No-Bake Protein “Timbits”

These kind of taste like Timbits (minus the baking and copious amounts of sugar and fat, that is). Enjoy a few for a snack or a pre/postworkout boost. If you’ve never had sunflower seed butter or coconut flour, you’re in for a treat. Sunflower seed butter is less sweet than peanut butter, but the flavour holds up just as well in recipes. Coconut flour is extremely high in fibre (it soaks up liquid like crazy) and is naturally sweet. Find both in natural foods stores.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup sunflower seed butter
  • 1/2 cup naturally flavoured vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 cup oat flour (see Tips)
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped raisins
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 4 Tbs hot water
  • 4 packets stevia (equal to about 3 Tbs sugar)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp almond extract

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, mix ingredients well (use hands if necessary, wetting them to prevent sticking). If mixture is too dry, add more pumpkin and/or water; if too wet, add more flour and/or protein powder.
  2. Shape into small balls. Store in an airtight container or bag in the fridge or freezer. Makes about 40 balls.

Per ball: 35 calories, 2 g fat (0 g sat, 0 g trans), 2 mg sodium, 1 g fibre, 1 g sugar, 2 g protein

Tips & Variations:

  • Swap another nut/seed butter (e.g., peanut, almond) for sunflower seed butter.
  • To make oat flour, grind oats in a blender or food processor to a flour consistency.
  • If you don’t have coconut flour, substitute ground flaxseed (use golden flax, not dark, for a lighter taste).
  • Substitute unsweetened applesauce for pumpkin.
  • Add a dash of nutmeg for even more doughnut flavour.
  • Use another extract (e.g., vanilla, coconut).
  • Substitute other dried fruit (e.g., currants, dried apricots) or chopped dark chocolate for raisins.
  • Make cocoa balls by adding 1 Tbs cocoa powder or by using chocolate protein powder instead of vanilla.
  • Protein powder-free version: use more oat flour and/or coconut flour and add sweetener to taste.
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