Banana mac nut muffin protein bites! Great for breakfast on the go or post workout snack! They are grain free, healthy, and full of fiber! This month’s Healthy Bites Flavor and Giveaway(s) are totally delicious! Full of great flavor, ingredients, originality, and well… just plain GOODNESS! Just like life needs to be, yes? Okay okay, Corny Cotter moment. Let’s get to the giveaway and recipe!
This Month’s flavor sent me on a Quest.. with Quest Nutrition. Clever, I know! Anyway, I wanted to find a way to incorporate one of their delicious bars into a healthy bite.
Here’s what I came up with…
Banana Mac Nut Muffin Protein Bites!
Each bite as a pieces of Quest Banana Nut muffins in it. This is a combo you have got to try!Print
Gluten Free Banana Mac Nut Muffin Protein Bites
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 24 1x
Gluten Free Banana Mac Nut Muffin Protein Bites
- ⅓ cup GF oats or granola (to make it grain free just use coconut flour or more almond meal)
- ⅔ cup almond meal
- ¼ cup peanut flour (can use coconut flour instead)
- ⅔ cup vanilla protein
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp banana cream extract (you can use plain banana extract or just leave it out)
- ¼ cup macadamia nuts
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp chia seed
- ½ chopped Banana Nut chips
- ½ cup honey or maple syrup
- ½ cup or more of crunchy nut butter (I used Nuttzo)
- NOTE: Add more protein if batter is too runny. Add more nut butter or honey if it’s too dry. Just depends on the type of nut butters you use and the oil in it.
- Directions: In large bowl, add in all your dry ingredients. Then mix in your nut butters, extracts, and last the honey. Mix well ( I use my hands) and roll into bite size balls. When cooled, roll bites in more vanilla protein or peanut flour with cinnamon! Makes about 24-26 balls. Feel free to roll into larger bites, or smaller to make more. Freeze or keep in refrigerator to maintain freshness.
- Prep Time: 10 min
The other special ingredient you see in that recipe is the protein. Les Mills was gracious enough to send me their new grass fed whey protein to try out with my Healthy Bite recipes. Oh man, what a creamy taste! I really liked how simple and wholesome they made this protein, which is why I thought it would be a great use in Healthy Bites!
“LES MILLS™ Good Protein is low carbohydrate, dairy-based protein powder, sweetened with stevia leaf extract. It contains the same ratio and types of proteins found in real milk, whey and casein. Whey gives a fast release of amino acids, and casein provides a slower release over several hours. Together, they provide optimum muscle recovery. “
So, there you have it. WHOLESOME yet FLAVORFUL Healthy Bite flavor for November! And with great products/companies to work with.
Now about that giveaway, we’ve got 3 winners!
One for the Healthy Bites (one box).
One for a box of 12 Quest Bars and a 4 pack of the new Quest Chips.
And one for LES MILLS™ Good Protein (2 bags – Chocolate and Vanilla!).
The Healthy bites and Quest giveaway is open to US and Canada. Les Mills protein just open to US. Either way, there’s a lot up for grabs! Sound good?
What’s your favorite type of muffin?
I love white chocolate quest bars!!
I love blueberry muffins! And my favorite quest bars would have to be either the cookies and cream or the cookie dough! sooo good!
My favorite quest bar flavor is the Cookies and Creme! Yum!
I’ve been on a Questbar quick lately and favoring the Cashew Coconut or Double Chocolate Chip.
Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine
I’ve never had a quest bar, but would love to try! They are whey, not soy, correct? Will check them out!
I love banana muffins! No other muffin really cuts it. As pretty as pumpkin muffins are-just not as good! Bananas are a food I could never live without.
yep, just whey and almond butter!
I LOVE apple cinnamon muffins with any kind of streusel-y topping. 🙂
The bites look so good, i love quest bars, especially chocolate chip cookie dough
ooh giveaway! Just saw it hahaha so late lol!! Yummy on the healthy bites :). Miss ur HBs!
My favorite Quest bar is Strawberry Cheesecake.
Never had a Quest bar (but heard great things). My favorite muffin is probably anything with fruit in it.
i think you’d love both!
double chocolate quest bars look good!
I love all flavors but im a sucker for all things apple spiced!
I love pumpkin muffins! I haven’t had quest bars before but they all sounds delicious !
oh i think you’d love!
Heather @ FITaspire
I can always go for a chocolate cookie dough. Half of that and half cookies & cream with Justin’s hazelnut butter in the middle? Heaven!
same! love dark! but i do like the white chocolate in here. makes it buttery
I love the Cookies and Cream Quest Bar! And their “Reese’s” peanut butter cups!
The chocolate chip cookie dough quest bar is great.
