Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Energizing Peanut Butter and Chocolate Balls

I've had this weird obsession with chocolate and peanut butter lately. 
Specifically, I've been all about consuming the two in bar form.

But I have such a love/hate relationship with protein bars. So many of them are filled with such junk. I do my best to pick the best, but it doesn't always happen. So I got to thinking that I could make something equally satisfying at home. But in ball form.

Not to toot my own horn or anything, but...damn. These little suckers are good. And fairly good for you. Plus, they're super easy to make.

Last time I went to Whole Foods, I picked up a bag of Vega's Chocolate Energizing Smoothie mix. I love these plant-based smoothies on their own, but the stuff makes for an excellent base in homemade goods. If you don't have any on-hand, you can always double the cocoa or add more oats. Or use whatever protein powder you do have. That's the beauty of these balls, they're highly adaptable.

Notice the sprinkles? I used Trader Joe's Sugar, Chocolate and Coffee Bean Grinder...only because I was curious, and only because it just adds an extra flavor boost.

Totally not necessary at all, so don't despair if you don't have any.

Source: Me!

1 cup peanut butter
• 1 cup Old-Fashioned Oats
• 1/3 cup honey
• 1 tbsp Vega Chocolate Energizing Smoothie mix
• 1 tbsp cocoa powder
• 1 tbsp Chia seeds
• Trader Joe's Sugar, Chocolate and Coffee Bean Grinder, to taste (optional)

1) Mix all ingredients
2) Chill in refrigerator for 20 minutes (or so).
3) Form into balls, return to 'fridge.
4) Try not to eat them all at once.

Seriously, these bad boys are so adaptable. You can start with the peanut butter, oats and honey and build from there. Here are just a few other variations I've consumed over the years:

Protein Bombs
Oatmeal Raisin Peanut Butter Bites
Amazing Berry Bombs

Speaking of consuming food. Seriously, best lunch ever:

Fresh veggies, cheese, some beans and a slather of hummus wrapped in a wheat tortilla shell.

To die for.

Question: What's your "best lunch ever"?


GiGi Eats Celebrities said...

Those definitely DOOOOO look like energizers! Perfect before the gym :)

Kristy H. said...

I love, love, love protien balls. I think I made another version of them from you a while ago with dried cranberries. So yummy.

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