These peanut butter energy balls are high protein, incorporating peanut butter, protein powder, fruit and nuts! Honey makes these protein balls slightly sweet.
How are your new year’s resolutions going? I had three areas that I wanted to focus on this year; eating regular meals, hitting the gym for classes three times each week, and going to sleep earlier. I’m happy to report that I am doing GREAT on #1 and #2. I’ve been eating smaller, more regular meals and healthy snacks like these Honey and Peanut Butter Energy Balls. I’ve been to spin class and Les Mills classes three times each week. But man, I’m not doing well on #3 (more sleep). I have a super active brain, and have been so busy lately. I have a few big deals that are close to signing at work, and I’ve also been really busy with the blog lately! It seems like it’s harder and harder to get my brain to settle down at night. But, two out of three isn’t bad!
I first saw a recipe like this when my beloved Kansas City Royals went to the World Series. Their nutritionist was in our local newspaper talking about the team’s favorite snacks. These peanut butter energy balls came up, and she shared the recipe! She said these energy balls were one of these favorite snacks of the team before games. Naturally, my interest was piqued. But, there were a few things in the recipe that I had to change, because I just don’t like them. Instead of regular protein powder, I used peanut powder (like Jif or PB2). I left out the shredded coconut (you can add it back in), and I substituted dried cranberries instead of apricots.
I’ve remade these substituting raisins or dried cherries for the dried apricots. ALL delicious. I can’t wait to try more flavor combinations! I’m currently thinking through a way to incorporate dried mango and papaya into a tropical version… I may have to substitute a different nut butter in for the peanut butter. Stay tuned for that recipe!
- 1¼ cup oats
- ½ cup sliced almonds, chopped finely
- 1 tbsp protein powder (I use peanut powder like Jif or PB2)
- ½ cup honey
- ½ cup dried, chopped fruit (apricots, cranberries, cherries, raisins)
- ½ cup peanut butter or other nut butter
- In medium mixing bowl, add oats, diced almond slivers and protein powder. Mix well.
- Add honey, dried fruit and peanut butter. Stir until well combined.
- Place mixing bowl in refrigerator for minimum of 30 minutes.
- Roll chilled mixture into bite-sized balls. Store in refrigerator for up to a week.
- Each golf ball sized energy ball has about 60 calories using dried apricots. Cranberries, cherries and raisins are higher caloric options.