I am bitter – I wanna try these darn Quest Bars that everyone is obsessed about!! ha ha ha! I have 3 boxes in my house and what do I do with them… NOTHING because I cannot eat Whey! I want them to come out with a vegan protein bar – GROARRR!! Let my voice be heard 😉 AH AHAH!
i think many people have requested it! maybe they will soon! and use sun warrior or something.
Megan (The Lyons' Share)
You are genius, my friend! So excited for you to refocus!
Abby @ BackAtSquareZero
I am a coconut cashew Quest girl
Heather @Fit n Cookies
Love cookie dough quest bars.
we have never had a quest bar, but we see people eating them everywhere
i think they need to make a dairy free one, yes?
I hope your November is off to a great start!
I’m drooling over this giveaway 🙂 My favourite type of muffin is a classic- banana chocolate chip!
thanks friend. it’s going well! how are you feeling?!
i love the cookies & cream quest bar.. and i’m a sucker for hearty morning glory muffins!
I love the cookies and cream Quest bars!
Shashi @ runninsrilankan
Lindsay – having just tried some of your other bites – girl – these sound phenomenal! So yum! I haven’t tried Les Mills protein yet – but gotta look for it!
My favorite Quest bar has gotta be the vanilla almond crunch and my fav muffin currently is banana nut – ooh, could you imagine how good banana nut muffins would be with a Banana Nut Muffin Quest bar in it! 🙂
you are kind, thank YOU!!
Cinnamon bun and chocolate chunk are my favorites but I also like seasonal flavors because it gets my in the spirit.
Oh, I love muffins. My favorites tend to be anything involving cinnamon :). Especially pumpkin!!
you and me both! xxoo
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Quest Bars are my all-time favorite!
Awesome giveaway. 🙂
I love Quest bars…so hard to pick a favorite! White chocolate raspberry and coconut cashew are both really good, unique flavors. I just tried the peanut butter cups and loved them.
Debbie (accidently delish)
any and all of your healthy bites are pretty much the best thing ever and the addition of a quest bar just make it that much better!
Tara | Treble in the Kitchen
Those healthy bites look amazing! And Les Mills protein?! Super cool!
Blueberry muffin is my favorite.
I’ve never tried Quest bars or your healthy bites, but would love too. I love anything with banana/PB/chocolate!
I love Double Choc Chunk!!
It’s a tie between the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and the Cookies and Cream! But I also reallllllly love the Quest PB cups!!
Jan @ Sprouts n Squats
I can’t enter but of the prizes I would be most excited to win some of your healthy bites for sure 🙂 Loving this banana Mac nut flavour idea, sounds delicious. I hope you are having a great week lady
favorite quest bar flavor is PB & Jelly!
Quest bars are my favorite! There isn’t a flavor I don’t like and the recipes using them are endless! I can’t wait to try this one!
I’m gonna be lame and say my favorite muffin flavor is blueberry, but I also love apple cinnamon, banana chocolate chip, and pumpkin!
I love that you have used macadamias in these! I can’t get enough of them at the moment!
I absolutely love the cookies and cream quest bar!!!
My favorite type of muffin is banana nut!
Heather @ FitMamaRealFood
Cool hearing good things about Les Mills Good Protein! I’ve only tried one or two quest bars… I think the cookie dough flavor?? Was good! Love how you keep your healthy bites flavors changing and evolving!
Love Quest bars! Trying to trim our budget for November… winning a box of bars would be a treat. 🙂
My favorite Quest bar is the double chocolate chunk!! So good!
Renee @ Bendiful Blog
yummmmm These look great! I should just order them from you since I never seem to actually make them myself.
Amanda @ .running with spoons.
I pretty much felt exactly the same way about October… On the 31st, instead of celebrating Halloween, I was celebrating the end of an insane month 😆 Hopefully November is a little more restful for the both of us, yes? Yes 🙂
Sarah Jane @ Fit Betty
Yummy! I need to make these, I might try using hemp protein for me (I can’t have dairy). I think my favorite muffins are my mom’s cinnamon streusel muffins back when I ate gluten 🙂
I love blueberry muffins!! And I love the chocolate brownie quest bar!
Oh yum – this flavor is just calling my name!
My favorite Quest Bar has to be the Cinnamon roll one 🙂
I love chocolate chip muffins!
Nicole @ Fitful Focus
Favorite Quest Bar is a tie between cookie dough and white chocolate raspberry – favorite muffin is probably blueberry!
mmm good choice!
I LOVE Quest bars! If I have to pick just one favorite though, it would be vanilla almond crunch! the chips, especially the BBQ rock too!!! great contest, hope I win, any of the three would be fabulous!
Debbie @ Healthy Running Mom
I love anything cookie dough or pb.
