March 27, 2020
These easy protein balls with a crunch are the perfect snack when you’re in a rush or needing a pick-me-up during the day.
Whenever I am in a rush, or I work late, or I’m laying on my couch all day and too lazy to cook anything for myself, protein balls are my go-to dish.
Yes, I am calling them a dish like they are an actual meal. Because when you live alone, you can make anything into a dinner. Judge if you must.
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Having go-to simple dishes is important to my life now because I’ve had some major life changes (which is why there have been very few posts in ages).
First of all, I left my job of seven years as a financial
advisor. While I loved helping and empowering people with their finances, I did
not love the hustle, and the ask, and the constant search for income.
Commission life is tough, and I don’t love not having steady income. We all
need a financial advisor, and we all need help with our finances, but financial
advising is not my purpose.
I have a new job: I am an assistant college basketball coach. I work with a dozen young women everyday build their basketball skills, but also build their human skills.
Coming back to basketball is like coming home. Much of my childhood and young adulthood was spent in a gym with a basketball in my hand. I get to now take all my skills and knowledge and share that with these women. It’s impactful.
There are many days I will get to the college around 8 a.m., and not leave until after 10 p.m. What’s crazy is the day goes so quickly, I don’t even realize how much time has passed. Which often leads to not having time to sit down and cook a meal. I pack a lunch everyday so meal prep has become huge. More on that later.
As I was saying, protein balls are my favorite. I justify
eating them for a meal because they have protein in them and peanut butter, and
sometimes flax seed, and sometimes chocolate chips. Protein, carbs, fat and
fiber. I hit all the macros in one ball. Or seven. Whatever.
I recently had some mind-blowing balls at a local
restaurant, The Junction. How were they
different? They had a crunch! Most of the protein balls I’ve ever made or eaten
had oats in them, so there was no crunch, they were just soft balls of
goodness. The crunch of these balls rocked my world.
I had to figure out how they were made.
So I asked.
And they told me.
I was shook when I learned what made the crunchy balls.
Wanna know what it was?
Of course you do.
Welp, it was crispy rice cereal, also known as Rice
Krispies, and it was great.
So without further ado, here is my adaptation of protein
balls with a crunch.
How to Make Crunchy Balls
Start with a big bowl. I always use my yellow vintage Pyrex,
because I am a woman from the 1950’s at heart. I also can tomatoes for
spaghetti sauce. #oldsoul
I add a quarter cup of protein powder. I use SB Organics Plant Based Vegan Protein. Am I vegan? Nope. Am I even vegetarian? Also nope. BUT! My stomach does not play well with whey protein so plant-based protein it is.
Sometimes plant-based proteins taste grainy or like peas,
but I really like this protein because it mixes well in these balls. It also
goes well in protein shakes and protein oats.
Then I add a cup of peanut butter. I don’t measure so it
actually ends up being closer to about a cup and a half, or maybe two. I lick
the spoon clean, then throw it in the sink. Add half a cup of honey, which also
isn’t measured except with my eyes.
Depending on what I have in my cupboard, I will either add
chocolate chips or chunk up a dark chocolate bar and throw those in as well.
Then I add the best part: RICE KRISPIES! One and a half
cups. Again, eyeballed.
I use a wooden spoon to do a majority of the mixing, then I
switch to my hands to make sure its all combined and all the ingredients are
Now its time to roll the balls.
Pro-tip: get your hands wet so the batter/mix doesn’t stick
to your hands. Every few balls I get my hands wet again (Can I just say every
time I type balls the immature sixth grade boy in me giggles? Oh I’m not alone?
Great.) so the batter stays on the ball and not my hands. Each ball fits in the
center of my hand, and is maybe an eighth a cup of the mix.
I line them up in a 9×13 pan and usually get between 16 and 20 balls per recipe. Put the pan in the fridge to chill. Wait at least ten minutes before you start to eat the entire pan in one sitting. Enjoy!
Looking for other quick and easy recipes? Check out these:
Easy Protein Balls with a Crunch
- 1/4 C protein powder
- 1 C peanut butter
- 1/2 C honey
- 1/2 C dark chocolate chips
- 1 1/2 C crispy rice cereal
Combine all ingredients in bowl. Mix until protein powder is incorporated and no longer sticking to sides of the bowl. Wet hands. Using your hands, mix and roll balls that fit in the palm. Place balls in 9x13 baking pan then refrigerate. Eat as desired.