Remember the protein bars I posted a couple months ago? Yeah, we love them so much we’ve come up with another variation and we switch off every other week making one and then the other. These balls are quite similar to the protein bars but I use a different liquid sweetener, in this case honey, and we added in some rolled oats and made them in a ball shape. I like to pop one of these in my mouth in the morning before I exercise; they seem a little less sweet than the bars, but maybe that’s just my imagination. This also happens to be my kids favorite snack; they like them so much I always try to hide the container way back in the fridge somewhere under a bunch of things :); if I didn’t hide them they’d all be gone in a day! But this way it’s too much trouble to get them out multiple times a day and outta sight, outta mind. We’ve also established a ‘one ball a day rule’ which means these don’t last more than 4 days in our house since all 7 of us love them…and since 4×7=28 that means Scott and I get an extra ball for three days! 🙂 Sometimes my kids complain about things not being fair, and they’re right, life isn’t fair :).
Here are your five ingredients: Natural peanut butter, rolled oats, vanilla protein powder, honey(not creamed honey even though it’s in a creamed honey container) and brown rice crisp cereal.
This recipe is super easy and fast. Mix peanut butter and honey together in a medium bowl. If your peanut butter or honey are not liquidy enough to stir, you can warm the peanut butter and honey in a microwave or medium saucepan until melted. (since I buy honey in bulk, it rarely is liquid because it crystallizes over time. And as for peanut butter, as long as I’m not at the bottom of the natural peanut butter jar it’s usually liquidy enough…and apparently I just made up a new word, “liquidy”). If warming over the stove, watch and stir regularly because it can burn pretty quickly.
Once peanut butter and honey are combined, add protein powder, brown crisp rice cereal and oats and stir together.
Roll them into 1 inch balls, or just use a cookie scoop because it’s easier and faster and keeps your hands all clean, and then allow them to chill on a cookie sheet for 10-15 minutes before enjoying!
I store them in a Tupperware in the fridge: layer of balls, parchment paper (or wax) and then another layer of balls.
Peanut Butter Protein Balls (Makes 34, 1” balls)
1 c natural peanut butter
2/3 c raw, local honey
1 c vanilla protein powder
1 c rolled oats
1/2 c brown crisp rice cereal, not puffed rice cereal (or can do 1 1/2 c oats and no rice cereal)
Mix peanut butter and honey together in a medium bowl. If your peanut butter or honey are not liquidy enough to stir, you can warm the peanut butter and honey in a microwave or medium saucepan until melted. Once peanut butter and honey are combined, add protein powder, brown crisp rice cereal and oats and stir together. Using a cookie scoop, mold into 1” balls. Cover and refrigerate 10-15 minutes before enjoying. 195 calories in 2 balls.