4th Quarter Protein Balls

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Try there 4th Quarter Protein Balls as a quick pick me up snack, post-workout protein boost, on the go breakfast or dessert replacement. They taste like cookies but have a powerful protein punch. Make a large batch in advance and freeze them for convenience and on the go servings. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

•    2 3⁄4 cups dates, seeds removed
•    1⁄2 cup water
•    3⁄4 cup natural peanut butter
•    1 cup whey protein powder
•    1⁄4 cup unsweetened, non-dutched (unprocessed) cocoa
•    1/8 cup ground flaxseeds
•    2 tsp. cinnamon
•    2 Tbsp. sesame seeds
•    1⁄2 cup ground walnuts or almonds

Directions:

In a food processor, blend dates and water. Add peanut butter and blend until smooth. Add protein powder in 1⁄2 cup increments and process. Then mix in cocoa, flaxseeds, cinnamon, and sesame seeds.

With clean hands gather some dough (about the size of a golf ball) and roll it between the palms of your hands. Keep a bowl of protein powder nearby, if dough becomes sticky, roll it in the protein powder to keep it from sticking to your hands. (Note: Refrigerating the dough overnight makes it easier to work with the next day).

Roll each ball in the ground walnuts. Set each ball on a baking sheet. Place in the freezer for 2 to 4 hours. Serve or freeze for later.

Yield: 12

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