I adapted this recipe from Zuzana and Freddie of BodyRock.Tv's Protein Balls Recipe (Schweddy Balls hehe). I made some changes and I will tell you why. I did not find the need to add extra protein powder this time because this recipe already has a decent amount, especially between the peanut butter and almonds (also my lunch before this snack included a Tofurky sausage which has 29g protein and Morningstar Farms Chick'n Griller which has 9g protein - so I'm good). I substituted the protein powder for flax, but also left enough moisture in the recipe to be able to add the optional protein, for when you feel like having it that way. The days I need the protein boost I will definitely do that. Also, I see in Zuzana and Freddie's recipe they used golden raisins, I used traditional ones because those are all I could find in the supermarket that day that did not contain sulfites or preservatives; I think both types would taste delicious in these balls. I also give the optional Vega/ protein powder variation to ensure it is vegan. If you are using a protein powder, be sure to read the back and make sure whey, honey, or any other animal ingredients are not snuck in. To be on the safe-side, with health products like these, I always read the list carefully and find a "vegan" icon or the word "vegan" somewhere on the packaging. I have been doing that automatically for years, but it is also a great tip for new vegans as well, to get you into a good habit during your label checks. Please enjoy these balls, I did!
Get Your Workout On With My 'Vegan Energy Balls' Recipe
2 tbsp peanut butter (I used Whole Food's 365 brand)
2 tbsp agave nectar
3 tbsp flaxseed, ground
2 tbsp shredded coconut (I used Edward & Sons Let's Go Organic)
1 tbsp almond slices (buy them this way, please don't try to slice almonds at home folks)
1 tbsp raisins
(optional) 1 tbsp flavored vegan protein powder (like Vega)
Combine all ingredients together in a bowl. Form into 3 balls. Refrigerate to allow them to set. Keep refrigerated until you are ready to eat them. Enjoy these yummy balls!