vegan protein balls.

by Janetha on June 18, 2012

in moves,recipes

hey! i took yesterday off. in honor of father’s day.

naw, not really because of father’s day.. but just because i didn’t feel like blogging. why force it if it’s not there, right? right.

i did have a fun day. marshall and i celebrated first with his dad at breakfast. we went to porcupine–suuuch a delicious breakfast spot in the SLC! and then we celebrated with my dad. my whole fam (minus the californians) gathered at my brother’s house for enchiladas. it was a fun fiesta! in between the two fatherly celebrations, marshall and i treated ourselves to deep tissue sports massages at the kura door. when you don’t have kids, you celebrate things like mother’s and father’s day with each other.. at the spa.

i have something fun to tell you guys! my friend, nick, has hired me. nick is vegan. nick wants to get fit. nick wants to eat healthy. nick came to me. i am flattered. designing a healthy, nutritious, vegan meal plan is a challenge… but a fun one. i had a great time designing it and i am excited to create recipes along the way.

i designed nick a 12 week eating plan. he got his body fat tested friday. i worked on his meal plan over the weekend. he started the plan today. in conjunction with the healthy eating regimen, i have nick coming to GPP for workouts. today was his first day!

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he scaled the workout to 50% as beginners are instructed to do. we also took his weight, measurements, and before photos so his progress can be accurately tracked over the next three months. i am really excited to see the changes he makes!

i actually was at GPP for over two hours today. good times. i went in at four so neil could teach me the basics of a squat and how to teach a squat. i was humbled. let me tell you something: knowing how to execute a squat and telling someone how to execute a squat are two VERY different things. i have a lot of work to do.. but i am happy to do it. i am excited to learn. i am excited to train people. one day.

after our hour-long squatting crash course, nick came in and did the 5 o’clock workout. i ended up walking and talking him through it and not doing the workout myself until the 5:45 sesh.

this was a blessing in disguise because my favorite workout buddy, lil’ kate, walked in the door. i love working out with her! she pushes me to the max. i just checked the first time i did this workout (i had to do it at gold’s) a little over a month ago–my time was 22:54 and i had to drop the weight to 12# on the snatches. today’s time??

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over six minutes faster! and in way hotter conditions. and i didn’t have to drop the weight at all. wow. that REALLY goes to show that working out among others pushes me harder. it also shows that GPP workouts are working. i am not one to toot my own horn too often, but i’m not gonna lie.. i’m proud of myself. stoked.

stoked.. but dead. there was some floor laying post-workout.

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going to GPP in the evenings is rough now that it’s getting hotter. running in 95 degree dry heat is no fun at all. but the evening classes do usually give me a chance to see my friend ali! she rocked the workout today. she’s so inspiring.. you have to check out her weight loss story on her blog.

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i love GPP so much–the new friendships i’ve made and continue to make are the best! surrounding myself with fit-minded people is one of the best things in my life right now.

oh. are you wondering what the title is all about? vegan balls? yeah, not talking about nick.. i am talking about something i MADE for nick! i created a protein-packed vegan recipe on a whim last night. i wanted to give nick a healthy treat to get him through his first week on the new plan. i literally just started throwing things into a mixing bowl and the ingredients ended up working really well together!

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prep time: 5 minutes
bake time: 10 minutes
makes 13 golf ball-sized balls.. yep, they are big balls

i know, i know. the name is LONG. but i managed to omit the word “vanilla”! that should count for something…

ingredients:

  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 2.5 servings plant fusion vanilla protein powder (or other plant-based, vegan protein powder)
  • 5 TB natural peanut butter
  • 5 TB xagave agave nectar
  • 2 TB chia seeds
  • 2 TB unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 TB vanilla bean paste or extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 2-3 TB water to reach desired consistency
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries

directions:

  1. preheat oven to 350 degrees. line a cookie sheet with a silicone mat, cooking spray, or parchment paper.
  2. combine everything except cherries and water in a mixing bowl.
  3. slowly add water until the consistency is a thick paste.
  4. fold in cherries.
  5. scoop golf ball-sized chunks of dough onto cookie sheet. i used a 2 TB sized cookie scoop!
  6. bake for 10 minutes. balls will not look cooked, but if you leave them in any longer they will be dry.
  7. let cool completely before eating.
  8. store in an airtight container for up to a week… if they last that long.
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here are the stats!

