I have a thing for peanut butter. I probably have it in almost anything–from smoothies, to snacks, dressings, entreés, salads, and desserts. But recently I have been hooked to making them into energy balls as a pre or post-workout snack. This CACAO AND PEANUT BUTTER PROTEIN BALL recipe has 8 ingredients and can be done in less than 15 minutes.
WHAT YOU’LL LOVE ABOUT THIS
These healthy snacks are NO-BAKE, and you simply just dump all ingredients into a bowl, form into balls and chill. These little treats are packed with lots of superfood– chia seeds, coconut, cacao, rolled oats, and of course, all-natural nut butter. I use a particular brand which has a cacao super spread that has a mix of different nuts and seeds–peanuts, brazilian nuts, almonds, chia seeds, flaxseeds, and with no added sugar. If you can’t find one in your local supermarket, just pick any nut butter you like but make sure it only has 100% nuts in it, with no added artificial ingredients.
These little babies also store well and you can take them to your workout, your next picnic, or even when you’re picking up the kids and need a quick bite. You may double the recipe, and freeze half of it. Although I would prefer to make mine fresh and consume within a week. Trust me, these won’t last long as these are very addictive! It’s a good kind of addiction!
Don’t they look like these little donut holes? I also think so! I store them in airtight glass containers and chill in the fridge.
Every bite has loads of nutrients in it. Chia and oats are rich in omega 3. You also get tons of fiber and protein from the protein powder. And the cacao can help improve immunity, reduce inflammation, and boost your mood too.
Enough said, go make it. Like, right now! 🙂
1/2 cup cacao and peanut butter (or any all-natural nut butter you prefer)
1/2 cup pure honey
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup shredded coconut
1/3 cup vanilla protein powder (I use Usana Nutrimeal in french vanilla)
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 teaspoon pure vanilla
2 tablespoons cacao nibs (or any dark chocolate chips)
In a medium bowl, mix the nut butter and honey with a spoon or rubber spatula until smooth.
Add the rolled oats, coconut, protein powder, chia seeds, vanilla. Mix well with spoon or hands if it’s easier.
Fold in the cacao nibs. Form into one large ball. Then scoop about a tablespoon to form into small balls.
Chill for about 10 minutes or you can go right in and dig in!
And because I love you all so much, here’s one of my live videos showing you how easy it is to make PROTEIN BALLS. Enjoy!
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