Happy post-Thanksgiving week!  I personally had TWO full-out Thanksgiving dinners  and a weekend of eating whatever the hell I wanted while back home in Milwaukee.  It was real, it was fun, but I am super ready to get back into my routine.

I only worked out once over break (which is fine!) but this week I am kicking it into turbo.  I like to wake up, work out, and then start my day.  I personally am someone who cannot eat a meal before I work out – I would feel ill.  Instead, I like to grab a “little something” that gives me enough energy to give it my all but doesn’t feel heavy in my stomach.

Cue: energy balls.

I love balls!!!  (Had to throw that in there somewhere.  I know you snickered.)  They’re quick to whip up and make for an easy pre-workout bite or for a mid-day snack.  After a little experimenting (and an epic fail that I do not wish to discuss) I have three energy ball recipes packed with good stuff that I want to share.  Bon appetite!

Coco-Nutty

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These are my favorite so I am sharing them first.  SO so so SO SO so good, they melt in your mouth.  Recipe as follows:

2/3 c coconut oil

2/3 c peanut butter

1/3 c honey

4 tbsp pb2

1 c shredded coconut

2 scoops of collagen peptides

1/2 c chopped peanuts

1/2 (or more:) ) c chopped chocolate chips (I use semi-sweet)

I plop everything into a mixing bowl and have at it with my hands to really get everything mixed.  The batter is a little runny – I have my pan with parchment paper ready to go before I start mixing.  I form the balls super quickly and then pop them into the freezer so they harden.  After about ten minutes, they’re good to go!  Keep them in the freezer as opposed to the fridge because of the batter’s consistency.  Plus, when they’re frozen it takes me longer to eat, and then I feel like I am eating more.

NuttZo for NuttZo

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2/3 c NuttZo Power Fuel Chocolate (this is sold in the peanut butter section of WF)

1 scoop vanilla protein

1 scoop collagen peptides

1/3 c honey

2/3 c oats

1/3 c crushed freeze dried strawberries

1-2 tbsp slivered almonds

handful of chocolate chips

These are very chocolatey and very good.  I bought this flavor of NuttZo to eat as a treat on a spoon, but it was a little too strong for me.  Putting it into an energy ball was perfect.  I keep these in the freezer as well, but these can be kept in the refrigerator for a softer ball.

Peanut Butter Cup

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1/2 c oat flour (easy to make if you don’t want to purchase it – just put some oats in a blender or a Ninja bullet)

1/2 c peanut butter (smooth)

1 tbsp cacao

1 tbsp honey

mini chocolate chips

1 scoop chocolate protein powder

1 scoop collagen peptides

a little extra peanut butter for the top (I used chunky)

These ones are fun and taste pretty similar to a peanut butter cup.  I made the balls and put them in the freezer for about ten minutes to harden.  I melted some chunky peanut butter in the microwave, and then dipped each hardened ball into the melted PB.  I put them back into the freezer to harden the PB.  I actually kept these ones in the refrigerator because I could not bite into them right away when they were frozen.  Up to you 🙂

 

All of these balls are roommate tested and approved.  Tip: spray some pam onto your hands when forming the balls so that nothing sticks.  It rolls right off!

Again, I eat these before a workout, throughout the day if I need a snack, or after a meal if I “need a little something”.  Enjoy!