It is more than like;y that you have tried or at least heard of energy balls or bites. Why are these little homemade treats so popular? They are quick to assemble, delicious, and a mindful snack that offers us fuel and nourishment. The possibilities for energy ball recipes are truly endless. So many wonderful and wholesome ingredients can be packed into these little guys. Ever since I have fallen pregnant again, all I dream about is chocolate. I am a lover of anything sweet but I don’t usually obsess over chocolate as much as I have in the past months. My new addiction has led me to some kitchen experiments in hopes of finding healthier ways to cater to my sweet tooth.
One of my family approved favourites are these Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls. They are great when we want or need something quick that will provide us with some nutritional balance in every bite. Along with a chocolate obsession, I have been devouring peanut butter as well. I cannot get enough so clearly this snack is a dream come true for this pregnant mama.
Last month, I wrote a blog post on Sproos Hydrolyzed Collagen Peptides. I touched on why collagen powders are being used daily worldwide and how it benefits us. I shared that I generally just add a scoop a day to my coffee or smoothie because it’s just that mindless of a habit to keep up with. However when I was whipping up this simple treat, my Sproos Collagen came to mind. It was too easy not to add and in doing so, I upped the protein content of these goodies.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls (with collagen)
*Makes 18 Balls
- 1 cup whole rolled oats
- ½ cup chocolate chips
- ½ cup all-natural salted peanut butter (any nut or seed butter will work)
- 4 Tbsp. ground flax
- 2 Tbsp. Sproos Collagen Powder
- 2 Tbsp. honey
- ½ Tbsp. melted coconut oil
- 1 Tsp. pure vanilla extract
- Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl until thoroughly combined and sticky.
- Roll into Tablespoon sized balls and keep them in the refrigerator or freezer for some easy grab n’ go snacking.
Since I have shared my collagen taking habit, I have gotten asked if I notice any differences in my health and/or appearance. What has stood out the most is that my aches and pains caused from pregnancy have diminished. After certain exercises I was finding that I was sore through the hips and glutes mostly. Since adding the collagen that soreness has been less present and persistent making it a lot easier to keep up with as much activity as I feel I can. My gut health has been ideal (especially for being in the constipation prone third trimester). It is harder to gauge any benefits in terms of skin and hair health since I’m currently pregnant (which we all know can cause that glow and grow some luscious locks). I am however looking forward to incorporating collagen peptides post-baby. I have heard from many mamas that it worked wonders for that post-partum hair loss struggle which I experienced bigtime after having my first child.
Sproos Collagen Giveaway
I’m honored to host a Hydrolyzed Collagen Powder Giveaway. One lucky participant has the chance to win two tubs of Sproos Collagen-one Marine and one Grass-fed. Please check out the details on how to enter via my Instagram handle, @Nutty4Nutrition. The contest will end Friday, May 18th at 8pm CST.
Alternatively, feel free to take advantage of my discount code. It is valid for all Canadian and/or U.S citizens interested in placing an order. Simply head the Sproos website, www.sprooslife.com, and enter the code SPROOSCHANTAL at the checkout for 15% off your order. This promo code is valid until the end of May, 2018.
Disclaimer: Thank you to Sproos for sponsoring this post. My promise is to only promote content and products that I truly believe in, buy, and use myself. Here’s to optimal health for all.