Having lived to tell the tale of the Juice Cleanse Crusade, allow me to introduce you to a healthy and on-the-go snack that your tastebuds and tummy will both thank you for – peanut butter balls. In full disclosure to you (because honesty upfront is important), I made these little bites of delight a few days ago (before my juice cleanse) – I attempted to bake during the Juice Cleanse Crusade, without much luck or vigour (although in my defence, and for obvious reasons i couldn’t taste anything that I was making, so that idea was scrapped fairly quickly).
Personally speaking, I’m not particularly a fan of protein shakes and/ or protein bars. I’m on team-organic on this one and believe that you’re better off consuming your daily dose of protein from the food that you eat. Allow me to detract for a moment with a tit-bit of of food trivia – 100g of peanut butter contains approximately 25g of protein – which is quite a bit considering that it’s such a small amount. This recipe uses one cup of peanut butter (258g protein – if you’d like to know the math) – which is more than sufficient to keep you going over a few days.
Protein and muscle gain aside, knowing that you have something to nibble on when you are low on energy is always a bonus – if only to replenish low blood pressure and blood sugar levels (a personal upshot for me given my constant low BP and low sugar status). Give these peanut butter balls a bash… I’m almost certain you’ll be more than satisfied and may even find yourself grabbing a few before rushing out the door to your next appointment/ gym session.
Peanut butter balls recipe:
Melt the honey and peanut butter together
Sieve the almond flour and add it to the honey and peanut butter mixture- preferably in a mixer to combine correctly.
Once well combined, use your hands to make small round balls. This is a lot easier than you think. If it is a bit too stick for you, use almond flour on your hands to prevent it sticking to you.
Let cool in the fridge for about 10 minutes. While this is happening, melt the chocolate.
Dip the peanut butter balls in the chocolate, coat the whole ball and use a small teaspoon to remove it from the chocolate (a fork will pierce the ball and give it an obscure look).
Cool the peanut butter balls in the fridge for about 15 minutes, and bon appetit!