I remember when I was deep into my baking phase I literally baked everyday and my diet consisted of tons of sugar. After all, I liked eating what I baked. I didn’t think much about health back then. I can’t say I’m such a health nut now but I’m a lot more sensible. But hey if you eat cake all day everyday, more power to you.
Since we’re making protein balls, I also wanted to share some experiences about finding strength…because protein helps you grow muscles and find strength (ayyyyye let me segue). Food was a source of strength to me. Not much as a sustenance but more of a coping mechanism. Obviously, there are a lot of pros and cons when it comes to that, perhaps the negatives outweighing the benefits at some point. When you bake or cook, it’s a process – a process you can control and can take your complete focus. When it’s new or challenging, it helps create flow – like meditation. The positive mental experience sort of takes a u-turn when you also use that food to eat your feelings. At some point in my life I decided that I needed to stop eating my feelings and find another way to find strength. That’s when the world of gymming, fitness and protein powders came into my life. You’d think, right, she’s got it sussed. But then a new dynamic of weird control suddenly popped up – the flow, the process and the physical strength all positively came into my day to day but with those also came calorie counting, hitting my macros and obsessing about eating clean. At some point, I would see my friends in a cafe with meal prepped food and even weighing ketchup. Crackup, I wasn’t even competing in anything. I wasn’t food blogging at that point as well because…who’s going to read about baked chicken and steamed veggies for every dinner? Hahaha
So here I am, just trying to find balance in life. Finding strength and not obsessing about things but not letting misaligned coping mechanisms get the best of me. I find when things get overwhelming it’s easier to break them down into small chunks…like protein balls. Take things easy… like these guys – no bake but packs a lot of good stuff. Cookie dough protein balls is like my two big phases colliding and giving each other a big hug. Nothing like yumminess and muscle building protein love rolled into one.
This wonderful recipe is from Well Plated by Erin which I found while just hungry and wondering what to do with all my protein powder.
Cookie Dough Protein Balls
1/2 cup or 125g almond butter
1/2 cup or 48g protein powder (I used MyProtein Cookies and Cream but you can just go for vanilla)
1/3 cup or 37g coconut flour
1 1/2 tbsp maple syrup (or honey)
1 tsp vanilla essence
1/4 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk (to start then add up to 2 extra if needed)
2 tbsp dark chocolate chips
- Place all the ingredients in a bowl except for the chocolate chips. Mix until well incorporated. If the resulting dough is too sticky add a bit of coconut flour and if it is a bit too dry add more almond milk.
- Add the chocolate chips and mix. Rolls into balls and enjoy. You can also refrigerate to eat later.
Oooh and if you are a protein powder lover…any whey protein recommendations? Preferably isolates…I’d like to try other flavours besides chocolate but worried about wasting my money on weird tasting stuff….