Protein Balls

Okay - I don't care who you are and how good your willpower is - there are times when you finish dinner and your sweet tooth just won't stop knockin' (unless you hate sweets). In that case, I can't relate to you.

I wanted to share a quick easy recipe that can be just enough to get you over your craving. You may have seen these before. They are pretty popular and can be tweaked numerous ways, but the recipe I'm sharing are ingredients we had in the house tonight at 7:30pm when I could not stop thinking about dessert. 

I call these protein balls, but they are also known as energy balls, oatmeal balls, power balls, energy bites...whatever the hell you want to call them. 

So here's what I did:
1 1/2 cups of old fashioned oats
1/2 cup of protein powder (I had PEScience Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup) ..yum
1/2 cup of smooth natural peanut butter
3 Tablespoons natural honey
1/3 cup mini dark chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
5 Tablespoons water (I added them one by one until I got the consistency I wanted)

A lot of recipes direct you to mix the wet ingredients first and then add the dry ingredients in afterward. Well, that requires you to clean more dishes. At some point in the process you are going to get your hands dirty by mixing with your hands anyway so what I do is throw everything in a bowl, like so: 

Then starting mixing it allll together with your hands, adding the tablespoons of water one by one. 

Next, start forming them into balls. I ended up getting 18 balls out of the mixture I made. 

 How ya like that filter?!

How ya like that filter?!

Then pop them in the fridge and let them chill for about 30 minutes. How much easier can it get!

Like I said, there are tons of ways to switch up the recipe. Instead of peanut butter you could add almond butter, cashew butter, or really any type of nut butter. Instead of dark chocolate chips you could add peanut butter chips or raisins. Instead of water you could add soy milk, almond milk, regular milk, etc. The type and flavor of protein powder you have will also change it up. You may find you want a stickier consistency and add a bit more honey. 

Here are the macros (if you're into that sort of thing) for the exact recipe I made PER BALL
Carbs 10g | Protein 7g | Fat 4g
*Also - Sugar 4g (and most of that is from peanut butter and honey, so you can feel good about it)

Now, keep in mind if you made bigger balls (lol) your macros will be different, so basically multiply the macros I gave by 18 and then divide by whatever amount of balls you ended up with. If you change up the recipe up you'll have different macros all together. You're on your own for that one ;)