These are by far my favorite snack and a great way to avoid the temptations of sweet treats that may not be on your fitness or diet plans! Of course I never eat just one… 🙂 They are that good!
While every body builder seeks to pack in the protein to fuel their muscles, often times you want to do so without getting all the “filler” stuff. Flip over your favorite protein bar and read the ingredients list. Do you even know what half of that stuff is? Ya, that is “good” for you… I like Larabar Bars since they have simple ingredients. Take the Apple Pie Larabar for example… Dates, almonds, unsweetened apples, walnuts, raisins, cinnamon. That is it! REAL ingredients!
OK enough of a soap box. 🙂 To that end, I try to usually make my own protein balls as the Larabars are just the good supplement when I am out of these bad boys! (Plus they really don’t have a lot of protein… Just mostly work as snacks so I avoid junky foods!) The recipe is flexible to allow you to mix it the way you like it to taste. Experiment, and come back later to comment and let us know which combos are your favorite!
- 1 cup peanut butter or almond butter
- .5 cup honey
- 1 cup protein powder (I use chocolate usually)
- 4 cups of any combination of the following ingredients:
- Sunflower seeds
- Chocolate chips
- Oat bran
- Wheat germ
- Flax seed (ground, milled, or whole)
- … You get the idea… Nuts/Seeds/etc!
- 1 Cup Raisins, dried cranberries, or other dried fruit.
- Mix peanut butter, honey and protein powder.
- Grind the 4 cups of any of the additional ingredients. (I use the Chop food button on my blender.)
- My favorite combo for taste and health factor is almonds, oatmeal, flax seed, and peanuts.
- Add the cup of dried fruit.
- Mix thoroughly ( I just use my hands).
- Roll the balls to about 1 inch, bag em, and then refrigerate (or freeze).
- If your mixture is not holding ball form, add more honey.
- If your mixture is too wet/sticky, add more protein powder or grind up some more of your nuts/seeds and add to the mixture.
This batch yielded 46 protein balls. Choose your ingredients to match your fitness goals. For example peanut butter is high in calories where almond butter may be slightly leaner…
Try the recipe out and let us know what your think by posting your comments here, Facebook, Pintrest, Twitter, or Instragram! Always interested to hear how you might modify this recipe to create a different twist.
Happy healthy eating and keep on constantly crafting!