Chia Peanut Protein Balls
Protein balls are a widely available, popular health snack that most trendy cafés have their own version of. So are they healthy, or just something for hipsters to munch on while they peer at you over a pair of empty glasses frames?
Short answer is: it depends. There are different recipes to fulfil different needs. If you're just looking for a low carb snack that won't give you a massive spike in insulin, most of the time protein balls are great. For a post workout snack, you probably want something a bit sweeter with a few more carbs (more dates! mmm). Or, if you're like me and just love peanut butter, the recipe below will fulfil all your healthy oil needs.
"I'm a fat, but I'm a good fat" Peanut Butter
**A quick note on the peanut butter: check the label. It doesn't have to be organic, but try to steer clear of anything with artificially added oils and sugar. The best ones should only have one ingredient: 100% Peanuts.
Makes 6 protein balls
- 10 dates
- 1 tbsp protein powder
- 1/3 cup oats
- 4 tbsp peanut butter
- 2 tsp chia seeds
- 6 almonds
- Soak the oats for 5 minutes, before draining and rinsing
- Add oats, dates, protein powder, peanut butter and chia seeds into a blender.
- Roll into balls and press an almond into the middle of each one.
- Eat them
This is a pretty quick snack, and for some easy variations add a tablespoon of cocoa and a teaspoon of coconut oil, or replace the almonds with walnuts (or hazelnuts? Choc hazelnut... mmm)