Peanut Butter Protein Bites & Reina Hurt Her Leg

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Peanut Butter Protein Bites & Reina Hurt Her Leg

This Peanut Butter Protein Balls recipe is exactly what you need for a post run snack!  These little bites are packed with peanut butter and chocolate to keep your taste buds happy after long runs or hard workouts.


Reina Hurt Her Leg

Before we get into the peanut butter protein ball recipe today, I wanted to follow up on something you may have seen if you follow me on Instagram.  My sweet Reina hurt her leg pretty badly last week and may have to have ANOTHER surgery.

Last Thursday, I was outside planting my mums, pansies and violas for the season when a dog started to bark in a nearby yard.  Reina jetted off like she normally does to check out the situation and I didn’t think anything of it until she came back limping and crying.  I rushed her to the vet and they told me she either strained or tore her cruciate ligament.  They told me the only thing we could do is to give her medicine for a few weeks.  If it gets better then she just strained it, but if it doesn’t get better then she tore it and she needs surgery.  She just had surgery a few weeks ago to remove three cancer spots on her belly and back so I was and still am really upset.


It’s been almost five days now and she is still limping just as badly, so I fear it is a tear and not a strain.  Hopefully I am wrong.  Poor girl!  Send positive thoughts and prayers our way, please!

Peanut Butter Protein Balls Recipe

Back to the topic at hand today, this peanut butter protein ball recipe can replace those pre-made bars you buy at the store!  If you are running or training

hard you should give them a try.


When I was training for the Chicago Marathon it seemed like I could not get enough protein. I was constantly grabbing those pre-made protein bars to eat after a run. While they were super convenient, constantly buying them can get expensive.  They can also have added ingredients I don’t want to eat.


This perfect peanut butter protein balls recipe packs a big punch for running nutrition and is simple to make.  And it includes chocolate… I’m just sayin…


The oatmeal gives the bites substance and helps curb your raging post-run appetite. The peanut butter has lots of protein and healthy fats. The protein powder ups the protein quota and helps with muscle recovery. The dark chocolate has antioxidants. Finally the chia seeds are a super food powerhouse with more antioxidants. They give you lots of energy to keep your blood sugar in check after a long run.


Peanut Butter Protein Balls Recipe

Julie Wunder
This Peanut Butter Protein Balls recipe is exactly what you need for a post run snack!
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Snack
Servings 8 balls


  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 2 tablespoon dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon agave nectar, if your peanut butter does not sugar in it


  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Use your hands to blend the protein powder completely. If it is too crumbly to form a ball, add a little more peanut butter. Form eight balls. Put in refrigerator overnight to set.
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By | 2018-06-28T14:21:55-04:00 October 7th, 2014|All Vegetarian, Breakfast, Food, Fun, Lunch, Rhett, Snacks & Appetizers|27 Comments


  1. Running Detox | Running in a Skirt October 8, 2014 at 8:27 am - Reply

    […] thank you to everyone who wrote nice notes about my sweet Reina yesterday.  She is still limping, so it is not looking good but I know your prayers will help.  I’ll […]

  2. Shelley Marcy October 8, 2014 at 8:06 am - Reply

    Hey Julie, it’s Shelley from Friends for Life. One of my own dogs had this same knee injury and indeed have surgery to repair the damage. We also were told that 50% of the time, they will blow out the other knee. One thing that will help this from happening, is to keep her weight at a healthy level so there isn’t additional stress on the knees. I want you to know that the veterinarian we used for her surgery is excellent. You know how many critters we have at the Forever Farm, so knowing which vets to use for different medical issues is imperative. This came in very handy when I we needed a good surgeon for our Corky. I won’t name names here on your blog, but if you want to contact me directly, you are welcome to connect through my email [email protected] and we can talk about it. We are blessed in this area with some absolutely great veterinarians, but knowing which vets to use for speciality procedures/surgeries is vitally important when the time comes that your critter needs some help.

    Praying for you as you make these decisions…


  3. Jessie October 7, 2014 at 10:08 pm - Reply

    Poor Reina!! I can’t even imagine having to go through another surgery if it comes down to it. Dogs are part of the family, ya know. My heart breaks for all of you. Fingers crossed and many prayers that it ends up just being a strain!

  4. Tara @ Running 'N' Reading October 7, 2014 at 4:48 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    Julie, these look AMAZING! I can’t wait to try them out…maybe this weekend. I’m so sad to hear about Reina; I’ll be sending healing thoughts your way. 🙂

  5. Nan October 7, 2014 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    Hi Julie,
    I am so sorry to hear about Reina’s knee injury and I thought I might share my dog’s story with you.

    When she was 8 years old, Ruby (60 lb mixed breed) slipped on a small patch of ice in our back yard and began limping. She, too, was eventually diagnosed with a cruciate ligament rupture (CLR). At that time, and where we were living, her only surgical option was to do a suture technique — a heavy duty suture is literally sewn in to form a new ligament (not a medically accurate description, but that’s what it looked like). The veterinarian who performed the surgery let me observe the procedure, because he felt that owners who had seen what was involved with the surgery were always more successful during the recovery phase.

    The recovery period is very important to the long-term success of the surgery, and the larger the dog the more essential it is — the dog can not be allowed to put weight on her leg for about two weeks, followed by another six to eight weeks of minimal, supervised exercise. (We bought her a “belly belt,” a support strap to help hold her up during the first days of recovery.) Ruby recovered quite well with a lot of care. I also took her to a physiotherapist, who provided some very good suggestions and week-by-week exercises.

