Just wow. Reminiscent of peanut butter and jelly, yet healthier, these energy balls will wake up your taste buds and potentially cause an argument with whoever eats the last one. Bonus: each ball is packed with 12 grams of protein, making them an excellent on-the-go bite when you're hungry and need a quick pick-me-up. And kids love them--extra bonus.
You can change up this recipe with any freeze-dried fruit of your choice. I love it with blueberries, mango, or pineapple.
Notes: Freeze-dried strawberries are from Trader Joe's.
SUMMER STRAWBERRY PROTEIN BALLS
Ingredients: 1 cup oats, 1/2 cup broken freeze-dried strawberries, 2 Tbsp. honey, 1/2 cup peanut butter, 1 scoop (2 1/2 tbsp.) vanilla protein powder, pinch of sea salt.
Makes about 16.
1. Combine ingredients: Add everything to the bowl of a food processor except the strawberries. Process until combined. You can also do this by hand in a large bowl. Fold in the strawberries; if they break up more while folding in, don't worry.
2. Roll and chill: Scoop 1 1/2 tbsp. or so into your hand (I use a small cookie scoop), then roll into a ball. The mixture is slightly crumbly, so sometimes I'll give what is in my hand a tight squeeze to get it to stick together before making the ball—chill (and store) the balls covered in the refrigerator.