Breakfast, lunch, and dinner always seem to be the easiest meals to figure out. But for most people, especially those in the working world, finding healthy snacks is oftentimes a frustrating challenge. Whether it’s the deceptively unhealthy “100-calorie” packs, or offices providing fuel that tastes greats and leaves you feeling like crap a few hours later, it’s not easy to find what your body needs…and enjoys. Enter protein almond snack balls.

Born Fitness Recipes: Protein
Almond Snack Balls

Fitness goal: Muscle gain, fat loss, maintenance, or because you’re hungry

Allergies: nuts (from almonds), whey (if that’s your choice of protein powder)

P Friendly: Yes

How to make it vegetarian friendly: No adjustments needed; just choose protein powder accordingly

Prep time: 10 minutes

“Cook” time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp all-natural almond butter
  • 1 scoop protein powder of choice (vanilla, chocolate or no flavor is best in this recipe)
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes (keep 1 tbsp aside for dipping)
  • Cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder  (uns. cocoa powder is OK, but less micronutrient benefits; cacao is one of the most concentrated sources of magnesium)
  • Crushed almonds
  • 3 whole almonds
  • Coconut oil, unrefined, cold-pressed

How to Make Protein Almond Snack Balls

  1. In a bowl, combine all ingredients except for the last two (using your hands is totally acceptable; just make sure you wash them first.)
  2. In a small bowl or plate, pour remaining coconut flakes and cinnamon. Set aside for dipping.
  3. Rub a little coconut oil in your palms to prevent the mixture from sticking to your hands when you roll into balls.
  4. Take 1/3 of the mix, and roll into ½ dollar sized balls. Then dip and roll into the coconut-cinnamon mixture.
  5. Place one whole almond on each protein ball. Place in freezer for 10 minutes before serving. Then eat. Makes 4 balls.
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