Hey friends! It has been far too long! Due to some unfortunate and unforeseen events blogging was not much of a priority the last several weeks. BUT I am getting back into the swing of things before the New Year!
SO lets just get it out in the open, the past couple months I have not been diligent with my diet and as a result, my waistline has grown a bit. However this past week my husband and I got back into our workout routine and as many or most of you know, with the beginning of a workout regimen comes and increased appetite. For us, usually the first couple weeks as we are rebuilding/re-establishing muscle we notice our hunger grows.
So I like to keep our house stocked with protein packed snacks like almonds or cheese. But I also have a sweet tooth and I like things that are easy to make and keep in the house to grab and go. I have seen many versions of Energy Bites on Pinterest made with honey and m&m’s…..well they look yummy but I don’t want all that sugar in my body! So I got in the kitchen and created a protein packed energy ball that is sweetened with a banana and stevia.
You will need quick oats, natural peanut butter, coconut oil, stevia, protein powder and a banana. Start by mixing your oats, peanut butter, coconut oil and stevia in a mixing bowl. Mix until well combined.
Next you will want to mix in the banana. I just put the banana in the bowl and then mash it up then mix mix mix!! After the banana is mixed in add your protein powder. Now, mix up your batter and you should have a moist and thick dough. If the dough is too moist/soft that it doesn’t roll into balls you may need to add another 1/4 cup of oats. I have found that the size of the banana you use can effect the moistness of the batter, so if the banana is to large you may have to use more oats.
Now that your batter is ready all that is left to do is roll into 1 inch balls! Yields apx. 10-12 protein balls. Of course you gotta try one or two, but after serving/eating, refrigerate left overs. Now you have a great protein packed snack full of delicious flavor at your beck and call. Perfect for a pre workout snack, mid day snack, or evening dessert!
Protein Energy Bites:
1 1/2 cups of quick oats
1/2 cup of natural peanut butter
2 tbl of coconut oil ( I use refined to avoid coconut taste, but you can use unrefined if you prefer)
1 1/2 tsp of stevia ( I use the blend Pyure from Walmart)1
1 small/medium sized ripe banana
1 scoop of Whey Protein ( I use a plain sugar free whey, but use what you have)
In a large mixing bowl combine oats, peanut butter, coconut oil and stevia. Mix until well combined. Next add banana and mash/mix in until well combined. Next add protein powder to batter. *note that if at this point the batter is to moist add another 1/4 cup of oats. Excess moisture could be due to size of banana used. Once batter is completely mixed roll into 1 inch balls. Yields apx 10-12 protein bites. Keep refrigerated.