Protein-Packed Power Balls

I am so excited about sharing this recipe! I love these tiny little snacks that my lovely sister  named “power balls”. A few years ago my sister made these for me, and I have been hooked ever since. Power Balls are a great alternative to a pre-packaged granola bar (not that there is anything wrong with granola bars. don’t know about you, but I try to steer clear of pre-packaged food when I can.

 

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These are an easy-to-grab snack before or after a workout, a quick breakfast on-the-go, or even when you just  have a case of the munchies!  

 

I recently gave birth to our beautiful daughter, Carly! She is the joy of our lives. Being a parent has opened my eyes to so many different things, one of which, is how selfish I was before I had a child. I have definitely been learning a new way of giving myself, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. 

 

All of that, to say this–Power Balls are also great for the nursing mama. Nursing has been an adventure for me from the very beginning, but I’ve stuck with it. Especially in the first month, when I didn’t even know what day it was, it was so nice to have this snack in the fridge. Whenever I needed a quick snack (breakfast), it was easy to grab, and I didn’t feel guilty about eating it. 

 

This recipe is versatile. If you don’t like an ingredient, you don’t have to add it. Let’s get started!

 

Here’s what you will need: oats, coconut, chocolate chips, flax, peanut butter, honey, vanilla, almonds, and Craisins (which I don’t particularly care to use in my recipe every time. Today, I left them out.) When I make these, I just use whatever I have in my pantry. Flax is something that I add if I have some on hand, and I usually use Hershey’s sugar-free chocolate chips, but this time I wanted to try mini chocolate chips.

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Agave nectar could be substituted for honey. I prefer almond slices, but your favorite nut can be used.

 

Put all dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Give it a stir.  

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Add the sticky ingredients next, first the peanut butter.

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Next, add the honey and vanilla.

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Now, mix it all together. I prefer to use my hands for this.

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Refrigerate for about a half hour to make forming the balls easier. Next, form small balls with hands. Try to make them small so that they are easy to “pop” into your mouth. 

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Place balls in a shallow container, then put them in the fridge for later!

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And of course, I just had to add a picture or two of our lil’ cutie!I can’t believe she was 4 months old on Saturday!

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Emily~

Protein-Packed Power Balls
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups raw oats
  2. 1 cup peanut butter
  3. 2/3 cup honey
  4. 1 tsp. vanilla
  5. 2/3 cup coconut
  6. 1/2 c. chocolate chips
  7. 2 Tb. flax seed
  8. slivered or sliced almonds
  9. sunflower seeds, craisins (optional)
Instructions
  1. Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Add wet ingredients and mix with hands to get everything mixed in well.
  3. Refrigerate 1/2 - 1 hour.
  4. Make small balls and keep refrigerated.
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