Maybe it’s the 5 year old in me, but when I hear balls, I crack up. These aren’t that funny though, but I’m sharing them anyway. I’m not someone that can eat much before a workout without feeling nauseous, but I find I always have a better workout if I eat something before hitting the gym. I am always looking for options that don’t make me feel too full or gross while I’m trying to jump, squat, and lunge, and that don’t interfere with my real breakfast that I plan to have after. But after my workout, I’m not always able to eat immediately because I may need to drive home and cook or wait for my breakfast date if I’m out before I can eat a real meal. That’s why these are the perfect little bites both before and/or after a workout! When I eat one or two of these before my workout, they don’t give me that gross food sloshing around in my tummy feeling and provide high quality slow burning carbs from oats and honey to give me a little energy boost to do my thing. When I eat one or two of these after my workout, they also pack a punch of muscle building and repairing protein from brown rice protein, almonds, and flaxseed, to both replenish my glycogen stores and accelerate muscle recovery. These balls are to the wall and here is how you can make them:
NO-BAKE ALMOND CACAO PROTEIN BALLZ
1.5 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup vanilla brown rice protein powder (or protein of your choice)
1/4 cup raw cacao powder
1/2 cup crunchy almond butter
2 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 tsp. sea salt
1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (opional for rolling the balls in)
Splash of vanilla almond milk (unsweetened)
Add oats, flaxseed, protein powder, sea salt, and cacao powder to a large bowl and mix well until there are no clumps and everything is evenly combined. Add the almond butter, honey, and vanilla extract to the dry mixture, stirring well. Begin to add 1T of almond milk to the mix, using your hands to combine well until the mixture holds together in a sticky ball. Add more liquid if the mixture is still crumbly and dry, but be careful not to add so much that the dough becomes too wet and will not hold together. Roll the dough into balls using your hands – if you opt to coat the outside of the balls with shredded coconut, do this now. Place on plate in the fridge for 1 hour until they firm up and become easy to handle. Store in the fridge for up to 10 days.
I hope you like these if you try ’em and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!!!
Until next time..