Happy New Year, friends! Today marks my last day soaking up the Florida sunshine! Can’t wait to tell you all about it soon.
In the meantime, I have been waiting to bring you these AMAZING peanut butter protein balls (that taste like a a mix between cookie dough and a peanut butter cup) since late October. The timing just never felt right with all of the holiday goodies. I’m sure you’re more than ready for them now. Am I right?
I’ve been tweaking this recipe since at least last August, when these balls first started out as protein bars. I certainly liked them, but wasn’t in love with this. Since then, they’ve been tested with most of my homemade nut butters, several brands of protein powder and a few different flavors. Ultimately, this version emerged as the true winner and now I like to think of them as the poster child of healthy, easy snacking. No grains, low carb, healthy fats, no sugar added, and a good mix of both protein and fiber.
Truth be told, this probably is one of my most favorite snacks on the blog AND they only take 5 minutes to whip up.
I do want to tell you a little bit more about the nutrition & ingredients in these peanut butter balls, because I’m like a Mom when it comes to recipes. I love guiding you along so that you’re always prepared & informed.
First things, first is the peanut butter! You’ll want to use an all natural drippy peanut butter. I really like Trader Joe’s peanut butter made with only roasted peanuts and salt. Another favorite is Santa Cruz Dark Roasted Peanut Butter because it tastes like gold (if that were a thing).
Next up is the coconut flour. Although you’ll only need a small amount, it is critical in the recipe. I do suspect that you could try a gluten free oat flour, but no promises on that!
Lastly is the protein powder. The protein powder is necessary to make the recipe work. I tested this with about three different protein powders, but the favorite version was made was Aloha’s Vanilla Protein Powder — a plant-based protein powder which contains 18g of protein per serving and it’s also 100% free of artificial sweeteners, chemicals and fillers. I love this stuff in smoothies and baked goods — it’s what I used to make my flourless grain free peanut butter zucchini bread this past summer!
GUESS WHAT?! Because I love you guys so much, Aloha has generously agreed to provide 20% off orders of $50 or more through 1/31/16! All you have to do is use the code ‘ambitiousaloha’ at checkout.
I can’t wait to see you all make some of these balls. That’s a weird statement, but so true. Snap a photo and make sure to tag #ambitiouskitchen on Instagram so I can see your lovely creations! xo.
- Serves: 12 balls
- Serving size: 1 ball (based on 12)
- Calories: 135
- Fat: 9.2g
- Carbohydrates: 5.9g
- Sugar: 2.3g
- Fiber: 1.7g
- Protein: 5.5g
- 3/4 cup all natural drippy peanut butter (any nut butter will work)
- 1 tablespoon coconut flour, plus more if necessary
- 1/2 cup protein powder (I used Aloha Vanilla Protein Powder)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened almond milk, plus more if necessary
- 2 tablespoons chocolate chips
- In a large bowl, add all ingredients except chocolate chips. Mix together using a wooden spoon until ingredients are well combined and resemble a soft cookie dough. If it seems to dry add a teaspoon or two more almond milk. If too wet, add a teaspoon more of coconut flour. (The important note is that you'll want to be able to roll the dough into balls that stick together well.) Stir in chocolate chips, then roll into 12 tablespoon sized balls. Transfer to an airtight container and store in fridge. Makes 12 balls.
Nutrition without chocolate chips: Calories: 123 | Fat 8.6g | Carbs 4.4g | Fiber 1.5g | Sugar: 1g | Protein 5.5g
I recommend using Aloha's protein powder which is plant based and made without stevia (they use a small amount of coconut sugar). It's my absolute favorite vegan protein powder out there and makes these balls irresistible. If you decide to use another protein powder, make sure that it's all natural, no sugar added and clean.
Recipe by: Monique Volz // Photography by: Sarah Fennel
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