Yummy and portable – it’s a snack with natural ingredients and a decent amount of protein to help satiate and stabilize blood sugar. Can be easily adapted to your needs and desires. Use quinoa flakes, flax seed or chia in partial or full replacement of the oats. You can also use whey powder or a different vegan protein powder. When I use a non-chocolate one, I add 2 tb more cocoa powder plus coconut oil and a bit extra peanut butter and honey.
(This recipe is from my clinic colleague, physio Joanne Bealer, adapted from a recipe off of Ripped Recipes http://www.rippedrecipes.com/recipe/peanut-butter-and-chocolate-protein-balls-298.html)
4 tb raw cocoa powder
4 tb organic peanut butter, smooth
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1 scoop Vega Performance protein powder, chocolate
1/2 cups non-gluten oat flakes
4 tb honey
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut to coat
Mix all ingredients together. Add extra nut butter or honey if it’s too dry or add dry ingredients if too sticky. You’re aiming for the consistency of play-dough. Keep mixing (knead by hand if you want) until it forms one big patty. Break into small pieces and roll into balls between your palms. Roll in coconut on a plate. Place in single layer and put in freezer for 10 minutes. Keep in fridge.
If you roll them to make 12 ‘globes’ (I prefer that to ‘balls’), here is your nutrition profile per two: 248 calories, 26 grams carbohydrate, 14 grams fat, 10 grams protein, 6 grams fibre, 14 grams sugar.