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Cocoa Caramel Collagen Energy Bites


Within the last couple years, collagen products have become increasingly popular in the health & wellness sphere. Both my mom and I began incorporating a scoop of Vital Proteins Original Collagen into our daily routine. Vital Proteins is a brand I love, which is why I am happy to now be an ambassador for them.

One reason I love Vital Proteins' collagen products is because they are incredibly versatile and can be mixed into drinks, smoothies, and food recipes, making them an easy addition to your daily life. I often mix my collagen into my coffee, whereas my mom will often mix hers into yogurt or oatmeal.


Collagen is a vital building block of our bodies including skin, hair, nails, bones, and joints. Ingesting a collagen supplement reaps many benefits, given that our bodies do not synthesize enough collagen on their own and the American diet contains minimal collagen. The benefits of collagen are endless, so I suggest doing your own research, but below I have outlined some.

Collagen helps support...

  • Joint and bone health

  • Athletic performance

  • Hair, skin and nail health

  • Overall wellness


Now, let's get into the recipe! I was recently gifted one of Vital Proteins new collagen latte mixes, and I was so excited to begin making some yummy treats with it. I am a HUGE fan of energy balls, so I played around a bit and came up with these. They contain oats, peanut butter, sugar free maple syrup, chia seeds (hello Omega-3 Fatty Acids!), and of course, the cocoa caramel collagen latte mix.


Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups of Quaker Rolled Oats

  • 80 grams of Creamy Peanut Butter (if you are not using a food scale, this is roughly 5 tablespoons)

  • 5 tablespoons of Lankanto Sugar Free Maple Syrup (if you don't have this, you can substitute your ordinary maple syrup or honey)

  • 1 tablespoon of Chia Seeds

  • 3 Scoops of Vital Protein Cocoa Caramel Collagen Latte mix

Directions:

  1. Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl. If the mixture seems too dry, add either more peanut butter or syrup.

  2. Shape into 14 balls.

  3. Enjoy- simple as that!

Nutrition/Macros per 1 ball:

4.5 grams of Fat, 9.2 grams of Carbohydrates, 3.7 grams of Protein = 87 calories

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