Protein balls, also known as energy balls or protein bites, are convenient and nutritious snacks that are typically made with a combination of protein-rich ingredients and other nutritious components. They are perfect for providing a quick boost of energy and satisfying hunger between meals. Here’s a basic recipe for making protein balls:
Ingredients: 1 cup rolled oats 1/2 cup nut butter (such as peanut butter, almond butter, or cashew butter) 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup 1/2 cup protein powder (whey, plant-based, or your preferred type) 1/2 cup mix-ins (chocolate chips, dried fruits, chopped nuts, etc.) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional) Pinch of salt (if using unsalted nut butter) Additional mix-ins for coating (shredded coconut, cocoa powder, crushed nuts, etc.)
Instructions: Combine Wet Ingredients: In a mixing bowl, combine the nut butter and honey or maple syrup. Stir until well mixed. Add Dry Ingredients: Add the rolled oats, protein powder, mix-ins, vanilla extract (if using), and a pinch of salt if your nut butter is unsalted. Mix well until everything is combined. Mix and Form Balls: Use your hands to mix the ingredients thoroughly. The mixture should come together and be slightly sticky. Take a small amount of the mixture and roll it between your palms to form a ball. If the mixture is too dry, you can add a bit more nut butter or honey to help it stick together.
Coat the Balls (Optional): If desired, roll the formed balls in shredded coconut, cocoa powder, crushed nuts, or any other coating of your choice for added flavor and texture. Chill and Store: Place the protein balls on a tray or plate and refrigerate them for about 20-30 minutes. Chilling helps them firm up and hold their shape. Once chilled, transfer the protein balls to an airtight container and store them in the refrigerator.
They can also be frozen for longer storage. Enjoy: Protein balls are ready to be enjoyed as a quick snack or a post-workout boost of energy! Feel free to customize the recipe by using different types of nut butters, protein powders, and mix-ins to suit your taste preferences and dietary needs. You can also adjust the sweetness by using more or less honey/maple syrup.