On the way out the door to a meeting or an appointment, you feel a twinge of hunger. You really need to grab a quick snack, but you are sick of fruit and protein bars. The solution is simple: grab two peanut butter protein balls and you’ll be good to go for the next 2-3 hours.
The exact ratio of ingredients will depend a little on the kinds of protein powder and peanut butter you use. I used a low carb, French Vanilla flavored protein for this recipe, but other flavors work fine as well; in fact I think next time I will try chocolate.
Some natural peanut butters have more or less oil than average, so you might need to increase or decrease the amount of protein powder based on your PB. You can choose to use the vanilla extract or the additional ingredients. I would advise experimenting.
- 1 cup all natural peanut butter, I use Teddy
- 2 cup or 4 scoops of protein powder
- 1 cup of liquid Splenda, your other favorite sweetener, or better yet honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
- 4 cups of any combination of the following ingredients: (optional)
- Sunflower seeds
- Chocolate chips
- Dried cranberries
- Oat bran
- Wheat germ
- Flax seed (ground or whole)
Mix the protein powder, honey, and peanut butter together in a bowl. You can use an electric mixer or food processor if you want, but a strong spoon will suffice as well. If you decide to use granulated sweetener instead of liquid sweetener you may have to add a drop of water just to thin out the mixture a bit. If you have used a particularly oily brand of natural peanut butter, you might need to add more protein powder.
Next add any additional ingredients like nuts or fruit. If you have used all 4 cups of additional ingredients, you might need to add more honey.
Roll scoops of the batter into balls. At some point you could try rolling the balls in crushed nuts. Store peanut butter protein balls on a plate or tray, or put them in a bag. Either way you have to refrigerate them if you want them to stay round.
Makes approximately 16 balls about one inch in diameter.
Serving size: 1 ball
Effective Carbohydrates: 3 grams plus 1 gram of fiber
Protein: 9 grams
Fat: 7 grams
Calories: 118 calories