Monday, September 4, 2017

Great balls of energy!

Balls of energy (that are easy to make)

  

These high-protein energy balls are a healthy snack alternative to sugary granola bars or fruit candies. As I've mentioned in the blog before, the healthy fat in nuts and legumes (like peanut-butter) are essential for overall health, and especially your heart.  The health benefits of dark chocolate are also amazing.

Take these to your office, church potluck or on a trip instead of cookies or other unhealthy sweets.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup peanut-butter, smooth
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 3 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • ½ cup oat flour
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate chips

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine peanut-butter and honey.  Then add protein powder and flour. The batter will combine into a somewhat dry ball.
  2. Line a baking pan with parchment paper. Separate batter into balls of equal size, roughly ¾ inch. Place the balls on the parchment paper. When you have one complete layer of balls, place parchment paper on top and place the remaining balls on top of it. Cover with another layer of parchment paper, tucking into the sides of the pan.
  3. Freeze balls for 20 minutes
  4. About fifteen minutes into the freezing time, melt chocolate chips. You can microwave in a medium-sized bowl at 20 second increments until smooth, or prepare in a traditional bain-marie.
  5. Remove balls from the freezer. Gently return the them back to the original large bowl. Dip each ball into the chocolate and set aside, peanut-butter side down, on a parchment covered baking sheet. If you run out of room on the baking sheet, place remaining balls in the baking pan.
  6. Allow chocolate to cool completely, then store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.

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