As part of Smoothie King and Nutrition53’s blogger blend off contest (vote for me here!), I wanted to make a protein based treat using their Lean1 vanilla protein. Inspired by recipes from my friends IdeallyFit and FoodPleasureandHealth, I decided to try out their no bake protein ball recipes. Of course, with my own twist AKA what I had in my pantry.
For the first batch, I used Ideally Fit’s Cinnamon Spice Protein Ball recipe:
• 1/2 cup Almond Flour
• 1.5 scoops LEAN1 Vanilla Protein Power (in this case I used a Vegan version of of the Lean 1 protein called Vegan1, both are available at Smoothie King)
• 1/2 cup Frankie V’s Cashew Butter (original recipe called for Almond butter, but any nut butter works just fine)
• 1/4 cup Chopped Nuts (I used chopped nut mix with almonds, walnuts and pecans)
• 1/4 tsp Vanilla Extract
• 1/4- 1/2 cup honey (or agave)
• 2 Tablespoon Spice mixture – Cinnamon, Ground Nutmeg, and granulated sugar is optional. The original recipe calls for ground ginger, but I didn’t have any.
• Adding milk is optional if the mixture is too thick. A splash.
-To make the protein bites, mix all of the dry ingredients (almond flour, protein powder, nuts) together in a bowl.
-Slightly heat the almond butter and honey in the microwave and stir to a paste. I put it in for 30 seconds.
-Add into your dry ingredient mixture, add vanilla extract and mix.
-It looked a little dry, so I added a splash of milk to help with the mix
– Cool in the fridge for 10-20 minutes. Helps with shaping.
-Roll into 1 inch balls.
-Roll the balls through spice mixture and optional sugar.
-Place onto parchment paper or into mini muffin liners. Keep refrigerated and enjoy later.
For a simpler version or sans all the cinnamon, I used Food Pleasure and Health’s 3 ingredient no bake recipe to make these and they taste so similar.
1 cup almond meal/flour
⅓ cup Frankie V’s cashew butter
1 scoop LEAN1 Vanilla Protein Power (in this case I used the Vegan version of of the Lean 1 protein called Vegan1)
1 giant tablespoon of honey/maple syrup/agave (optional)
In a bowl, combine all the ingredients and mix well
I also added a splash of milk since the cashew butter was SO thick
Use your hands to grab a chunk and roll it into a ball.
Place the ball in a mini-muffin liner or a container lined with parchment paper. Repeat.
Refrigerate and enjoy later.
These were also boyfriend approved by the way. The almond flour gives it a nice texture and it seriously tastes like cookie dough. This is going to great to satisfy my sweet tooth that likes to creep up on me at night (and when no one is around to tell me no).
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This post is sponsored by Smoothie King and Nutrition53. The protein powder is available your nearby Smoothie King.