Refined Sugar Free Power Balls
The first couple weeks of going sugar free are HARD!
One of the most difficult parts for me was finding a replacement for my afternoon snack.
I work a desk job, and everyday around 4:00pm my stomach starts to growl. Before my sugar free days, I would always have a granola or energy bar on hand to get me through that afternoon slump and give me a boost before heading to the gym.
What I didn’t know was that my seemingly healthy and all natural snack was packed full of added sugar!
One of my go-to’s used to be Clif Bars, preferably their Crunchy Peanut Butter energy bars. I might as well have been eating a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup with the amount of sugar these babies were packing!
According to the American Heart Association, the recommended amount of sugar per day for women is 25 grams and for men 37.5 grams.
One of the Crunchy Peanut Butter Clif Bars contains 21g of sugar ALONE, with the first ingredient being Brown Rice Syrup. Check out the nutrition facts for yourself below:
Pretty scary eh? Not only was this a big slap in the face that I had to start reading labels, I also needed to find a replacement for my afternoon energy boost.
Alas, my Peanut Butter Power Balls were born!
These quick and easy ‘balls’ have less than 4g of sugar and have the perfect combination of protein and carbohydrates to not only get you past your slump but keep your energy going for your after work gym (or nap) sesh!
-2 cups of steel cut oats
-1 1/2 cups of all natural peanut butter
-1/2 cup of shredded, unsweetened coconut (optional)
-2 squares of Lindt 99% dark chocolate, crushed (optional) *I Quit Sugar recommends 85% dark or higher if you need a chocolate fix
1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.
2. Cover and let chill in the fridge for a minimum 30 minutes. (This makes the ingredients easier to combine).
3. Grab a heaping tablespoon full of the mixture and roll into a ball using your hands. Repeat with the remaining mixture. You should get between 10-16 balls, depending on the size.
4. Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator.