No-bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Protein Balls (5-ingredients, Dairy-free, Gluten-free, High-protein, Vegan option)

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Protein BallsApparently, it’s THAT time of year (no, NOT Christmas – the other “THAT” time of year): back-to-school!  (I say “apparently” because I’ve been out of school for longer than I care to admit.)  Or it’s back-to-work or back-to-the-gym or maybe even Back to the Future (!) for you.  Wherever (or whenever) your day takes you, these balls make a perfectly portable pick-me-up.  And in this more hectic time of year, what’s more magical than hearing that a recipe is no-bake, and only requires five wholesome ingredients?  Much easier than homework, I promise!

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Peanut Butter Banana Protein Smoothie

Peanut Butter Banana Protein SmoothieIt’s time to break out your blender (again)!  I’ve got a delicious new addition to my Smoothie Lineup, and this time it’s the classic combination of peanut butter and banana.  Starting with a pairing like that, how can you go wrong?  Frozen bananas provide natural sweetness and thick creamy texture, and peanut butter protein powder packs a punch of protein with less fat than regular peanut butter.  I’ve also used almond milk as the liquid in this recipe for added creaminess but fewer calories and carbohydrates than dairy milk (you can of course substitute to suit your personal preference!).  It’s quick and easy and tastes great – what’s not to like?

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Double Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes (Gluten-free, Grain-free, Refined sugar-free)

Double Peanut Butter Protein PancakesIf you follow me on Instagram (and you totally should – I post mouthwatering food photos, including recipe links, pretty much all day every day!), you’ll know that I am ALL ABOUT my Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes.  I eat them at least a few times a week and I never get over how incredibly good they are and how you’d never guess that they’re a “protein” pancake.  I won’t even share them with my own flesh and blood (I keep telling The Golden Graham Boy “you wouldn’t like them – they’re not for kids,” as he doesn’t need that much concentrated protein in one serving, nor the touch of Sucralose that comes in my protein powder.  Moreover, they’re for Mommy and I’m not sharing!).

I didn’t think protein pancakes could get any better – but they did.  I wouldn’t have believed you if you told me they could – but they did.  It wasn’t until I ran out of my regular vanilla protein powder and decided to use peanut butter flavour protein powder instead that the magic happened – and boy, it did!  Still incredibly low in fat, carbohydrates and calories, these Double Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes have 43g of protein per serving and are free of grains, gluten and refined sugar.  You’ll never look at breakfast (or pancake supper) the same way again.

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(High-Protein) Fluffer-Nutter Peanut Butter Banana Bowl (Gluten-free, Grain-free, Refined sugar-free)

Marshmallow FluffOh, Fluff!  That thick, sticky-sweet, syrupy, fluffy, foamy marshmallow-y gooey goodness.  Is it a topping?  Is it a spread?  Is it even a food?  Whatever it is, it sure is delicious (or at least it was – it might be a sad side effect of being an adult that I can’t recall the last time I had a nice blob of Fluff to cram in my craw).  But taste aside, I think we can agree that it is NOT a pinnacle of nutrition.  Well, let me pioneer a high-protein, refined sugar-free recipe that brings you the same satisfying “squish” of Fluff, paired with its classic companions peanut butter (hello, Fluffer-nutter!) and banana!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes (Gluten-free, Grain-free, Refined sugar-free)

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein PancakesChocolate for breakfast is a good idea. Peanut butter for breakfast is a good idea. Protein pancakes? Well, they sound like a good idea. But it’s one of those ideas that often seems better in theory than in practice. But when the pancakes are perfectly moist, fluffy and flavorful – then they are a GREAT idea. And I promise you that these pancakes are perfectly chocolatey, with just the right touch of sweetness and a subtle hint of peanut butter to complement the chocolate. You’d never guess that they’re good for you or that they boast a whopping 42g of protein per serving and yet are lower in fat, carbohydrates and calories than traditional pancakes! They’re even gluten free! Miracle of miracles – how is this possible?

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Peanut Butter Mocha Protein Smoothie

Peanut Butter Mocha Protein SmoothieThis high-protein pick-me-up boasts the rich and robust flavors of coffee and dark chocolate, perfectly balanced by the creaminess of natural peanut butter.  I like to make it part of my pre- or post-workout meal for those early-morning workouts, but it’s great any time of the day or night that you need a little added boost of energy.  It’s an easy and healthy recipe you can whip up in the blender and enjoy as part of a leisurely breakfast ritual or throw in a to-go cup for rushed meals on-the-run.

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(High-Protein) Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Overnight Oatmeal

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Overnight Oatmeal (High-Protein)Peanut butter and chocolate.  No one really knows whether peanut butter’s first love is truly jelly or whether it’s chocolate.  They just go together.  It’s really a no-brainer, isn’t it? And oatmeal for breakfast is a wholesome, natural choice.  Make it overnight oatmeal so there’s no standing and stirring over a hot pot in this easy, healthy recipe.  And why not make it high in protein?  I hope you’re not still thinking about it!  Let’s get to it RIGHT NOW!

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(High-Protein) Peanut Butter Mania Overnight Oatmeal

peanut-butter-mania-overnight-oatmealPeanut butter lovers, unite!  I’ve made an overnight oatmeal just for you.  This recipe has not just one, not two, not three, but FOUR, count ’em FOUR peanut products in it to bring you maximum peanut flavour and the ultimate peanut butter experience.  (My apologies if you have a peanut allergy; please check out my Nut-free recipes – and yes, I know that technically peanuts are not nuts, but legumes – I’ve got you covered!  Also, my condolences if you are a Paleo adherent and you’re avoiding peanuts, not to mention the dairy in the whey protein powder and the oats as well; this post clearly is not for you, but please check out all of my Paleo goodies instead).  Now, back to the PB love.  I really don’t think it’s possible to cram more peanutty goodness into one bowl, but be sure to let me know in the comments if you find a way!  So, what all is in there?  Let’s find out!

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(High-Protein) Salted Chocolate Peanut Butter Bowl

Salted Chocolate Peanut Butter BowlChocolate for breakfast?  Peanut butter, too?  It MUST be the weekend!  No, not quite?  Well how about a HEALTHY, HIGH-PROTEIN this-can’t-be-good-for-me-but-it-really-is chocolate peanut butter concoction to get us through?  Yes, I thought so too.  Make it for breakfast, make it for a post-workout snack, make it for dessert – whatever you do, just make it!

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