I love the idea of Questbars in Healthy Bizes!! I normally stuff that whole bar into my mouth, this way they last longer. Genius!!
PS: I wanted these months to be over too. Now I think I want November to be over too….wait, no, I am going on vacation! LOL.
I like the cinnamon roll Quest bar and blueberry muffins. Yum
Favorite Quest bar is def Cookies and Cream!!!!!!! Like Oreo heaven <3
Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious
Trade you balls today! Banana sounds glorious!
I haven’t tracked down or tried a Qwest Bar yet but they are on my list… I will find them! My favorite muffin would have to depend on the season. I like a good blueberry, berry, banana, or carrot muffin in the spring or summer but come fall it would be all about the pumpkin, gingerbread, and chocolate muffins!
you would love them!
Candace @ The Wheatless Kitchen
Oh yum! I can’t wait to try this flavor of bites!! 🙂
The chocolate chip cookie dough quest bar is pretty amazing!
Truth: I have never tried a Quest bar or your balls (ha), but I REALLY want to. I am sure I would LOVE all the flavors.
you need both! hehe
chocolate chip cookie dough
I’ve only had a couple flavors of Quest Bars… so I dont really have a favorite… my favorite muffin would probably been good old blueberry. My husband would love these bites 🙂
I love the cookies n cream quest bars the most, I like almost all the flavors though except for a few
I WANT ALL OF IT (HE HE HE!)!!!
Ohhh these bites sound tasty!! I’m so glad to be back reading blogs!! I missed you a ton<3 and can't wait to catch up!
so good to hear from you! how’s the foot?
The foot is still pretty painful! And I’m on crutches too which is no fun! Hopefully it gets better soon!
oh i am sorry friend! wish i could come entertain you! hehe
Favorite quest bar is double chocolate brownie. Yum!
I honestly haven’t eaten a muffin in a long time (hrm, maybe I need to remedy that…) but I do like zucchini bread and carrot cake, so probably a morning glory muffin, with blueberry muffins coming in a close second.
Sloane Pitman Yoga
These look AMAZING! I can’t wait to make (and maybe win!) them. My fave muffin is from my local coffeshop – its flax, carrot, zucchini, raisins and cinnamon.
I have wanted to try Quest bars! and this recipe looks SOOOO flipping good!!!! I love banana nut as a flavor, and these look just ridiculous. you’ve done it again my friend 🙂
i love blueberry muffins!
In the fall, I love a pumpkin muffin, but any other time, I love homemaded blueberry.
Laura @ Mommy Run Fast
I didn’t realize Les Mills makes protein powder now! I keep hearing that grass fed whey is one of the best options. Hmm, favorite muffin- pumpkin!
I’m on such a banana walnut muffin kick right now…AND I love quest bars!
I haven’t met too many muffins I didn’t like, but I think pumpkin dark chocolate chip takes the cake… errrr, takes the muffin?
I like the Strawberry Cheesecake Quest bars and I enjoy blueberry muffins the most. Thanks!
Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries
Chocolate chip cookie dough is my favorite Quest bar flavor!
Loving the ingredients in these Healthy Bites! That Les Mills Good Protein is top notch! Gotta love Quest bars, of course, too!
I’m surprised people don’t like the banana questies. It’s one of my favorites, actually. I don’t like to eat a whole bar because FIBER WHOA, but I do like them on occasion.
Banana muffins are really the only muffins I like. Or lemon poppy seed.
Fav muffin? Blueberry streusel which I haven’t had forever! Quest Bars…like the cookies and cream, hate the price. Here’s to a great November for you! I’m with you, I always like the end of a bad (or not as wonderful month) and will always look at the new one with optimism and a quest for how to make the next one better. Perhaps this blog entry just made me reflect for a few moments on how to make my November MY November, run by me. Thanks!
Melissa @ Treats With a Twist
I have 3 favorites I cycle through – double chocolate chip, chocolate chip cookie dough, and cookies n cream 🙂
Definitely trying those muffins! So creative! 🙂 I love anything with banana and PB/AB, Quest Bars – meh. I like the Cookies N Cream but the rest taste too “protein bar” to me, despite the hype. 😉 Great thing to win and have on the go though! Love the stats. Thanks for the giveaway!
Brittany @ Barr & Table
Woohoo! What a Monday treat.. a new healthy bites recipes AND giveaway?! I’m a happy camper 🙂
My favorite Quest bar is definitely the Cookies & Cream and my favorite muffin has got to be the good old chocolate chip. I like my chocolate!
Jody - Fit at 56
I am with you on thriving! I need to figure that out! 🙂
I LOVE the choc chip cookie dough quest bar!!!!!!!
I love the coconut cashew flavor Quest bar!
i love blueberry muffins!
