Protein Balls from Molly

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When she’s not tearing up Wednesday afternoons with her bangin’ music and killer moves you can find our newest instructor, Molly, whipping up the most delicious treats in the kitchen.
A vegetarian for most of her life, Molly eats H-E-A-L-T-H-Y!!! but that doesn’t mean she sacrifices taste for her healthful ways.
We begged Molls for one of her tasty recipes, and she more than complied with her delicious protein balls.
These sweet snacks are super popular these days for their combination of carbohydrates, protein and healthy fats. Easy to transport and nutrient dense, protein balls deliver a satisfying snack in between meals or after a workout without a ton of sugar, preservatives and other junk usually in snack bars and processed foods.
We like them because they’re satiating, easy to make, and delicious.
Here’s Molly’s take on protein balls:

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So I have to start by saying I am not great at following directions- I am the kind of person who will avoid dirtying more dishes at the cost of estimating measurements- so if you follow what I say below and the consistency isn’t doughy and good for rolling you can adjust accordingly… If it’s too wet, add more almond butter, if it’s too dry, coconut oil…

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Two investments you need to make before getting into this:
1- A food processor. It doesn’t have to be something crazy nice- I use this one here.
2- Garden of Life Raw Vegan Protein Powder { I use the Fit one} here.
 
Start with the core ingredients {below.} If I am making two, different flavors I might measure these into bowls first then add the flavored elements after to be more time efficient… If you are using the food processor above, you will want to at least try to pay attention to the amounts below because this is what fits almost exactly into the 3.5 cup food processor, so no doubling up the recipe unless you have a bigger machine.

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All of my bites start with these core ingredients:
1/2 Cup Almond Flour
1/2-1 Scoops protein powder {just depends on how much protein you want to consume- if you are using them for post workout then do the full scoop, just to snack on, using 1/2 scoop is good.}
2 or 3 tbsp chia seeds {add crunch- or chia and sesame if you like sesame.}
2 tbsp maple syrup or raw honey
1 tbsp coconut oil
Pinch or two salt {I use the pink stuff}
That’s just basic-basic, add some of the ingredients below in addition to the above list to give them fun flavors. 

Apricot Coconut
Above ingredients +
1/2 cup dried apricots {I get mine from the bulk section at Sprouts, or you can get the juicy packaged ones, just don’t go for ones that look super dried and shriveled, the fresher the better.}
1/4 cup cashews
1/4 cup coconut shreds
dash of vanilla

Pistachio
Above ingredients +
1/4 cup almond butter {the fresh stuff from Sprouts.}
1/4 – 1/2 cup raw pistachio meat {I find pistachio to be a very strong flavor, so I don’t use a lot, but I have friends who die for these bites when they are REALLY pistachio-y…. I get these from the bulk section at Sprouts.}
Add more honey or salt depending on how you like these to taste. 

Chocolate Peanut Butter
Above ingredients +
1/4 cup {or more} Peanut Butter {fresh from Sprouts.}
1/4 cup cacao {I sometimes add some maca powder too.}
I usually add some extra sesame seeds here too.
{These tend to get a little dry so add extra coconut oil to make it more doughy.}

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There’s a million ways to add variation… raw nuts/nut butters, hemp seeds, coconut, maca, sesame seeds…. I make them differently almost every time, but above are the flavors that get requested…

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So much yummy from one fine girl! Thank you miss Molly for sharing your culinary talents with us.
Make sure you catch our girl every Wednesday at 4:15pm in the saddle room and on the schedule as an extra special sub!!

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