I don’t often often feature energy type snacks because I get most of the energy I need from my regular 3 meal a day regime, but many of you often request at meetings the names of commercially made balls, bars and snacks that you can nibble on when energy dips or you’re on the move.
To be frank there aren’t that many I would recommend since they are either full of sugar (or polyols), have little protein, or taste really quite nasty and chalky. There are the one or two exceptions but not generally available in stores – you have to order on the web (and the shipping price can bump up the price appreciably).
I therefore tend to make my own whenever the need or urge comes along – that way I know what’s in them and I can tailor to my own taste. This one, for example, has an optional scoop of protein powder (choose a bariatric-friendly one) and I like to sometimes use a vanilla flavour, often a complementary cinnamon one, and at this time of year love a pumpkin or pumpkin spice one. My fave of the moment is Pumpkin and Chia Seed. Of course you can just add unflavoured or omit altogether – as I said your choice.
This recipe makes 12 regular-sized balls but bariatrics can roll into smaller half-sized ones if they prefer.
PINK LADY APPLE & OAT PROTEIN ENERGY BITES
140 g/1½ cups rolled oats
I x 50 g scoop protein powder of your choice ( OPTIONAL – I used Pumpkin and Chia Seed Protein Power from That Protein, details here) – your scoop size may differ
1 medium grated apple (I used Pink Lady)
120 g/½ cup unsweetened crunchy almond or other nut butter
50 g/generous ½ cup unsweetened desiccated/shredded coconut (plus extra for coating if liked)
5 tbsp sugar-free and no calorie syrup or honey (I used a Starbucks sugar-free syrup but sometime use agave nectar, Sweet Freedom or Da Vinci syrups)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
- Mix the oats with the protein powder, if used, apple, nut butter, coconut, syrup and ground cinnamon in a food processor until fully combined. If using protein powder then a little extra syrup may be required depending upon the juiciness of the apple.
- Divide and shape the mixture into about 12 balls (each about 2 tbsp of the mixture) then roll in extra coconut if liked. Place on a plate and chill for at least 2 hours before serving.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
WLS PORTION: ½-1
V suitable for Vegetarians
CALORIES PER BALL (with optional protein powder): 150
Image courtesy of Pink Lady Apples