I have two words for you. Dorm. Room. This is totally a recipe I'd like to send to my dear cousins off at college as soon as it gets cool enough that these wonderful items don't melt or fall apart before they get there. And if you're lucky enough to have a fridge in your room (we did, even in high school), you can totally make this recipe in your dorm room and be a hit on your hall.
I've been looking for a protein bar recipe that doesn't need to stay cold for our 4 hour long bike rides (with play-stops for Nora) on Sunday mornings. Then, suddenly, two bloggers I follow talked about this recipe, and I made it this week. No-bake Protein Bites from Smashed Peas and Carrots work perfectly. Well, except for the fact that we haven't gotten to take them on the trail yet. I made 2.5 dozen little balls almost exactly 48 hours ago. But we had guests for lunch on Thursday for which these made a fine dessert. And Paul took half to work, which came in handy when he didn't get lunch until 3 in the afternoon. And now, on my way to the pool, I'm about to eat the last one.
Here's the great thing! You can change up the ingredients. This time I used wheat germ instead of flax seed. You can use dried cherries instead of chocolate chips. Cut out some honey and sub almond flavoring for vanilla. Plus, it's vegan and gluten-free depending on how you want to play with it. I plan on playing with this recipe a lot. Especially if I have to make some every week just to get through the rides.
One additional note of advice: the recipe can get sticky. Coat your hands with a touch of oil to make the bite-sized pieces easier to mold.