No Bake Recipe: Chocolate Almond Butter Protein Balls

I sort of meal prepped this weekend. And by sort of I mean I hard boiled some eggs... more on that this week, AND I made protein balls. I know, that's not a lot, but it certainly helps me with snacks when I'm on the go, and it's healthy food for me to grab in between teaching 100384025x a week. I kid I kid, it's not that many classes, but sometimes it feels like it. 

Anyways, if you're anything like me, you're a busy person, and you need snacks that are nutritious, and delicious. I'm a huge fan of protein shakes and protein balls... because I know I'm getting in my protein, and healthy fats, even my servings of fruits and veggies. 

I found a recipe on one of the groups I'm in the other night, so I decided to give it a shot. It only had a few ingredients, so after running to the store for more honey because we were all out, I immediately made the no bake protein balls. I was all ready to create a post last night, but after tasting one, I felt like something was missing. 

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Maybe you're one of those people that can eat almond butter, and peanut butter right out of the container, but I can't do that. I feel like it's too sweet, too sticky, and just not good. Throw it on some oats, a banana, or toast, and I'm good to go though. So this morning, after letting my protein bites hang out in the fridge all night, I decided to add some oats. It would cut out the sticky consistency, and make them more solid. I then sprinkled ground flaxseed on top, and they came out PERFECT. They also look 1000x better too. 

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No Bake Chocolate Almond Butter Protein Balls

INGREDIENTS: 
- 1 1/2 cups almond butter
- 1/4 cup raw honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1 scoop YL Pure Protein Complete - Chocolate
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
- 1 cup oats
- sprinkle of ground flax seed on top

Directions: 
1. Mix all ingredients, adding in chocolate chips last. 
2. Roll into balls and place on parchment paper. 
3. Sprinkle ground flax seed on top. 
4. Place in refrigerator and chill for at least 2 hours. 
5. Take them out & enjoy 1 or 2 at a time! 


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I use Young Living's Pure Protein Complete now after searching for the perfect protein for me, my stomach, and my daily needs. I used to use Perfect Fit Protein, About Time, and Vega, but they were all so chalky to me, and while I loved that they were Brown Rice or Vegan, because they didn't bother my stomach, I couldn't stand the consistency, even when I mixed it with fruits, vegetables, and milk. I have tried whey protein, and it cramps my stomach up, so I stopped that real quick. 

The Pure Protein Complete is a comprehensive protein powder that combines a proprietary 5 protein blend (cow and goat whey, pea protein, egg white protein, and organic hemp seed protein), a powerful B-vitamin blend, full range of amino acids (D-aspartic acid, Threonine, L-serine, Glutamic acid, Glycine, Alanine, Valine, Methionine, Isoleucine, Leucine, Tyrosine, Phenylalanine, Lysine, Histidine, Arginine, Proline, Hydroxyproline, Cystine, Tryptophan, and Cysteine), ancient peat, and apple extract. Along with a proprietary enzyme blend, these amino acids support overall protein utilization in the body. Together they support ATP production, the energy currency of the body. 

It has 25 grams of protein per serving which is incredible, and great for someone like me that works out almost every day and also trains a ton of clients and members at the gym 5 days a week. I always have protein after my workout, within 30 minutes, which is the prime time to help our muscles recover, and grow. This protein helps support the muscular system, energy levels, and our body's ability to build lean muscle mass, while also providing the body with amino acids, and aiding in muscle recovery. 



Let me know if you're interested in learning how to grab your own bag.

And if you use your own protein and try these, let me know!