On Sunday I had the pleasure of attending a Vega launch of their new Vega Sport plant-based line of sport fuel. The event was attended by nutritionists and fitness professionals from around Toronto. As you can imagine there was a ton of great food, and lots of great conversation.
One of the speakers was Jessica Morris who is one of Vega’s Educators and she shared this amazing recipe for make it yourself protein balls. After trying them at the seminar, I just knew I had to make them at home. I did, and here is the recipe for you:
Vega Educator Jessica Morris’s Power Up Protein Balls
- 1 cup large flake oats (gluten free)
- 2/3 cup Vega sport performance protein – vanilla or chocolate
- 1/4 cup ground chia or flax seeds
- 2 tablespoons whole chia seeds
- 1 bar vega maca chocolate bar chipped
- 3/4 c almond butter
- 1/3 c agave nectar or maple syrup
- 1 tbsp vega antioxidant omega oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Combine all ingredients into a large bowl and mix well
- Round into bite size balls approx 1″
- Freeze what you don’t eat to enjoy after your next work out or run!
How It Turned Out:
I didn’t have most of the ingredients, so it was a somewhat costly shopping trip (chia, flax, almond butter oh my!), however now I do, so look forward to making them again – especially for my Iron Man training sister.
The hardest part (although it isn’t hard) was definitely breaking up the maca chocolate bar – I unwrapped it and put it in a sandwich bag and took a rolling pin to it – it wasn’t hard, but was the most time consuming part.
I’ve also learned that the mystery ingredient in the Vega One bars which I love are the chia seeds. I love post bite when they are stuck in your teeth and grow but still have that crunchy bit (to much information?).
I’ve had three protein balls so far today (post run and yoga) and have stored the rest in my freezer as Jessica had directed. They are totally delicious, so if you’re a DIYer give them a try!
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