Protein Snacks

I’m not one of those people that is concerned about protein, or the lack thereof in vegan diets.   I’ve read enough nutrition research to feel confident that it is entirely possible meet our protein needs by eating a healthy diet rich in plants.

Green ones.

Crunch, crunch.

If you’re interested in reading an interesting report on protein that dispels some of the “animals only” myth, check out The China Study.  It’s a goodie.

In spite of not being concerned about protein supplementation, I have to admit that I do enjoy a certain protein powder quite immensely.  I’m generally pretty active and have an enormous appetite.  Protein-rich foods really fill me up, and sometimes a gal just wants something other than tempeh or almonds.

Enter Sunwarrior Protein.  It has a great texture (re: is not chalky), and tastes way less processed than other brands.  Besides, whipping up a protein smoothie or snack after a workout makes me feel really tough.

I am woman, hear me slurp.

Or in this case- watch me munch….

…on some homemade protein balls.  These are like protein bars, but are easier to shape and are visually similar to donut holes.  They taste better than donut holes, in my opinion.  Give them a try and let me know what you think.

Protein Snack Balls

  • 1/2 C oats, ground into a flour
  • 3-4 medjool dates
  • 1/4 C almond butter
  • 1/4 C coconut
  • 1/4 C liquid sweetener (I used coconut nectar, but brown rice syrup or other syrups would work as well)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 C Sunwarrior vanilla protein powder

1. Grind your oats in a high speed blender or food processor

2. Process the dates into a paste.  You may need to use a little water to get the dates to break down.

3. Combine the oats, dates and remainder of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

4. Mix until well combined.  You can also use a food processor instead of a mixing bowl if you want to make it super easy.  When the mixture is well combined, roll into balls and pop them into the fridge or freezer.  They taste great both ways.

I’ve been eating these every day as an after-school snack, and they pack a satisfying punch.

Enjoy!

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About madebyjill

I'm a vegan foodie who lives in the kitchen. I like to blog about what I make because it's fun to share.
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4 Responses to Protein Snacks

  1. Jessica says:

    These are new, right?! They look delish!

  2. Anthony says:

    That is really good! I want to have one!
    For more interesting recipes, check at:
    http://www.fourgreensteps.com/community/recipes
    Hope you find recipes that you like!

  3. Timmy says:

    To much carbs is just as bad as to much protein it’s about balance.

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