As I was going through my recipes I realized that we have more than a handful of ball recipes for lunch and dinner but we don’t have that many for dessert. Today…we fix that!!! Peanut Butter Pretzel Protein Balls for dessert that only take a few minutes to prep, you don’t need to bake, and pack some serious energy in!
First, we’re gonna process 1 cup of rolled oats a bit. You could process it into a flour but I prefer it to have some oat texture to it (by the way, if you didn’t know you can make homemade oat flour this way). If you don’t have a food processor either, a blender should work if it’s decent enough. If you need a cheap food processor, check this one out here.
Now in a bowl add your oats, 6 ounces of a reduced or fat free cream cheese, 4 tablespoons of peanut butter, 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder, 2 scoops of Chocolate 100% Whey protein powder, 1 tablespoon of a sweetener, 5 crushed up chocolate covered pretzels, and 1/4 teaspoon of xanthan gum to help keep everything together. Mix those up until everything is kind of clumped together (it won’t be sticky either).
Once mixed shape your balls however big you want them (I usually make a couple different sizes). To finish them off press in a single chocolate covered pretzel to some of them or whatever else you want! You could also throw them in the fridge to harden up a bit too but they taste great as is!
As for taste? They taste like a mini chocolate candy bar dipped in peanut butter. Delicious! These balls have a ton of protein, healthy fats, and some complex carbs which are slow to digest so they’ll keep you going for longer.
A couple tips?
If you wanna lower the carbs a bit you could use either almond or coconut flour and if you’re aiming for these to be keto friendly too, shoot for full fat cream cheese and use erythritol for your sweetener.
Yes, we’re using chocolate covered pretzels…what would typically be considered not the best for your diet but we’re using them in moderation. If you’re only eating a couple of something, in this case 20 to 40 calories per ball…it’s completely fine. You don’t need to completely remove every single food you like just to reach your goals. That in my opinion is unrealistic and also unhealthy. Have balance and this “lifestyle” will be way easier and more enjoyable for not just you but everyone else around you too.
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Here is the recipe:
- 1 Cup (80g) Rolled Oats
- 6 Ounces (180g) Reduced Fat or Fat Free Cream Cheese (Full fat is fine too)
- 6 Ounces (96g) Peanut Butter
- 2 Tablespoons (10g) Cocoa Powder
- 2 Scoops 100% Whey Chocolate Protein Powder (Labrada Nutrition)
- 1 Tablespoon Sweetener
- 5 Chocolate Covered Pretzels
- 1/4 Teaspoon Xanthan Gum
How to make:
- Process/blend your Rolled Oats a bit (I like to leave them with some texture but you can turn them into flour if you prefer)
- Crush up your Pretzels
- Mix everything together until clumpy
- Shape your balls
- Press in whatever you want (like another Pretzel)
- Throw them in the fridge for 20-30 minutes and they’ll harden up!
Calories in the whole recipe:
- Calories: 1455
- Fat: 59g
- Saturated Fat: 14g
- Sodium: 1402mg
- Carbs: 122g
- Fiber: 16g
- Sugar: 39g
- Protein: 109g
Calories in each serving (if you make 10 balls):
- Calories: 145
- Fat: 5.9g
- Saturated Fat: 1.4g
- Sodium: 140.2mg
- Carbs: 12.2g
- Fiber: 1.6g
- Sugar: 3.9g
- Protein: 10.9g