I’ve been working on getting back into a better routine with my fitness. Given my current schedule, that usually means very early workouts before work, getting home and getting ready for work, and then making my smoothie for breakfast on the go. Sounds great, until you factor in not getting in nutrition close enough to the end of my workout to help with recovery and getting the maximum benefits of my workout, on top of just feeling weak and yucky for being up and active that long without eating.
After consulting with some nutrition and personal training friends, I decided that having one of these protein balls after my workout is perfect. I’m getting some good carbs from the oats, healthy fats from the peanut butter, and good quality protein with essential amino acids to help with recovery! I whipped up a batch this weekend to pop in the fridge.
3/4 cup gluten-free rolled oats
1/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/3 cup chocolate chips
1/3 cup local honey
3/4 cup peanut butter or almond butter
Mix dry ingredients first. Add honey and peanut butter and stir to combine. Roll in balls and refrigerate or freeze.
I find using my hands at the end of mixing helps everything stick together well. I use a rounded tablespoon to make relatively even sized servings. My batches general make 20-25 balls. Feel free to play around with the size, and change up the ingredients! Use different nut butters or sunbutter, sub nuts or dried fruit for the chocolate chips, flax meal and chia seeds are great additions too!
I’d love to hear what you think if you try this recipe! It’s one of my favorites.
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Be happy, be healthy,