Seems like everyone has their own protein ball recipe so I figured I should too. Ryan likes to pop 2-3 of them in his mouth after a workout and eat while he's showering. As a pregnant, and now breastfeeding mom, I've found they come in handy at 2am when hunger strikes. Yes, you can eat them straight from the freezer.
Even though I make these with sunflower seed butter, you can absolutely use peanut butter, soy nut butter, macadamia butter... whatever you have on hand and works for your family. However, depending upon the type/brand of nut butter and protein powder you use, you will probably need to make adjustments to their quantities due to different oil content and absorbency of the protein powder. The mixture will be a bit crumbly, but will stick together when you pack it into balls. Sorry it's not an exact recipe, I've just learned what the approximate consistency needs to be.
At the end of the batch I often end up adding another 2+ Tbs of nut butter to get the leftover cereal and coconut stuck together.
If you want to make these even lower in carbs, replace the cereal with more shredded coconut and chopped nuts/seeds.
1 cup Nut butter (I use TJ unsweetened sunflower seed butter)
1 cup rice crispy cereal
1 cup protein powder (I use Olly Vanilla plant protein, but have used whey in the past)
1/2-1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut or instant oat meal
2-3 Tbs melted coconut oil
1+ Tbs honey/maple syrup/sukrin
Other add ins: Raisins, Craisins, Chocolate chips, White Chocolate Chips, M&M, candied ginger, chopped nuts, hemp seeds, chia seeds, ground flax seeds, freeze dried raspberries.
Coatings: Cocoa powder, almond flour, coconut flour, more protein powder (Used to coat balls after rolling)
Combine ingredients in a big bowl.
Portion out 1-2Tbs and roll into balls.
Place balls in a gallon ziplock bag with coating of choice.
Once all the balls are rolled out, close the bag and gently move it around until the protein balls are coated. (Keeps them from sticking together. Store in the freezer.)
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