I’m fairly new to the Quest bars (where have I been) but am loving the White Chocolate Raspberry
The apple cinnamon quest bar tastes like a cookie dough batter…love it!
Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table
I looooove these! You really have the best balls. I only have one ball left in my freezer. And 1 Quest bar, actually. Time more more!
I love pumpkin chocolate chip muffins! Whole wheat please 🙂
Katie @ Peace Love & Oats
chocolate chip is my favorite quest bar!
Stop being so crafty. And Banana Cream extract??
Livi @ Eat, Pray, Work It Out
Yum, these look so delicious! Perfect because I am starting half marathon training and I’ll definitely need some snacks!
Favorite Quest Bar is chocolate chip cookie dough. It was the first one I tried over a year ago, and still my favorite to date!
I have never tried a Quest bar before but the Chocolate Peanut Butter sounds fabulous! And my favorite type of muffin is a whole grain carrot raisin walnut muffin!
I just wanted October to end too..it was a rough month of injuries and transition. THIS month WILL be better though! 🙂 Love this recipe, it looks so scrumptious! Banana nut is an awesome flavor for muffins and but my fav is blueberry anything 🙂
Christine @ Love, Life, Surf
I love a good old fashion blueberry muffin!
Heather (Where's the Beach)
Oh yum! Just pinned this one 😉 I have yet to try quest bars! Crazy right? My fave muffin is probably blueberry. MMMMMM
pumpkin muffin is my favorite however I also love banana bread/muffins so these sound great!
Banana nut muffin or any muffin with nuts! Served warm please.
Sam @ PancakeWarriors
Woohoo new month new focus! Love the banana nut quest but I’ve been dying to try a chocolate flavor. Maybe I’ll win!! Thanks for sharing the recipe 🙂
She Rocks Fitness
I LOVE morning glory muffins with really crispy edges! 🙂 Yeah Corny Cotter…XOXO
I love the coconut quest bars!!
I love the cookies n cream quest bars!
Choo chip cookie is my fav quest bar flavor!
Beth @ Running with the Sunrise
These bites sound amazing! If I make them, I think I’ll be fighting my hubby to eat them, though. 🙂 I guess I’ll have to make a double batch!
OMG raspberry white chocolate…i find huge differences between each flavor, but this is hands down my absolute fave
Chocolate chip cookie dough for sure!
Danielle @ It's a Harleyyy Life
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough!
CHOCOLATE CHOCOLATE anything muffin bar 🙂
Erin @ The Almond Eater
Great flavor choice! Although I love allll your healthy bites!!
Ok, I’ve never tried a quest bar! I admit it. My favorite muffin flavor has to be chocolate mocha…mmmm!
Brittany @ Freckled Nettles
Love the Choc Chip Cookie Dough QuestBar!
I don’t usually eat quest bars but I love banana nut or chocolate chip muffins. Don’t eat many muffins these days…trying to avoid the muffin top.
Oooh love using quest bars in there! Gooooddd idea! My favorite muffins are poppyseed, or banana nut 🙂
Michele @ paleorunningmomma
A new month and a new outlook, I’m with you! Everything you make looks awesome, I am a big fan 🙂 I’ve actually never tried a quest bar although my sister is really hooked on them. I think this is a great idea 🙂
Double chocolate chunk is awesome.
I totally forgot to comment on your post about striving and thriving. I am a school psychologist and November is School Psych Awareness Month..this years theme is Grow, Strive, Thrive 🙂 I have put together a newsletter for all the staff at my school and am doing gratitude and kindness activities with the kids!
Anyway, favorite muffin would have to be pumpkin or banana chic chip & quest bar choc chip cookie dough!
Have a great day Lindsey
I love the cookies and cream Quest bars! I swear that they are laced with crack! Soo good!
I agree with Arman, pure genius to combine Quest with your healthy bites. Also not a huge fan of the banana but I’m sure it would work well with any flavor! There are so many different types/brands of protein on the market these days it’s crazy.
not gonna lie, i was surprised how i much i liked them. haha But i do like the bar and the mac nuts make it really buttery!
Arman @ thebigmansworld
That is genius….I’m not the biggest fan of that Quest Bar flavour!
actually, you can totally make these with the cinnamon roll ones too! soo good!
Linda @ TheFitty
Favourite type of muffin–chocolate peppermint !
October may not of been your month, but it’s a new month – a new time to make your wildest dreams come true. Enjoy this month as you’ll never get it back. Continue striving to be the best person, wife, entrepreneur, blogger, friend, & daughter that you can!
Thank you very much for not only sharing a new healthy bite recipe (which I loveeeee), but including a sweet giveaway for your readers. Very kind of you, girl!
To answer the giveaway question: Favorite quest bar will always be white chocolate raspberry.
you make me happy! love you and your support