I’m the girl that brings an unnecessary amount of snacks to the library. I also bring a snack with me to almost every class or meeting I attend, just to keep myself occupied and to avoid any feelings of hangriness. (Hangry = hungry + angry). But at school, it’s hard to keep snacks on hand that are both healthy and tasty. It seems like either they expire in a few weeks or just simply aren’t convenient to eat on-the-go.
My version of this recipe calls for PB2 peanut butter, a stop on my quest to find the best healthy peanut butter. PB2 is powdered peanut butter that boasts 85% less fat and calories than regular peanut butter. While I am not really concerned about fat and calories, I’m always concerned about sugar, and PB2 has absolutely none. Since this recipe already has a little sugar from the honey, I chose to cut out any other sources of sugar and use PB2 instead. Feel free to use whatever peanut butter you’d like, though.
Inspired by a recipe my aunt has been making for years, these protein balls are both tasty and filling enough to keep you fueled up for your next event– whether that be practice, a meeting, or just getting some work done. I adapted this recipe to my liking, and encourage you to take out/add/substitute as you wish!
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Balls
1 cup (dry) oatmeal
8 TBSP PB2 peanut butter + 4 TBSP water*
1/2 cup ground flax seed
2-3 scoops vanilla protein powder
1 TBSP chia seeds
1/2 cup chopped dark chocolate (or chips)
1/3 cup honey
1 TSP vanilla extract
1. Combine PB2 and water.
2. Combine all ingredients.
3. Form into balls + freeze.
4. Yep, it’s literally that easy.
These keep in the freezer FOREVER (don’t quote me on that, but they seriously lasted me a whole semester) and make a great snack any time. They’re pretty tasty frozen but you could also easily thaw a few to keep in the fridge for a week. Like I said before, you can add and take out whatever you like to make these your own.