A couple of days ago I was talking to a very good friend of mine about all things Six-Pack for Girls – the JOURNEY, training, eating and mindset etc.
We were talking about conquering the ‘ooooh, I could do some serious damage to’ demons that can strike anyone at any time – please don’t labour under the misapprehension that, just because I live on the six-pack side of the fence, I don’t get hit by the urge to eat things that aren’t six-pack friendly!
It just so happened that for almost all of that day I’d had soft chewy cookies on the brain; it’s not the actual cookie that I want, it’s the sweetness and texture that I’m after.
You might remember the six-pack snack bars that I made a few months ago – the ones with the nuts, the raisins and the seeds in? Now they would hit the sweet spot, but they are for treat times only (because of all the nuts, fruit and seeds) and I was on the prowl for something that tasted seriously naughty but wasn’t, even in larger quantities.
My friend used to be a chef at the, very grand, Savoy Hotel in London, so when we talk food we’re not discussing beans on toast – if you don’t have a friend who’s a chef, go and GET one then never, ever turn down dinner invitations.
A-n-y-w-a-y, the upshot of our six-pack snack, and training, conversation was the sharing of the idea for these protein balls.
They are amazingly quick and simple to make, and taste so good you’ll have to remind yourself NOT to feel guilty after eating them because they are 100% six-pack legal; awesome.
You won’t need to make a note of all the ingredients, because I’m sure you’ll be able to remember them. In fact, there’s hardly anything to remember at all.
- Protein Powder
Yep, that’s it. Nothing more, or less, than I have in my protein shakes – no nuts, no seeds, no dates, nothing but oats and 100% whey protein powder (although you could add other things in like raisins and nuts, just remember – the more things you add, the more calories you’re adding and this is about keeping those low and the ‘yum’ factor HIGH).
I used the same quantities that I use for my shakes too, apart from the water – you only need to tiniest amount to bind the oats and protein together.
Step One – put the oats and protein in my killer blender and zapped it until the oats were almost as fine as the protein powder (you don’t have to make it fine, I just chose to).
Step Two – put the blended oats and protein into a bowl and added a dribble of water to it and started to combine everything with a spoon.
** I cannot stress enough how little water you’re going to need – seriously underestimate what you initially think and you should be about right. You’ll think it’s not going to be enough and be tempted to add more, DON’T!
I was warned about this; on my first attempt I did add more water and ended up with a sloppy mess – just keep working the ingredients together until they form a firm dough.
Step Three – turn your protein dough ball out onto a chopping board – I found it helped to roll it quickly in protein powder to stop it sticking to the board – and press it down so it’s flat. If you fancy the idea of a thick soft and chewy cookie then you could leave it just like this; if you want balls, then you’ll need to do a bit more work.
Step Four – cut your dough into quarters and then each of those quarters in half. Then roll them between the palms of your hands to form small balls – to make them look a little bit ‘special’ (think chocolate truffles dusted with cocoa powder) I rolled them in protein powder, this also stops them from sticking to each other too.
Step Five – put them in a little container, store them in the fridge and THAT, ladies and gentlemen, is all there is to it!
You can choose how many balls to make, you don’t have to divvy your dough into eights – the choice is entirely yours. But for me, 30g of protein powder and 35g of oats works really nicely rolled into eight balls.
They are incredibly filling as they’re very dense and chewy and are best accompanied by a hot drink (to melt them off the roof of your mouth and your teeth!); honestly, they are properly YUM!
They’ll work with any flavour protein too – the ones I made today were with Rocky Road and Banana flavour protein – and will make taking your shake with you to work, or out and about, just that little bit easier and mess/hassle-free.
Now, about the name – protein balls. It’s boring – so I’m going to throw it out to you guys to come up with a killer name for these six-pack protein balls!
Whilst you get your thinking caps on, I’ll think of a prize to give to the creator of the winning name.
Post your name suggestions over on our Facebook page – facebook.com/sixPackForGirls - and let us know if you make your own ‘protein balls’ and in which flavours.