It’s Recipe Redux time here on ….And A Dash of Cinnamon. I’ve got a simple 5 ingredient protein ball recipe for you that is clean, vegan and gluten free. So keep reading for the recipe and also for the other great recipes created from the childhood memories of my fellow Reduxers 🙂
I’ll have to keep you on hold for more details about my trip because today it’s time for the Recipe Redux post! This month’s theme is as follows:
Stir up some of your earliest culinary recollections. Did you stand at your grandmother’s elbow to learn to cook? Or did you learn by stumbling through a cookbook by yourself? Share a healthy recipe and the accompanying story about one of your first cooking memories.
At first, I thought this was going to be an easy thing to remember and then create a recipe for. However, I was seriously wrong. Not only do I have trouble remembering clearly what my early recollections were, I also know I ate things back then that I typically no longer eat. Let me elaborate.
My first thought was my easy bake oven. Anybody else have one of those? Man I have fond memories of, in particular, pushing the dish into the oven with that weird half circle instrument. Problem 1. I don’t have an easy bake oven here. Problem 2. I pretty much only made pre-packaged brownies and cakes.
The first recipe I created when I was a toddler was what I had called “Rainbow Grits”. Basically, you made a bowl of grits and then swirl in Skittles. However, the skittles part won’t make the cut anymore for my recipes since I try to have my recipes be as clean as possible.
A lot of what I remember making myself came from boxes, or cans. Brownies, Funfetti cupcakes. Beefaroni. Toaster Pastries. Pop tarts. Instant flavored oatmeal. Very high processed stuff that I don’t stock anymore and don’t prefer to eat.
Other memories I have are these peanut butter oatmeal balls that I made in pre-school that I remember loving, scrambled eggs with my dad, pancakes with my dad. Granted the pancakes were from a boxed pancake mix, though.
So, I decided to go with the peanut butter balls. Pre-school is super early and I don’t think I ever actually made them outside of school from way back then. Besides, who doesn’t like a ball recipe? So, I figured I’d work with that idea and update it with ingredients I typically use on a regular basis and also clean! Of course I added a protein punch to it (if you’ve been reading my site long enough you know I LOVE adding protein powder to my recipes) to make it more satisfying.
Therefore, I introduce the new and improved oatmeal peanut butter protein balls! They have healthy fats, good carbs and a dose of protein to boot. Even better? No sugar added, they are clean and also vegan depending on your protein powder used. If you’re looking for other great recipes from childhood, check out the posts below by my fellow recipe reduxers!
Oatmeal Peanut Butter Protein Balls [Clean, Vegan, Gluten-free]
- 1/3 cup old-fashioned oatmeal
- 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1 T peanut butter
- 1/4 t vanilla extract
- few dashes cinnamon
- 4 T water
Add the vanilla extract and peanut butter. With a spatula chop up the peanut butter to more evenly spread it through the mix
Add your water tablespoon by tablespoon and continue to mix and fold until the mixture is able to be molded. You should have a nice block of mixture to work with and be able to pick up.
Break off pieces of the block and roll into a ball. Continue to do this until all the mixture is used.
Eat and enjoy! Store in an airtight container.
- The amount of liquid you need will depend on how absorbent your protein powder is
- I make my own peanut butter, but if you use store bought please try to by one that doesn't have any added sugar
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