Spiru-what? You know! Spirulina – that free-floating filamentous cyanobacteria characterized by cylindrical, multicellular trichomes in an open left-hand helix!*
No doubt, an odd ingredient, but I have been adding it to everything lately. It is a complete protein and full of other good stuff like thiamine, riboflavin, folic acid, vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E, potassium, calcium, chromium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, selenium and zinc.
But let’s get real. I add it to recipes because it turns my food green and that must be good for me.
These bites have over 8 grams of protein in each serving. They are great to have on hand for an afternoon snack or even pre-workout for an added boost of energy.
If you want more protein per serving, try adding a scoop of your favorite protein powder. You may need to increase the amount of oil to get the mixture to come together. Add it slowly (no more than one teaspoon at a time) until the mixture resembles sand and holds together when pressed. If you don’t have MCT oil, use coconut oil as a substitute.
Spirulina Protein Bites
Makes 5 servings (two bites in each serving)
3/4 cup almond meal
1/4 cup hemp seeds
5 dates, pitted
2 tbs coconut butter
2 tbs maple syrup
1 tbs spirulina
2 tsp MCT oil
Pinch of kosher salt
Place all ingredients in a food processor and process until fully combined. Roll the mixture into 10 balls and refrigerate until set.
Store in the refrigerator and try not to eat all of them in one sitting.