In my attempt to lower my sugar intake, I tasted a new cereal, Uncle Sam Toasted Whole Wheat Berry Flakes and Flaxseed. It has a very high amount of fiber and protein and very little sugar. And, for me, it had very little taste!! I tried it with vanilla almond milk, and I also tried it with an added banana, but I still didn’t like it. But, I didn’t want to waste it either. The dry cereal reminded me of like a crunchy granola, so I got the idea that I could make little snacks for myself to replace sugary granola bars. I used basic ingredients.
I mixed together the following:
1 cup cereal
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 tbsp. honey
The first time I tried forming it into balls right away, but it was a mess. The easiest way is to stick the whole bowl in the refrigerator for a while before making the balls. I never have timed it…I just stick it in, go do something else and then when I think of it again, I pull it out and roll into balls. This recipe makes 8-10 balls depending on size. The coconut is optional. But, if you want to add it, just put some coconut in a bowl and drop a ball in it and roll around to cover.
The Protein Power Balls make a great post-workout snack….much better than my old method of just dipping a spoon in the peanut butter jar! I like them with the coconut and without the coconut.
I’ve even shared a few and got good reviews. I felt good that I was able to use the cereal I didn’t like and turn it into a healthy snack.
I keep them refrigerated in a plastic container so that they are easy to grab when I want them. Usually 1 is enough if I just need a little something to hold me over until my next meal. But, after a workout, I eat 2 right away. Please make sure you drink plenty of water, because they do have a nice amount of fiber in them.
I’m hooked on the Protein Power Balls now….you can find a container in the fridge any time.
What do you keep on hand for a healthy snack? Have you ever taken something you didn’t like and created a new recipe using it to make something you liked?