Protein Ball Recipe

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For the past several weeks, I’ve been toying around with the idea of figure modeling.  Purely as motivation.  If I sign up for a competition, it will MAKE me go out to the garage to workout every morning and eat better.  Wanting it for myself is not good enough for me; I do well working towards a deadline.
This is our garage gym.  It’s pretty complete.  I like working out alone or with the hubby.  I do not enjoy going to a public gym for people to stare at me.  Those guys sitting on the bench doing curls-I call them wolves.  They aren’t there to actually work out.

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Getting to the point, the past month I have seen solid progress with getting stronger and putting on muscle (my back squat has gone from 145lb to 175lb-yay!).  The downfall to working out so hard is I’M ALWAYS HUNGRY.  ALWAYS.  Bear after hibernation hungry.  Most protein snack recipes you find are really sugary.  Sorry paleo-coconut sugar, maple syrup, and dates are STILL F-ING SUGAR. and lots of it.  As tasty as those recipes are, I need to get off the ho-ho train.
I put together this protein ball recipe to feel better about my allowed snacks.  They are very low in sugar (but NOT paleo because of the PB), gluten free, vegetarian, and most importantly, tasty.  If you absolutely positively need them to be paleo, substitute the PB for a nut butter.

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Ingredients:

2 Scoops Protein Powder (vanilla or chocolate is the best-mine is French Vanilla Creme)
1 cup almond meal (flour)
1 cup made PB2 (regular or chocolate-chocolate is better)
2/3 cup unsweetened coconut, shredded or flaked
1/2 cup Cocao Nibs

 

IMG_7201Put your unsweetened coconut in a small bowl.

IMG_7202In a larger bowl, mix together the protein powder and almond meal.  Add 1 cup of prepared PB2. Mix well.  It will be sticky. Fold in the cocao nibs.

IMG_7203Spoon out a small amount (between ping pong and golf ball size).

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Roll into a ball as well as you can with your fingers.

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Roll the ball in your coconut and put on a cookie sheet.
You can add coconut in the dough too.

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It will make a dozen-ish balls.  Place on a cookie sheet and put in the fridge to chill for about an hour to set.
Then transfer them to an air tight container.

I mathed out the calories.  If you follow the recipe and make 12 balls, they are 153 calories each.
Don’t hold me to that though.  Math is not my best subject.

This girl likes them too.

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