Peanut butter Protein Energy Balls
As you may know energy balls are packed with healthy fats, fibers and proteins, which makes them the prefect snack to add to your sport routine.
What are energy balls made of and why are they a good addition to your diet?
> Carbs with low glycemic index:
Their main ingredient is dried fruits which are naturally low glycemic thanks to fructose, a natural sugar found in fruits. Our bodies slowly absorb fructose which prevents blood sugar roller coasters. Energy balls are perfect as a pre-workout snacks as their energy will be slowly used by our muscles during the effort or as a post-workout snack as it will help restore our glycogen reserves.
> Excellent source of minerals:
Dried fruits and nuts are a great source of potassium (which helps maintain a good arterial pressure), magnesium and calcium. They also provide us with iron and micro-nutrients (copper, manganese,..). Minerals play an important role to a good health ( growth and bone health, immune fonction etc..)
> Heart-healthy fats:
Cashews, almonds, pecan nuts etc,.. they all make a great source of unsaturated fats and omega-3 which helps to the good functioning of our cardiovascular system. Healthy fats also balance naturally cholesterol levels.
> Fibers for a good digestion:
Dried fruits, nuts, chia seeds and oat flakes are among the best source of natural fibers. Fibre helps to slow digestion of carbohydrate foods and prevents constipation.
As energy balls are no-bake, they also take a few minutes to make which is handy when you have a busy schedule.
Today, we show you how to make peanut butter energy balls! All you need for this recipe is 7 simple natural ingredients: dattes, peanut butter, flax and chia seeds, oats, almonds and chocolate drops.
Peanut butter is a great source of natural protein so they'd be perfect as a bite before or after working out.🏋️♀️
Peanut butter protein energy balls:
- 1 ⅓ cup of soft dates
- 3 tablespoon of unsalted peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon of flax seeds
- 1/3 cup of rolled oats
- 1/3 cup of almond
- 1/4 cup of dark chocolate drops
- Pulse pitted dates in a food processor or blender until they make a dough.
- Add then almonds, rolled oats, chocolate drops , flax and chia seeds and peanut butter and pulse or mix until combined. Make sure nuts and seeds are not overly processed to keep some texture and crunch.
Carefully roll into small balls using the warmth of your hands to mold them together.
- You can either eat them as they are or place them in the fridge during 15 minutes! Keep them in the fridge in an air-tight container for up to a week. Or freeze for longer term storage! We hope you enjoy them Xx😋