Peanut Butter Protein Balls with 9 grams of protein each made from just four ingredients, you can whip these up in less than a minute with no food processor!
People are freaking in love with peanut butter, and they also love little balls as snacks. Amazeballs, energy balls, protein balls, they take over my social media feed, and people go CRAZY for them. While I’ve made them for Mr. Hungry several times, I’ve never really been into the trend.
I mean, it’s so little food for usually SO MANY CALORIES. No, I don’t think calories should rule your life, but they should be at least considered. When you pack together dried fruit and nuts, you have a calorie BOMB.
Not to mention, they throw one scoop of protein powder in them and call them protein balls. If I were to describe food to you that had 10 grams of fat, 10 grams of carbs and 2 grams of protein per serving how would you classify that food? Not a significant source of protein, that’s what.
I know what your thinking, WOW Kelli, please put the food police badge down and back away slowly. *Insert eye roll, while thinking to myself I’m not the food police….. I’m the damn military.” Don’t call it protein whatever if it doesn’t have protein in it, your confusing us all, damn it. My animation over snacks is clearly warranted in my head if nowhere else.
So my mission was to make these under 100 calories per ball and be worthy of the name protein ball, aka contain a significant source of protein. I think I did pretty damn good, they’ve got 9 grams of protein per serving and are 78 calories, bam!
If you eat two, you’ve got 18grams of protein at 160 calories of fuel, not bad! Plus, no food processor is required to make them!
Then mix it together with a fork, it will seem like it won’t come together, keep mixing and have faith, it will!
Each batch will give you four protein balls. If you want you can role the in coconut shreds, because why not? This will, of course, change the calories a bit, but totally worth it!
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Peanut Butter Protein Balls
Let’s talk ingredients super fast:
First of all, I will say up front this a touchy recipe. I’ve had several people write in and say this recipe is the best and they love it, and several say it turned into mush. I attribute that to two things:
1) you must use the measurements EXACTLY and you can’t overdo it on the almond milk. It’s better to add 1 tablespoon, stir it, and add a teaspoon at a time until it looks like the bowl of mixed ingredients I showed. Too wet and it will turn into mush, to dry and it will not mix. I’ve even made this mistake.
2)know that if you change the type of protein powder or peanut butter powder you are running the risk of changing the liquid needs. Each brand has their own unique amount of thickeners like xantham gum that will change your liquid needs. You can fix this by using your own brand BUT follow the instructions above about adding the almond milk slowly. Even starting with 1 teaspoon and adding by teaspoon from there. It’s tedious but worth it.
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Peanut Butter Protein Balls
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