Almond Butter Collagen Balls

Thank you Vital Proteins for sponsoring this post so I can share the recipe for these quick and easy almond butter collagen balls.

When my life gets busy I often order healthy meals from a local meal prep delivery company to make sure I have healthy food options on hand when I don't have quite enough time to do my own meal prep.  I'll order some meals for my boyfriend as well, and recently my local meal prep company came out with some high protein snacks that they now offer in addition to regular meals and my boyfriend requested that we get an order of some high protein peanut butter balls they added to the menu.

We got the balls in our next delivery...and they were GOOD.  Like, really really good.  But I literally could not justify the price of paying for them when I looked at the ingredient list.  It was so basic that I knew I could make my own version in much less time than it would take to meal prep chicken and veggies! I figured I would save my money for the meals that actually really helped save me time on the weekends being able avoid meal prep, and try my own recipe for some nut butter balls!

Instead of using regular vanilla protein powder I used the vanilla collagen peptides from Vital Protein to give these balls some extra health benefits along with the protein. Collagen supports bone and joint health, and promotes healthier hair, skin, nails and digestion! I transformed these basic balls into a wellness powerhouse just by making one simple ingredient swap from protein powder to collagen.  That's why I love using collagen as a protein source now: you get so many other benefits from it and it's normally an easy swap in baking or making desserts!

No baking is needed for these treats though: it literally only took me 15 minutes to mix up all the ingredients and form them into balls.  You can drizzle some chocolate on top if desired, pop um in the freezer for a bit to harden up, and voila.  Good to go!

I also added flaxseed to these balls to give some extra fiber and used almond butter instead of peanut butter because that was all I had on hand.  Honestly I think any nut butter would work for this recipe - I used a smooth, creamy natural almond butter that was not sweetened so I did add some extra sweetener to the recipe.  If your nut butter is sweetened already you may want to omit that. I also used sugar free syrup as a low carb binding agent and sweetener, but you could sub honey/maple syrup for a less artificial option. 

Overall, these little balls are pretty hard to mess up and tasted great! I made them this weekend as a little surprise gift for my boyfriend before he left for a week long work trip to take along with him as a snack, but surprise surprise he forgot them and left them at home.  As a 36-year-old who constantly is forgetting his own toothbrush when we take weekend trips together and has to borrow mine (ICK) I'm not all that surprised.  I'm also not all that mad about it though...because now I have these yummy little bites to snack on all by myself while he is gone!!!

Nutritional Information

This recipe makes approximately 21 balls for 65 calories each with 3.4 grams of carbs, 4.2 gram of fat, and 3.2 grams of protein per serving.

Almond Butter Collagen Balls
Quick and easy nut butter balls that are a great source of healthy fat with collagen added for extra health benefits
    • 2 Scoops (50g) Vital Proteins Vanilla Collagen Peptides
    • 3/4 Cup (59g) Oats 
    • 2 Tbs Ground Flaxseed
    • 2 Tbs Stevia in the Raw
    • 1/2 Cup Creamy Almond Butter
    • 2 Tbs (30ml) Sugar Free Syrup
    • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
    • Melted Chocolate (optional)
      Mix together dry ingredients: collagen through stevia in a large bowlAdd in wet ingredients: almond butter through vanilla extract and mix until combinedRoll mixture into small balls and then arrange on a small baking sheet lined with wax paperIf desired, melt a small bit of chocolate in the microwave and drizzle over the top of the ballsPlace in freezer for about 20 minutes to harden the chocolate, then store in an airtight container in the fridge.
      Prep time: Total time: 15 Minutes Yield: 21 Servings

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