Today on MadlyFit blog we are going to be learning how to make the insanely easy no-bake-peanut-butter-protein-balls! Like I said these are insanely easy to make as you are going to find out. I got the recipe from a site called Gimme Some Oven. But to make things simpler I will rewrite the recipe directly onto this post.
Peanut Butter Protein Balls
What does the recipe call for?
- Chocolate Chips
- Toasted Coconut
- Vanilla Extract
- Peanut Butter
- Ground Flax Seeds (optional)
- Chia Seeds (optional)
Once you’ve added all of these ingredients into a bowl all you need to do is mix them together. You can use a spoon or even your hands if you’re feeling it because you’ll be shaping them into balls in the near future anyway! Once all the ingredients are combined put the bowl into the fridge for 10-15 minutes so that the mixture can cool. After the appropriate amount has passed for the mixture to cool take it out of the fridge, duh. Then form it into any shape you please, really! The plain and simplest shape to form your mixture into is balls. The recipe even has the word “balls” in it which would refer to the shape people generally form their protein mixture into. But if you’re feeling loving you can form it into hearts. Or if you’re feeling funny you can form it into your favorite cartoon character! Or if you would rather make them into protein bars just line a baking pan with parchment paper, lay the mixture onto it, and cut into rectangles.
Why these ingredients?
These protein balls are perfect for anything from sports to just a healthy after school snack. The flax seeds and chia seeds add a boost of superfood if you wish to add them. Contrary to popular belief, chia and flax seeds do not have a distinct taste to them. Adding them to the protein whatever-shape-you-please would not harm anything because chances are whoever is consuming them would not even notice they were there. They do have health BENEFITS though so there is not much of an excuse to exclude them from this recipe.
Chocolate chips are obviously interchangeable as well. If you are allergic or just not a chocolate fan you don’t even need to add them at all. The chocolate chips are mainly part of the recipe so that it becomes more appealing to little kids; and adults even too. Everyone loooooves chocolate so who wouldn’t try these? (:
Honey is simply for extra sweetness for your taste buds. Vanilla alike is to add a burst of flavor.
The rest of the ingredients are self explanatory if I do say so myself. These energy balls also taste almost identical to no bake cookie dough with many more health benefits hidden inside. These are so deliciously amazing that you won’t even think about them being healthy, and neither will young children.
When should I eat these?
Any time is the time to eat these amazing protein balls. My favorite way for these to be eaten is while participating in a sporting event. If someone on your team brought these to a game everyone would be praising them. So do it! Bring them for your team at your next game or tournament and you’ll become the MVP no doubt! You can also eat these at casual times to stay healthy while enjoying a delicious snack.
You can also eat these before working out to get an extra boost of energy to make your workout better than ever.
This recipe is completely interchangeable as well. If you pleased you could add dried fruit such as cherry, cranberry, blueberry, etc. You could also add lemon extract to make it lemon flavored rather than vanilla if that is what your heart desires. There really is no right way to make these, so I urge you all to play around with the recipe until you find one that you have fallen in love with.
What about vegans?
Good news! The recipe is almost already vegan without even trying to be. The only ingredients you would need to find substitutes for would be the chocolate chips and the honey. Good thing substituting milk chocolate chips for dark chocolate will fix the problem with no effort at all. Honey is also not a necessary ingredient so it can easily be taken out with no substitute needed.
Next time you’re stuck on what to eat you will surely think of these foolproof peanut butter protein balls!