Ballz for All

Hi friends! How are you? I am blown away by all of the amazing comments and emails on the Winter Shape Up! Keep rocking it out 🙂

(Holler to my friend Mara who made the widget for the WSU on the left-hand side of the blog– you can click it to get to this week’s meals and workout plan)

 skeletons

Some Mexican skeletons to start the day 😀

So last night, I wanted a little snack before dance but didn’t know what to make. Something small (dancing on a full belly is a little rough) with a decent amount of protein, something dessert-y, not too high in fats.. and then it dawned on me:

BALLZ!

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I remembered seeing a recipe for protein balls on the BodyRock website—here’s my version:

Chocolate Chip Protein Ballz

Adapted from Shweddy Balls

-2 T vanilla or chocolate protein powder of choice

-2 T of almond butter (drippy almond butter works best)

-2 T shredded unsweetened coconut

-1 T pure maple syrup (honey or brown rice syrup would work too)

-pinch of sea salt, Stevia and cinnamon

1. In a small food processor, add the protein, almond butter, coconut and pulse until the ingredients are well incorporated

2. Add the cinnamon, sea salt, Stevia and sweetener (maple syrup or whatever you decide to use) and pulse again- the mixture will start to clump together. It wants to be made into balls!

mixture

Not quite, though.

3. Add in 1 square of extra dark chocolate (break it apart with your hands), or whatever mix-ins you’d like to use. Dried berries would be delicious, too. Pulse together one more time to finely chop the chocolate, and assess the situation to see if you’ll need more liquid sweetener for the balls to stick together.

4. Roll mixture into 4 balls with your hands.

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Save in a ziploc baggie and munch for the perfect pre or post workout snack.

Check out the stats on these babies!!!

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Amazing and SO DELICIOUS. They taste like cookie dough balls, I kid you not. Make these ASAP, mmm k?

For breakfast this morning, since I still had ballz and cookie dough on the brain, I had an old fave:

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cereal

B-fast cookie dough cereal

+ my daily green juice

juice

(Current fave combo: 1 cucumber, 1 green apple, 1 stalk of romaine, 1/2 lemon, lil Stevia)

I’m off to do the workout thang 🙂 Have a great day and I’ll see you laterrrrrrrr.

xoxo

Gina

What’s your pre and post workout fuel of choice?

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167 Comments

  1. Meagan on February 25, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    What little food processor do you use? I’ve been considering getting one in the future since I live alone and would love to whip up small batches for things. My VitaMix is awesome, but you have to make a certain amount for it to work properly.

    • Fitnessista on February 25, 2013 at 8:40 pm

      it’s a little cuisinart. i love it!

  2. Kimberly on June 8, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Is the serving size one ball per serving? Sorry, I’m new here!! I absolutely love your blog though! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on June 8, 2013 at 4:51 pm

      yes, but i usually like 2 for a snack

  3. Emilly on November 24, 2013 at 10:41 am

    oh, thank you so much for your great article.
    E.

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  11. Allison Galassie on February 11, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    So, I have been looking at this recipe a lot and I really want to make it. However, I am not a coconut fan…will leaving it out be detrimental?

    • Fitnessista on February 11, 2014 at 12:11 pm

      nope! just use more oat flour or some almond meal instead 🙂

  12. Sana on February 15, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Can you make the amazeballz in a large food processor? Would you just double the ingredients?

    • Debbie P. on February 9, 2015 at 6:33 am

      I saw this recipe and hope and prayed I would like it as I quadrupled the recipe to use in my regular size food processor. Thankfully I love them and glad they worked with my vegan Hammer Nutrition chocolate protein powder! I have 18 balls now – I made them all 20 grams.

  13. Sharon on March 5, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Hi Gina,

    What do you make your juice with? That combination looks very refreshing!

    • Fitnessista on March 5, 2014 at 4:58 pm

      i use a jack lalanne juicer and love it

  14. Anna S. on March 9, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    I’m about to travel for 2 weeks and wondered about making some of these to take along. How long would you guess they last?

    • Fitnessista on March 10, 2014 at 12:51 am

      i think at least 5 days, but i usually eat them by then 😉

  15. Beth on April 12, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    what brand almond nut butter do you find runny? Mine are always so hard. Have you tried other types of butter besides almond? Or do you prefer almond? thanks much.

    • Fitnessista on April 13, 2014 at 11:54 am

      trader joe’s brand is usually pretty runny 🙂

    • Debbie P. on February 9, 2015 at 6:34 am

      We don’t have Trader Joe’s, but have an Earthfare and I bought smooth almond butter made by “Once Again” and it worked GREAT!

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    Do you think the green juice could be made with a vitamix?

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  30. Nicola Olsen on March 16, 2016 at 11:32 am

    Getting back into shape after baby #2 and made these for a post gym snack. My 2yr old grabbed one, took a bite and announced “Mmmm, deeeeelicious” before I even got to sample one!

    • Fitnessista on March 16, 2016 at 10:43 pm

      amazing! liv loves them too

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