So, I know our readers are not all Royals fans, but I know for a fact that most of you know who Eric Hosmer is. If you don’t, (where have you been) look him up, and come back. Yeah, I know right? I’d be lying if I said making these had nothing to do with the fact that these are a “fave” of his, according to the Royals nutritionist. I saw his name in the recipe title and I was sold. While I’m on the subject though, let me know if anyone has any inside scoop on how to become the Royals team nutritionist … 😍
All jokes aside, these protein balls are my favorite, hands down! I wouldn’t be posting about them if I didn’t make them all the time, and truly love them, so I can promise you that regardless of whether or not you’re a Hos fan, you’ll love them too. What I love about these is that they’re so quick and easy to make. The recipe uses minimal ingredients and only requires a mixing bowl, which is also a huge draw for me. If a recipe has more than 7ish ingredients, I nix it. That’s probably horrible of me to say, but I’m a busy person and I know you all are too. I don’t have time to gather up 50 different ingredients just for protein balls!
I already had all the ingredients on hand when I made them the first time which is also a plus when I’m looking for new recipes. Besides the dried apricots, the ingredients in this recipe are pretty common pantry staples so I’m sure most of you have them too! And even if you don’t have the dried apricots, any dried fruit (I used cranberries this time) would be great in this, so use whatever you have!
SO, why eat protein balls/what is their purpose? I keep these on hand for a few reasons. There are many times when I’m rushing out the door to run an errand and don’t have time to put together a snack, so if I have a bowl of these in my fridge, they’re easy to grab and go. I occasionally have to work out at 4am and a pre-workout meal is not an option at that hour, so these are my go-to for a few grams of carbs/fat/protein to get me through the workout. I also don’t think I will ever rid myself of my constant sweet tooth, so these are my favorite option for something sweet and somewhat healthy when I’m too broke from buying Halo Top every week …
One thing you should know about protein balls is that the name can be somewhat deceiving. Protein balls usually do not contain a TON of protein. They contain some, but replacing an actual serving of protein with a protein ball is not what they’re meant for. You’d have to eat a lot of them to actually be eating a serving of protein and protein balls are typically not made with the intent that you’re going to be eating 8 at a time. So don’t think these tiny little things are the equivalent to a serving of ground turkey.
Okay now actually getting on with this recipe. I’ve listed the ingredients and the instructions, so gather them up, and get to rolling! The most difficult part of the whole process is rolling the balls, so that should give you an idea of how easy it really is! The original recipe is listed here – I tweaked it a bit and posted the one I made, below! Anything with a hyperlink is the exact ingredient I used, but feel free to make substitutions!
Eric Hosmer’s Fave Protein Balls
In a medium bowl, combine the oats, coconut, chia seeds and protein powder. Stir until well distributed. Add the agave, dried fruit, and nut butter, and stir all ingredients well. Put mixing bowl into the refrigerator for 20 to 30 minutes. Then roll into rounded balls. Chill. Will last refrigerated for about 5 days.
This recipe should make around 24 protein balls. Here are the macros for ONE protein ball using the recipe above:
- 10 grams of carbs
- 2 grams of fat
- 3 grams of protein
The perfect macros for a late night sweet fix, something to give you a little boost of energy before an early morning workout, or just to grab and go on your way out the door! If you try them, let me know what you think!