Avoiding dairy, wheat, and meat sometimes makes for a depressing breakfast. As I am moving towards a more plant based diet, this is a major struggle. Popular breakfast choices like pancakes, bacon, sausage, toast, eggs, and yogurt are off limits. I know there are a lot of recipes outs there, but have trouble finding replacements for some of my favorites that I truly enjoy. Workdays are especially difficult as I don’t have time to prepare a kale and sweet potato hash. This is when I was happy to find Protein Energy balls. This is something I make a batch of and eat 4-6 for each morning. They stop me from dipping to the guidance office for candy, give me energy, and keep me full well into my planning/lunch break. These are two recipes I use:
- “Chocolatey” Version
Ingredients: chia seeds, flaxseeds, oats, cashews, almond butter, honey/agave nectar/maple syrup, coco powder, orange zest.
2. “Vanilla-y” verson
Ingredients: same as above except no coco power, and add banana, and vanilla extract.
Directions: Place all ingredients in blender or food processor and pulse until crumbly yet mushy consistency is reached. Scoop spoonfuls out and roll into balls. Refrigerant until time of desired consumption.
- I will sometimes add dried fruit like cranberries, but have lately refrained because they typically have added sugar.
- I know that honey is not vegan. You can choose whichever natural syrupy sweetener suites you best.
- For the “vanilla-y” version I sometimes used lemon zest instead of orange zest.
- Adding cinnamon and/chili powder to the “Chocolatey” ones adds a nice kick.
- I usually use 2 of either chia seeds, flaxseeds, or oats. I rarely have all 3 stocked at the same time. Omitting the oats will make these paleo friendly.
- You could absolutely substitute other nuts such as walnuts or almonds instead of the cashews.
- I’ve recipes that roll with in coconut. I wish I liked coconut like that, it seems like such as great idea. Fell free to do this if you enjoy the taste of coconut flakes.
- The banana in the vanilla-y ones can make the ball very mushy as it warms up. I would freeze these for a little bit and eat quicker so it doesn’t get too messy.
I hope you find this useful and enjoy!