Warmer weather has a helpful way of encouraging us to exercise, which means you may need to increase your protein intake to help your muscles recover and repair from all that activity. But if you’re already maxed out on chicken breasts, eggs, fish, and beans, adding protein powder may be just the ticket.
And the nutrition and energy-packed protein ball is one of the tastiest ways to get more protein into your diet.
Whether you need a high-protein, on-the-go breakfast or a quick pick-me-up after the gym, here are four delicious, no-bake recipes that pack a serious protein punch!
Oatmeal chocolate energy balls
If oatmeal chocolate chip cookies rank among your favourite indulgences, this no-bake recipe offers the perfect protein-filled reward for your next workout.
- 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
- 1/2 cup Jamieson Essentials Plus Protein (vanilla flavour)
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tbs. chia seeds
- 1/2 cup nut butter (we used peanut)
- 3 tbs. honey
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup chocolate chips
- 3 tbs. almond milk
To start, add the oats, protein powder, cinnamon, and chia seeds to a large mixing bowl. Stir in the peanut butter, honey, and vanilla extract, and then add 1/3 cup chocolate chips before slowly pouring in up to 3 tbs. of almond milk.
Combine the ingredients with your hands until they’re sticky, and then roll them into balls.
Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and then enjoy the next time your chocolate craving takes over!
Vanilla Espresso Almond Butter Energy Bites
Feeling sluggish in the morning? These protein bites complement your morning coffee giving you an extra jolt of energy.
- 1 1/2 cups oats
- 1/4 cup Jamieson Essentials Plus Protein (vanilla flavour)
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. instant coffee
- 1/2 cup almond butter
- 1/2 cup maple syrup or honey
In a medium-size bowl, mix together the oats, protein powder, salt, and instant coffee. Add in the almond butter and honey. Stir until it’s fully combined.
Refrigerate for 30 minutes, then roll into balls and enjoy for a tasty energy burst!
Oat ’n’ Banana Energy Balls
If you have a hard time making a healthy breakfast for you or your kids before rushing out the door, here’s a simple on-the-go recipe to keep everyone’s tank full until lunch. The addition of hemp seeds makes them rich in both protein and omega-3 fats.
- 1 1/4 cup gluten-free oats
- 2/3 cup hemp seeds
- 1/4 cup sunflower or pumpkin seed butter
- 2 tbs. melted coconut oil
- 1 tbs. ground flaxseed
- 3 tbs. chocolate chips
- 1 pinch of sea salt
Place two overripe bananas in a large mixing bowl and mash with them with a fork. Then mix in all the other ingredients.
Refrigerate for 30 minutes and then roll into balls for gluten-free, nut-free, high-protein goodness!