These Chocolate peanut butter protein balls are made with all natural ingredients and can be made in minutes.
My go to recipe for a protein packed snack or dessert when I am craving something sweet!
Desserts can be one of my weaknesses.
While I don’t always overindulge, I tend to want something sweet after every lunch and dinner.
Heck, every night that I get my toddler successfully to sleep, I feel like I deserve something sweet as a reward!
If I’m not careful though, too much sugar can leave me feeling tired and draggy.
So many packaged protein bars are packed full of artificial sugar and make me feel awful!
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.)
They are a life saver!
My husband is a landscaper and ultra runner, so he eats for 2.
I have started to make us more protein snacks like these protein balls or homemade protein bars!
They are so convenient, healthy, and delicious.
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.
How to make chocolate peanut butter protein balls:
First, mix together peanut butter, maple syrup, and vanilla extract.
Make sure that you use all natural peanut butter.
When reading the label, the only ingredients should say peanuts and salt.
So many packaged peanut butters (even organic ones!) have added sugar.
There is absolutely no need for this, and I always make sure to buy my peanut butter unsweetened.
It doesn’t need any sugar!
Once you have mixed your wet ingredients, add the cacao powder and protein powder and mix until combined.
Add oat flour, cereal, and salt, and mix it all into a batter (the mixture should be crumbly).
Form batter into balls, and use your hands to roll them.
Store in the fridge or freezer in an airtight container for a quick and healthy snack!
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!
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Chocolate peanut butter protein balls recipe:
- 3 cups rolled oats (old fashioned oats)
- 1 cup protein powder (I use a vegan brown rice protein powder)
- 1/4 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 peanut butter
- 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2.5 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Using a hand mixer, beat together peanut butter, 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
You can make these in the food processor as well. Just add all dry ingredients and pulse, then add wet ingredients. I have found I like making them better with just a hand mixer, and so I have changed the instructions to reflect that method.
Serving Size:1 protein ball
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 163 Total Fat: 8g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 1mg Sodium: 185mg Carbohydrates: 15g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 2g Protein: 10g