As a keen cyclist I am always eating. And while I would love to just bask in sugary snacks, there comes a point where I need to actually think about how I’m helping my body recovery after a few hours in the saddle. I’ve experimented with a whole menu of protein-based snacks. Some experiments have been far more successful than others, which is where today’s recipe fits in.
This healthy cookie dough protein balls recipe is perfect as a post-workout treat. Yes, you read that right: healthy cookie dough. These balls work as a snack, a dessert or part of your post-workout recovery.
They can be made in standard energy balls like in this recipe, but if you prefer them in bar form or, well, straight out the bowl then by all means go ahead! They’re egg-free so are safe to eat in raw form and good to go as soon as you make them.
These little delights are dairy-free, grain-free and even vegan (depending on what protein powder you use). They pack in five whole grams of protein. And best of all, you can make them with just five ingredients.
If you use protein powder as part of your post-workout sustenance already then you’ll be no stranger to its uses for recovery, but it can go much further than just that: It’s also a great agent to help leaving you feel full, preventing you from unnecessary and unhealthy snacking later.
If you prefer peanut butter to almond butter then feel free to mix it up to tweak it in line with your own tastes. I just hope you prefer crunchy over smooth!
Furthermore, I use my own homemade maple syrup over the store-bought variety. As with most recipes the homemade version is far healthier, with it being lower in refined sugar and corn syrup.
If you have any other tweaks or additions you’ve made to this recipe then let me know. Enjoy!
Total time needed: 10 minutes
Yield: 18 balls
You will need…
2 scoops vanilla protein powder
¼ cup maple syrup
1 cup almond flour/almond meal
½ cup almond butter
¼ cup dairy-free mini chocolate chips
Let’s make this thing!
Mix the almond flour and protein powder in a medium-sized bowl. Add the almond butter and maple syrup and mix thoroughly until the batter starts to resemble cookie dough.
Finally, add in chocolate chip and mix one last time. Using a tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop out dough into your palms and roll into balls. Repeat.
About the author
Ben is a former semi-pro cyclist and big eater. Now he is just a big eater. He writes about food and drink for lazy chefs at The Online Grill.