03/28/12
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cinnamon raisin peanut butter protein balls

I gotta say, I’m surprised there are those of you out there that aren’t big cake fans! I know a couple people that don’t really like cake, and I always think it’s odd. I guess I’m picky with my cake.  Usually it’s too sweet sweet for me, especially store bought cake with that thick frosting. Bleh!

Today we’re not talking cake, but something almost as equally delicious – balls.

Cinnamon raisin peanut butter protein balls to be exact. I made a big batch of these to take along with me during my all day cycle workshop. They’re portable, bite sized and tasty. Packed with whole grain carbs, peanut buttery fats to hold you over and protein (+ fiber!) from the secret hidden beans.

Since I was already baking a triple chocolate cake over the weekend, I decided to forgo the chocolate chips like my original recipe calls for. Instead I subbed in some natures sweetness – raisins. Raisins definitely fulfill my sweet tooth when it’s hankering. Dates as well. They both work great as a pre-workout snack too. I just pop a few in my mouth before a workout and I feel a bit more energized. The dried fruit that is.

These balls work better as a post-workout snack for me. Since there are beans in there eating quite a few before a workout might leave your tummy feeling a bit wonky. I know it did for me. Oh my.

But after a workout, have at em!

Part of my weekend consisted of finding a swim suit. My preggo self doesn’t seem to fit in any of my old ones anymore, so off to Ross I went in search for an inexpensive bikini. I went with a 2 piece, figuring as the belly grows the stretch of a one piece might be an issue. After trying on tons and tons and tons of bikinis I finally found one that worked. The best part – it was just $10! I love bargains.

Yesterday morning I woke up early and headed to water aerobics. I LOVED every minute being back in the water. I cannot tell you how good it felt to bounce around lightly. Water + pregnancy is a good thing.

When I got back home I couldn’t wait for breakfast so I popped a couple of these goodies in my mouth while I showered + got ready for the day. They held me over for that little bit before breakfast. Swimming (or any water exercise) makes me so hungry! I’ll just make sure not to eat them before I go to my next water aerobics class. Nobody will want that.

Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter Protein Balls
Makes about 25-35 balls

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts
  • 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 3/4 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of sea salt

Directions

  1. Combine the peanut and chickpeas in the food processor.  Pulse until both turn into a fine crumble.  Add in the remaining ingredients.  Pulse until fully combined.
  2. Roll mixture into balls, allow to refrigerate (or freeze) for 20-30 minutes to set, then devour!
  3. Keep extra balls in the fridge (or freezer!).

Do you have a favorite portable post workout snack?

Heather

 

03/7/12
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braxton hicks + pb chocolate chip protein balls

Pregnancy is kind of weird. Don’t get me wrong, I love being pregnant, growing our little guy (who’s going to be gaining about 1/2 pound a week now!!) and feeling all the kicks, but some stuff is weird. Like…

Your stomach jumping up and down and side to side, kicking people and making them in turn, jump too…

Going from a state of total energy to total zombie is no time flat… and…

Braxton hicks contractions.

Yes, they started. Monday afternoon to be exact. I just thought my stomach was just feeling heavy again, but then when I touched it and it was rock hard + kinda numb feeling, I knew something was different.  I asked a gal at my work to explain what they felt like to her when she was pregnant and it was exactly what I felt. A quick call to my midwifes the next day when they came back again that afternoon confirmed it too.  Luckily there’s no pain and they go away once I get home from work and rest/sleep, so it’s not labor happening (PHEW!).

Braxton hicks aren’t bad, it’s just your body getting ready for the big event… practicing. Practice makes perfect right? If so, keep on practicing body!

See… kinda strange but all good. :)

I’m still feeling super tired every afternoon/evening, and now I’m starting to go crazy over treats. The lemon poppyseed muffins are dwindling away too quickly. I made a batch of no-bake cookies for my brother’s birthday and proceeded to eat spoonful after spoonful of batter before it set into an actual cookie. The neighbor brought over some scones to share with Jacob and I – three of them. He let me have two, him one. Very sweet, huh? :)

My sweet tooth is getting out of control!

I needed something that was snacky but still made me feel good after eating them too. Something not too sugary, but would still give me my sweet fix. A bit of protein and fats would be nice too for a more balanced sweet treat.

What’s a girl to make?

Balls. And a lot of them.

The secret weapon in here are chickpeas. Yes beans and I still can’t stop eating them!

Beans, peanuts + peanut butter, a touch of maple syrup, chia seed and chocolate chips. Sounding pretty good huh? It is pretty dang good! Don’t just take my word for it. Pull out your food processor and make a batch. Then try to hide them from your husband in the back of the fridge because you really want to keep them all to yourself.

Do it.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Balls
Makes about 25 balls

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts
  • 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 3/4 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp chia seed
  • Pinch of sea salt

Directions

  1. Combine the peanut and chickpeas in the food processor.  Pulse until both turn into a fine crumble.  Add in the remaining ingredients.  Pulse until fully combined.
  2. Roll mixture into balls, allow to refrigerate for 20-30 minutes to set, then devour!
  3. Keep extra balls in the fridge.

It’s so hard to stop at one, but since they’re packed with goodies it’s okay to eat a ton!  <– my awesome attempt to rhyme

Have you ever added beans to a sweet treat? 

I have a couple other times, but hadn’t yet to any I don’t bake.  These were great!

Heather