Protein Balls recipe – 1st attempt

Tonight, I made protein balls for the first time. I’m trying to eat less junk food, but I have an insatiable sweet tooth.

I have been intending on making protein balls for at least a year or so, when a friend of mine gave me some that she had made. I’ve been craving sweets too often lately, and finally decided these would be a good way to get the sweet treat I’m craving, but also give me more protein.

Here’s the recipe I used (taken from the trainers at Lifetime Fitness, and given my own twist). This is for a double batch (approximately 48 protein balls).

2 cups dry oatmeal (a tiny bit more if the mixture is too sticky)
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup almond butter
1/2 cup honey
2 scoops Chocolate Whey Protein Powder from Lifetime
1 scoop Mocha Life Greens from Lifetime
a little less than 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

They are simple to make. Mix all the ingredients together, and roll them into balls. I put them into two containers. One for the refrigerator (they can last about a week in the fridge), and one batch for the freezer. Update: I have read that these can be left unrefrigerated, but they are awfully sticky. Putting them in the fridge helped them solidify a little easier, which also makes them easier to eat.

For the first time making them, I should not have made a double batch. They are good, but I do know what I would do differently.

  • Next time, I will use a different ratio of peanut butter to almond butter. If I were to do a double batch again, I’d use 1 1/2 cups peanut butter to 1/2 cup almond butter. I think I will also try it with crunchy peanut butter for a little more texture.
  • I also saw a suggestion to add shredded coconut. I think I will try that.
  • When I bought the mini chocolate chips, I meant to buy dark chocolate. Instead, I bought semi-sweet. To make them a little healthier, I will use dark chocolate chips next time.
  • I would not use quite as much of the Greens powder. I’m not sure if I just didn’t quite mix it well enough, but the flavor was a bit over-powering in the sample I tasted. Update: the next day, the flavor of the Greens isn’t quite so overpowering, but I can still taste it. I will use less than a scoop in the future.

Looking forward to having these treats post-workout, or when I’m craving something sweet!


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