Recently I shared with the world one of my first baking creations, the Low Carb Pumpkin Dump Cake, a simple, yet little more complex treat. I thought that I would share a much more simple, and delicious recipe with you today. This recipe just kind of happened for me and it has stuck! Not only is it SOOOOO easy it is even MORE delicious! Think peanut butter cheesecake….yum yum yum!
My husband and I started working out the beginning of February and were doing a lot of weight training along with cardio. We needed a good source of protein for our snacks to help keep our muscles fueled. I wanted to stay in an anabolic state burning as much body fat as I could, so I knew I had to keep it low-carb, with a protein packed punch.
We love peanut butter, and it is a great source of protein, but I don’t always just want a scoop of peanut butter. So I put my thinking cap on and I grabbed some all natural peanut butter, my Quest peanut butter protein, some cream cheese, almond flour and some stevia. And thus was born my Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Protein Ball.
The first time I made this I kinda just winged it, but have since fine-tuned the recipe so that I have a consistently delicious treat. This recipe is my go to, I make it once every week, sometimes I double batch it, that way I have enough to last me through out the week. This is also perfect for this sweet tooth cravings we all get!
So to get started you will want to set out 1 box of cream cheese (I used Traders Joes Light Cream Cheese for this particular time, but I have used full fat cream cheese and also 1/3 less fat cream cheese in the past, I think it is really just a personal preference, or whatever is on hand!) Let your cream cheese soften a bit on the counter, or if you are in a hurry nuke it for 15-30 seconds.
Next you add all your other ingredients! The peanut butter, almond flour, protein ( I use Quest Peanut Butter for that extra peanut buttery kick, but you can you use any protein of your choice) , stevia (or sweetener of choice) and cream. Then mix with a spoon until thoroughly mixed.
You should have a soft dough like mixture. Now grab some dough and roll around in your hand until you have a ball shape. Place in a bowl or Tupperware and keep on rolln’ til the dough is gone. I usually get about 12-13 balls out of a single batch. Now that they are rolled they are ready to be served and eaten or chilled for later!
With the ingredients I used, these little balls of yumminess average about 5 grams of protein and 2.25 grams of carbs per ball. So you could safely have 2-3 in one period. So snack away friends and enjoy!
Thanks for taking the time to check this recipe out, let me know how you like them!
Until next time,
Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Balls
1 package cream cheese (I use light or 1/3 fat, but you can use full fat)
1/4 cup of ground almond flour
1 scoop of protein (I used Quest Peanut Butter Protein) **Note, Quest protien has a sweet taste (not sugar) and if you use a different protein, you may need to add just a bit more stevia/sweetner, Id start with the recommended quanitity and add mote of desired***
1/4 cup of all natural peanut butter
2 tbls of stevia blend ( I use the Pyure brand, NOT ground)
2 tbls of heavy whipping cream
Place cream cheese in bowl, once softened add all other ingredients. Mix until all ingredients are evenly combined. Grab dough and roll into apx 1-2 inch balls. Place in bowl or container and chill or serve. Recipe yields apx 12-13 balls. 1 ball averages apx. 5 grams of protein and 2.25 grams of carbs.