I know what you’re thinking. Brittany, why the heck are you posting another ball recipe?!? That’s the last thing the internet needs right now.
Well, to be 100% honest, I wasn’t really planning to post this recipe. I already have a few energy ball recipes and there’s nothing earth-shattering about this new recipe. I blame the ladies at my local Pure Barre studio! After sharing the balls during my Vitamin 101 event on Monday I had several requests for the recipe so they’re the main reason I’m sharing it. Gotta give the Pure Barre ladies what they want!
They are INCREDIBLY TASTY so you can’t be too mad at me for posting them. 🙂
I don’t know anyone else that gets this excited about vitamins and protein balls. Oh, and how cute is this Pure Barre LOVER tank? I’m obsessed.
So about these balls… they’ve got the ultimate culinary duo, peanut butter and chocolate, along with the texture of cookie dough. Amazing, right?
If that’s not enough to tempt you, there’s more — they have only six ingredients and take about 10 minutes to whip up!
On the nutrition front, they’re vegan and gluten free with a great balance of protein, healthy fats and smart carbs — perfect for before or after your workout, as a mid-afternoon pick me up or a late-night snack. Heck, I’d even eat them for breakfast. I mean, they DO have oatmeal.
Peanut butter has a good amount of protein, but I decided to add a bit more by including a little protein powder. I typically like using vegan protein powders and adore Sunwarrior, but feel free to use your favorite brand.
2 Tablespoons mini dark chocolate chips (I used enjoy life)
Add dates to a food processor(affiliate link) and pulse until they form a thick paste. Add in rolled oats and pulse a few more times until just combined.
Place date and oat mixture into a bowl. Stir in protein powder and peanut butter. Then add almond milk and stir well to combine. If the mixture seems dry, add an extra splash of almond milk. Stir in chocolate chips and form mixture into bite-size balls using your hands. You can test rolling the balls but they may start to crumble. Balls should be about one tablespoon in size. Store in a covered container in the fridge.
Serving Size:1 ball
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