Desserts can be one of my weaknesses.
While I don’t always overindulge, I tend to want something sweet after every lunch and dinner…or breakfast (you’ve gotta have something to cool your mouth off after eggs with hotsauce!)
If I’m not careful, too much sugar can leave me feeling tired and draggy.
As a vegetarian, it can be hard sometimes to make sure that I get enough protein in a day. And as a breastfeeding mom? Always. Starving. Forever.
I love making a batch of these protein balls and storing them in the freezer for a quick protein treat (that tastes like a peanut butter cup!)
I made a batch of these a few days ago and have been eating several each day in between meals (or when the baby is fussy and I need something quick.) Seriously a life saver!
I love these protein balls because they taste like a rich dessert.
They are free of refined sugar and are good for you too!
I love eating these if I need a snack throughout the day, or as a dessert after a meal.
They’re also great for a pre or post workout snack! I love the texture of these in the freezer, but you could also store them in the fridge.
Try these to replace those sugar-filled protein bars that are so easy to buy!
Pin these Chocolate Peanutbutter Protein Balls:
- 3 cups rolled oats (old fashioned oats)
- 1 cup protein powder (I use a vegan brown rice protein powder)
- ¼ cup raw cacao powder (or substitute unsweetened cocoa powder)
- 1 cup crispy "cheerios" cereal (I use an unsweetened brand)
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 cup creamy peanutbutter
- 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2.5 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Using a hand mixer, beat together peanutbutter, maple syrup, and vanilla extract until smooth
- Add raw cacao powder and protein powder and beat until combined
- (I suggest taking a taste at this point - it seriously looks and tastes like frosting - I had a hard time making myself stop eating it!)
- Using a blender, process oats into flour, add to wet ingredients
- Process crispy cereal until a crumbly texture (not complete flour), and add to ingredients
- Add salt and mix until everything is well combined
- The mixture should be crumbly
- Form and roll into balls and store in an airtight container in the freezer