Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Power Protein Balls (Oatmeal, Protein, & Peanut Butter)

Oatmeal, Protein, & Peanut Butter Power Balls... Way better for you than traditional cookies and taste better too!

These protein balls work great as a snack in between meals or for a quick grab and go breakfast.  They will keep you feeling satisfied for hours with their balance of protein, carbohydrates, fiber, and healthy fats.  Instead of grabbing a candy bar from the vending machine at work or school, pack some of these to take with you.  Be prepared to have a large amount of sustained energy without the crash that sugar gives you.  Some health benefits include lower “bad” LDL cholesterol, higher fiber, stabilized blood sugar levels (good for diabetics), and reducing the risk of heart disease.  In addition, the protein balls may help aid in weight loss due to their high satiety factor. 

Servings: 3

Ingredients:
1 cup dry uncooked oats (I use coaches oats)
6 scoops whey protein powder (I use chocolate Proto Whey,  but you can use any protein of your choice just measure out 60 grams per 3 servings)
4 Tablespoons of Natural Peanut Butter (I prefer the 365 whole foods organic)
1 Tablespoons Flaxseed oil
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips/chunks (I use 365 brand dark chocolate chunks)
1/4 cup soy milk (rice milk or almond milk are ok too)
*optional- 1-2 tablespoons of agave nectar (if you prefer it to be sweeter)
 

Directions:
1.)Mix all ingredients into a large bowl except chocolate chips.  Use a spoon and a fork to break apart all the ingredients.
2.)Mix in chocolate chips
3.) Use your hands to form the balls, you will need to squeeze and roll in your hands to make it stick. Roll into the size of small donut holes.
4.) It will be a bit crumbly you can add more milk or peanut butter if it’s too dry.  However, keep in mind if you are able to roll it into a ball shape it is good. 
5.) Place balls into a container with a lid and place in the refrigerator.  Allow at least 2-3 hours in the fridge (usually overnight). The balls will harden up in the fridge and stick together better.  Keep balls refrigerated.

*You may also double the recipe to make a batch for the week!

 Enjoy!
 

Nutrition:
Manganese
Selenium
Phosphorous
Magnesium
Iron
Vitamin B1, B3
Calcium
Potassium
Fiber
Healthy monosaturated fats
Biotin
Tocopherols
Folic Acid
Reservratrol
Glutamine (amino acid)

Omega's 3, 6, & 9

6 comments:

  1. this sounds delicious. can't wait to try it

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  2. Emily
    Did you try them? I think they sound really good. I may make some but using vanilla protein powder instead. i don't know know maybe I will do both chocolate and vanilla.

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  3. Hi Kari,

    Thank you for your question! I would recommend trying the chocolate first... however if you are going to try the vanilla you can also add cinnamon, or "pumpkin pie spice" too! If you come up with a new creative mix please post it so I can try! :) Thanks and have a great New Years!

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  4. Woah, these were great. Thanks so much!!

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  5. Do you think that you could freeze these and still maintain the texture when thawed?

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  6. Hi Jamie,

    I haven't tried freezing them yet but I think they should thaw just fine considering the ingredients. Let us know how it goes!

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