Anytime I make this protein ball recipe, I’m lucky if they stay on the counter for more than 6 hours. Yes, I make them because it’s an easy way to grab 2 or 3 to get protein into my daily routine, but they also taste pretty freaking fantastic. Healthy, taste great, super easy -you can throw 3 of those suckers in a container and you’re on your way. Trifecta.
**Bonus… kids LOVE making these. Switch it up and let them roll them into cocoa powder, or a little powdered sugar.**
Everyone. Not 1. Not 2. Not 3. Not 4. All 5 of us love them. That is rare. Usually there is one or two of us who may not care for a recipe I make. This is not one.
I have found a few protein balls at some health stores, but they are kind of on the pricy side. More than $2 for a protein ball and I’m immediately thinking of how I can make this at home with the same quality of ingredients but for a fraction of the cost. This protein ball recipe is just that. Super easy to make and doesn’t break the bank in doing so.
This is also one of those recipes where you can alter or add to it at your discretion. There are many protein snacks on the market, so there are a ton to try and then figure out which ones you really like. Don’t like or can’t eat coconut? Leave it out. Love chocolate chips? Add more. Want cinnamon, add cinnamon. It can easily be made vegan as well. Want even more protein? You can add 1/4 cup of almonds, walnuts or cashews in the beginning when you’re using the food processor.
Protein Ball Recipe:
1 and 1/4 cup oatmeal
1 Tbsp flax seeds
1 Tbsp chia seeds
1/2 C Unsweetened Organic Coconut flakes
1 1/2 tsp cocoa powder
1/2 Cup of Almond Butter and 1/4 to 1/2 Cup Organic Peanut Butter (I used smooth)
1/4 of a scoop of vanilla protein powder (I use soy protein powder)
1 Tbsp + 2-3 tsp raw, local honey (can use agave nectar as well)
1/4 C plus small handful of mini chocolate chips (can use cocoa nibs as well)
1/2 Tsp vanilla
Take 1 cup of the oatmeal, flax seeds and chia seeds and pulse about 10 times in a food processor. Remove and put in a bowl. Add all of the rest of the ingredients (plus the other 1/4 cup of oatmeal) and mix well with hands. Will be somewhat sticky. Rinse hands off. With wet hands (easier to roll with wet hands), take roughly 1 Tbsp size of the mixture and form balls. If you are having a hard time forming them and it just falls apart, add more honey and peanut butter. If it’s way too mushy, add a little more oatmeal. It really is your preference in how you want the texture to come out. Makes roughly 12-13.
I place them in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes. They are ready to eat at any time though. Enjoy your protein on the go!