When it comes to healthy eating, snacks are a huge part of balanced lifestyle. Choosing snacks that are packed with nutrients – like protein balls – is important to helping my clients fuel their bodies with high quality ingredients and help them avoid feeling tired or hangry. Especially during that mid-afternoon breaking point where we all get hungry for something sugary – just to get us through the rest of the afternoon. Or late at night, when you get the munchies – these protein balls are perfect to provide that sweet treat that seriously satisfies.
Part of meal planning effectively is working in these tasty snack breaks and I love simple recipes that are easily meal prepped in advance so we can just grab them and go. As I often tell my clients, the more convenient you make healthy foods, the more likely you are to eat them – and to avoid the more processed and less nutrient dense alternatives. Its one of the reasons why there are so many protein ball (and other yummy snacks) recipes in the Meal Planning Club – so that my clients have delicious, satisfying and healthy options to munch on throughout their day.
If you have never made protein balls, then you are in for a treat! Protein balls typically are made up of a few main ingredients: a nut butter (pick your favourite), protein powder, rolled oats and then your choice of extras like dried fruit or chocolate chips. I have seen other variations – like chocolate brownie rolled in coconut and pumpkin pie spice energy balls. I share a ton of those recipes inside the Meal Planning Club so be sure to check that out!
When you make protein balls, you make them in batches and keep them in the fridge. I like to make two weeks at a time so I am not meal prepping protein balls every weekend. These snacks travel well so if you’ve got a busy day then grab two of these along with your lunch, and you should be good to go all day long.
- Mixing bowl
- Measuring spoons
- Measuring cups
- 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
- 1/2 cup nut butter cashew, peanut, almond
- 3 tbsp honey
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
- 1/3 cup raisins sub: chocolate chips, dates (pick your fave)
- unsweetened almond milk Add as needed to create a slightly moist batter that you can easily roll into small balls.
- Add all the dry ingredients into the mixing bowl and mix well.
- Add the wet ingredients, one at a time, and mix well.
- Add the raisins (or chocolate chips/dried fruit) and mix into the batter.
- Add the almond milk a tbsp at a time and mix to the right consistency (until all the oats are moistened).
- Use your hands to form small balls, about an inch in diameter. Store in an air tight container in the fridge. Refridgerate 2 hours before eating. Enjoy!
Looking for more healthy snack recipes? Be sure to check out my Healthy Snacks & Apps Recipe Ebook that features lots more recipes, healthy snack swaps and more!