If you’re a vegan, or you’re just someone looking for a healthy recipe to keep you feeling energized throughout the day, then our “Vegan Protein Ball” recipe might be just the thing you’re looking for.
This high energy protein ball recipe is packed full of animal free protein, healthy essential fats, and a “miracle food” known as Chia seeds. Making this a perfect mix to keep you feeling like you can take on the world feeling 100%.
Benefits of Vegan Protein Balls
- Healthy source of protein
- Feel energized
- Lose weight with Chia Seeds
- Easy to prepare
- Last for days
The added ingredients of oats, peanut butter, chopped nuts and almond milk means you won’t be short of protein, nor will you be lacking in energy. When nuts and oats are combined, it makes for a great way to keep you feeling fuller for longer, while also helping you to feel energized.
Chia seeds are also a great addition, as they contain healthy fibre, protein, omega 3-6 fatty acids, calcium, copper, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, and much more. They were once classed as a superfood, but recent studies on how beneficial they are towards fat loss has now made Chia seeds a miracle food.
Another bonus for Chia seeds is the added vitamins of A, B, E, and D, along with important minerals, making Chia seeds a great addition to anyone’s diet.
Great For Sports
Keeping a few of these protein balls around in a Tupperware while at work will help you stave off hunger, keep you feeling energized, and help you to avoid snacking on unhealthy treats.
These protein balls are great for anyone who’s taking part in extra activities, such as marathon training, weight training, hiking, or for those of you who like a Sunday stroll. The healthy fats will keep you feeling full of energy for hours.
The Pumpkin seeds also play a role in helping your muscles to relax as they are filled with a healthy source of magnesium. So if you’ve ever felt your muscles cramp, or twitch, adding Pumpkin seeds will do the trick.
Also, the added ingredient of Chia seeds will not only give you a nice feeling of fullness, but also regulate your blood sugar levels while giving you a good lift of energy.
What you’ll need: Ingredients
Makes for 9 golf sized protein balls
- Rolled oats 200g
- Chia seeds 1 tablespoon
- Pumpkin seeds 1 handful
- Peanut butter 1 tablespoon
- Mixed nuts 1 tablespoon (chopped)
- Golden Syrup 1 tablespoon
- Chopped dates 1 handful
- Soy or almond milk
What you’ll need: Utensils
- Wooden or plastic spoon
- Glass bowl (perspex)
- Cooking pan
How To Prepare – Prep time: 10 minutes
Preparing The Ingredients
Start by adding the Golden Syrup (or alternative) into a glass bowl, then add the peanut butter and soy, or almond milk. Place the perspex glass bowl over a pan of hot water on the hob.
Bring the water to a simmer, then turn down to keep warm once brought up to temperature. The steam the will melt the ingredients without fear of burning. Once the ingredients start to melt and while the steam does its job, stir the ingredients together.
While mixing the liquid ingredients together, place all of your dry ingredients in a separate bowl and gently mix together.
Mixing The Ingredients
Once the liquid ingredients have been mixed together, as well as the dry ingredients, make a space in the middle of the dry ingredients bowl, this will help to create an even mixture when mixing everything together.
Add the Golden Syrup, peanut butter, and soy/almond milk into the bowl with the rest of your ingredients, and fold together the edges of the dry mix, making sure to get an even spread of everything in the bowl.
Shaping The Protein Balls
Once that’s done, take a small portion of the mix, place it into your hands. Squeeze the mix between your hands to get your desired shape and size (around the size of a goalball works for me).
If your find the mix is too sticky try adding in more rolled oats to soak up the liquid. Or likewise, if it’s too dry, try adding a splash of liquid.
You can eat them straight away, or put them in Tupperware and place in the fridge to help keep them fresher for longer.
There you have it! a healthy snack in 10 minutes! I hope you enjoy these tasty treats, as I’m sure they’ll be a great addition to your diet. I know it has been for myself.
Not Only Protein Balls
There’s lots of variations you can make with this recipe, you can add more types of dried fruit such as peaches, or plums, you can also increase the fat content if you need to recover from heavy and strenuous exercises, the choices are endless.
You can also make protein bars from this recipe. All you need to do is take a baking tray and line it with greaseproof paper, add all of the ingredients into the tray, press firmly and spread out evenly, place in the fridge to set for 30 minutes, and you’re good to go!
You can actually have a number of tests carried out to help determine if a vegan diet would be suitable for you. These vegan recipes can really benefit you if they come back that a vegan diet is suited to you.
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