Thursday, March 29, 2012

Peanut Butter Protein Balls--so yummy!!!

Do I have a good recipe to share with you?!!

Sometimes you just need a bite or two of something sweet and creamy. I found a couple recipes for protein balls , and modified them to my liking. I tallied up all the nutrition info, and I will share them with you. I used the Pure Protein powder purchased from Wal-Mart (I have given my shake recipe in a previous post using this same protein), oats, honey(make sure the only ingredient is corn syrup), natural peanut butter (you could use any kind of nut butter...they are delicious using the almond butter I wrote about in my last post), just make sure you use a peanut butter only containing nuts and a little salt. I love the Natural Creamy Kroger brand peanut butter. I added a little whole flax seeds and chocolate chips. Here are all my ingredients lined up in the making of these little balls of deliciousness.
Here's the recipe:

Peanut Butter Protein Balls

1 cup peanut butter

1 cup oats

2 scoops protein powder

1/3 cup honey
2 tablespoons of miniature dark chocolate chips

1 tablespoon flax seeds

Mix all ingredients well and form into balls. You can make them any size you want, but I made 40 balls and here is the nutritional breakdown per ball. If you make them bigger, of course, they will have more calories. Each ball has 75 calories, 4 grams of protein, 4 grams of fat, and 3.5 grams of sugars. You can't just eat a bowlful of them, but 2-3 of them for a mini-meal or a postworkout snack is fine. They do have a little more sugar than I like to eat for a snack, but it comes mostly from the honey, and it is all natural honey...just the way God gave honey to us.
The fat, of course, comes mostly from the nuts in whatever nut butter you choose to use...again a healthy fat your body needs. You could reduce the amount of honey, and you could omit the chocolate chips entirely, but you really wouldn't want me.

Kinda reminds me of eating cookie dough.

Store them in the fridge. They keep for about a week or so, but you probably won't have them around that long. My grandsons just love them, and I would much rather them eat these than candy bars.
They travel well, unless you leave them in the car on a very hot day. I put 3 of them in my purse in a zip-loc bag when I leave the house or in a little cooler/lunchbox so I won't be tempted to stop at a convenience store or a fast food drive through if I get hungry

I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.


Anonymous said...

These look great Sheila! Can't wait to make some.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Thanks for sharing the recipe. I will send it to my daughter also.
I have really enjoyed this weather - needless to say nothing is getting done inside. :D