As two busy ladies always on the go from work, to the gym, the dog park, pre-school pick ups.. (the list goes on!) we are constantly on the look out for whole, healthy snacks that are not only tasty and keep us full but are also nutritious! These Protein Power balls are a favorite, perfect for pre or post work out, breakfast or when those late afternoon cravings strike! The best part- they have plenty of protein and healthy Fats! Yes, fats are good for you..as long as they are the right kind! Growing up, a remember “fat” always having a bad rap. Low- fat, no- fat were ideal, and every other kind of “fat” was the enemy! So not true!
Yes, Trans fats and Saturated fats (found in fast food, certain types of oils and lards) do increase cholesterol and often lead to heart disease. However, monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats (the types found in nuts and seeds) are great for you. They help reduce cholesterol risk of heart disease and also play a role in maintaining positive mental health, fighting fatigue and controlling one’s weight. That said, we do not recommend not eating ALL of these in one sitting! (ha. ha). Two or three is a healthy portion size!
- 1¼ cup oats
- ½ cup sliced raw almonds, chopped finely
- 1 tbsp protein powder (I use PGX Vanilla Protein Powder)
- ½ cup honey
- ½ cup dried, chopped apricots (or sub dried cranberries or mangoes)
- ½ cup natural peanut butter or sun butter ( I used “Nuts for Nature”Seed & Nut butter from Costco)
- In a small pot over low heat melt honey and nut butter on the stove, stirring frequently. Nut butters tend to be all different consistencies, so the goals is to thin them out.
- In a medium mixing bowl, add oats, almond slivers, protein powder and dried fruit. Mix well.
- Add in warm mixture and stir vigorously until well combined..
- Wet fingertips and Roll chilled mixture into golf ball-sized portions. You may need to add in a bit more honey to get them to stick together!
- Store in refrigerator for up to a week.
Note: Each Protein power ball has about 60 calories using dried apricots. Cranberries, and mangoes are slightly higher in calories.