Thursday, March 1, 2012

Mighty Balls of Power

These mighty balls of power will have you pumping up the iron and kicking arse in no time!  Designed to have a complete balance of macronutrients that is beneficial post-workout to those doing heavy duty training, these little babies are gonna feed your muscles so they grow big and strong!

And yes, I know they look like sheep poop!
Serves: 12 – make in advance and keep in the fridge or freezer
Just under 100 calories per serve if 12 balls are made, I make mine into about 18-20 balls so they are around the 50-70 calorie mark – Two or three are perfect a filling snack on the go!
4 tbsp (or 80g) Crunchy light peanut butter, Kraft
1 cup (or 90g) Quick Oats, Uncle Tobys
2 tbsps of Protein Powder- chocolate flavoured if available (Figure, Natures Way)
1 tbsp LSA mix
1/3 cup  (or 45g) Craisins ** (Ocean Spray)
Optional: 1 tbsp of cocoa baking powder if you can’t get chocolate protein powder or like a stronger chocolate taste!
You do need a food processor to make these up! 
All ingredients can be placed into food processor or add one at a time while mixing with a cutting attachment that will dice up the cranberries and oats into a fine mix.  The mix should just begin to bind but still be powdery.
Pour the the mix into a bowl and add a little hot water.. you shouldn’t need more then a 1/4 cup so add slowly and mix with a large wooden spoon for a few minutes before adding more as you want to be as dry as possible so they are not too sticky.  It will form a doughy ball when ready.  Just roll into balls about 2cm in diameter.
The total mix comes to about 1200 calories so just divide that by the number of balls to get an approximate calorie count per ball.  Remember though that protein powder will differ so it might be an idea to work it out based on your own ingrediants!
You could also substitute about 10g of shredded coconut for the LSA.
Now, the downside to these are that they are 35% fat but in a diet that is otherwise lean, they a good way to increase your fat intake.
Good points.. 22% protein, 43% Carb
They are not sweet but they fill my ‘chocolate treat’ craving.. something real chocolate doesn’t even do!

** note: if anyone knows were I can find some unsweetened cranberries I would love to hear from you!


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