Recipe: Peanut Butter Protein Balls

Soon after starting pharmacy school last fall, I soon realized the importance of taking the time to pack multiple healthy snacks in addition to my lunch, that could be eaten quickly when needed. This is true, because many days you will have multiple lectures that are back to back for 3-4 hours straight with only a 10-minute break at the end of each hour. During this time, you will likely not have time to run to Chick-fil-A or Starbucks to fuel your hunger. Also, you wouldn’t want to get a sugary drink or an order of fries to curb your craving, because these options are not filling and will leave you feeling hungry again within no time! Thus, always having a healthy and filling snack on hand can help you to retain your focus and ability think clearly throughout the day!

Ingredients:

  • 1 ¼ c. old fashioned oatsMacy 1
  • ½ c. unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ¼ c. mini chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp. flaxseeds
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. kosher salt
  • ¾ c. natural peanut butter
  • ¼ c. honey
  • ½ tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp. milk

Directions:

  1. Line a large baking sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the following ingredients together: old fashioned oats, mini chocolate chips, shredded coconut, chia seeds, flaxseeds, ground cinnamon, and kosher salt. Stir the ingredients together, until uniformly combined.
  3. Next, add the natural peanut butter, honey, and vanilla extract into the large bowl of ingredients. Stir the ingredients together in the large bowl.
  4. The mixture of ingredients should have a slight crumble-like consistency at this point. Accordingly, your preference of milk should be added and stirred in gradually to decrease the dryness of the mixture.
  5. Once all of the ingredients are mixed together, roll the ingredients into small balls and then place them onto the baking sheet.
  6. Refrigerate the balls for about 35 minutes or until chilled.
  7. Remove the balls from the refrigerator and store them in a plastic container, in order to maintain their freshness throughout the week.

Macy Worley, P1

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