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.
- 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.