Having delicious snacks around that are healthy at the same time and can give you energy for work, studying or before hitting the gym is an important part of staying fit and healthy. Because when you have these healthy options on hand, you will not be tempted to just munch on a chocolate bar or some cookies that would give you a sugar rush for a little while but would leave you feeling tired and hungry in an hour. A balanced snack that provides you with healthy fats, protein and good carbs will keep your energy levels up longer and not just be simply stored as fat once digested as there is a chance for it in case of regular sweets.
This peanut butter protein balls recipe is really fast: it will only take you about 10 minutes to prepare, although you will have to leave them to chill in the fridge to a couple of hours. It doesn’t require baking or any special skills, so as long as you have a fridge, a bowl and a spoon, you’ll easily be able to make them, even if you feel like cooking isn’t one of your biggest strengths.
You will only need four ingredients: smooth peanut butter (2-3 tablespoons), vanilla protein powder (1 scoop), oats (~1.5 cup) and flex seeds (2 teaspoons, for the extra fiber) –and chocolate to cover the balls if you want to prepare the advanced version!
- Pour the oats, flax seeds and the protein powder into a bowl and mix well.
- Add the peanut butter and mix the ingredients well. You can start with a spoon, but in the end you might find it easier to just use your hands.
- When the dough is set, form little balls and place them on a plate. Try to keep the balls relatively small, because if you are not a hardcore peanut butter lover, bigger balls might be a bit ‘too much’ for you. If the dough feels a bit too dry and the balls don’t hold together, add more peanut butter or a splash of milk.
- Put the plate with the peanut butter balls to chill in the fridge and meanwhile over steam melt some dark chocolate – try to use chocolate with higher cocoa content, as they usually contain less sugar and additives. If the melted chocolate feels too thick or bitter, add a splash of milk to soften it up a little bit.
- Once the chocolate is melted, let it cool for just a minute or two and take the balls out of the fridge. Using a fork or spoon, dip the peanut butter balls into the chocolate one by one. You can dip them only halfway or roll them around and cover them completely based on how you would like the balls. One by one, put them back on the plate or a tray (which you can cover with a sheet of baking paper, if you don’t want to get it messy with chocolate)
- Put them back into the fridge and let them chill for at least 2-3 hours, so that the chocolate hardens and the dough of the balls sets completely. Try to keep it in the fridge – or take care if you take them with you on the go so they don’t melt. I would rather recommend taking them in the fall/winter, when the weather is a bit cooler.
And that’s it, you have the perfect high protein snack! Be careful though, it is healthy indeed, but peanut butter still has lots of calories and it’s so easy to make a plate of these sneaky balls disappear without even noticing!