Peanut Butter Protein Balls

I made you guys some protein balls. Take a look!

pb and agave protein balls

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.

peanut butter protein ball nutrition

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.

Ingredients

  • 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)

Directions

  1. In a bowl, mix together the oats, vanilla protein powder and the ground cinnamon.
  2. Mix in the peanut butter and honey. If you are adding dark chocolate chips, you can add these at this time.
  3. 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?

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

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So, my New Year started off with staying up until 1 am. That time is pretty late for me to stay up. I am the type of girl that goes to bed early at 11 pm. It probably is not too early but it is for most college students.

After that, I woke up and worked out. I ran 6 miles and did a High Intense Interval Training (HIIT) workout. It felt good to start the New Year with  getting my blood running with exercise. Trust me. Trying to get out of bed during the winter can be dreadful. It is usually cold.  After working out, I ate a bowl of oatmeal with peanut butter for breakfast and drank coffee with soymilk.

At night, I went to a family gathering for the New Year. I baked these Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies. These are a favorite in my family.

protein cookie

These cookies were gone in a matter of minutes. Literally. My cousins loved them, even with the use of oats and whole wheat pastry flour. They kept grabbing and eating them one after another.

It makes me feel a little better to bake these types of cookies than the regular chocolate chip cookies. These cookies have a higher fiber content and are 100% whole grain. Add in the fact that olive oil is used, it makes for a “healthier” cookie. Olive oil is high in monounsaturated fat and low in saturated fat. Monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats do not raise the “bad” cholesterol, also known as the Low Density Lipo-Protein (LDL) in the blood.

With that being said, I made these cookies so that I would feel  a little better about eating sweets. Anyway, these cookies are delicious, as I prefer these to regular chocolate chip cookies. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 1/2 cup Rolled Oats
  • 3 scoops Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup White Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 cup Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Water (if the dough is too dry)
  • 1 cup Dark Chocolate Chips

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. In a bowl, sift together the flour, oats, protein powder, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a larger bowl, mix together the sugars, egg, and olive oil.
  4. Pour the flour mixture slowly into the wet ingredients, slowly mixing it in.
  5. Once a dough forms, mix in the chocolate chips.
  6. Drop 2 tablespoon size balls onto a baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 12 minutes.
  8. Take them out, let them cool, and enjoy!

 

How was your New Year? 

How did you celebrate?

Do you like creating “healthier” versions of not-so-healthy foods?