Protein ball number 2! I so much enjoyed my first protein ball recipe which was loaded with nuts, dried fruit, seeds and protein powder. But people kept asking me to try one with peanut butter, so I got myself a tub of peanut butter and started brainstorming. I ended up making chocolate peanut protein bites, a very thick and dense protein snack, which was a very filling and protein filled snack! I was originally going to add honey to it but as I had just run out I ended up using golden syrup instead as I still had some of that left.
The syrup and the butter both made this snack quite shiny on the outside, but simply pat them dry with some paper towels once you have rolled them to make them less greasy on the hands. You can substitute the golden syrup for maple, agave or honey but keep in mind that the flavour will change slightly depending on what you go for.
Makes: about 24 balls
- 240g smooth natural peanut butter (go for low sugar versions)
- 4 tablespoons golden syrup, maple syrup, agave syrup or honey
- 4 tablespoons desiccated coconut
- 130g organic porridge oats
- 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 100g dark chocolate
- 4-5 tablespoons of water
- 1 tablespoon of hemp or whey protein powder
Start by adding dark chocolate to a food processor and chop it to turn it into smaller pieces. Then add in all other dry ingredients as well as the peanut butter and vanilla extract and mix well.
It’s all down to consistency now, add more water if the protein balls feel or taste too dry, if they are too sticky, add more oats and blend again. Keep in mind though that they will firm up in the fridge so they will become more dense.
Let’s roll! All that’s left now is to roll them into bite-size balls and place them in the fridge for up to 3 days. I personally liked them a little less dense so I took them out of the fridge a few hour before eating them and left them to heat up to room temperature.