New Ballz and Snack Links

It’s about time I expanded my amazeball horizons.

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I’ve been brainstorming snack ideas that I can have in the fridge, grab and eat, and couldn’t believe how long it had been since I had an amazeball. They’re a great dose of healthy fat and protein- 2 usually does the trick for me. Instead of making the usual chocolate chip ballz, I played with a couple of flavor combinations:

Blueberry-lemon and Cocoa-berry

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For the blueberry-lemon,

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here’s what I did:

-Started with the original amazeballz recipe, skipping the chocolate chips and subbing oats for the coconut (I’m out of coconut and oats work just as well)

-Added 2 T dried blueberries

-Zest and juice of 1/2 lemon

-a little more maple syrup for texture

For the cocoa-berry,

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-I started with the original amazeballz recipe, again using oats

and chocolate almond butter in lieu of regular

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(tastes like frosting)

-Added 2 T dried mixed berries

-1 t cocoa powder

-a little more oats, since the chocolate almond butter had a different texture

Both flavors were pretty… amazeballz :)

Making them in the Vita-mix probably wasn’t the best idea:

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but my mini food processor was scarified for cookie butter and I can’t seem to remember to order a new one until I need it. Life happens like that sometimes.

The good news is that I had a sleeping kitchen sidekick to hang out with while I scraped every last bit out of the Vita-mix ;)

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So tell me, friends: what are you favorite snacks that you can prep in advance, or make quickly?

Here are some of mine:

-Chopped veggies with homemade hummus or ranch dressing

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-trail mix -I love TJ’s, but it’s also easy to make your own and pre-portion out into little baggies

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(or straight outta the bag, while driving)

-protein bars

-Deb’s protein muffin

-Banana and almond butter, rolled up in a tortilla

-Egg puff

It will be fun to get ideas from each other- feel free to link away! (Sometimes when comments include links or are from new commenters, I have to manually approve them, so no worries if it doesn’t show up right away)

Hope you have a great day <3

xoxo

Gina

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Comments

  1. my snack choices usually change with the seasons.. in the summer, its a lot of fruit (watermelon and frozen grapes are awesome), yogurt with berries, granola bars, etc.. in the winter though, im all about the carbs and warm stuff. Ill make up a bunch of soup and freeze it in individual containers, tea, or I’ll bake a loaf of banana bread (or this wonderful meyer lemon bread -http://www.eatliverun.com/meyer-lemon-bread-with-blood-orange-glaze/) and ill eat a slice when my sweet tooth is raging.

    by the way, i just made some coconut dark chocolate banana bread.. SO good

  2. Maybe I am super duper lazybones but my go-to pre-prepped snacks are fuits and veggies, and by “prepped” I mean just washing. I have raw almonds in my desk if I need a bit more substance, but I do not dare stash trail mix knowing my inability to exercise portion control. Mmmmmmmmmm.

    Also, I have Quest Bars on hand if I can’t squeeze in a meal, which sadly is at least once a week. I highly recommend these soy-free, gluten-free all natural whey protein (20g) bars… and shocker, I can actually read the ingredients. They are pretty tasty, too. I like coconut cashew the best.

  3. Can’t wait to try these out! Thank you. I love to add healthy snacks to my growing list!

  4. Ooooh, these look so yummy! I can’t wait to try them. I made this, but added some protein powder and it was awesome. It’s a pretty good go-to snack.

  5. Ants on a log is a great snack. I use almond butter instead of peanut butter and try tried cranberries instead of raisins. So would that be red ants on a log???

  6. Oh yum, I love these flavour variations for your Amazeballs!

    Greek yogurt + granola is my favourite fast snack. Or if I’m on the go, apple slices + almonds is always easy to take with me.

  7. I recently watched a Dr. Oz show (my new fav while walking on the treadmill) and there was a recipe for a muffin using flax, egg, and a few other ingredients, cooked in a mug in the microwave. Total yum! Very quick! Great plain or with PB, AB, etc.

  8. Did your sweet baby stay asleep even when the vita was running?! ;) That thing is loud- I am always wincing when I make smoothies in the morning in fear of waking up my boyfriend.. lol

  9. So I just totally posted this on the wrong post. So here I am again…
    Homemade lara bar type things are the best. Obviously so much cheaper and (to me) better. My kids eat them, too. I find if I just eat handfuls of nuts and fruit, I go overboard too easy. This is a better way for me to portion out how much I’m eating as well. http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/chocolate-covered-recipes/fudge-baby-mania/

  10. Now if I could just convince you to share your macaroon recipe……. ;-)

  11. Gabby @ Gabby's Gluten-Free says:

    I love these cranberry chocolate date bars: http://gabbysgfree.com/2012/01/vegan-chocolate-cranberry-date-bars/
    These cranberry coconut truffles: http://gabbysgfree.com/2011/12/vegan-cranberry-coconut-energy-truffles/
    Andof course, egg muffins with extra jalapeños please!: http://gabbysgfree.com/2012/01/green-egg-muffins/

  12. Gina, random question. When you eat smoked salmon, do you eat it cold? Room temp? Or heat it up? I’ve never tried it, but just bought my first pack and I want to make sure I enjoy it haha! Thank you!!

  13. Whole wheat tortilla with a little nutella and sliced banana – makes a delicious snack!

  14. - Celery branch with peanut butter
    - Hard boiled egg with garlic salt, paprika and ground pepper (I also like egg puff with nutritionnal yeast)
    - Super easy chocolate banana soft serve : mixing a chocolate soy pudding & a frozen banana

  15. speaking of chocolate almond butter…did you see Trader Joe’s as a new Chocolate Almond spread. It’s like Nutella, but with almonds. Delish!

  16. Yes! More Amazeballs ideas! Can’t wait to try the lemon blueberrry one. I just made up one today (going off your original recipe) that tastes like a Mounds bar: 1/4 c unsweetened coconut, 1 scoop protein powder, 8 small dates (about 1/4 c chopped), 1 TB Coconut milk, 1 square dark chocolate.

  17. I just had to do a review of your Lemon Blueberry amazeballs. I hope you can go check it out. Thanks!

  18. How many ballz do you consider as a good snack, I don’t think one could fill me up…

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