For the Vegan MoFo prompt today, I made a simple and nourishing recipe that I use quite often at home. I find that protein is something I don’t eat much of, especially with my regular meals. I’m a bit of a carboholic and my intake is somewhere around 170 grams a day (sometimes more!). These carbs are mostly whole foods like vegetables, fruit and whole grains/beans/legumes. There are some processed carbs in there, but I try to minimize them from day to day. I don’t like to deprive myself of the occasional vegan treat, but I eat them in small quantities.
My weakness is baked goods. As you can probably tell from my past posts, I love to bake. I used to bake for a living and I continue to do so at home. This recipe is baked, technically, but you can eat it uncooked too if you would like. These little banana ball bites are the perfect snack or breakfast if you like the flavors of banana walnut bread but don’t want to bake an entire loaf of it and have it sitting around. I mostly cook for just myself these days so I can appreciate making things in smaller portions. These little guys freeze well too if you can’t eat them all within about 5 days.
They have a mass appeal since they are easy to make and eat, gluten-free, soy-free and oil-free. If you need them to be nut-free, just leave the walnuts out and use sunflower butter or tahini. These are tasty no matter what ingredients you use. If you don’t have bananas on hand, sub them with applesauce/sweet potato/pumpkin puree. The possibilities are endless with these. They are high in protein if you choose to add a protein powder to them. I use Sunwarrior supplements. I used their Illumin8 meal replacement powder which is full of great nutrients and protein. These little guys will get you the macros for the day effortlessly!
Below are the easy steps to making the balls: blend them in a food processor until a dough ball forms. You can’t get any easier than that. If you don’t have a food processor, your hands are probably your tool of choice for forming the dough. It will be very thick and dense. Don’t try to use a mixer on these bad boys.
Banana Bread Protein Balls
- 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
- 1/4 cup flaxseed meal
- 1/4 cup coconut flour
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, optional
- 2 small ripe bananas
- 2 tablespoons almond butter/allergy-free alternative
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 scoop plant-based protein powder, optional
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Blend. (Or mash.) until a dough forms.
- Roll into balls about 1 inch in diameter (I got 14 in total).
- Bake for 15 minutes or until firm to touch and bottoms are slightly golden.
- Remove from oven and let cool.
- Store in the fridge for up to 5 days.