While attempting to cut back on added sugar and processed foods and also get in extra protein on the 100 Days of Real Food nutrition plan, I looked for ideas for the occasional yummy, high protein sweet “treat.” When we first started the diet, I made a different version of protein balls but recently made these and found that I liked them more. Plus, I added a few “lactation friendly” ingredients to them for a bonus (oatmeal, flax seeds and Brewer’s Yeast are known natural breast milk production boosters).
This recipe has does have protein power, which is definitely not a “whole food” but I’ve allowed my Vega Performance Protein (and now, Shakeology) while on this plan, so to me, this recipe is fair game! Honey is also an approved sweetener on the diet.
- 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
- 2 teaspoons Brewer’s Yeast (you can leave this out if not breastfeeding, although it has plenty of beneficial qualities!).
- 2 scoops vanilla Vega Performance Protein (or any protein powder)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 T ground flax seeds
- 1/2 cup natural peanut butter (or any nut butter)
- 2 T natural honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 6 T almond milk (or other milk or even water)
- Add oats, protein powder, cinnamon, Brewer’s Yeast and flax seeds to a large bowl.
- Add in peanut butter, honey and vanilla extract. Stir to combine. Mixture should be slightly sticky but still crumbly.
- Slowly add in liquid 1 tablespoon at a time and using hands and combine until it comes together in a sticky ball that hold together. If mixture is too dry, add in more liquid but not so much that it won’t hold shape (for me, this was about 6 tablespoons).
- Place in a container to set in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
- Store in fridge until ready to eat.
Based on the way I rolled them, this made 20 balls. They are a bit crumbly but pretty good! Nutrition information below.
Adapted from this recipe.
Have you ever made your own homemade protein bars or balls?