No-Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Protein Balls
When I first changed my diet from the look of a Standard American Diet (SAD Diet, not a coincidence...) energy balls were a go to as it was challenging to always get enough calories in while eating the staple whole foods of meat and vegetables. Nor I do I have time to whip out a salad on the go, so a source of protein, carbohydrates and fats in form of an energy/protein ball was a no-brainer.
Over the years I've made dozens of different variations, and there are probably hundreds out there you could try out - especially depending on your flavour desire.
Recently, I've been searching for the perfect evening snack while coaching that I can easily grab and eat on the go while also enjoying and being satisfied with that snack. It's also a big benefit that you can make a huge batch and be stocked up for a couple weeks at a time - depending on how many people are snacking on them that is.
If you know me, you know that I LOVE peanut butter so that was a no brainer that it needed to have that in it. I also needed to make sure that there would be enough protein in a serving to make it balanced. Now combine that with keeping an eye on not overdoing the carbohydrates, sugars and fats it becomes quite challenging. But I finally stumbled across what may be the last protein/energy ball recipe I'll need. Big shout out to The Healthy Maven for putting the recipe together - mind you I made just a few small tweaks to customize it. I also weigh almost everything so it's real easy to just dump into a bowl - also to create a recipe in MyFitnessPal to get the full nutrient break down.
1 1/2 cups large flake rolled oats (150g)
2/3 cup vanilla whey protein powder (about 3 servings or 80g. I use our Infinit Vanilla Whey and it's amazing)
1/2 cup unsweetened medium shredded coconut (50g)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 T hemp hearts
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup smooth natural peanut butter (or any nut butter, best is if it's freshly stirred so it's drippy)
3 T natural honey (60g, make sure it's melted and runny enough)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup (40-50g) raisins, chopped dates, chocolate chips or preferred add-in
2–4 T liquid (almond milk, milk, water etc…)
1. Add oats, protein powder, coconut, cinnamon, nutmeg, hemp hearts and salt to a large bowl. Mix until combined.
2. Add in peanut butter, honey and vanilla extract. Stir to combine.
3. Add in raisins (or preferred add-in). Mixture should be slightly sticky but still crumbly.
4. Slowly add in liquid 1 tablespoon at a time and using a large spoon combine until it comes together in a sticky ball that holds together. If mixture is too dry, add in more liquid but not so much that it won’t hold shape.
5. If you have a small cookie scoop, use it. Then roll into balls using hands. With my cookie scoop it makes about 24-28 balls.
6. Place in a container to set in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
7. Store in fridge or until ready to eat. Or store in freezer to keep for weeks ahead.
Nutrition Facts for 1 Ball (based on 26 balls and using dates as an add-in)
Let me know what you think in the comments below!
PS: What's you're favourite add-in to make your own?