Recipe: Protein Energy Balls

 
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The Ideal Post Workout Snack

After a workout, the last thing I want to do is spend an hour cooking in the kitchen. Protein energy balls are my go-to snack post-workout, and sometimes I make them just because! They’re super quick and easy to whip up, and can be stored in the fridge for up to a week.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • 1 cup oats

  • 1 cup almonds

  • 1 cup cashews

  • 3 spoons chia seeds

  • 1 cup dates, raisins or cranberries

  • 1 spoon protein powder or cocoa powder (or both)


COOKING INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In blender, add oats, almonds, cashews, chia seeds, dates, and protein powder (if not using protein power, substitute it with cocoa powder). Blend well, and add the blender contents to a big bowl.

  2. Melt five (5) spoons of coconut oil and pour it in. You can also add a spoonful of peanut butter if you like! Mix the ingredients together.

  3. Using your hands, roll the mixture into balls that are about the size of a golf ball.

  4. Once rolled, you can can sprinkle or roll the balls in coconut flakes if desired.

  5. Chill in the fridge for at least an hour before eating.

This recipe usually makes 10-15 depending how big you make the protein energy balls. The last batch I made had 15 in it, but Nick and his friends ate all of them but the four pictured above!

I would not recommend eating more than two per day.

Protein Energy Ball Benefits

  • Almonds are full of antioxidants and are rich in vitamin E. They can also help to lower your cholesterol.

  • Cashews contain lost of potassium, vitamins E and B6, and folic acid. They are also said to help fight heart disease.

  • Coconut oil is high in the healthy kind of saturated fats that can increase “bad fat” loss and boost energy levels. They can also help improve your cholesterol to help fight heart disease.

  • Protein, when consumed within 30 minutes of exercising, allows your muscles to recover and heal faster which can help make them stronger over time.

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