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not bad, not bad at all.

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Qs~

1. when is the last time you were proud of yourself–and why?

2. what is your favorite healthy, vegan meal or snack? i am sending nick as many ideas as possible, so i figured i would ask you guys! links welcome (and appreciated!) the simpler, the better.

xo. janetha g.

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Ellen Clifford June 18, 2012 at 9:37 pm

I’m generally proud of myself whenever I book an acting gig because I know I had to beat out a lot of people…
As for vegan snacks, it’s boring but I do adore corn chips (chip ins sea salt the current favorite) and spicy-hot salsa.

Janetha June 19, 2012 at 8:56 am

Acting would be TOUGH–you SHOULD be proud. I’d be so intimidated by the competition!

Ellen Clifford June 19, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Well working out at the gym intimidates me so YOU should be proud of all you do. We all have our things that scare us I guess:)

Heather (Heather's Dish) June 18, 2012 at 9:46 pm

i’ve been working through the insanity workouts lately and i have to say that i’m really proud of the way i’ve been pushing myself! it’s so easy to just half-ass stuff when you’re home alone, but that doesn’t do me any favors. it’s nice to work hard again!

Janetha June 19, 2012 at 8:57 am

Man, motivating myself to do Insanity for 60 days was so hard. I give you props!

Leslie June 18, 2012 at 9:51 pm

So jealous of Nick! He has you to coach him along and he’s got those great balls.(snicker) Seriously I agree it’s great to surround yourself with fitness minded people. Nick’s got that part figured out already that’s why he’s hanging with you. I would be interested in an update on his progress as time goes by.

Amy June 18, 2012 at 9:55 pm

looks amazing!! pinning! :)

meg June 18, 2012 at 10:27 pm

Yay! What a fun opportunity for you! I hope you will post more vegan recipes. Even though I’m not one myself, sometimes it is fun to change it up! The last time I was proud of myself was today! Jax had obedience training and we did great together!

p.s. you should totally share some of your squats tips.

Neil June 18, 2012 at 10:29 pm

I was lucky enough to get my mouth around one of your big balls tonight. Very good. Thanks for it. I feel bad snaking it from Nick.

Nick is lucky to have you helping him. You are a prodigy. Seriously. I’ve worked with hundreds of trainers over the years. Precious few had your chops.

Janetha June 19, 2012 at 9:01 am

Hahaha.. you make me laugh. And you make me feel better about myself, so thanks for that.

Sarah @ The Healthy Diva June 19, 2012 at 12:44 am

Yay for squats…I remember the first time I learned how to do an overhead squat…man those are hard! So proud of myself today for completing my first exam. Just 3 more to power through!

That’s so exciting that you are helping Nick out. He’s in good hands! I think he might enjoy this recipe. It’s from averie cooks. I used non-dairy cheese when I made it and even my brother (a fruit and veggie HATER) devoured them. I served them with a big green salad which had some chickpeas for protein. http://www.loveveggiesandyoga.com/2012/04/mango-basil-personal-sized-tortilla-pizzas.html

Janetha June 19, 2012 at 9:04 am

Thanks for the suggestion!

So we did OH squats for my first time today. Those are tough!

Sarah @ The Healthy Diva June 19, 2012 at 1:01 am

Oh and pinterest is full of good ideas…this is one of my favourite vegan boards… http://pinterest.com/klr755/vegan-vegan/

Lots of easy wraps and salads which would probably suit the warmer weather you are having :)

Janetha June 19, 2012 at 9:06 am

Following now!

