Thursday, July 6, 2017

Chocolate Chip Protein Balls

I have found the perfect treat!  I have experimented with all kinds of combinations of oats, peanut butter, and protein powders, and I think I finally have the right combination to make a snack that has some serious staying power to either fuel a workout, recover after a workout, or start my morning on days that I am in a rush.

I have used this recipe with a couple of different protein powders: Shakeology (vanilla flavor) is the one that the nutrition info is based on.  However, I have also used an egg white protein powder that is chocolate flavored, and that turned out well too.  With some protein powders, you may need to add some milk.  Basically, get it to the consistency of cookie dough, and you are good to go!

Chocolate chips are optional, but you are crazy not to have them!  I use Lily's baking chips.  They are stevia sweetened and vegan.  And for 60 chips, you only add 50 calories - totally worth it!

You may wonder where to buy oat flour.  Any health foods store carries it, but also you may find it in your local grocery store under the brand of Bob's Red Mill.  Another option is to take some oats, toss them in your blender or food processor, and grind to a fine powder.  

Ingredients:
3/4 cup oat flour
2 scoops protein powder
1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/4 cup peanut butter
Optional: 2 tbsp mini chocolate chips

Instructions:
1. Combine all ingredients into a big bowl.
2. Mix to a consistency of cookie dough.  As mentioned above, depending on the protein powder you use, you may need to add more milk.
3. Roll into balls.  You should get 14.
4. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

Nutrition Info (per ball):
Calories: 75
Protein: 4.5 g
Fat: 3.6 g
Carb: 6.9 g


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