Monday, January 12, 2009

Healthy Protien Balls

This is still a favorite in our house, as it was when the kids were growing up. It is such a great thing to put out when the kids come home from school, or if you are like me and work from home, keeps me out of the chips!

Basic Ingredients:
1 cup natural Peanut Butter
1 cup honey - organic is always best
1 cup Shaklee Protein Powder - I use my Cinch shake mix-- in chocolate!

Add-In Ingredients: (4 cups total, mix 'em up)
Sunflower seeds
Chopped peanuts, almonds or walnuts
Mini-chocolate chips
Dried fruits
Wheat Germ
Oat Bran
Flax Seeds (ground or whole)

Mix together the basic ingredients in a large bowl. Add in the 4 cups of your choice of the add-in ingredients. ( I love chopped apricots, chopped almonds, a few mini-chocolate chips )
The more dry ingredients you add, the stiffer the mixture will get. You want the protein balls to stick together when you roll them, but you don't want them to be so sticky that they won't hold shape. You can add more dry ingredients if needed. More honey if to dry.

Roll them into 1 inch balls. GET THE KIDS INVOLVED! It's fun!
And if you want, roll them in nuts, toasted coconut or be creative!
Refrigerate them or freeze extra! You can stack them in Tupperware, just be sure to separate layers with waxed paper!
~Serve them with fruit and cut up veggies for a great snack~