Alyssa P. June 19, 2012 at 3:19 am

some of my favorite easy vegan meals
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/five_spice_turkey_lettuce_wraps.html – lettuce wraps, just sub crumbled tofu for the turkey

http://www.vegetariantimes.com/recipe/pita-quesadillas-with-cilantro-hummus/ – pita quesadillas

and lentil bbq sandwiches- http://busycooks.about.com/od/hotsandwichrecipes/r/bbqlentilsandwiches.htm

similar to that except i add lots of veggies to the lentil mix such as carrots and peppers and only use bbq sauce, not all the rest of the sauces.

Janetha June 19, 2012 at 9:06 am

Thank you for the suggestions!

Lauren June 19, 2012 at 4:42 am

Love your protein recipes. I’m always looking for more little protein snacks to keep on hand but love it more when I can make them myself. I hate having to rely on packaged bars all of the time. These look great lady!

Tina @ Best Body Fitness June 19, 2012 at 5:03 am

Those look really good! I’m all about dried cherries. And peanut butter. And healthy snacking.

Every time you talk about GPP, it makes me want to come visit you and workout together.

Janetha June 19, 2012 at 9:08 am

It would be so fun to have you there! Come to Utah ;)

Ellen June 19, 2012 at 5:11 am

First, I love that you are pursuing your passion in this way. Nick’s a lucky guy!

Second, I just calculated that one of those generous protein balls is just 3 PointsPlus. I’m totally making them to have on hand for on-the-go snacks. Thanks! :-)

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey June 19, 2012 at 5:25 am

I’m with you on the heat thing – it’s ridiculous right now!

Danielle @ Clean Food Creative Fitness June 19, 2012 at 5:25 am

Good for you on decreasing your time! A month difference is not long at all! GPP reminds me so much of CrossFit…it is the one thing were I find myself being proud a lot…it always pushes you to accomplish more than you would think you are capable! Nice work!

Erica June 19, 2012 at 5:33 am

You are a fitness expert! For sure!! Sounds like a fun challenge. The balls sound delicious ;).

1. when is the last time you were proud of yourself–and why? Every day ;). Figuring out this whole Mom thing is a constantly evolving challenge and I think I’m doing pretty darn well so far!

2. what is your favorite healthy, vegan meal or snack? My sloppy janes:http://www.itzyskitchen.com/2008/08/fast-sloppy-lentils.html A must try! So simple, so yummy
Eggplant meatloaves with a vegan cheese sub: http://www.itzyskitchen.com/2008/11/bsi-entry-eggplant-meatloaves.html

Janetha June 19, 2012 at 9:10 am

Thanks for the links, love! and you are such a good momma!

Molly @ A Fresh Start For Molly June 19, 2012 at 6:14 am

I try to be proud of myself every single day…if I’m not proud of myself, I’m not trying hard enough!

Janetha June 19, 2012 at 9:12 am

I love that quote! Did you make it up or hear it somewhere?

Molly @ A Fresh Start For Molly June 19, 2012 at 10:56 am

I just made it up as an honest answer to the question…glad you like it! I think I will try to start consciously thinking about it at the end of each day.

Janetha June 19, 2012 at 10:59 am

I freaking love it! What’s your last name, if you don’t mind me asking?

Molly @ A Fresh Start For Molly June 19, 2012 at 11:13 am

Thank you! Molly Cormier (@mollycormier on Twitter)

Alex @ therunwithin June 19, 2012 at 6:16 am

I have never heard of GPP. I find working out in the afternoons tough motivation wise and heat wise. Good for you for sticking with it.

Janetha June 19, 2012 at 9:27 am

Thanks! GPP is a single-location gym.. but the owner, Neil, posts his workouts daily (at http://gppfitness.com) and also talks a lot about his fitness philosophy–which is general physical preparedness (GPP)–work out quick and efficiently in order to better your quality of life!

Lee, Anytime Health June 19, 2012 at 7:01 am

Omgsh these look delicious! Pinning.

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List June 19, 2012 at 7:01 am

curious to know what he paid you for the 12 weeks? I have a client that needs counseling but don’t know what to charge for a meal plan.

