Guest Blog!! "PROTEIN BALLS!"

249105_10151583749723680_1529127214_nHello, my name is Alex and I am a Crossfit addict. I put in several hours a day several days a week at my box, watched reruns of the 2013 games on YouTube at work, recorded the 2014 games so that I could re-watch the world’s fittest over and over, I made it my mission to get to there in the Masters by age 50 (long term goal) and I dream that I will wake up as Elisabeth Akinwale.

My boxmate TK and I are always talking about being “bout this life” but being “bout this life” means putting in work in the gym, on the track, on the trail and mostly in the kitchen. You’ve got to take in the “good” carbs and fats, and all the lean protein you can get. I am one of those people who carries chicken breast in a baggie in her purse. Which by the by when people see you pulling out a chicken baggie, you have to wonder if they think you are like a hardcore body builder or you have a weird obsession with chicken. I need of a change, I decided to play to my strengths and head to the kitchen. That’s my segway into talking about my balls.

(Read aloud in a seductive voice) My balls have steel cut oats, chia seeds, flax meal, nut butter (of course) and dark chocolate and that’s just to start. They are delicious, sweet and give you the feeling that you are being naughty and having a bad treat but you are taking in protein, Omega 3s, healthy fat and my personal favorite chocolate.

I would like to say that my pastry background helped with this recipe but truth is I was hangry (we all know that hungry/angry feeling) and just threw it together. Little of this and a little of that, add something sticky to bring it together and BOOM there you go. I made them as an experiment and fed them to my guinea pig, TK, she loved them and it was a wrap. I now have to make a few times a week and I often get late night text begging me for more.

So you know you want to get you some. Get you some the “bout this life” balls.

A few things to keep in mind:

I treat recipes as guidelines, follow it as is once, then switch it up the second time around.

This recipe is flexible: sub out the coconut peanut butter for any nut butter you prefer. Hell you could make it majorly decadent and add, gasp, chocolate hazelnut spread.

Let’s get it….

10601133_10152614348028680_198810688_nIngredients

  • ½ cup almond meal or “flour”
  • 1 cup steel cut or old fashioned oats (#notpaleo)
  • ¼ cup flax meal
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • 1 cup coconut peanut butter (yes, that’s a thing)
  • ½ c *toasted unsweetened coconut
  • ½ c honey
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 *scoop protein powder

Put all the dry ingredients into a bowl. Add the honey and mix until combined. Once combined, use a small scoop or tablespoon to portion out the mixture. With wet hands, roll the mix into nice round balls. Place the balls on a plate or sheet tray and chill. Keep in zip top bag or in an air tight container in the fridge. Eat as your heart desires.

*Spread the dry unsweet coconut on an ungreased baking sheet and toast in the oven at 350 degrees for about 5-7 minutes. Keep an eye on it because it can burn easily. You are looking for GBD, golden brown delicious. Allow to cool and use in the recipe or store in a zip top bag.

*Depending on your protein powder you may need to use 2 scoop to get a full serving.

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