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Peanut Butter Protein Balls

Peanut Butter Protein Balls

Hi, friends! How are you all? What’s going on in your world this week? I’m pretty thrilled that it’s almost (err..kind of) the end of the week.

One of the biggest parts preventing me from starting a blog is that I didn’t have a good name to use as my handle. How is it that some people are so darn creative when thinking of one? Well, that definitely wasn’t the case for me but I settled on Erin Lives Whole because I felt like it embraced my overall lifestyle. I definitely like it so far (good thing because I can’t change it anytime soon) and I’m happy to report it is growing on me every day.

Along with deciding on a name, I knew I was going to really need to dive deep when it came to recipe development. There is so much that has already been done when it comes to the healthy blogging world, so did I want to repeat recipes or did I want to completely develop my own?

I’ve settled on a mixture of the two, and man, recipe testing is harder than you think. I thought combining a bunch of healthy ingredients together would be easy because I’ve lived this lifestyle for so long now, but in order to get the flavors right, it really is hard. It has been really fun though and I’ve actually had quite the laugh at myself over the past few months. Let’s just say that not all ideas I have are successes. 🙂

Throwing it back to my first ever healthy recipe… a tried and true peanut butter protein ball!

Anyway, the first ever creation I made him was protein balls. I’ve been making these for my dad for a few years now because he told me he was always looking for a snack around 3:00 p.m. and would find himself constantly reaching for the pretzels, which never filled him up unless he ate half a bag.  I told him just to pop two of these babies in his mouth when the afternoon hunger hits.

He has been a huge fan ever since, and I now find myself tripling the recipe so my dad, my boyfriend (Tom loves these too!) and I all have them for the week. Sometimes I mix up the flavors but the one I’m sharing today is a staple.

Let me know if you make them and tag me on social media: @Erinliveswhole

Peanut Butter Protein Balls
 
Peanut Butter Protein Balls that are perfect for to pack for the afternoon slump!
Author:
Cuisine: Snacks
Serves: 20-24 balls
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups rolled oats
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ cup natural pb (any nut butter will work)
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2-4 tbsp. almond milk or water
Instructions
  1. Combine oats, protein powder, cinnamon, chia seeds, and salt in medium bowl
  2. In a large bowl, combine pb, honey, vanilla.
  3. Add wet ingredients to oat mixture.
  4. Add in liquid (almond milk or water) as needed. You should be able to roll into balls that will stick together.
  5. Get dirty - Wet your hands and then use em to form into tablespoon size balls.
  6. Chill in fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  7. Keep in fridge up to 7 days.

 

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