I wouldn't say that I love to cook. There are parts about the cooking process that I do enjoy, such as sitting down to eat the food. I am the kind of person who finds a few things that are delicious and fairly simple to make and I stick with that. It works for me, but I often get tired of foods more quickly that way.
In an effort of focusing on improving my health and fitness, I recently decided to cut out preservatives from my diet. I've been on the hunt for new, fresh, foods to add to my routine. I really only worry about dinner - as I usually have eggs and avocado for breakfast and lunch is provided at work. Where I have been mostly struggling is finding good snack foods. Sure, veggies and hummus are good, fruit is a nice option too but after so long you want something different, with more substance. A colleague of mine introduced me to her homemade protein balls and I was instantly sold!
The recipe is simple and it is a great go-to snack when you need something filling and a mix of savory and sweet.
The ingredients are simple and can be tailored to your specific preferences. The basics are oats, peanut butter, honey and flour. You can have fun with this and add interesting ingredients (such as matcha powder!). I have listed my ingredients at the bottom of this post if you are interested in replicating.
As a vegetarian I'm always looking to get more protein in my diet, and this recipe is perfect for that. I packed a lot into this recipe to make sure that my protein intake is high. Working out 4-5 times a week, it is important to keep my protein intake high.
Start by adding all of the dry ingredients into a mixing bowl.
Next, mix all of the ingredients together thoroughly.
Add the peanut butter, honey and vanilla until the ingredients are mold-able. Place in the refrigerator or about 15-20 minutes.
This is where the recipe gets a bit messy. Next you will need to roll the mixture into golf ball sized balls.
Roll your sleeves up and dig in or wear a nice watch and fancy bracelet like me and risk ruining both...rolling my eyes at myself.
As a side note, I learned that almond butter makes this process a little more difficult. It doesn't stick together as well as peanut butter - which is what I will likely use next time.
Overall, this recipe yielded 16 total balls. Depending on the size you make them will determine the quantity you're able to produce.
Once you've rolled all of the mix into balls, you will want to place them in the refrigerator for another 10 minutes to solidify their form. I popped mine in the freezer just to give them that extra shock (of I don't know what, but I did it).
You are done. It was that easy.
Now you can enjoy them before the gym, when you hit that 2:00 pm slump at work or when you're one the go during your weekend errands!
Protein Balls Recipe
1 Cup Oats (I used Kind, Raspberry Clusters with Chia Seeds)
1/2 Cup Flaxseed
2 Tbsp Honey
2/3 Cup Peanut Butter (or Almond Butter)
2/3 Cup Hemp Seeds
2/3 Cup Coconut Powder
2/3 Cup Coconut Shavings
1/4 Cup Chia Seeds
2 Tbsp minced Ginger
2 Tbsp Matcha Powder
To Taste: Cinnamon and Vanilla
Optional: Chocolate Chips
What are some of you go-to options for snack foods? Share in the comment section below!