Want to make the perfect snack that will fuel your body with good ingredients? A snack that your kids will eat right up and then ask for more? Seriously. My son thinks these are just unbaked cookies and I’ve never told him otherwise. You’re welcome, moms!
Here’s the short, sweet, and yummy recipe for this healthy snack:
Protein Power Balls
- 2 cups Steel Cut Oats
- 1 1/3 cup Toasted Coconut Flakes
- ½ cup Ground Flaxseed
- ½ cup Chia Seeds
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- 1 cup Peanut Butter (I use unsalted organic)
- 1 1/3 cup Honey (I use local and raw)
- Chocolate Rice Protein Powder
1. Toast coconut flakes in a pan on the stove.
2. Mix all ingredients in a bowl. You won’t be able to use a spoon to mix, so get ready for your hands to get very messy.
3. Put bowl in the refrigerator for 45 minutes.
4. Roll mixture into balls (slightly smaller than a golf ball).
5. Roll ball into protein powder of your choice (this step is optional).
6. Keep in refrigerator and eat as is.
Here are a few tips that I’ve learned since making these for years now:
1. You can’t buy toasted coconut flakes. I went to the store and asked because I didn’t know. Buy organic coconut flakes in the healthy living section of your grocery store. Put the flakes in a pan over the stove on high heat. Stir often because once they start to toast, they can burn easily. The whole process to toast coconut flakes is maybe 5 minutes.
2. It’s easier if you add the toasted coconut flakes, flaxseed, chia seeds, steel cut oats, and vanilla first. Stir those with a spoon to get them mixed well. Once you add the peanut butter and honey, prepare to get a messy. You’ll need to mix everything with your hands now and it won’t be pretty. If you don’t like to get your hands messy, have you kid help you with this step. Kids love getting messy and it’s a great way to get them involved in helping you make something in the kitchen.
4. You can make the balls as big or little as you’d like. When I make them a little smaller than golf balls, I find it’s the perfect size. Plus, they fit well in my container, which makes the OCD in me very happy.
5. The balls are good on their own, but when rolled in chocolate rice protein powder, they are even better. And the chocolate taste goes along well with the story that they are really unbaked cookies. You gotta do what you gotta do when it comes to kids (and husbands sometimes), right?
6. Get creative! You can also add other ingredients to the mixture: Carob chips, dried cranberries, spinach, almond butter instead of peanut butter, vanilla rice protein powder instead of chocolate, chopped nuts, etc. Just make sure you aren’t adding a ton of extra sugar and calories to the mix so it doesn’t turn this into an unhealthy snack.
7. I buy organic for all of the ingredients, but if you can’t swing it, that’s okay.
These protein balls are awesome for a pre-workout snack. They are full of energy and help to keep you going, whether it’s for a workout or just to help get you through your day. We always have them on hand at home because they are such a great snack, especially when you have kids. I do make some without the protein powder for my son to eat, too.
I hope you enjoy this yummy snack!