Ah, the final week of Lent. It’s been hard holding myself back from making yummy cookie doughs and delicious cake batters. The stretchy pants haven’t been out for a while. It’s been…different.
I can not say it’s been absolutely the most horrible time of my life, because, well, I finally went out of my comfort zone. This Lent has brought me to create new meals that don’t involve multiple sticks of butter and cups of sugar. There have been like…vegetables. And things people eat for real nutrition and meals and stuff. It’s been crazy. Been real. But I’m definitely ready for cupcakes and cookies again.
Anyways, I have had a can of garbanzo beans sitting in the pantry for about a billion years and I finally decided to use that baby up. Making high protein energy balls seemed like the most logical thing to make. Peanut butter. Honey. A few chocolate chips. How can you go wrong?
You can’t! So here you go, some nice little energy balls to get you through the final days of Lent.
High Protein Energy Balls
(Slightly adapted from Spinach and Sprinkles)
1/2 cup pecans, very finely chopped
15 oz. can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained thoroughly
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup chocolate chips
- Line a tray or cookie sheet with parchment paper or wax paper or aluminum foil that will fit into your freezer. Set aside
- In a food processor, dump chopped pecans (or if you have not yet chopped them, chop them now), then add in rinsed garbanzo beans. Process until beans are fully broken down.
- Add in peanut butter, honey, and vanilla. Process until you have a smooth mixture.
- Remove the blade from the processor and stir in the chocolate chips by hand. Roll the mixture into about 25-30 balls and place on prepared tray or cookie sheet. Freeze for at least 20 minutes before eating. Store in fridge when done, in an airtight container. Enjoy!
Random Fact of the Day: A restaurant in Houston charges $12,000 to its customers for a 10-course meal that was served on the Titanic with the exact setting too.