I don’t consider myself much of a foodie – in fact, I’d argue I have a pretty dysfunctional relationship with food – but I do happen to think I’m pretty in-tune with my nutrition needs and what I eat. (See also: possible dysfunctional relationship with food.) Plus, I’m pretty good at making food that tastes good.
As a gal who loves a good treat but hates to waste calories, finding snacks that are as delicious as they are nutritious is a must. And it’s not always easy.
Most weeks, I spend between six and eight hours in the gym and that kind of energy expenditure requires a LOT of calorie intake, particularly in the form of proteins, to support my muscle growth and keep me going. I got as tired of spending money on expensive protein bars as I was tired of reading labels to make sure they weren’t hidden sugar bombs (most of them are, FYI), so I decided I’d make my own damn protein treats. And this is them.
I don’t know how many calories are in these puppies, but I’m guessing they’re about 150 per ball. They are super yummy, easy to make, and handy to grab in a hurry. Oh, and you don’t have to bake them. THE BEST.
super yummy no-bake protein balls
- 1.5 c. quick oats
- 1/2 c. vanilla protein powder (I used Boomer Nutrition Protein ENERGY Vanilla*)
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 c. smooth natural nut butter (I used peanut butter)
- 3 tbsp. natural honey or maple syrup
- 1 tbsp. chia seeds
- 1 tbsp. hemp hearts
- 1/4 c. add-ins (I used chocolate chips)
- 2-4 tbsp. liquid (almond milk, milk, water, pasteurized egg white, etc.)
- Place oats, protein powder, cinnamon, chia seeds, and hemp hearts into a large and mix ’em up.
- Add peanut butter and honey/maple syrup, then stir to combine. (Tip: warm up your PB to make it easier.)
- Throw your preferred add-ins in and combine. The mixture should be slightly sticky, but still too crumbly to form balls.
- Gradually add your liquid one tablespoon at a time and, using your hands, combine until it all comes together in one gigantic, sticky ball that holds together. If your mixture is still dry, add liquid until you reach the sticky ball stage. Trust me, you’ll know.
- Roll the “dough” into balls using your hands and place in a wax paper-lined container.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
- Keep the balls in the fridge until you’re ready to eat them.
*My friend Deb hooked me up with the Boomer Nutrition Protein ENERGY Vanilla (and chocolate – yum!). This post is not sponsored, but in the interest of transparency, I feel the need to admit it.
And now, I will also tell you, IT IS EFFING DELICIOUS AND YOU NEED TO BUY IT NOW.