Protein Peanut Butter Balls
Healthy snacks are a big challenge, and they are usually the thing that derails an otherwise healthy eating day. Unfortunately, over-doing it on snacks in-between meals is all it takes to halt (or even reverse) weight and fat loss progress.
The struggle is especially real when you work long hours, or are constantly on-the-go balancing errands, soccer practice and after school pickups.
So basically, if you are a human in today’s day and age, snacks are likely a struggle.
For most of us, the challenge is not having enough time to cook or chop something healthy. Not to mention the fact that even if you in theory had time, who is actually near a kitchen around 3pm?!
I used to work with this girl who was obsessed with cheez-its. Like, Costco sized box at her desk obsessed. Most days I could pass on the nibbling, but no amount of wanting to eat healthy helps when real afternoon (or early evening) hunger sets in.
That’s why I love these delicious protein peanut butter balls, or PPBBs for short. They are easy to prep, don’t require you to leave your desk or house to get them, and they are packed with protein and healthy fats to hold you over.
Oh, and you don’t need to refrigerate them. You can just pop them in your bag in the morning, and when you feel your energy start to dip at 3pm, boom, PPBB to the rescue.
This recipe makes two servings (1 serving size = 2 balls), and they have great macros thanks to the vanilla protein powder. Most snacks are carb and fat heavy, which mean they taste good but will wear off shortly after. Protein will help you stay fuller longer, which will help you avoid overeating.
For comparison, they are very similar to an RX Bar. Great option to rotate into your snack rolodex!
Also for comparison, here are the macros on a Snickers… notice the lack of protein, and high sugar + low fiber combo (blood sugar will spike more to digest, and the “full” feeling won’t last very long).
This is why only looking at total calories isn’t always the best indicator of whether or not a food is healthy. (Although I’m pretty sure you know that Snickers isn’t healthy, right?)
Snacking can be challenging, but will a little planning ahead (these only take 10 minutes to prep and require zero cooking, no excuses!) you can snack your way to better health.
10 minutes total
1/4 cup rolled oats
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 tbsp ground flaxseed
1+1/2 tbsp peanut butter (or nut butter of choice)
1 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
2 tbsp almond milk (or milk of choice)
1 tbsp enjoy life chocolate chips
Mix all ingredients except almond milk and chocolate chips in bowl. The dough will be dry and crumbly.
Add 2 tbsp of almond milk and mix, add more if needed. You want the dough to mix but not be sticky and wet.
Add chocolate chips.
Roll into 4 balls and store in fridge.
Enjoy whenever hunger strikes!