Peanut Butter Protein Balls

February 11, 2014
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The view out my window ..

Seemed brighter than usual this Monday morning

Peanut Butter Protein Balls

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I nudged The Chef .. “Hey Loves .. what time it is?”

“You sure you want to know?”  He smiled .. reaching for his phone .. “It's 8:30 .. oh and .. it's -19 outside .. real temp”

Yikes.

Peanut Butter Protein Balls - A wonderful snack from our co-op .. a recipe they've shared online. A healthy, quick, & delicious idea when you need a little something to get you through

He ventured out of bed .. all 6 of our furry creatures mobilized to greet him .. hoping for a spirit of extra generosity in relation to tasty treats. I lingered a little longer under the electric blanket ..

I love him extra for that.

Heading out the door this sunny, frigid morning .. he brought a stash of healthy treats to re-stock his office .. these were included .. a fresh batch made just last night

Peanut Butter Protein Balls - A wonderful snack from our co-op .. a recipe they've shared online. A healthy, quick, & delicious idea when you need a little something to get you through

In a number of ways they're similar to Peanut Butter Backpack Kisses .. though different enough to stand on their own.

I noticed them at our local co-op a month or so ago .. picking up a couple to snack on as I finished my afternoon errands. They were wonderful .. a stroke of luck to find the recipe posted on their website.

There now some living happily in our fridge & freezer .. an addition to many of our long time favorites .. and that seems like a very good thing

Peanut Butter Protein Balls - A wonderful snack from our co-op .. a recipe they've shared online. A healthy, quick, & delicious idea when you need a little something to get you through

Enjoy!

xoxo ..

ps:  A few ideas for substitutions and/or additions 

2/3 c almond butter and 1/3 c tahini for peanut butter .. carob powder for unsweetened cocoa powder

toast the sesame seeds for a nuttier flavor

~ Adapted from MAFA Peanut Butter Balls .. here

Peanut Butter Protein Balls
 
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Serves: 36
Ingredients
  • 1 c peanut butter
  • ½ c + 2 Tbsp rolled oats
  • ½ c smoked sesame seeds, ground up (** I pulsed them in the food processor until they were fine like flour)
  • ½ c sunflower seeds, chopped (** Again, I pulsed them in the food processor until they were rough chopped)
  • ½ c protein powder (** Note .. I used ¼ c peanut butter & ¼ vanilla flavors)
  • 3 T unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp Chia seeds
  • 3 Tbsp unsweetened coconut
  • ⅛ tsp salt if using unsalted nut butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ c +2 T honey, use more if needed for consistency (** for a vegan option choose liquid sweetener of choice)
Instructions
  1. Mix together peanut butter and honey.
  2. Pulse sunflower seeds in food processor or chop to make into smaller pieces. Stir sunflower seeds and remaining ingredients into peanut butter mixture, add more honey as needed.
  3. Roll into balls using about 1 Tablespoon for each.
  4. They are ready to eat .. refrigerate or freeze the leftovers
Notes
Nutritional Data by %:
% Protein: 21
% Carbs: 25
% Fat: 44
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1/36 total recipe (a ball that is about a Tbsp in size) Calories: 103 Fat: 6.17 Carbohydrates: 6.89 Sugar: 3.07 Protein: 5.21

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