. Add up to 1/4 cup maple syrup as needed to make the mix slightly sticky.
Take a tablespoon of the mixture and roll it in your palm to form a ball, then roll in coconut. Repeat until all mixture is used.
Place nibbles in refrigerator to harden slightly. Enjoy for up to two weeks…if they last that long.
Nutritional information per serving (1 nibble = 1 serving): 102.5 calories, 3.5g fat, 14.3g carbohydrates, 3g protein, 1.3g fiber, 9.6g sugar