Are you sick of eating packaged protein bars? These peanut butter protein balls are the perfect solution!! This is my new favorite homemade, healthy before or after workout bar (or ball)! It’s also a great after school snack!! It’s loaded with protein from the peanut butter. Also, by adding flax meal you are getting some omega 3’s, oats are giving you numerous benefits but more importantly fiber and phytochemicals, unsweetened coconut is giving you lots of vitamins and minerals, and if you use local honey, you’ll be helping your allergies as well!! Go ahead, throw anything in these babies! This is the way I like them for those of you who like to follow a recipe:
PB Protein Balls
- 1 c. peanut butter, natural (organic)
- 2 c. rolled oats or quick oats
- 1/2 c. flax seed meal
- 1/2 c. honey
- 1/2 c. unsweetened coconut
- 1/2-1 c. chocolate chips (the mini chocolate chips are perfect for these)
- Mix the peanut butter and honey together in a bowl.
- Once peanut butter mixture is soft and well mixed, add the roles oats, flax meal, coconut and chocolate chips. Stir until well combined. If your peanut butter is stiff from the refrigerator, you can melt it with the honey over the stove until soft. The mixture does get quite sticky when combining all the ingredients, so if you’d like to, just get your clean hands and get in there and mush it all together. You can also pulse the ingredients in a food processor if you like a smoother textured ball.
- When the batter looks like the consistency of thick cookie dough, it’s ready to roll! If it’s too dry, add a little more peanut butter and honey. Spray a little oil on your hands so the mixture won’t stick to you and start rolling balls. I like to use a cookie scoop about a teaspoon size to help form the balls to be more uniform. I also like to put them on a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper or parchment paper to set in the fridge for about an hour until chilled and hard. After that, just throw them into an airtight container and keep them in the refrigerator! If you’re not going to eat them within a week or so, you can keep them in the freezer for a couple months.