I am BEYOND SICK of this snow and cold weather!!!!!!!
Okay, mini rant over. So if, like me, you live in the northeast and need some extra fuel to get outside in this freezing blizzard and do practical things such as shovel the sidewalk, dig out your car, or take your dog for a walk, look no further than today’s recipe: Peanut Butter Protein Balls. These are very easy to make, only require a handful of ingredients, and provide a fast source of nutrition for when you need it most (ie, when mother nature decides to dump a foot of snow upon you).
I came across this recipe while searching Pinterest for low carb snacks. See the original recipe (and a lot of other great recipes here: Bariatric Foodie).
Here’s how easy it is…
1 cup of a high fiber cereal (I used Kashi Cinnamon Shredded Wheat)
1 scoop of a low sugar, vanilla protein powder
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 cup of peanut butter
3 – 4 Tbsp of vanilla, unsweetened almond milk
1. Put the cereal in a ziploc bag and using some sort of mallet-like object (I used a handheld can opener…) proceed to mash the cereal into crumbs. This can be a particularly fun activity if you have any latent anger that you need to let go of….
2. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the cereal crumbs, protein powder, and cinnamon. Mix well, then add in the peanut butter and use a whisk to incorporate it into the mix (this is the most time consuming and least fun step.)
3. Add the almond milk one tablespoon at a time, stirring between each addition. You want the mixture to be moist, but not soggy. It should be pretty “clumpy” at this stage. I got there around 3 and a half tablespoons.
4. Take a heaping tablespoon of the mixture into your hands and form it into a ball. Then, roll the ball between your hands for a bit until it’s all nice and uniform. Repeat until all the mixture is gone. You should get about 8 to 10 balls out of this.
I calculated the macronutrients for you guys because people seem to like it when I do that 🙂
For one ball (note, for the analysis I used Fiber One cereal):
kcal = 60
CHO = 7 grams, (3 grams Fiber, so 4 Net Carbs if you’re into that)
FAT = 4 grams
PRO = 4 grams
You can also do a ton of variations with these little guys, so be sure to play around with different flavor combos (like using sugar free syrups or chocolate protein powder).
So, what fun things did everyone do with their snow day today?
I took down my Christmas decorations, which wasn’t exactly fun, but it was certainly productive.