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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Green Smoothie Protein Balls



With 3 busy little boys, there are days that we live on protein balls.  It seems like I'm constantly making them.  Not only do the boys need snacks in their bags for school, my husband takes them to work since he travels, and we all end up eating them in the car running between sports practices and errands.  Quick, portable, and full of healthy fats and fiber, they are the perfect on the go snack.   

Lately I've been wanting to sneak some greens into them, especially for the boys' school snacks.  I can't stand relying on sugary, processed granola bars and other unhealthy convenience foods.  I put this off for awhile, since kale isn't the first thing you think of when you think of protein balls.  But as I sipped my green smoothie one morning, the fact that it tasted so delicious despite the piles of vegetables it was hiding, reminded me that it could be done! 
My husband, who is always a good sport at tasting my recipes, even wrinkled his nose at this one.  But after he tried it, he commented that they "tasted really good."  One down, 3 boys to go. 
These must be stored in the freezer, since they have a raw fruit and vegetable in them.  But that solves another problem for me, as I'm always trying to have back-up snacks on hand.  Now I can just take one out in the morning, wrap it in cling wrap, and enjoy it later.  Or just take them out a few minutes before you want to eat them at home. 


INGREDIENTS~
  • 1 1/2 cups loosely packed Kale leaves, torn (or try baby spinach)
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks (or use 1 medium apple)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp honey (use agave if vegan)
  • 2 Tbsp almond butter
  • 1/2 cup vegan vanilla protein powder (I like Garden of Life protein powder)
  • 1 1/2 cups oats
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 2 Tbsp flaxseeds
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp xylitol
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup Goji berries*
*The Goji berries are a superfood, and have tons of health benefits.  Plus their tart taste does a great job at hiding the taste of the kale. If you can't find them, try substituting dried cranberries or raisins.   

DIRECTIONS:

1.  In a high powered blender, combine the kale, pineapple, almond milk, and vanilla extract.  Process until smooth.  Add the almond butter and honey, and process again. 

 
2.  In a coffee grinder or food processor, pulse the oats until they are a flour.  You may have to do this in several batches.  Repeat this process with the chia seeds, coconut flakes, and flaxseeds.  Add all of these to a medium sized bowl, then add the protein powder, cinnamon, xylitol, and salt.  Stir to combine. 

3.  Pour the green smoothie mixture into the oats, along with the melted coconut oil.  Mix well.  Batter will be stiff.  Add the goji berries, and mix again. 

4.  Roll into bite sized balls.  Place on a plate in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes, or until firm.  Transfer to a large freezer bag, and store in the freezer. 








1 comment:

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