My 11 year old is into all the sports... And I've gotten really tired of fueling him with prepackaged sports bars with preservatives and so. much. sugar.
Also, I've tried a few commercial brands and flavors and I really don't think they taste good either...kinda chemically. So, together, we've looked for some easy and portable protein snacks that actually taste good... and are made with whole foods.
The only thing they aren’t is prepackaged, which makes them a little less pack and go. But to that, I say plastic baggie.
The first protein ball, peanut butter oat balls, is the easiest. Four ingredients and only dirties 1 bowl and 1 spoon... the first time I made them I did pull out my scale and measured the ingredients, but now, I just eyeball it. Dump and mix. Since it's so forgiving, this is a great one to have the kids make for themselves.
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/3 cup natural peanut butter (or any nut or seed butter)
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
- 1 tablespoon+ dark chocolate chips (optional)
- pinch of sea salt
- Combine all ingredients in bowl and mix well
- Refrigerate for 30 minutes
- Roll into balls
And these can be frozen for up to 2 months, which I love since the school year can get a little crazy and I like to be able to make things ahead of time. So check out her awesome recipe with videos and commentary on her blog.... or here's a duplicate of her recipe for convenience.
- 2 cups raw almonds
- 20 medjool dates, pitted
- 1/4 cups + 2 tablespoons cocoa powder (I like dark cocoa powder)
- 1/2 cup all-natural peanut butter
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1/3 teaspoon sea salt
- Place almonds into a food processor and process on high until you’ve created a fine almond meal.
- Next, pit 20 medjool dates. Then, add those into the food processor along with the cocoa powder, peanut butter, maple syrup, and sea salt. Process on high until everything is pulverized. You may need to add a few teaspoons of water to the mixture depending on how sticky your dates are.
- Scoop a heaping tablespoon of dough into your hands and roll into a ball. Repeat.
- Store in the refrigerator for up to a week or in the freezer for up to 2 months.