Salty Balls

½ cup natural chunky almond or peanut butter 

½ cup brown rice syrup, honey, or maple syrup

½ cup vanilla or chocolate protein powder

¼ tsp ground cinnamon

Dash of cayenne pepper (optional)

Optional add-ins sesame seeds, cooked quinoa, chopped nuts, cacao nibs, chopped dried fruit

2 tbsp cocoa powder, carob powder, coconut or almond meal (for rolling)

Dash of sea salt

In a microwaveable bowl, combine the nut butter and the sugar syrup. Microwave on high for 1 minute, or until the syrup boils (alternatively, you can heat on stove if you avoid microwaves). If using honey, be careful not to overcook and burn it. The longer the mixture boils, the harder the finished ball will be. Stir until combined. Add the protein powder, cinnamon, and cayenne powder, if using. Stir well. Use a tablespoon or melon baller to roll into bite size 1-inch balls. Roll in the cocoa powder, carob powder, or meal to coat and sprinkle the sea salt on top. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks.

The bolded ingredients are those that I used and some of you tasted. But as you can see, there are so many ways to personalize the recipe. When you make them, think about whether you are desiring quick energy (add more sweet or sugary fillings). On the other hand, sustained energy will come with nuts and quinoa (proteins and fats).  

Also, I noticed a big difference between the different protein powder flavors. So before using it in your recipe, make sure that you like the flavor and the texture of the powder in either water or milk.

Have fun and be creative. Make something that you want to eat. 

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