If you are anything like me, I am always looking for ways to make things that will save me time during the week. I always need something quick to grab that will also keep me on track with my goals. This is one of those fun easy ideas that has saved me more times than I can count. These are sweet, salty and a great way to satisfy a snack craving or give you a quick burst of energy before a workout or when you are dragging your way through the afternoon. What are your favorite snacks?
PEANUT BUTTER PROTEIN BALLS
1 Cup Rolled Oats
1 Cup Unsweetened Coconut Shavings
1 T Chia Seeds
1 t Coarse Salt (I like pink, grey or Kosher)
1 ¼ Cup Natural Peanut Butter (I usually use Justin’s smooth, but use your favorite!)
½ Cup Maple Syrup (the real stuff!)
3-4 T Unsweetened Dried Bing Cherries
½ T Vanilla
In a medium bowl, mix dry ingredients (oats, coconut, chia, and salt). Add peanut butter, maple syrup, cherries and vanilla and mix well. Divide the mixture into 12-24 balls. (I tend to like making them smaller so I can manage the portions). Place them on a parchment paper lined sheet and refrigerate at least 1 hour. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. Enjoy!