Thursday, April 7, 2011
Peanut Butter Balls
When it comes to eating healthy, for me, some of the most difficult challenges come during snack time. Should I hit the vending machine? Is it possible to find a snack that doesn't have high fructose corn syrup in it? Should I really spend $3.99 on a power bar I don't really want? Do peanut M&M's count as a source of protein? Should I feel guilty about eating 2 bags of 100 calorie Oreos? Is there an ingredient in a bag of Doritos that actually counts as food?
Oh the dilemma. Snacks have always been tricky for me, but necessary. Like most people I often fly through the day and count on snacks (and coffee!) to sustain my energy levels between meals. That's why I created these delicious little power protein peanut butter balls (I dare you to say that 3 times fast). They are the perfect snack. No processed sugar and no artificial ingredients plus protein, sweetness and whole grain. Ah, the perfect solution!
I make these snacks based on what I'm craving for the week. I use peanut butter or almond butter depending on what I have. Almond butter is not as sweet or creamy as peanut butter so most people will prefer peanut butter. I add mini chocolate chips when I want some chocolate or roll them in coconut flakes when I'm feeling creative. When I'm feeling adventurous, I add both.
Peanut Butter Balls
1/4 cup peanut butter (or almond butter)
1 cup oats
1 Tablespoon water
1 Tablespoon honey
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips (optional)
Shredded coconut flakes (optional)
Mix the peanut butter, oats, water and honey in a bowl and mix well. If you are using mini chocolate chips, mix them in as well. Form the mixture into 1-inch balls using your hands. You might need to squeeze the mixture together to get it to stick and then gently roll it between your palms to create a smooth ball shape. The technique is just like making meatballs.
If you are using coconut flakes, pour them onto a plate or piece of wax paper and roll the ball until it is completely coated. Place on a piece of wax paper and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes before eating. Store in the refrigerator.
What makes this bite better?
When choosing a snack, you want to make sure that it has a balance of protein, fat and carbohydrates to keep you full and energized. The combination of nut butter and oats provide the perfect ratio. In addition, whenever you enjoy a sweet snack, adding fiber helps regulate the impact of the sugar on your blood sugar levels. The oats in this snack will slow the absorption of the sugar to prevent a spike in blood sugar that would lead to a crash in energy levels.
Posted by Gina at 9:26 PM