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It’s high protein in the form of Chewy Peanut Butter Protein Bites…which are fudgy, chewy, and peanut buttery but deceptively good for your metabolism. They don’t taste overwhelmingly of protein powder (one of my biggest pet peeves). Oh, and did I mention that they’re not hard to make? I took these amazing little snack bites on vacation and they sure came in handy after I got back from a long, brisk walk!
What’s the secret to the fact that each small square of peanut butter fudge has 5 GRAMS of PROTEIN without tasting disgusting? Well, that would be defatted peanut flour. I know, it’s not exactly a common ingredient, but thankfully it’s getting easier and easier to find! You can find my favorite brand – ProteinPlus – online from several different sources such as Netrition and Amazon. Not an online shopper? Many different stores are starting to carry defatted peanut flour! Jif Unsweetened Peanut Powder can be found at Walmart. Defatted peanut flour has a fraction of the fat that regular peanut butter has, but it has a lot of protein! 16 grams per 1/4 c. serving, to be exact.
Since the defatted peanut flour is so light and there aren’t many other heavy fat sources in this recipe, most of the fat load comes from coconut oil, which is great for your metabolism! Protein and coconut oil in one delicious bite? Sign me up!
I like to store these protein bites in the fridge because they get too firm to eat if kept in the freezer. However, if you want to be able to pack up a few of these bites in a baggie for when you’re out and about running errands, freezing them first would be a good idea so they take longer to thaw.
Hungry for fudge? Here are a few other recipes you could try (but these don’t have as much protein):
- Chocolate Truffle Fudge (Deep S!)
- Brianafinger Truffle Fudge (milk chocolate fudge with peanut butter and toasted coconut)
- Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Fudge (probably my favorite)
- Peanut Butter Fudge (secret ingredient alert)
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- 2 c. defatted peanut flour
- ¾ c. Briana's Baking Mix
- ¼ c. whey protein powder (unflavored or vanilla)
- 1 tsp. Knox gelatin*
- 1 tsp. THM Super Sweet Blend
- ¾ tsp. xanthan gum
- ½ tsp. salt
- ¼ tsp. THM Pure Stevia Extract Powder
- 1½ c. warm water
- ⅔ c. refined coconut oil, melted
- 1 T. vegetable glycerin**
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- Dash maple extract
- Whisk the dry ingredients. Whisk the wet ingredients separately, then add them to the dry ingredients and mix with a hand mixer. A thick dough will form. Press this into a foil-lined 8"x8" pan with a spatula and refrigerate to firm up. When the fudge has firmed up a bit, use a sharp knife to slice it into 36 squares, then cover and refrigerate overnight to finish setting up. Enjoy! Store in refrigerator.
- If stored in the freezer, this fudge gets really hard, but if you want to be able to take it out with you on the go, freezing it is a good way to keep it firm longer, then you can eat it when it thaws.
**I added the vegetable glycerin for a softer, slightly sticky texture. (This is an ingredient I use in ice cream to achieve a smooth, creamy texture, and it has very little impact on blood sugar.) If you don't have it on hand, just omit it. I buy this brand from Amazon.
You can try to use THM Baking Blend to replace my baking mix in this recipe, but you'll need more than my baking mix called for since my baking mix soaks up more liquid. Start with 1 c. THM Baking Blend and add more if necessary to get the fudge to a thick dough texture.
For a dairy-free option, use collagen to make my baking mix and replace the whey protein powder in this recipe with collagen or another non-dairy protein powder.
Each of these squares has over 5g protein! Eat 3-4 for a great snack. The main fat source of good ol' coconut oil, which is great for your metabolism.
- Defatted Peanut Flour (Amazon)
- THM Defatted Peanut Flour
- Defatted Peanut Flour (Netrition)
- Briana’s Baking Mix
- THM Baking Blend
- Whey Protein Powder
- THM Pristine Whey Protein Powder
- Great Lakes Collagen (iHerb)
- Great Lakes Collagen (Amazon)
- THM Integral Collagen
- Xanthan gum (Amazon)
- Xanthan Gum (iHerb)
- THM Super Sweet Blend
- THM Pure Stevia Extract Powder
- Knox plain bulk gelatin
- Great Lakes Beef Gelatin (iHerb)
- THM Just Gelatin
- Vegetable Glycerin