When after-school activities follow right after school pick-up, you know the last thing you will want to pass your young athlete is a sugar-loaded donut. If your child craves something sweet, consider giving them a much better snack alternative- my no-bake, Peanut Butter Protein Balls!
WHY Peanut Butter Protein Balls?
This power snack is a family favorite. (My husband even requested we make a batch for our next road trip!)
Peanut butter is a great source of protein, is rich in heart-healthy fats, and is a well-balanced energy source.
It is also good for athletes as it’s known to be one delicious way to encourage the building and repair of muscles.
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These are perfect for the kids to snack on before soccer practice, one of those long after-school matches, and yes, even while you wait in the school pick-up lane.
The last thing you need is to have your child munch on mindless calories.
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What makes these Peanut Butter Protein Balls even better is that they’re no-bake!
Add your choice of peanut butter to a marriage of assorted honey roasted nuts, semi-dark chocolate chips, steel-cut oats, honey, and shredded coconut,
and you have a sure-fire winner!
My son loves making these as a post-school snack.
Here’s the recipe:
The best after school Power Snack for athletes
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1 cup steel-cut oats
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/2 cup regular or honey roasted cashews, almonds, walnuts
- 1/4 cup semi-sweet dark chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut (dried)
Place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix till combined.
Place a sheet of wax paper on a plate and set aside.
Take 2 tbsps of the mixture and roll approximately 2 inch sized balls.
Place the ball on the wax paper.
Continue forming balls till the mixture is all used up. (You should be able to make 9-10 balls.
Serve as is or refrigerate for about an hour, to serve chilled.
Feel free to swap RX Nut Butter flavors in your Power Balls and see which one your young athlete likes the best.
You can also use any other peanut butter brand too. I just really like the RX Nut Butter Honey Cinnamon Flavor.