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Peanut Butter Oatmeal Protein Balls

by: claire cary

These peanut butter protein balls are a quick and easy snack! With chocolate chips and a chocolate drizzle, this is a flavorful recipe that is perfect post workout or as a mid-afternoon pick me up!
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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 10 mins
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Ingredients

  • ¾ cup rolled oats*
  • ¾ cup quick oats*
  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp creamy unsalted + unsweetened peanut butter*
  • cup maple syrup or honey
  • ¼ cup ground flax seeds
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips
  • Optional Drizzle: 1/2 cup chocolate chips + 2 tsp coconut oil

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients aside from the chocolate chips.
  • Mix with a rubber spatula until well combined. Because of the nature of peanut butter, it can take a few minutes to really get it well mixed up, but if you need to use your (clean) hands, don't hesitate! If the dough seems too dry, add in a bit more maple syrup or even a splash of milk or extra peanut butter to soften it a bit. On the other hand, if the mixture is too wet, add in a bit of extra oats. 
  • Add in the chocolate chips and mix together until combined.
  • Use a cookie scoop or a regular spoon and roll into balls with about 1 1/2 tbsp of "dough." Use your hands to kind of smoosh the ingredients together and then roll into a ball in the palm of your hand. 
  • If you want to use the chocolate drizzle, combine the coconut oil and chocolate chips in a small bowl or pot, put that pot in a slightly larger pot with about 1 inch of water in the larger pot (a make shift double boiler). Turn the heat onto medium/low and stir occasionally until the chocolate melts.
  • Use a spoon to drizzle over the balls. Sprinkle with salt flakes if desired and enjoy!

Notes

You can use chunky nut butter if you like, I just prefer creamy!
Once prepared, these peanut butter protein balls will keep in the fridge for 1 week. However, they are also freezer friendly! Store them in an air tight container in the freezer for up to 2 months.
I like to use half quick oats and half rolled oats, but you can use all of one or the other depending on your preference!
Serving: 1protein ball / Calories: 165kcal / Carbohydrates: 14.8g / Protein: 5.4g / Fat: 9.3g / Fiber: 2.2g / Sugar: 7.1g

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