Nothing but that glorious peanut butter and chocolate combination rolled together in one ball of happiness and energy. It’s basic people. Carbs (chocolate chips, honey & oats), protein (peanut butter), and an extra boost of omega-3s (flax seed). Sounds like one heck of a pre or post workout treat to me!
It’s a common scene to walk into my family’s kitchen with a giant crowd of sweaty high school cross country boys invading the refrigerator. They come for one of two things: a glass of chocolate milk and/or a handful of peanut butter balls. While they probably are only thinking about the delicious taste of the peanut butter balls, what they neglect to understand is the boost they are giving to their bodies by eating them.
As discussed before, it is important to have a proper carbohydrate to protein ratio in your recovery meal following a hard workout. These peanut butter balls are a perfect option for that. Skip the chalky protein shake and indulge yourself in one (or two or three) of these beauties.
I also use these as a great way to start my morning if I am headed straight for a workout. They are light enough on the stomach that I don’t feel full or sick, but have enough substance to give you the energy needed to successfully complete a hard effort.
Peanut Butter Balls
2 cup oats
1 cup dark chocolate chips
1 cup smooth and creamy peanut butter
1 cup ground flaxseed
2/3 cup honey
2 tsp vanilla
Optional add-ins: chia seeds, craisins, coconut flakes
Mix all ingredients in a bowl with a wooden spoon, spray your hands with non-stick cooking spray, roll into balls and store in the fridge for your enjoyment!