Bite Size Gluten Free Chocolate PB Protein Snack!

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Yesterday I made my own recipe of delicious, nutritious protein balls!  They are so good and almost gone!  I used to eat Cliff Builder Bars every day.  About 2 years ago, when I started to realize how much sugar was in these protein bars, and that it wasn’t far off from the sugar in candy bars, I stopped eating them!  I used to grab a protein bar and would think that they were so good for me because they had a high protein count listed.  I didn’t think about all of the other additives and sugars that I was consuming at the same time.  While the Builder Bars are “all natural,” they are filled with tons of sugar at the same time.  If you look at the nutrition facts of a candy bar and a protein bar (depending on the brand) the sugar content can be close to the same.  Snickers Bars, for example, have 24 grams of sugar compared to  Builder Bars that contain 20 grams of sugar per bar.  Although the protein is higher in Cliff Builder Bars, the sugar content is almost the same as a Snickers Bar.  Also, the “low or no sugar” protein bars have sugar alcohols in them.  While sugar alcohols are the better option over sugar, especially for those with diabetes, Stevia would be an even better option (WebMD Stevia opinion).  I know that these protein balls are not “fresh foods” from the fridge, but the ingredients that I added are healthier than the protein bars that you will find on the grocery store shelf.  While the protein powder that I used has more ingredients than just whey protein, it is a healthier option and is sweetened with Stevia.  Although, the best option would be to grab something from the fridge for a snack, these protein balls help to satisfy your sugar craving and are low in sugar/packed with protein!  Give them a try!  My family loved them!

RECIPE:

  • 1/2 cup of All Natural Peanut Butter (or other nut butters that you enjoy with no additives other than nuts and salt)
  • 1 1/2 scoops of Chocolate Protein Powder (made with Stevia for the sweetener-I get mine at Sprouts)
  • 1 TB of Flax Meal (which is high in Fiber and Omega 3s…1TB contains 8 grams of Fiber)
  • 1/2 TB of Chia Seeds (which are also high in fiber…5 grams in 1TB)

Mix above ingredients with a spatula; roll into 12 balls and place on sprayed cookie sheet; put in the freezer for an hour or more and ENJOY!  These then can be stored in the freezer.  If you like PB cookies you will love these

HEALTH FACTS per ball (makes 12 balls):

  • Calories: 70.25
  • Fat:           5.5 grams
  • Protein:  4.5 grams
  • Sugar:     .75 grams
  • Carbs:     1 gram

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