Healthy Sunday Snack: Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip Protein Clusters

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Happy Sunday friends!

A few weeks ago, I picked up chocolate-flavored whey protein powder from a sports shop in the hopes that by purchasing it, I’d be more motivated to workout and consume protein regularly.

It was effective to a certain extent. I’ve noticed a conscious effort to include sources of protein in my meals, in addition to fruits and veggies. But the thing is, I hadn’t actually been using the whey protein powder! That is, until today.

I came across the idea for peanut butter/chocolate clusters/balls while exploring Pinterest and fellow Sweat Pink ambassadors’ blogs earlier this week. I’m a HUGE peanut butter fan (I especially adore Skippy’s). So this healthy, sweet snack is perfect and I’ll definitely be making it again in the future. Below, you’ll find a summary of how I prepared the clusters (with approximate measurements, as I eye-balled the quantities of the ingredients). I decided to experiment with granola instead of oats, which most other recipes call for, but I think it came out quite nicely. Hopefully you all enjoy it as much as I do!

Utensils:
1 Medium mixing bowl
1 Baking sheet, lined with parchment/wax paper/paper towel.
1 Mixing Spoon
1 Large Spoon or Ice Cream Scooper.

Ingredients:
1 Cup Peanut Butter
2 Cups Granola (I used a raisin/almond mix, but choose your own preference)
1/2-3/4 Cup Honey
1/2 Cup Dark Chocolate Chips
1 Scoop/Serving Chocolate-Flavored Whey Protein Powder

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With your mixing spoon, combine the granola, protein powder and chocolate chips in the bowl. Then stir in half of the honey. Slowly add in the peanut butter, mixing in one big scoop at a time. Finish off with the rest of the honey. The end mixture should clump together quite well, but not be too-sticky or glued together completely.

Using your large spoon, scoop up enough of the mixture to form rounded clusters that fit nicely into your hands. (Make the clusters as big or small as you’d like). One ice cream scoop is usually a good-sized amount. Cup your palms, gently pressing the mixture into a rounded cluster, then place on the baking sheet.

Tip: Before forming the clusters with your hands, run your hands under warm water so they’re damp. It will help prevent the peanut butter and honey from sticking to your hands when trying to make rounded balls.

Refrigerate your finished clusters for at least 30 minutes before eating.

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Enjoy the rest of the evening everyone and cheers to healthy cooking!
~ The Healthy Lioness

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