In the craziness of the holidays, when I’m running out the door and need a bite to eat, or a quick breakfast, this is what I grab. I imagine you can dip them in chocolate for a special holiday treat. I challenge one of you to do that for me and report back how it tastes. Since I’m not yet eating chocolate (except the time I cheated and had a kiss – OK 2 or 3… *Sigh*), I’ll just dream.
I saw several recipes for protein balls like these when I was searching for my KimBars recipe. Most of the recipes I found had LOTS of ingredients. After seeing those recipes, it took me awhile to experiment and make them. They are not-quite-paleo, but I can eat quinoa, so I gave them a try. I’ve made them many times, all using a different ingredient list. I found the fewer ingredients, the easier. Take my recipe and throw in whatever you think will work!
- 3 cups cooked quinoa
- 1 overripe banana – smushed
- 12 oz jar almond butter (crunchy or smooth – I prefer crunchy)
- 3 tbsp chia
- 3 tbsp cacoa sweet nibs
- Sweetner of choice
- Mix all ingredients.
- Form into balls.
***When it’s time to eat them, take how many you want out of the freezer and let them thaw a little.***
Eat them while they’re still partly frozen. If they thaw completely they become mushballs – ugh.
I guestimate that this recipe makes 40 balls. I didn’t count them. (Sorry! The kids made them into balls and put them in the freezer, then we ate them too fast for a specific count!) The nutritional breakdown per ball is: 96 calories 7 carbs 7g fat 3g protein
Other ingredients I’ve added: Crushed nuts, Hemp hearts, Dates.
Enjoy! IF you do cover them in chocolate, be sure to let me know how it tastes!!!