    We were told, though, that many dogs require surgery on their other knee within a year of their initial surgery — there is some degenerative joint diseases that seem to be involved. Sure enough, the next year, Ruby began limping on her other leg. The second time, a different type of surgery was available to us (we had moved to a new city), called TPLO which uses plates and screws to hold the knee together. It is supposed to be more stable and therefore better. The recovery process is about the same.

    Both surgeries worked very well, but around the time Ruby turned 12 years old, she developed arthritis in both her knees — I can’t really say that one knee was worse than the other, so am not sure of the effect of the different surgeries. She was on nsaids and pain meds for the remainder of her life, which helped most of the time. We also tried acupuncture (limited success) and laser therapy (more successful) for her. We lost her last year (at the age of 16) to kidney disease and miss her terribly.

    Some recommendations based on our experience if you need or decide to proceed with the surgery:
    — keep her weight down, extra weight adds strain to the joints
    — after she recovers from the surgery, consider an aquatic therapy program for her, I’m pretty sure that there is a clinic in Asheville that offers it. It will help strengthen her joints and might prevent problems with her other knee too. There wasn’t anything available at the time we needed it for Ruby, but I’d certainly look into it again. I hope this information will be a bit helpful.

    Good luck to you and Reina.

    • JulieWunder October 7, 2014 at 5:13 pm - Reply

      Thank you for letting me know about your experience with the same injury on Ruby. It sounds like Ruby was a very sweet dog.
      It’s good to know that it may happen to the other leg so we can plan ahead.
      I really appreciate all of your tips too!

  6. Tamela October 7, 2014 at 12:20 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    I am praying for your furbaby! She seems so sweet 🙂
    The protein bars look oh so good. May I suggest including nutrition info on the recipes? I can plug them in to My Fitness Pal to get that info but I’m not sure everyone uses that app. Thx!

    • JulieWunder October 7, 2014 at 5:12 pm - Reply

      Hi Tamela, That is a good idea. I will look into doing that.

  7. Jaime October 7, 2014 at 11:16 am - Reply

    Poor Reina!! I hope she’s feeling better SO soon. I hate when our pets feel bad.

    I’m definitely pinning this. I often need protein options that aren’t bars (some bars can wreak havoc on my stomach.)

    • JulieWunder October 7, 2014 at 11:45 am - Reply

      Thanks Jaime! AND happy birthday!!!!! I really appreciate the pin 🙂

  8. Lisa B October 7, 2014 at 11:10 am - Reply

    Thoughts and prayers to your precious Reina! Our pets add so much joy to our lives! I hope she is on the mend quickly.

    Thanks for the recipe! I’m a disaster in the kitchen so the fact that no cooking is involved is definitely a plus!

    • JulieWunder October 7, 2014 at 11:45 am - Reply

      Haha! I totally understand. I have my moments too.

  9. Margaret McGinnis October 7, 2014 at 10:12 am - Reply

    5 stars
    I am so sorry to hear about Reina’s injury.I am praying she will heal quick and will not need the surgery. Your Peanut Butter Bites look yummy! Can’t wait to try them!

  10. Debbie Sprouse October 7, 2014 at 8:36 am - Reply

    Hi Julie, I’m new to your blog and am loving it! I enjoy the recipes, fashion tips, running adventures, etc. I’m going to make up a batch of brownies and peanut butter bites this weekend! I’m very new to running and appreciate your blog.
    I wish you the best with Reina. I’ve been through it with my dog. She had the surgery and was just fine afterwards. You and Reina will be in my prayers.

    • JulieWunder October 7, 2014 at 11:39 am - Reply

      Hi Debbie! Welcome! Best of luck with your new hobby.
      My dogs seem to always have something wrong with them! I’m glad your pup is fine now too.

  11. Herman Briceno October 7, 2014 at 8:33 am - Reply

    5 stars
    Sorry to hear about your furry buddy , sending prayers your way

  12. Norma Clayton October 7, 2014 at 8:07 am - Reply

    5 stars
    I am so sorry about Reina’s injury. Our fur-babies are very special and we hurt when they do. Prayers for you both and healing thoughts for her. Can’t wait to try the protein bites!

  13. Madeline St Onge October 7, 2014 at 7:54 am - Reply

    I hope she heals up quickly and doesn’t need surgery Julie Prayers for you both

  14. Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie October 7, 2014 at 7:20 am - Reply

    Poor Reina! Praying she gets better soon. Nothing makes me sadder then seeing an animal in pain.

    • JulieWunder October 7, 2014 at 7:25 am - Reply

      me too 🙁 It’s terrible. She is walking around on 3 legs!

  15. Blane Sherer October 7, 2014 at 6:35 am - Reply

    Sorry to hear about Reina.
    I feel your pain.

  16. Susanna @Zealous Mom October 7, 2014 at 5:49 am - Reply

    Oh no! Poor Reina. It’s so hard to see animals hurt because they can’t tell us what’s going on. Also, these peanut butter protein balls look delicious. I have pinned!

    • JulieWunder October 7, 2014 at 7:26 am - Reply

      I agree Susanna. You just have to guess. And thank you for the pin!

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