I made you guys some protein balls. Take a look!
They are peanut butter protein balls, to be more exact. These are delicious (please excuse how they look). Sometimes, I even add dark chocolate chips to it. My friend tried it with dark chocolate chips added to it and they said it tastes like Reese’s. You can use these as a filling for making your Reese’s peanut butter cups.
All you would have to do is melt dark chocolate, pour some of it into a cupcake pan lined with paper liners, then let it set in the refrigerator. Take it out, place a protein ball on top, and pour more dark chocolate over it until the protein ball is covered. Refrigerate it again so that the chocolate hardens. There you go, a healthier Reese’s Cup.
There is the use of whole grains in this recipe (oats). There is also the use of all natural peanut butter. If you are allergic to peanuts, you can use almond butter, cashew butter or sunflower seed butter. You can also experiment and use chocolate protein powder. Add in some raisins to add some fruit and you’re all good to go.
These protein balls would make a great post-workout snack. This means you would eat this AFTER your workout. A post-workout snack and or meal should have a carbohydrate: protein ratio of 3:1. Here is the nutrition for this recipe, using the USDA My SuperTracker recipe calculator.
I should mention that this recipe makes 21 protein balls. Each serving is 3 protein balls. There are 25 grams of carbohydrates and 8 grams of protein. This equals to approximately a 3:1 ratio. With the use of whole grains, you won’t feel guilty eating this after your workout. You will be fueling your body the right way and letting it recover. Here’s the recipe.
- 1 cup oats
- 4 tablespoon vanilla protein powder
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup all natural peanut butter
- 1/4 cup honey
- dark chocolate (optional)
- In a bowl, mix together the oats, vanilla protein powder and the ground cinnamon.
- Mix in the peanut butter and honey. If you are adding dark chocolate chips, you can add these at this time.
- Form into 2 tablespoon size balls. Place in the refrigerator for one hour. They are ready to be eaten!
These protein balls get a little soft when it is left out at room temperature. I like these cold, straight from the refrigerator.
What is your favorite post-workout snack/meal?