Peanut Butter Flax Balls
When I first started making protein balls many years ago, I didn’t realize that they were such a “thing”. I didnt know that people also called them protein balls. I just called them “cluster fucks” – because they were always full of nuts, seeds, dried fruit, butters and so other goodies.
The amazing thing about protein balls is that you can literally make them a million different ways. The only thing you have to make sure you have is a “sticking agent” to get the ingredients to binde together. This can be honey, nut butter, pureed raisins, dates, prunes or even maple syrup.
If you follow the recipe and they aren’t sticking together enough, add a little water or a little more of you “sticking agent”.
1/2 cup natural peanut butter or almond butter
1/4 cup dates
1/4 cup of honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup protein powder of choice* I like to use vanilla
1/3 cup flaxseed meal
1/3 cup hemp seeds
1/2 cup rolled oats (gluten free, if desired)
2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips
1 tablespoon chia seeds
- In a bowl add dates and cover with boiling water. Let sit for 5-10mins before draining the water.
- In a food processor, mix together peanut butter, dates and vanilla extract until well combined.
- Add in protein powder, hemp seeds, flaxseed meal, oats, chocolate chips and chia seeds. Pulse until well combined. (I usually have to use my hands to mix and work with the dough.)
- At this point you should be able to form balls that stick together. Because all peanut butter/nut butter consistencies are different and depending on what protein powder you use, you may need to add in more nut butter or honey to help the balls stick together.
- Form into 14 balls and place in an airtight container. Store in the fridge for up to 1 week, or the freezer for a month. Enjoy!
- These calorie dense protein balls are ideal as a snack to hold you over before a meal. Eat one before a workout if you’re feeling a little hungry but don’t have a time to eat a sandwich and digest before training.
- Hemp seeds contain a healthy dose of omega3 and omega6 fatty acids.
- Flax meal contains phytochemicals which are vital to help the body ward off disease.