awwww. isn’t that cute? a sexy closeup of my first attempt at protein balls. which, if you ask me, need a new name. i don’t put that nasty protein powder in them ~ i just use items that naturally have lots of protein and fiber, and other healthy ingredients to keep you satisfied and full longer.
i looked up some protein balls on the inter-webs, and then made my own up, and froze them individually. they have really been a time saver in the mornings, when i’m trying to get out the door but need some energy right away. i eat them for breakfast or a snack almost every day.
you can tweak these recipes however you like. i just wanted to give you the general idea. honestly, i just wanted to get the general idea for myself. i want to do more savory ones, and think outside the box a little more. but first, let’s get the basics nailed down…
basic protein ball recipe
- 1 cup quinoa, cooked and cooled
- ½ cup gluten free oats, uncooked
- ½ cup (or more) raw nuts
- 1 cup dates
- 4 T almond butter, sunbutter or peanut butter
- agave nectar or honey to taste
- ½ cup flax meal (not seed)
- ½ cup chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- combine ingredients in food processor and blitz.
- scoop out onto parchment paper and flatten into a disc, wrapping the parchment paper over the dough. refrigerate the disc for at least an hour.
- cut the disc into small squares and roll into balls.
and here are the 2 variations i’ve made so far! more to come ~ you can count on it!
dark chocolate peanut butter protein balls
pumpkin pie protein balls
i have illusions of grandeur to invent a savory protein ball with broccoli in it. kind of like a broccoli and cheese soup protein ball? too weird? gonna try that after my crazy week of performances is over.
which is in two days! huzzah!
i have to thank the FOOD HEALS podcast for helping me through this week. their emphasis on juicing has inspired me to juice more often, and i feel a lot stronger than i should feel right now, with this schedule i’m keeping. thank you, southern cal juicing babes!
check them out! http://foodhealsnation.com/
2 thoughts on “protein balls.”
These look awesome! I wonder if the quinoa helps them hold together. I made peanut protein balls once and they did NOT stick, and my recipe was pretty similar but no quinoa…..
i think the quinoa must help. not sure. i’m not a grain person ~ i just don’t digest it well. but i used it anyway and they are continuing to SAVE my life every morning after the gym!!! or sometimes i just take them out of the freezer and throw them in the car for a shopping spree and i don’t break down and eat crap on the road. good stuff!