Bec’s favourite Recipe – Protein Balls

by Lauren James on July 3, 2013

Eat Smart is doing a series of posts on our favourite recipes.

 

Rebecca Evans’ favourite recipe is protein balls which she uses to sustain her through a busy day of patients, after her personal training sessions and also to fuel her runs as she trains for the Gold Coast marathon this weekend.

 

Bec’s Protein Balls  (for kids, non-athletes and those wanting to watch their weight)

Makes 30

6 tbs Sustagen Sport (Chocolate)

3 tbs Cocoa powder

2 cups Almond Meal

½ Cup Coconut (shredded)

1 ½ cup light Smooth Peanut Butter

1 cup Honey

  1. Mix all dry ingredients together.
  2. Place Peanut butter and honey in microwave safe bowl and heat for 35-40 seconds and mix well until blended smooth
  3. Pour mixture into dry ingredients and mix well.  Use hands to knead ingredients together.
  4. Roll into 30 small balls and place into fridge to set.

 

Per ball:

Energy:                     100 calories

Carbohydrate:     7g

Protein:                   3.3g

Fat:                            6.7g

Saturated Fat:    1.8g

 

This recipe is ideal for kids and can be used as a snack throughout the day.  Also a great calorie controlled snack for those watching their weight.

 

 

Bec’s Protein Balls (for after training or for a pre-training fuel source)

Makes 30

3 scoops WPI Vanilla Protein Powder

6 tbs Sustagen Sport (Chocolate)

3 tbs Cocoa powder or cacao

5 tbs Chia Seeds (Black)

2 cups Almond Meal

½ Cup Coconut (shredded)

1 ½ cup light Smooth Peanut Butter

1 cup Honey

  1. Mix all dry ingredients together.
  2. Place Peanut butter and honey in microwave safe bowl and heat for 35-40 seconds and mix well until blended smooth
  3. Pour mixture into dry ingredients and mix well.  Use hands to knead ingredients together.
  4. Roll into small balls and place into fridge to set.

 

Per ball:

Energy:                   122 calories

Carbohydrate:   7.2g

Protein:                   6.5g

Fat:                            7.5g

Saturated Fat:   1.9g

 

This recipe is perfect as a post-training recovery snack or even as a healthy but filling snack throughout the day.  3 protein balls could replace a protein shake as optimal post-training recovery fuel.  3 protein balls would provide 20g of high quality protein.

 

 

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

sue July 31, 2013 at 10:07 am

hi,
love the protein ball recipe…but have a son who is allergic to nuts…so any suggestions about replacement for almond meal? Kerry suggested that we use condensed milk instead of peanut butter for combining.

Many thanks

sue

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Lauren Nugent July 31, 2013 at 9:14 pm

Hi Sue,
If your son is able to tolerate seeds, you can use tahini (sesame seed paste) instead of peanut butter, or the condensed milk would also work. You can also use sunflower or pumpkin seeds instead of whole nuts, again if seeds are safe. Quinoa flakes works well instead of the almond meal. Good luck and enjoy!
Lauren

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