Last weekend, we took three competitors to the World Kickboxing Association North American Championships. They competed in the novice full-rules Muay Thai division.
I packed some sandwiches for the road and made a large batch of these protein bites, so our fighters could have quick energy and nutrients immediately after they weighed in. The recipe was originally inspired by a coffee shop here in town and then later a similar recipe from Nancy. She was so clever to find a use for a huge tub of trail mix that wasn’t getting eaten fast enough.
The bites were a huge success with both the competitors and their supporters. One of the guys jokingly asked for a birthday cake version. And, of course, I’m bringing it to FF9 for my friends there to enjoy.
FYI: I usually take food challenges seriously. I say “usually” because a couple times I have not wanted to waste money on experiments and/or I was entirely too busy. I told a guy at work that if he quit smoking for 6 months, I would make him a pineapple upside-down cake. I could only rely on his word, but at the end of 6 months, I came through. Now he’s trying to lose weight, and it’s partly my fault. But that wasn’t in the agreement.
I have been plotting this recipe ever since “energy ball cake” came up in conversation. That’s nearly a week with ideas of ganache glue, coconut mousse, and a protein ball tower drifting through my head.
In true Noony fashion, when it comes to made-up recipes, I have no idea what any of the measurements were. Here’s what’s in the bites/tart base, in some ratio that seemed to work:
Chocolate powdered protein
Unsweetened shredded coconut
Mini semi-sweet Nestle morsels
For the glaze: