I don’t know about you but I absolutely LOVE peanut butter. It’s been a favorite of mine since I was a little girl and I grew up eating the stuff. On apples. On my pancakes and waffles. Straight out of the jar on a spoon. In milkshakes. And in my all time favorite lunch food: a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I refused (and still do) to eat crunchy peanut butter… Smooth was the only way to go! And even now that I’m older, peanut butter is still a go-to of mine, especially when it comes to snack time!
One of the reasons I love peanut butter so much is because of how filling and satisfying it is. It’s high in fats, which helps keep me fuller longer, and the taste is so rich, that just a little bit goes a long way. It also goes well with SO many different foods, making is super versatile! Basically, it’s amazing.
In the past few years I’ve tried a bunch of different types of peanut butters, from the classic Jif to the freshly made stuff you can get at Whole Foods. I’ve always been a fan of Jif, but didn’t like that it had added sugars, vegetable oils and other ingredients in them. I mean, what’s the point? Why couldn’t peanut butter just simply be peanuts?? Thankfully there are SO many all natural peanut butters out there now that I didn’t have to look too hard to find some brands that I thought stood the test of my favorite creamy go-to. I try a different brand each time I need to restock on some PB, and always read the label first before buying. I look for “Ingredients: Peanuts” (although sometimes I do get some with salt added too… depends on my mood that day! ha) and done. Some are creamier than others, but for the most part I’ve been super happy with the different brands I’ve tried. One of my favorites has definitely been the Adams All Natural peanut butter!
So when it came to making a tasty, filling snack for that afternoon crash I always have, my mind went straight to peanut butter. I thought making some peanut butter balls would be delicious, and y’all. I was right! I kept the recipe simple and just used peanut butter, protein powder (I actually used vanilla Shakeology and even though the flavor is super strong, it wasn’t that bad paired with the PB!) and chia seeds. I’ve been on a chia seed kick lately, partly because they fill me up when they expand in my belly, and also because it’s a powerhouse superfood, with Omega 3, fiber, protein and so many other great nutrients for our bodies. I love adding chia seeds to my smoothie bowls, or protein pancakes in the morning, and they were ah-ma-zing in the protein balls! If you haven’t given them a try yet, you should. Trust me! : )
If you’re looking for an easy snack to whip together in minutes that is filling and oh so delicious, then you’ll LOVE these peanut butter protein balls! They are great for helping curb my sweet tooth, and your body will love being filled with superfoods and healthy fats like these. #yourewelcome
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1 cup protein powder (I used vanilla Shakeology)
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1 Tbsp almond milk + more as needed
- Heat the peanut butter up for about 10-15 seconds, or until slightly runny. This helps mix it better.
- In a medium bowl, mix together the protein powder, peanut butter and chia seeds. Add the almond milk slowly until desired consistency is reached.
- *You want the "dough" to be wet, but not super sticky. Test it out by rolling a small ball and seeing how well it holds together. If it crumbles apart, add a little more almond milk.
- Roll out the protein balls! I used a small cookie scoop to portion them out, then mashed and rolled them carefully together in my hands.
Now it’s your turn to talk! Answer one of these questions in the comments below:
Do you have a peanut butter brand that you prefer?
What is your favorite way to deal that mid-afternoon crash?