Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Protein Packed Energy Balls | Two Flavors!

These might not look pretty, like at all.
Okay, these may be one of the ugliest foods I've ever made//posted.

But man, do they rock.
I mean seriously, these thangs rock.
You've probably seen protein backed bites//balls all over the Pinterest and tons of different kinds. To be honest you can basically throw anything into the mixture and it would be good. All you need is a nut butter base + oats [optional] + protein powder + flax [for extra protein] + nuts [for even more protein + an added crunch].
I made these last week before we went out of town because I was determined to eat healthy while on vacation, which sorta worked out... I also planned to workout everyday, which I actually did [self-five]! I brought the energy balls as a pre//post workout snack to keep me on track + they definitely helped!
When I made them, I was feeling super pumped and decided to make extra + different flavors. I made Chocolate Peanut Butter and a Vanilla Coconut Macadamia Nut kind. To be honest the Vanilla is my fav because 1] it's Paleo & 2] its an explosion of Coconut as soon as you bite into it + I've been on a massive coconut kick the past few months!
Originally, these [pic below] were the only ingredients I was going to use -- then I got excited and started throwing in a ton more stuff. Whoops [self low five].
And...I was supposed to use Almond Butter, instead of Peanut Butter, for this but realized I left it at a friends house so the Peanut Butter had to do.

Chocolate Peanut Butter (makes 11 balls)
1 cup Natural Peanut Butter
2 TBSP Milled Flaxseed
1 TBSP Chia Seeds
1 TBSP Shredded Sweetened Coconut
2 TBSP Walnut Baking Pieces [chopped more]
1 TBSP Honey
4 TBSP Old Fashioned Quaker Oats
1 TBSP Dark Chocolate Chips [chopped]
Vanilla Coconut Macadamia Nut (makes 10 balls)
3/4 cup Natural Peanut Butter
1 TBSP Honey
2 TBSP sliced Almonds
2 TBSP Milled Flaxseed
*Directions are the same for each flavor.
1. Combine all ingredients [for that flavor] into medium sized mixing bowl. Mix together all ingredients until evenly distributed.

2. Next, roll balls into small [1 TBSP], sized balls and place on a brown paper bag lined pan.
Placing them on a brown paper bag will help absorb the oils from the Peanut Butter [which is where majority of the oils come from].
3. Place in the freezer for 15 minutes or until chilled//slightly hardened. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator, or freezer if you wish to store them for longer.
The batter will be gooey, + your hands will get oily from the peanut butter-- putting them in the freezer is a quick way to get rid of the oils.
I love these for breakfast, preworkout, post workout, dessert, midday-beat-that-3:30-feeling-snack, I love this all the time!

Did I mention I loved them?
These Protein Packed Energy Balls have just the right amount of carbs + fats + proteins to keep you full, focused and on the right health track. Honestly, I had 2 [one of each flavor, who do you think I am, duh] for breakfast on my way to work at 8AM & I wasn't hungry until 12:30PM... now, that's a awesome breakfast.

 Oh, and did I mention these are Cabela Approved?
Nutrition per Energy Ball 
Chocolate Peanut Butter Flavor
185 Calories, 10.5g Carbs, 14g Fat, 8g Protein
Vanilla Coconut Flavor
175 Calories, 8.5g Carbs, 13.6g Fat, 8g Protein
Have a fit + fantastic day everyone!
Stay positive + on track!
*Disclaimer: The AboutTime Protein and Nikki's Coconut Butter products were sent to me as a promotional item for my review. I love the products and was more than happy to promote them on my blog. I received no compensation and my opinions are mine and mine alone.  

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