You know those days where you graze like a milking cow all day long? This was how I formerly ate, and truth be told, it’s how I ate for the first 18 months when breastfeeding.
Enter in ideas for quick healthy snacks that are high in fat and protein.
These protein balls are:
- a great no-napkin-necessary snack
- an awesome on-the-go snack
- a sturdy snack (i.e., don’t fall apart when you pick one up)
- a great postpartum snack for the new mama in your life
- a middle-of-the-night-wake-up-to-pee-while-pregnant snack
- still cool enough for the big kids
Like trail mix, I like to leave these out for the grazers. And even if you leave them out on the counter for a few hours, they don’t melt into a soft peanut buttery mess. Win! This especially works great on a long weekend day when we’re busy running in and out of the house.
These are also a go-to for me because I always have the ingredients on hand, they are easy for my girls to make, and everyone loves them. These clean ingredients means they are anti-inflammatory for most people. If needed, you could easily sub out the peanut butter for sunflower seed butter, cashew butter, or almond butter. I love the texture of dried shredded coconut in my protein balls, so that’s always a must for me. The hemp seeds give it a protein boost, and the almond flour is just a nice flour to work with making these gluten and grain free. Though Enjoy Life chocolate chips do contain evaporated cane juice, they are free of All.The.Things (gluten/dairy/soy/nuts), so make a nice additional treat. If you can’t do chocolate, you could chop some raisins, currants, or dried cranberries and they would be just as tasty.
High-Protein Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls
- 1 cup almond flour
- 1 cup room temperature peanut butter can sub other nut or seed butter
- 2/3 cup shredded coconut
- 2 T hemp seeds
- 1/2 cup Enjoy Life chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup honey
- Pour the almond flour and shredded coconut into a small bowl.
- Add the peanut butter.
- Stir in the seeds, chocolate chips, and honey.
- Using a bowl of water, get your fingers wet, grab a spoonful, and roll it around in your hands and place on a parchment lined pan or plate to firm up in the fridge. Dip your fingers in the water when they begin to stick.