I have been looking for a way to make a high protein snack at home. I think I have found it. These filling balls of energy are sure to take away your hunger and give you the energy you need to get through your day.
I love Built Bars and have told as many people as I can about them. I still order them but sometimes I want something different. I am a snacker and in order to curb the need to shove food in my face I need to feel full. Protein is the answer to feeling full longer so I made sure these high energy balls were packed with protein.
Where do I get my protein from?
In these energy balls, I have included chia seeds that have 4.7g of protein in 2 tablespoons. The 3/4 cups of almond meal provide a whopping 21 grams of protein. Even the coconut has about 2 grams of protein. The peanut butter (I used Skippy ) has 3.2g of protein. So these are packed full of protein to give you that full feeling you need to get you through your day and to dinner without feeling like you have to grab a mid-afternoon snack. Now let's add a little more protein to the mix. Add your favorite protein powder and adjust the points as necessary I will leave a link for the powder I use.
What Protein Powder do I use?
I prefer to use Vital Proteins Collagen Peptide Powder. It has no flavor and is packed with 18g of protein per 2 scoop serving. Bonus it is Zero-Points. I use this brand because it is loaded with 20g of hydrolyzed collagen, which helps to support your skin, hair, and nails, it also helps you to have healthy bones and joints. Joint health is extremely important as we get older.
I started creating my own little energy bites and trail mixes to bring with me everywhere I go. Not only are they a lifesaver, but they also help me make better food choices (instead of reaching for junk food). These little bite-size, protein-packed, snack attack, killers do the trick nicely. They help me to feel full and they ar loaded with vitamins and minerals that I need to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
If you have read my blog before you know I am a snacker. I love snack food, so much so, that I have another post all about low-point snacks. I created a list of the best Weight Watchers inspired snacks that are sure to help you no matter what plan you are on. Take a look and let me know if I need to add your favorite go-to snack to my list.
Protein balls Add-ins
Want to make them even more hearty? try some of these add-ins. Don't forget to add the points . 🙂
- Rolled Oats I recommend using rolled oats, and if you’re gluten-free, be sure to use certified gluten-free rolled oats.
- Vanilla Extract Adds flavor
- Cinnamon makes them taste almost like Graham Crackers or Teddy Grahams
- mini chocolate chips Sometimes you just have to have chocolate 🙂
How to be successful on the new myWW plans
- mindset: this isn't a diet, don't let yourself feel deprived. Eat your points!
- tracking: I track everything, even zero point foods
- portion control: this is on my fridge to keep me mindful
- persistence: I wrote this poem about never giving up
- planning: I use meal plans and freezer cooking often
- support: I'm in my WW Facebook group daily
Great dessert ideas
BLUE PLAN: 4 Points
GREEN PLAN: 4 Points
PURPLE PLAN: 4 Points
Protein Peanut butter Energy Balls
1 cup (120g) dates, without seed (about 4 dates)
¾ cup (60g) almond meal
½ cup (30g) desiccated coconut
2 tbsp. chia seeds
2 tbsp. coconut oil, melted
1 tbsp. natural peanut butter (I used Skippy but you can use PB2 and lower the points)
Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender or food processor and blitz until everything is well combined and almost smooth.
Using your hands, form 10 balls about the size of a walnut.
Place them in the fridge to chill for at least 1 hour so that they become more solid.
Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks