Cake Batter Bites

These babies were inspired by @ErinLivesWhole, the queen of all things healthy baking! When I saw her make these, I knew I had to try them immediately. I followed her recipe, I just replaced oat flour with vanilla protein powder and they turned out amazing!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup cashew butter

2 tbsp maple syrup

1/2 tsp almond extract

1.5 scoops vanilla protein powder

(use @iheartmacros)

1/8 tsp salt

sprinkles for rolling

Directions:
  1. Melt together cashew butter, maple syrup, and almond extract.
  2. Whisk in vanilla protein powder and salt.
  3. Let mixture cool in refrigerator for an hour.
  4. Use a cookie dough scoop to evenly portion 8 scoops of mixture, then use your hands to roll into balls.
  5. Roll in sprinkles, and enjoy!
Macros per ball (makes 8)

9c, 8f, 6p

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Brownie Batter Bites

These little guys are the perfect, bite sized, fudgey snack. They require minimal ingredients, are low in sugar, and are super easy to throw together! I made a double batch of these yesterday and plan to take them with me to school in my lunches this week!

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup almond butter (Quick tip: microwave your AB if it’s thick! It will be easier to mix later on!)
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 3 Tbsp coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup Swerve powdered sugar (Use 2 Tbsp honey if you don’t have this)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 – 2 Tbsp melted coconut oil (Omit if you used honey instead of powdered sugar)
Directions

This is the easy part! Mix everything together in a large bowl! Refrigerate for 20-30 minutes until it thickens. Then use a cookie dough scoop to evenly scoop out the balls. Drop each ball onto parchment paper and keep in the fridge until you’re ready to eat!

Pumpkin Spice Bites

Nothing says fall like the very first pumpkin recipe of the season, am I right? These are my take on a pumpkin spice “fat ball”. These little guys pack just the right amount of pumpkin and peanut butter, and they’re the easiest thing EVER to make!

Ingredients
  • 1 cup peanut butter/almond butter
  • 3 Tbsp canned pumpkin
  • 1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 3 Tbsp coconut flour
  • 1 Tbsp honey or 2-3 squirts liquid stevia
Instructions
  1. Mix together the peanut butter and pumpkin puree until thoroughly combined.
  2. Slowly add in pumpkin pie spice and coconut flour.
  3. Add honey/stevia last!
  4. Use a cookie dough scoop to evenly portion out 14 balls.
  5. Sprinkle with a little bit of sea salt if desired!
  6. Freeze until you’re ready to enjoy!

Strawberry Shortcake Protein Balls

Ingredients:
Directions:

This is where the recipe gets tough – just kidding. All you have to do is mix everything together! There’s no order or specific way to do it, just mix until combined! Once everything is thoroughly combined, roll into balls, or cheat (like me) and use a cookie dough scoop! My mom taught me this and it is one of the greatest protein ball hacks. No messy hands, and you get the perfect sized ball without having to roll them! The recipe should make around 16 balls total!

Birthday Cake Protein Balls

If you know me at all, you know I’d eat concrete if there was a “birthday cake” flavor. That being said, these protein balls have quickly made their way to the top of my “favorite recipes” list lately!

These protein balls are a spinoff of the recipe I shared here. I typically stick to this recipe as a base and switch up the dried fruit and protein depending on what I have on hand/want to use. This recipe is fool proof and it can be made in under 5 minutes!

The best part of these specific balls though, is that they’re made with one of my all time favorite protein powders, which just so happens to be birthday cake cupcake! It is seriously to. die. for. You can order it here! Regardless of if you use it for these protein balls or not, you can also use it for pancakes, shakes, etc., It’s amazing in everything.

Ingredients:
Directions:

This is where the recipe gets tough – just kidding. All you have to do is mix everything together! There’s no order or specific way to do it, just mix until combined! Once everything is thoroughly combined, roll into balls, or cheat (like me) and use a cookie dough scoop! My mom taught me this and it is one of the greatest protein ball hacks. No messy hands, and you get the perfect sized ball without having to roll them! The recipe should make around 18 balls total!

Macros:
  • 11g carbs
  • 3g fat
  • 6g protein

Eric Hosmer’s Fave Protein Balls

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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!

XO, A

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