Easy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Balls

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.

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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

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Ingredients

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

Directions

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.

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