Although these protein balls are named for the soon to be upon us spooktacular holiday, they are good for any time of day and any time of year! They are also perfectly acceptable for children and adults alike. Although they taste sinful, they are way better than your average Halloween candy and pack a nice protein punch! At 6 ingredients and minimal time for prep, they are a super simple healthy treat! We will also wrap up the final part of my Ecuador trip!
Guys…How is it already October? OH wait, let’s make that the end of October. How have I not finished telling you about my Ecuador trip yet? Oh wait, that’s because most days I’ve been crushed with work.
However, I since I have such fond memories of my Ecuador trip, I want to tell you the last bit about it. Sorry it has taken me so long! This will be sort of a fun, miscellaneous post about the aspects of the trip that I haven’t covered yet. If you missed the first couple posts, feel free to check out my bug bite post here, my crazy high adventure “YOLO” moments post here and information about my lodge that I stayed in this post here.
Our first night at the lodge there was an earthquake! At first I thought the people upstairs were just being crazy and jumping around or something (haha umm….yeah. That wasn’t the case!)
When we weren’t doing high adventure activities, or hanging out at the lodge, most of our time was spent hiking through the rain forest. We often just found some dirt paths and followed them.
On one hike, we came upon this huge random clearing with a pond. Off to one side there was this spooky opening back into the forest. I was like, “Yeah, we should definitely check that out.” Lol. I got a “Are you crazy? That’s so shady looking” response. But, I’m sure you’ve figured out by now I love adventure 🙂
We totally spotted a rare spectacled bear too! It was gone so quickly, though it was hard to get a good look. Pretty nutty, huh?
Most of our hikes were spent checking out waterfalls, and crossing shady bridges to get from point A to B. LOL
Other bridges were…really just random trees. The one below I wasn’t sure would hold me, but thankfully it did. I wanted to check out the river bed for cool rocks, so…I found my own makeshift bridge ahem.
A lot of the plants and insects that we came across were HUGE.
Thankfully I spotted this massive hoard of ants before I ran into it. There were millions of them…and they were ginormous. They had huge pincers and well..were very scary. They just swarmed over things and covered whatever their target was in a matter of seconds.
Finally, Ecuador was also interesting though because it would have just random open areas like this view overlooking Mindo.
Welp, that’s it for the recap on my trip. I hope you enjoyed tagging along! I’m hoping to take another trip somewhere in a couple of months, but I’m thinking of a chill maybe beach sort of trip. Any recommendations?
In the meantime, I hope you enjoy these tasty protein “eyeballs” and have a great Halloween weekend!
Double PB and Chocolate Chip Protein "Eye" Balls
- 1/3 cup old fashioned oatmeal
- 2 T peanut flour
- 1 T peanut butter (I make my own, but if store bought use one with no added sugar)
- 1/4 t vanilla extract
- ~16-18 chocolate chips
- dash cinnamon
- 3 T water
Add your vanilla extract and chop in your peanut butter until all ingredients are fully mixed
Use your fingers to take chunks of the batter and roll into a ball.
Press a single chocolate chip into each ball
Set into pairs if using them for a Halloween treat
Keep in the fridge to make them super dense if you wish.
Eat and enjoy!
The amount of balls you get depends on how large you roll your balls!
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