Great Balls of [Energy]

 

IMG_3416I arrived back at my college apartment for the summer tonight and after braving the checkout lines of the best HEB in town and re-stocking my pantry and fridge with all clean and healthy goodies, I decided to whip these little bites together to get a start on my food prep for the week.  I’ll be busy going from class in the mornings to dental shadowing all afternoon and then on to either teach my cycling class or finding time to commit to sixty days of the Insanity workout (I’m three weeks in – be on the lookout for a review!).  In other words, I’ve got to plan ahead for making and packing healthy lunches and snacks to keep me going.  I know there are a million different variations of these all over Pinterest, but after looking at a few I just decided to play with my favorite ingredients for a perfect combo of carbs, healthy fats, protein, and a little much-needed sugar for that afternoon sinking spell.  I spoiled myself at home when I gladly made time for a daily snooze on the couch or pool chair, so I’m anticipating some nap withdrawals the first few days back in a routine.  This recipe made about 15 balls (plus an extra pinch for tasting) that come in right around 150 calories each, and I stored them in a tupperware in the fridge to have an easy and sweet-craving killer snack at the ready.  I also am thinking about freezing them, so if I pack one in my lunch it will be the perfect texture by the time I’d have it.  No baking, just mix and eat! (and try to not eat half the batch)IMG_3421

 

Ingredients 

3/4 c oats

1/4 c ground flaxseed

1 small scoop vanilla protein powder

2 T chia seeds

1 t cinnamon

2 t vanilla extract

1 t instant coffee/espresso granules

Dash of salt

1/3 c unsweetened coconut flakes

1/4 c reduced sugar Craisins, roughly chopped

1/4 c dark chocolate chips

1/4 c natural creamy peanut butter

1/4 c natural creamy almond butter

1/3 c light agave or honey

Directions

Mix all the dry ingredients, then add the nut butters and agave until fully incorporated.  I recommend microwaving the nut butters until they’re “drippy” and can be easily stirred.  Roll into equal size balls and store in the refrigerator or freezer.

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