Healthy Lunch Ideas for Kids post a few weeks ago, but we wanted to give them a special spotlight because we love them so much! They are something we make regularly these days. Kids love them, we love them, so why not talk about them some more?! PROTEIN BALLS get in my belly! 🙂
I like to get creative with the recipe so no batch is exactly the same, which keeps it interesting. 🙂 I do have to say that I’m gettin’ GOOD at making these protein balls and I’ll tell you my secrets because I pretty much think you’re all amazing and I want you to experience the joy that these special little bundles of goodness have given me and my kiddos. 🙂
Here’s the basic recipe (feel free to add a little more/less to make the how you want!):
2 cups oats (I use quick oats)
1 cup of almonds chopped in blender
1/2 cup ground flax seed
1/2 cup chia seeds (you can grind them yourself or buy them that way or just throw them in like in the picture)
1/2 cup protein powder (you can choose the flavor)
1 cup peanut butter
3/4 cup agave
1/2 cup-1 cup ***chocolate chips (optional)
Directions: Mix ingredients as listed, mixing regularly. Shape into balls and place in fridge. Ready to eat after 1/2 hr of refrigeration.
****Feel free to add dried fruits like cranberries, strawberries, blueberries, etc. You could also add PB2 powder with water, shredded coconut, vanilla (which I am going to do), or WHATEVER ELSE you want! 🙂
Add more or less of the things you like, keep it simple and fun! You and your children will love this quick, easy, healthy snack!! It’s a great way to let those little ones help in the kitchen; no hot oven or stove. These are great to stick in a ziplock baggie for on the go, after school snack, or even used as a treat for all ages!