Sipping on a protein shake after a workout is a great way to help your muscles recover, but if you're not careful, you could be consuming so many calories that you end up gaining weight. For a lighter, more portable post-workout snack, roll up some nutty homemade protein balls made with a high-protein secret ingredient. These are made without protein powder, so they're perfect if you're not a fan or it's not an ingredient you keep in your kitchen. The protein in these bites comes from cottage cheese, raw almonds, and rolled oats. With a touch of cinnamon and maple syrup, these balls that you pop in the freezer taste more like an after-workout bite of cherry cheesecake. Each ball contains 78 calories and offers 3.7 grams of protein. Keep reading to learn how to whip up this simple and tasty recipe.
- 1 cup raw almonds
1 cup cottage cheese
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut
1/4 cup dried cherries, chopped
- In a food processor, grind the raw almonds until a coarse powder forms. Add the cottage cheese, maple syrup, and cinnamon and mix until a paste forms.
- In a separate bowl, mix the rolled oats, coconut, and cherries.
- Add the wet ingredients to the bowl with the dry ingredients and mix well.
- Form into 18 balls and place on a wooden cutting board lined with parchment paper.
- Place in the freezer for at least 30 minutes.
- Allow to thaw five minutes before eating.
Makes 18 servings.
Source: Calorie Count
- Nuts, Snacks
- 18 balls
- Total Time
- 29 minutes, 59 seconds
- Calories per serving