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Quick Bites: Peanut Butter & Oats Protein Balls

I am a self proclaimed lazy girl and my laziness does extend to the kitchen. I am not a big fan of cooking even though I am a big foodie simply because it takes so long to whip something that tastes delicious and I simply don’t have the patience for that.

A few things that I picked up when I was sailing was the value of food home delivery, getting creative with the limited pantry you have on-board and that there are alot of recipes out there that give yummy results without draining all the energy out of me.

I know I have quite a few fellow lazy girls out there looking for quick and easy recipes so I am starting a new series on the blog where in I will share recipes that only require a few ingredients and can be whipped up in a jiffy.

So without any more delays and chit chars, the first #quickbites recipe is peanut butter and oats protein balls.

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Ingredients

1.5 Cup of oats
0.5 cup of honey
4 tbsp of peanut butter
0.5 cup of assorted nuts

Directions

Transfer the peanut butter in a big bowl.

Microwave the bowl for 30 seconds to 1 minute till the peanut butter becomes runny.

Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Microwave for 4 to 5 minutes at 1 minute intervals, mixing the ingredients at each interval.

In case all the oats are not coated with the peanut butter, add half a tbsp of peanut butter and microwave. Repeat the process till the mix takes a soft but grainy consistency.

Let the mixture cool for at least 20 minutes.

Once the mixture has cooled down,  take a spoonful of the mixture and roll it into a ball. Work the mix to get a smooth dough like consistency.

These balls can be refrigerated for a week to 10 days.

Any alternative ingredients?

Incase of honey allergies or dislike for the taste, it can be replaced by sugar, any artificial sweetener or jaggery. I personally prefer the taste of honey over jaggery , hence I used the same.

It is also pretty easy to make peanut butter at home. Roast a cup of peanuts in a pan or oven and blend it in a food processor till it gets a smooth and creamy texture. Add a sprinkle of salt if you like your peanut butter really salty. The nuts are going to feel very gritty in the first few minutes but will turn creamy eventually.

Note that a lot of recipes do advice adding vegetable or peanut oil, which will speed up the process but in my experience you just need to keep blending the peanuts and the oils in the nut give it the texture you are looking for.

I usually make a batch of this home made peanut butter and use it for this recipe along with using it as a spread or a dip

Why I like this recipe?

These protein balls were a big hit with everyone who tasted them. The saltiness of the peanut butter complements the sweetness of the honey quite well making it a delicious  and healthy dessert option as well.

They also acted us the perfect source of energy for before or after a work out not to mention a guilt free and yummy source of energy at that.

Do you have a favorite quick bites recipe?

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