Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls

As the school year is approaching, I am stocking up on desk snacks. I LOVE food, and tend to graze throughout the day instead of solid meals. This doesn’t usually work for teachers, but thankfully I have an awesome schedule that will allow me to do just that throughout my school day. Along with Goldfish, Nutella, chocolate chip muffins, and popcorn, I wanted something with a bit more substance. I’ve made these chocolate peanut butter balls before, but these have the added benefit of whey protein. The particular kind that I use also has added energy- B12, caffeine etc.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups peanut butter

1 cup oats

1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

1/4 honey

1 1/2 10g scoops of protein- I use whey protein and use a flavor that goes with this recipe- vanilla or chocolate

  1. In a bowl, warm peanut butter and honey in the microwave until it is a bit runny so that it will mix easier.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine your protein, oats and mini chocolate chips
  3. Once the peanut butter and honey are warmed, pour into the other ingredients and fold in. If the mixture still seems dry and crumbly, add a bit more warmed peanut butter. It should form a nice ball and hold together well.
  4. Using a 1 inch ice cream scoop, or teaspoons, scoop out the mix onto wax paper.
  5. Allow to set for about an hour. Keep in an air tight container or separate into snack bags for a quick grab.

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This recipe made 34 small protein balls. 3 or 4 is just enough so they will make it a week! It took me less than 20 minutes to make!!!! I am going to keep a bag of these guys in my desk for a great afternoon pick me up! Happy snacking! 

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Nanner Muffins

I call banana’s nanners. Tomatoes are maters and potatoes are taters. I figure my vocabulary is so vast most of the time, the world can handle a few goofball words.

I personally am not a fan on bananas. Eric and Jake like bananas. Eric buys banana’s, they eat a few and leave the rest on purpose so that I bake with them. In typical fashion, I found a few muffin recipes, blend them together and came out with these gems.

2-3 rip bananas (peals are all brown and gross looking)

2 eggs

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

2 tablespoons of…….MAPLE SYRUP! My extra special ingredient that makes them OH SO YUMMY

Dash of cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup dried oats

1-1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

Pre-heat oven to 350

1. With a fork mash up the nanners.

2. Incorporate the eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, sugar, syrup and oats. It will be pretty runny.

3. Slowly add in 1 cup of flour and baking powder. Depending on the size of the bananas and eggs you may need to add another 1/2 cup or so to reach the consistency of a typical batter.

4. Fill muffin tins about 2/3 of the way full

5. Bake 10-12 minutes or until a knife comes out clean

Quick, easy and super delicious! Sugar can be omitted completely if chosen because of the syrup. You can also use flavored syrup. I bet blueberry syrup would be delightful! I like adding the oats for a little extra umph to fill your belly, but they too can be omitted!

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