Protein Energy Balls

by Kelli H. on August 13, 2014

I keep mentioning that I feel like I’m not “catching up” on the blog. I keep thinking I need to play catch up and fill you in on everything that I’ve been doing this summer. I’ve come to the realization that I need to stop thinking that and just BLOG. I know, talk about repeating myself! But, here I am on a late Tuesday night trying to get a post out. That’s because I finally made something worth sharing.

Cast of characters

My mom and I have been playing around with different “energy ball” recipes. My first and favorite one was a black bean protein ball recipe that I really do love. I’m sure I’ll be blogging them later this month or next, since I’m constantly making them. Last Sunday evening I made some snack balls that tasted like oatmeal cookies, but they aren’t very high protein. Still a tasty, no added sugar snack though — yum yum! 

For this recipe you definitely need a food processor. I just don’t think a blender would do it right. When you place the almonds in the bowl and press on it’ll probably pop your eardrums it’s so loud. I usually press ON and then immediately plug my ears, but that’s just because I’m super cool like that. Anywho, process those nuts until a fine crumb appears like so.

Next you’ll want to add in the rest of your characters. It’s a lot of peanut butter, but that’s what makes these so darn tasty! Plus, peanut butter has protein and healthy fats and garbanzo bean’s have protein, too! That’s why these are called protein energy balls — duh!

If you have a yellow lab named Ryder, that’s when he’ll pop his head in the kitchen and look at you like “Heyyyyy moooommmm, I heard you open the peanut butter jar! Time to share!”. By the way, how does he even hear me open a peanut butter jar? It’s not even loud.

Process all those characters together until it comes together and looks like so! That’s when you can take a taste and see if maybe it needs a tad more salt? I like a little sweet and salty combo.

Roll dem babies out and stick em with some chocolate chips. Everything’s better with chocolate, amiright? All you gotta do after that is stick them in the freezer and do a little waiting. While I waited  David and I went on a 3 mile jog with Ryder and technically his Aunt Lexi (my parent’s dog). Running with your husband and two dogs is quite the scene. I’m sure my friend Michelle could agree since she saw us while we were out on our run.

Don’t worry about these babies tasting like beans because they don’t! They are like healthy unbaked chocolate chip cookies. I’m totally into them and will be making them on the regular. You can bet that every day this week at 10 am I’ll be snacking on two of them. They keep me perfectly satisfied for two hours until lunch time. They also make a nice dessert for when you’re sitting at your kitchen table wondering how the hell another tree fell onto your car. Yup, a huge tree branch broke off a tree in the parking lot and landed on our car. What a wonderful thing to come home to. I just wonder how these “acts of god” could happen to me twice?! The same type of tree did the same thing to me 7 years ago at my friends house with a different car. Let’s just hope this is a blessing and our car will look better than ever!

Protein Energy Balls
Slightly Adapted from Happy Healthy Mama

1/2 cup almonds
1 (15 oz) can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
3/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 large pinch Kosher salt
1/4 cup chocolate chips

1. In a food processor; process almonds until they are a fine crumb. Add in chickpeas, peanut butter, honey, vanilla, salt, and process until all the ingredients come together and form a ball. It should be smooth. Remove the blade from the bowl. Roll dough into 1 tablespoon balls and stick about 4 chocolate chips into each ball.

2. Set protein balls on a lined baking sheet and place in the freezer for at least 30 minutes. Remove and refrigerate until eating.

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Made in Sonoma August 13, 2014 at 5:19 pm

These sound and look delish – I must try them soon! Oh my goodness, Ryder is just too adorable. My dog does the same thing when I open peanut butter, or yogurt containers since I give her the container to lick after I’ve eaten it. She could be in a dead sleep behind the couch, and as soon as a container gets opened, she’s right next to me!

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Made in Sonoma August 13, 2014 at 7:10 pm

I love everything about this post! The energy balls look amazing, totally my kind of snack. And that picture of Ryder is too cute. Coco always perks up over peanut butter but for some reason, she goes nuts when I’m peeling boiled eggs. I don’t even feed her eggs but I think she’s attracted to the sulfur smell more than anything.

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Made in Sonoma August 13, 2014 at 7:38 pm

haha, boiled eggs…not sure how Ryder reacts to hard boiled eggs, but I could see him being attracted to the sulfur smell too. Dogs; they’re so weird.

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Made in Sonoma August 14, 2014 at 1:14 am

These look like a delicious snack!

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Made in Sonoma August 14, 2014 at 10:29 am

This is probably the recipe I make most often from my blog. The kids just love these little balls! 🙂 Glad you gave them a try.

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Made in Sonoma August 14, 2014 at 1:52 pm

They are so good! My mom loves them too. 🙂

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Made in Sonoma August 16, 2014 at 3:01 am

Ohhh yum! I will have to give these a try! =)

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