Protein Peanut Butter Balls are the perfect high-protein snack to munch on post-workout or mid-day when you need something to refuel!
How is peanut butter used for weight loss?
Peanut butter is a high-fat, high-calorie food, so it might seem counterintuitive to use it for weight loss. However, when consumed in moderation as part of a balanced diet, it can be a healthy and satisfying addition to a weight loss plan. Here are some ways to use peanut butter for weight loss:
As a source of healthy fats: Peanut butter is a good source of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which can help promote feelings of fullness and satisfaction, leading to an overall decrease in eating.
As a source of protein: Peanut Butter Balls is also a good source of protein, which is important for maintaining muscle mass while losing fat. As a replacement for less healthy fats: Peanut butter can be used to replace less healthy fats, such as butter or margarine, in cooking and baking.
As a healthy snack: Peanut butter can be used as a healthy snack when paired with fruits, vegetables or whole grain crackers. As an ingredient in healthy recipes: Peanut butter can be used as an ingredient in healthy recipes, such as smoothies, energy balls or homemade protein bars, Peanut Butter Balls .
It’s important to remember that peanut butter is high in calories, so it’s important to consume it in moderation and pay attention to portion sizes. It’s also best to choose natural, unsweetened peanut butter because it has less added sugar, salt, and oils.
Other than cookies, what’s the best dessert you can make with peanut butter?
Unfortunately, I’m not a dessert eater, so I can’t say which is the best. But, there are plenty of recipes I make with peanut butter for desserts and other sweets. Here are some ideas:
I make different versions of bars with peanut butter – oatmeal, chocolate, honey, pretzel, chips, etc. You can make different pies, cakes, ice cream, candies, truffles, candies, popsicles, milkshakes, peanut butter stuffed bananas then dipped in chocolate, S’Mores can have Peanut Butter Balls added, peanut butter toppings sweetened/drizzled on ice cream/cakes/pies/cheesecakes/etc, peanut butter stuffed pretzels or Ritz crackers dipped in chocolate or Caramel or both, peanut butter pudding bread , sweet potatoes, etc. Reece’s cuts can be a dessert, if homemade, or added to desserts or as a garnish, when whole or chopped.
I’ve also made sweet dips and chocolate fondue/fountain type stuff with peanut butter. I can give you recipes if anything sounds tempting…. For a time during her pregnancy, a sister only ate foods containing peanut butter. I got creative, as she loved desserts, and added vitamin/veggie/protein powders to the desserts and reduced the sugar for her, so she at least ate something. No comment on his diet, but since the peanut butter didn’t make him vomit, while most things did, I gave it a try. I also made Asian sauces for the noodles. She lost a lot of weight, so the doctor gave a tired blessing because something was better than nothing.
Then, once her other son became a kindergartener, he got addicted to peanut butter. I had the honor of gifting her peanut butter recipes. A few were celery with peanut butter (ants on a log), same for bananas, then I made peanut butter greek yogurt, peanut butter balls with cereal for breakfasts, peanut butter stuffed with apple chunks then rolled in nuts/oatmeal/flax powder/etc, a hollowed-out apple stuffed with peanut butter and trail mix, etc. As a college graduate, he always asks me to do some of these things for him on his visits.
After so much peanut butter, I’m a little discouraged now….. Especially after shelling so many peanuts to make peanut butter from scratch. But peanut butter is supplemented with chocolate, honey, caramel, apples, pretzels, bananas, etc. Just let your imagination create a combo using things that go together. If you are inventive, make your own recipe. If not, there is surely a recipe somewhere on the internet…
Homemade Protein Peanut Butter Balls:
1 cup drippy all-natural peanut butter 1/3 cup vanilla protein powder we used Garden of Life* 1/2 cup rolled oats 1 tablespoon chia seeds 2 tablespoons honey 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips 1-4 teaspoons water
Place peanut butter, protein powder, rolled oats, chia seeds, honey, and mini chocolate chips into a medium bowl. Use a wooden spoon or your hands to mix the dough together. At this point, begin to add water by the teaspoon.
Depending on how drippy your peanut butter is, you’ll need to add more or less water. The water not only helps moisten things so your balls hold shape, but they actually help your balls become less chalky.
Protein powder : If you’re using a whey or collagen-based protein powder, you’ll probably need more than 1/3 cup. We tested with Bulletproof Vanilla Collagen Protein Powder and had to use an extra 2.5 tablespoons of protein powder and no water.
How do you coat a Peanut Butter Balls without making it sticky?
Coating a ball in peanut butter without making it sticky can be tricky, but a few tips can help:
Use natural peanut butter: Natural peanut butter is made with only peanuts and salt, and it tends to be less sticky than commercial brands that contain added sugars and oils.
Dilute peanut butter: You can dilute peanut butter by mixing it with a small amount of vegetable oil or melted coconut oil. This will make it easier to spread and less likely to clump or stick.
Chill the ball first: If you chill the Peanut Butter Balls in the refrigerator for a few minutes before coating it in peanut butter, it will be less likely to stick to your hands and the peanut butter will adhere more easily.
Use a spoon: Using a spoon to scoop up the peanut butter and spread it over the ball can help reduce contact with your hands, which can make the peanut butter less likely to stick.
Roll the ball in a dry coating: After coating the ball in peanut butter, you can roll it in a dry coating like crushed cereal or chopped nuts. This will help absorb any excess moisture and prevent the peanut butter from sticking.
By following these tips, you can coat a ball in peanut butter without making it too sticky or messy.
What are some easy to make, quick and healthy snacks?
One of the simplest and easiest on-the-go healthy snacks would be peanut butter balls.
Step 1: Mix 2 tbsp peanut butter, 3-4 tbsp coconut powder, 20-25 crushed nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts) in a bowl and make small balls of the mixture . Place the balls on a tray lined with parchment paper/cooking film. Refrigerate it for half an hour.
Step 2: Melt the dark/milk chocolate compound in a double boiler/microwave and coat the peanut butter balls. Put them back on the board. Refrigerate until chocolate is set (half an hour). Peanut Butter Balls can be stored for up to 12-16 days
Who invented peanut butter?
The Incas developed a paste made from ground peanuts as early as 950 BC. Contrary to popular belief, George Washington Carver did not invent peanut butter. He was one of the greatest inventors in American history, discovering over 300 uses for peanuts, including chili sauce, shampoo, shaving cream, and glue. He was a pioneer in the agricultural world and many refer to him as the father of the peanut industry. His innovations also increased the popularity of the legume and made peanuts a staple of the American diet.
In 1884, Canada’s Marcellus Gilmore Edson patented peanut paste, the finished product of grinding peanuts roasted between two heated surfaces. In 1895, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg (the creator of Kellogg’s cereal) patented a process for creating peanut butter from raw peanuts. He marketed it as a nutritious protein substitute for people who could barely chew solid foods. In 1903, Dr. Ambrose Straub of St. Louis, Missouri patented a machine for making peanut butter.
The recipe for Peanut Butter Balls in the 1923 edition of Pillsbury’s Balanced Recipes contains the earliest known written example of having the cook press down the cookies using the tines of a fork. The recipe doesn’t explain why this advice is given, though: peanut butter cookie dough is dense, and without being pressed, it won’t bake evenly. Using a fork to press the dough is a convenience; bakers can also use a cookie scoop.