Who knew this week was National Bake Week? All I have been celebrating this week is new episodes of The Ellen Degeneres Show and warm weather! Have no fear, I’m all about celebrating holidays, so look out for some baked goodies later this weekend. Until then, these Peanut Butter Protein Balls are easy to mix up and give a try! As I continue my healthy eating, I was looking for a low carb snack that would be tasty, yet easy to grab and keep me full. These treats have literally been my saving grace this week and kept me full for hours! Instead of diving into my leftover Easter candy every time I got a craving, I decided to take one of these out from the fridge. Keep these handy for whenever you need a little something and please let me know if you give these a try!
Natural Peanut Butter: 1/2 cup
Vanilla Whey Protein Powder: 2/3 cup
Flax Seed: 3 tablespoons
First take a medium sized bowl and add your natural peanut butter. Natural peanut butter has less carbs than regular peanut butter, so this is why I decided to use it. I also went with natural peanut butter instead of my beloved PB2, but I am missing it a little :) I’m going to try using the PB2 tomorrow and will leave an update at the bottom of my post if you’re interested! This will actually cut down on calories and carbs, so I’ll let you know what I prefer.
Next, add your protein powder and mix with your peanut butter. This will thicken up your peanut butter and add a sweet vanilla taste! You can use more or less if you want depending on how many calories/carbs/protein you want in your Protein Balls.
I used flax seeds to make this Protein Balls a little nuttier and add a little crunch as well. The great thing I learned about flax seeds is that it has net carbs equaling zero! So basically carbs less dietary fiber is your net carbs and on a low carb diet this mean you can literally eat as many flax seeds as you want. Now, I only added 3 tablespoons, but you could totally add more. Later you’ll see how I added some more on the outside too. Just mix your flax seeds with your protein mixture and try and resist not taking a taste. :)
Now take your batter, let it refrigerate for an hour, and then you can start rolling it into small 1-inch balls. You are more than welcome to make them smaller or larger depending on how many you want to make. The batch I made only made 10 balls, but I wanted to try it out first before I made 2 dozen or something!
After making your Protein Balls you can even roll them in more flax seeds to add a crunchy outside! I actually really like flax seeds now and will be making more like you see below tomorrow. Flax seeds have great nutrients in them; they’re rich in omega-3 fatty acids, high in fiber, and high in antioxidants. Why not add a few more if you can!
I can’t express how yummy these are when I need something sweet, but I also want to stay full and not just eat a whole box of Cheez-its. I take two with my in a small glass container or tuperware to eat between classes now. I used to just eat a yogurt or Fiber One Protein Bar and my stomach would literally start growling 30 minutes later. The crazy thing about these is two of them literally keeps me full for hours! And the fact that I love to eat them doesn’t hurt either :)
They are definitely best left in the refrigerator to hold their shape. I have eaten them with a spoon too when I take them with me to class. Totally up to you, but if you can keep them cool I think they’re better! I really hope you guys give these a chance and make them! Not only are they low carb, which most of us could use, but they are so yummy!! Perfect when you need that pick me up to keep you full when you’re running through your day. Enjoy guys and have a fabulous weekend! I know I will with this weather slowly climbing to the 50′s and 60′s!!