So I came across these amazing protein poppers that are a great running recovery snack over on Kristin Andrus' Instagram account (she posts lots of healthy recipes and some great workouts!) and they are absolutely delicious! So delicious, in fact, that even though I have never shared a recipe on the site before I felt it my duty to share this one! Because they are just so. good. Oh, I forgot...they are also good for you!
Here's why you need to make them:
- They only contain natural sugars (from the honey and coconut flakes)
- They are stuffed with good protein which is perfect for after long runs and workouts!
- They contain healthy complex carbs as well from the oats which will help replenish any carbohydrate stores that have taken a hit from a longer training run.
- They contain healthy fats as well! One batch contains a cup of flax seed which = lots of healthy omegas!
- They are incredibly easy to make: no bake, easy recipe to follow, just throw everything into a bowl, mix it, refrigerate for an hour, roll into balls, store in freezer. Deliciously done.
- Since you store them in the freezer they are perfect for after a sweaty, hot run.
- They are filling! But of course they are since they are packed with all of those great carbs, fats, and proteins!
Mix everything together, roll into 1 inch balls, and store in the freezer.
1 C Old Fashioned Oats
1 C Steel Cut Oats
1 C Rice Crispy Cereal
1 C Nut Butter (I use natural peanut butter)
1 C ground flax seed
1/2 C Coconut flakes
2/3 C chocolate chips (optional)
3/4 C honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 TB coconut oil (optional)
That easy! I questioned the rice crispy cereal since that isn't really a great source of healthy carbohydrates but don't leave it out! It gives it such a satisfying crunch!
I have been making these on Saturday mornings and usually one batch will last for the week! But they are easy to double!
Hope you enjoy them as much as I have been!
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