Peanut Butter Protein Balls

My wife Mandy likes to scrapbook, and holds these scrapbooking retreats periodically.  When she returned from this last one, she was singing the praises of her new friend Monika, who was a fellow marathoner.  Monika was quite the cool person.

Another thing was that Monika had a recipe for protein balls, which Mandy described as like protein bars, but all natural and homemade.  She talked so much about how good they were that I was a bit skeptical.

Until she made them.

Seriously, these things are great.  They taste AWESOME.  Very good for use when you would normally snarf a protein bar – as a hunger fix, to add protein while regularly working out, whatever.  And since you control all the ingredients, you can control the calories, protein, taste, etc.  Monika is also very into something called clean eating, which I know absolutely zilch about.  I thought it meant showering and washing your hands before you ate.  Which I sometimes even do.

So, here is the recipe as Monika originally emailed to my wife, including her comments:

Peanut Butter Protein Balls

  • 2 cups oats
  • 16 oz nut butter (peanut butter seems to be our favorite but all should work.  try to stick with natural and no extra added sugars)
  • 2 bars or 1 bag of chocolate (if you want to stick to clean eating go for something with at LEAST 70% chocolate)
  • 2 cups honey or agave (agave is clean, but honey is cheaper. your call)
  • 4-6 scoops of protein powder (I use EAS chocolate, but all should work. I do 6, but only because we workout a lot. if you dont, I would lean toward 4)

Add all to a standing mixer (if you do not have a standing mixer, i would add 1/4 cup more peanut butter and 1/4 cup honey to thin it out) and blend for about 10 full minutes. You will need to watch because depending on the type of oats you have, you may need to add more honey/agave.  It should be the consistency of cookie dough, so just use your best judgement.

Once thoroughly combined, use a small cookie scoop or a spoon and scoop out 1-2 Tbls of mixture and roll into a small ball.  I set these into a large tupperware container and then leave them in the fridge for roughly two weeks (we eat them to fast, but they should last longer too), but they also freeze fantastically.

However, they do NOT need to be refrigerated.

This recipe makes about 48 balls and a serving is 2 balls.

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Review: The GE Rocket Blender

Seriously, I found the best $20 impulse buy at Walmart, evah.  Not kidding.  And that’s saying a lot.

I’m talking about the GE Rocket Blender.  And its custom made for smoothie addicts like me.

I’ve been wearing this thing out.  Usually once, sometimes twice a day, I’ve been dumping yogurt, frozen fruit, milk, and sometimes chocolate protein powder into this and making fresh homemade smoothies.  Filling enough to be a meal replacement, quick enough to do on the way to work, and it only makes a one person mess.  The mess part is important, because I typically leave a trail of destruction behind me as I move through the world.

If you are doing a shake based meal replacement plan (like Shakeology), you should spend a few bones on this.

Here’s how it works – you dump the ingredients into the cup.  The blade attachment screws onto the top of the cup, then you invert the whole mess and put in into the base.  When you twist it into place the motor fires up and blends it up.  Once you unscrew the blade attachment, you can throw a black plastic ring on the cup to cover up the threads.  Not that they are a threat to slice your lips or anything.  Unless you gnaw on the cup, and then I can’t help you.

It also comes with a smaller cup and a different blade attachment for making salsa.  But I haven’t done that yet, since I’m fixated on smoothies and a salsa smoothie doesn’t sound appetizing.

So if you are looking for a something like the Magic Bullet (AS SEEN ON TV!) but don’t want to spend $100 on something, roll by the nearest Walmart and get one of these for $20.