Snack Recipe Alert! Vegetarian Protein Balls

Leigh Chmilar Protein Balls RecipeThis weekend I had a fun little experiment with extra food in my cupboard. I wanted to make a portable delicious, well-balanced snack for in between workouts or clients, and have searched high and low for recipes. I hadn’t found a recipe that was super easy until now…

A friend passed along some ingredients that he used to make protein bars, but of course there were no ratios or amounts listed. I decided play around and just try making them with the ingredients listed, and then add and subtract ingredients to make a good consistency.

Once I calculated out the nutritional value of the snacks, I realized they are a near perfect ratio of carbohydrates-fat-protein. Well, that’s my opinion, which does depend on what type of exercise you are doing, but for an on-the-go snack – it is perfection!

Ingredients:

– 1.75 cups Vanilla Protein Powder (I used soy, but you can used any other plant-based powder)

– 2/3 cup Flax Seeds

– 2/3 cup Chia Seeds

– 2/3 cup Hemp Hearts

– 1/2 cup Honey

– 1/2 cup Dried Cranberries

– 2/3 c chopped Dates

– 1.25 cup Organic Almond Butter

– 1/2 cup Pumpkin Seeds

Protein BallsDirections:

1. Grind the flax seeds, hemp hearts, nuts and chia seeds in a blender or coffee grinder. Be careful that the blended mix does not get too warm, because it will damage the delicate fats found in these ingredients.

2. Combine everything in a bowl and mix it well. I had to use my hands make sure the almond butter and honey coated everything. Adjust the almond butter and honey ratio as needed to make it “sticky”. You don’t want it overly sticky, just enough that you could form it into a ball.

3. Using your hands, form the mixture into 1″ balls, and refrigerate. Keep them in the fridge to keep them solid – and voila! The recipe makes about 35 balls.

Each ball contains:

– 11g of Carbohydrates

– 7 g of Protein

– 8 g of Fats (healthy fats!)

Just be careful not to eat too many since they are delicious and nutrient dense!

Some of the fine nutrients you’ll find in these bad boys are:

– Omega 3 & 6 Fatty Acids

– Iron, Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc

-Fibre to aid in digestion

Enjoy!! 🙂

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