Saturday, February 23, 2013

Home on the Range Protein Power Balls

I had never heard of power balls until a friend of mine posted her recipe for energy balls. I was intrigued, and after we'd tried them, I was determined to fine-tune the perfect power ball recipe for the Range, one made of ingredients we keep on hand and love so I could make them (nearly) anytime I wanted one.

Everyone on the Range loves these snacks. They take me quite a while to make unless I can get one or more of the kids to help shape the balls (really First Daughter is the only one who's ever interested at all), but they are worth it. They're delicious and a filling snack.

They are almost too delicious because one power ball is enough of a snack, but it's hard to eat just one.

You can adjust this recipe in many ways, but you want to try to keep your liquid ingredients balanced well with dry ingredients. Otherwise, they won't hold together very well.

I always use my kitchen scale to weigh the ingredients. Once you've weighed peanut butter instead of measuring it with a cup, you'll never want to go back. I'll try to give non-weight measurements, but it's been a long time since I made them that way. If you try it and it doesn't work, let me know.

Home on the Range Power Balls

15 oz peanut butter (1 1/2 cups)
1 oz coconut oil (about 1 1/3 tbsp)
9 oz honey (3/4 cup)
12 1/4 oz oatmeal, whatever kind you have on hand (3 1/2 cups)
2 oz wheat germ (1/2 cup)
2 1/2 oz ground flaxseed (1/2 cup)
2 generous scoops of protein powder (we've tried chocolate and vanilla and prefer the chocolate)
3 3/4 oz chopped pecans (1 cup)
3 oz chocolate chips (1/2 cup) - mini chocolate chips work really well for these

1. Mix the peanut butter, coconut oil, and honey in a mixer.

2. Add the oats and mix again.

3. Add the wheat germ, ground flaxseed, protein powder, chopped pecans, and chocolate chips. Mix again.

4. Shape into balls. (I like to use my muffin scoop to measure the mixture, then press and roll into into a ball.) Place on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper and chill until solidified.

Store in the fridge or chilled or they'll fall to pieces (though they'll still be delicious).

With my muffin scoop, I usually get around 40 power balls. Your calorie count and grams of protein will vary based on your ingredients and the size of your snack, but you can enter your recipe on Calorie Count to get an estimate.

7 comments:

  1. Oh thanks! So timely, I actually just googled these the other day but then was too overwhelmed to decide on a recipe so we made some oatmeal healthy cookie-type things.

    Where do you get your protein powder? We get ours at Sams and are pretty happy with it, but I'm always curious what others use... We like choco better too!

    Do you melt or soften the coconut oil or leave it hard (like it is this time of year)?

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  2. Kansas Dad orders the protein powder off Amazon. He likes the Gold Standard Whey brand and I don't think they carry that at Sam's.

    I think it would be better to melt the coconut oil, but I don't bother. My mixer seems to do a pretty good job of smashing it in.

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  3. A kitchen scale has come up in conversation between Aaron and I probably no less than 5 times in the past month (we both cook around here). Your post may be the one to finally push us over the edge to get one. That sounds like a very nice way to measure PB.

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  4. Monica, I cannot imagine ever going back to measuring peanut butter any other way. For recipes that don't give the weight, I calculate it myself and use the scale to measure right into the mixing bowl.

    I'm sure there are lots of good scales, but we've really liked mine. I've had it now for two or three years and have only replaced the batteries once. It's easy to clean and easy to use (tare and switch between ounces and grams). The high weight limit it good, too, especially for doubling or tripling recipes and for weighing ingredients when we can.

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  5. We finally got around to making these and everyone loved them! I must have run out of wheat germ so I put in 1/2 c coconut to keep the proportions. I made 60 with the one batch.

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  6. Amy, I'm glad you liked them!

    Kansas Dad had a great idea the last time we made these. We used Calorie Count to figure calories for the whole batch, then measured out just enough on the kitchen scale to be 100 calories (for me and the kids) or 200 calories (for Kansas Dad). It took a tiny bit longer, but then we had easy snacks of just the right amount.

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