Good morning! Today’s post is a winner, let me tell you. Tasty, energizing, quick and easy! One of my favorite health/foodie blogs (The Fitnessista) makes protein balls for post-workouts out of nut butter and protein powder, among other fun mix-ins. What a wonderfully innovative idea, right? I decided to throw in a little twist of my own, taking Gina’s recipe up a notch with a jolt of coffee grounds. Mmmm! I had a ton of the ingredients already for my recipe flop the other day so I was good to go! FYI: The rainy weather made for bad photo lighting, so bare with me. Trust me, though, these little buggers are divine.
(Adapted from Chocolate Chip Protein Ballz)
2 tablespoons chocolate soy protein powder
2 tablespoons crunchy peanut butter
2 tablespoons shredded coconut
1 teaspoon coconut oil
1 1/2 teaspoons coffee grounds
Handful of peanuts (or other nuts/dried fruit mix-ins you enjoy)
Agave nectar and cinnamon to taste
In a small food processor, add protein powder, nut butter and coconut. Pulse until ingredients are blended together.
Next, add in the coffee grounds, coconut oil, a dash of cinnamon and a squirt (ew, hate that word) of agave nectar (substitute: maple syrup or honey). Pulse again. The dough should start clumping together. Finally, throw in any mix-ins you like…I threw in a handful of peanuts to make it extra nutty. Dried fruit would have been lovely, but we’re all out. Pulse one more time and form the mixture into small balls!
There ya go, folks! Jump start your morning or recover from a tough workout with one of these babies. Can’t wait to munch on these once I start commuting early in the AM. Perfect for on-the-go! Keep a lookout for more protein ball recipes to come.
What is your favorite post-workout snack? Any ingredient suggestions for future protein ball recipes?
Sprinkled with Love,