Every time I see or hear the word peanut butter, I am immediately interested in what is being talked about. I love peanut butter and pretty much eat it every day. I just feel the same about any nut butter! Almond, cashew, sunflower seed butter...it's all good! On Sunday, I decided to make some quick energy balls that I could have as my pre-workout meals all week. This may seem silly, but I always try to bake or make something yummy to eat before I workout as extra motivation to actually wake up early and workout before my day begins! I love the habit I have gotten into and it really helps me stay accountable to my morning workouts. These energy balls are high in protein and healthy fat and will keep you going for a while! They were very easy to whip up and so delicious! My fiancé pretty much wanted to eat the entire batch! :) here is my recipe!
Peanut Butter Energy Balls (makes 18-20)
3/4 cup rolled oats 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut 1/4 cup ground flaxseed meal 1/2 cup stevia (cup for cup kind) 3 scoops whey protein (I used Jaime Eason's Labrada...it's delicious!) 2-3 T dark chocolate chips 6 T peanut butter, melted 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce Sprinkle of cinnamon 1/3-1/2 cup water
Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl until it becomes a wet dough.
Place the dough in the freezer for about 1-2 hours or until it firms up. Then, use a teaspoon to form little balls. I stored mine in a container in the fridge to keep them firm. It's that easy!
Here are the nutrition facts in case anyone is interested:
1 energy ball: 95 calories, 5g fat, 7g carb, 2g fiber, 6g protein
Have a great week everyone!