Last week, I was fired-up about ditching some of the hibernation habits I’ve developed this winter, and as a new day–a new week! is on us, I have already found several recipes — a breakfast and a few snacks — that I’m so excited to share with you!
Snacks are always something I’m on the hunt for, especially little power treats to eat before or after a workout, or perhaps a little somethin, somethin to satisfy that forever thirsty sweet tooth, so we’ll dive into one of those here and now.
First up: balls.
Now, now, get your mind out of the gutter, I’m talking about protein balls! Protein balls have become pretty popular anymore, as they’re little bites of energy that are the perfect fuel before or after a workout, for a snack on the go, or just a satiating taste of sweetness without any of the guilt. These little guys are a blank canvas in terms of making them your own — you can keep them simple few ingredients, or go hog wild and roll the final product in finely chopped nuts, unsweetened coconut, seeds, oats, cocoa—whatever you like. Truly the sky is the limit! And don’t feel tied to peanut butter, if you face an allergy, try a seed butter. Or, if you’re looking to lighten their fat content. I’ve seen these made with almond flour, apricots, dates, lentils and even grains like oats and quinoa. I even managed to cut down the fat in mine by using some applesauce. If you don’t want to go sweet, then try the savory approach like these quinoa-walnut protein bites. And while I’d imagine you need some fat in there to hold them together and give them that rich flavor, feel free to experiment with these to make them your own. I certainly will be!
Another great thing about these is that you can make them as needed, or store them in the freezer and grab then when you need fuel. I almost prefer them frozen, as they take longer to eat, therefore are less likely to be eaten by the handful. And with the fat content in these, trust me, you don’t want to eat these by the handful.
It feels silly to tell vegans that these can readily be made using any liquid sweetener (agave, brown rice syrup, maple syrup, molasses to name a few) instead of the honey. And examine protein powder ingredients closely, as obviously ones like whey have dairy in them.
Peanut Butter Protein Balls
Yields: 4 Balls
Source: Dessert with Benefits
- 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
- 2 T honey, agave or maple syrup
- 2 T natural peanut butter (no sugar/salt/oil added)
1. Put the protein powder in a bowl, then the honey and stir.
2. Pour in the peanut butter (creamy PB is easier than chunky).
3. Stir until everything is incorporated (it may take a while, but if you need more honey or something, then this is a good time to add it).
4. Roll into balls with your hands, and if you so desire, then this is a great time to roll the balls in any toppings such as seeds, coconut or cocoa powder. Refrigerate or freeze the balls to harden them (if you are not eating them immediately).
So per ball that’s:
Total Fat: 4.25 g
Fiber: .5 g
Sugars: 8.25 g
Protein: 7.75 g