Maybe it’s sophomoric humor I long should have outgrown, but any recipe including the word “balls” gives me pause.

So let’s just call them Bites. Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bites*.

And I ate my first one after this morning’s workout.

With more than a little trepidation, I tried a small nibble – about the same sized bite my six year old takes when a healthy anything on his plate prompts yet another dinner standoff.

Holy tastebuds. How many of these can I eat?!

It was my first attempt working with whey protein powder. And flax seed. I’ll henceforth be buying these in bulk.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bites*
2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup Smucker’s Natural Creamy Peanut Butter
1/2 cup clover honey
1 small packet Sprouts Whey Vanilla Protein (25.5 g)
1/2 cup half and half
1/2 cup ground flax seed
1 tablespoon chia seed
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 9 oz bag Lily’s Dark Chocolate Premium Baking Chips, 55% cacao
Pulse flax seed in blender until ground. Add all remaining ingredients and mix until blended. Transfer to mixing bowl, and using tablespoon measure, hand roll into individual bites. Refrigerate overnight. Enjoy post workout! Yield: 3 dozen. MFP entry: Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bites, 1 Protein Bite, 111 cals.

*Original recipe courtesy Joyful Healthy Eats, “No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls“.