PB&J Balls

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Let me just preface this by saying I *hate* PB&J sandwiches. Always have. Always will. Yet, these kind of taste like PB&J and I love them! That's how good they are! :D

PB&J Balls
1/2 cup pecans (or any other kind of nut)
1/2 cup dried fruit (I used Craisins)
1/2 cup protein powder (I used a vegan vanilla rice protein)
1/2 cup almond butter
1/2 cup rice syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup almonds

Process 1/2 cup pecans in food processor. Add dried fruit and pulse. Add the rest of ingredients except for the almonds and process really well. Add almonds, pulse a couple of times so they are still chunks. Make golf-ball sized balls with your hands. Freeze until hardened. I refrigerate them after that. Otherwise, they might get kind of mushy again at room temperature. 

Perfect for kids' snacks which is why I entered them into this ebook: http://www.onefrugalfoodie.com/2010/08/16/back-to-school-mission/. She is still looking for submissions, so if anyone has kid-friendly recipes, please enter them! I was an unhealthy kid once too and ate unhealthy food, but it doesn't have to be that way! These PB&J balls are so delicious and nutritious that I think any kid would love em! Plus, they don't have white sugar in them, so although they're sweet, they won't send energy levels soaring up only to crash later. :)

6 pieces of love:

AmyL said...

Hi peasandlove! Let me start by saying...I'm clueless! Just found your posting on the lind life forum.

Can you tell me what type of vegan vanilla rice protein you used? Also, is it easy to find rice syrup? I do have a trader joe's and whole foods near by.

thanks so much!!

Laury @The FitnessDish said...

Niiiice recipe!!!! I need to make some raw balls!!! I hate PB & Garpe J....but LOVE PB & every othr jam, apricot, raspberry, strawberry, peach...yum! Thee look fab!!!

These will be PERFECT for Alisa's book :-)

peasandlove said...

Hi, Amy! Welcome to my blog! :) I use the Vanilla Protein Energizer by Rainbow Light currently. It has 15 g of protein in a scoop, as well as only 2 g sugar and 500 mg spirulina! So, yeah, it makes my smoothies green. :) I'm thinking of switching to hemp protein though. Anyways, I get rice syrup at my lil local health food store, so I'm sure you could find it at a big store like trader joe's! I buy Sweet Dream Brown Rice Syrup by Lundberg Family Farms.

peasandlove said...

Thanks, Laury! I really love them and I've been trying to think of some snacks that I can make before school starts. I will be always on the go, so it's good to have something in case of an emergency. Plus, I need brain food! ;)

Jeri@GodsDreamsForMe Ⓥ said...

These sound so yummy. I really like the vegan protein in there. Your blog is so inviting. Everything about being here says come in and hang out. God Bless. See you again.

Anonymous-1 said...

Well Laury, anyone who eats Garpe jam deserves what they get! ☺ Especially Thee

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