Kelly O-ski June 19, 2012 at 7:12 am

Does he know about/like Larabars? They taste like a dessert, they are SO good. And they’re all-natural!

Janetha June 19, 2012 at 9:30 am

Yep Larabars were definitely in the plan!

Calee (@chimes) June 19, 2012 at 7:26 am

I love it! I saw these on instagram and I love that you’re working with your friend. I can’t wait to see his results!

P to the S these photos of your balls are pretty stellar. I love the setup and it looks like you got some lighting going on too. I need to clear off my craft table or at least have it clear-off-able so I can use the lighting setup I have in that room for food too. :)

PPS I took Sunday off too because it’s what the cool people do.

Janetha June 19, 2012 at 8:54 am

I shot them outside after work! I love how light it is when I get off now days.

Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio June 19, 2012 at 7:27 am

Those look awesome! I’m going to have to make those post wedding.

Honestly I was really proud of myself yesterday. I just started the Tone It Up diet and I stuck to it exactly and felt great. I’m just proud of myself for taking this leap.

Janetha June 19, 2012 at 9:32 am

Good for you! You will stick to it no problem, I know it.

Georgia @ Trying Something New June 19, 2012 at 7:29 am

I love chickpeas. Sure, they’re not a snack, but they can easily be turned into one! I love chickpea cookie dough, chickpea chocolate chip cookies, hummus, roasted chickpeas… The list goes on and on.

Also, as you go along with Nick in his journey, could you post more vegan recipes or talk about gaining muscle without eating animal protein? I’m a vegan, and attempting to get as fit as possible, but I haven’t found any great online sources about vegan weight lifting… Love your blog!

Janetha June 19, 2012 at 9:33 am

I will as often as I can–a lot of the training and meal coaching will just be texting back and forth between me and Nick. But as I make recipes up, I will for sure share them!

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table June 19, 2012 at 7:42 am

I’d love to hear more about the vegan meal plan you designed! I’m starting a new program and they are making me a vegetarian meal plan… but I’d rather eat more vegan. Those balls look like a great start!! I love balls.

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table June 19, 2012 at 7:42 am

Errr… food balls, that is. ;)

Janetha June 19, 2012 at 9:34 am

Hehe.. right ;)

melissa June 19, 2012 at 7:54 am

ooh, those look great! Wish I had dried cherries at home, I think I have everything else!

Janetha June 19, 2012 at 9:35 am

You could totally leave them out or add something in their place! Like raisins or cranberries.

caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy June 19, 2012 at 7:59 am

wow 6 minutes!!! way to go! sounds like you guys had a great day! and those protein cookies look yummy!

lil kate June 19, 2012 at 8:26 am

I love it when we get to work out together! You seriously rock! That picture describes exactly how I felt after trying to keep up with you- dead! Haha love your blog… thanks for the pointers last night!

Janetha June 19, 2012 at 9:39 am

<3

Nicole M. June 19, 2012 at 8:40 am

Watermelon salad with red onion, basil, balsamic, and olive oil is heavenly, especially as the weather starts to heat up. Ratatouille is always my favorite vegan meal though! In fact, I’m trying to keep my meals mostly vegan (which I successfully do most of the time), but am having problems with new, simple recipes. Are you planning on posting the meal plan you made for him?!

Janetha June 19, 2012 at 8:55 am

Nope.. I will post recipes here and there when I make them for him, but I won’t be posting the plan. It’s lonnnnng and this isn’t a vegan blog, haha.

Tamara June 19, 2012 at 8:44 am

I try to be proud of myself daily for something! Yesterday I increased my running intervals in my run-walk training (for Warrior Dash!) to three minutes. Go me!

Those balls look INcredible!! I can’t wait to try them. My fave vegan fare is probably my green smoothie:

1 cup coconut milk (I use Silk original)
1/2 cup coconut water
1 sliced, frozen banana
1/2 – 1 scoop vanilla pea protein (or other vegan protein powder)
1 tsp chia seeds
~4 cups frozen or fresh baby spinach (I just put everything else in, then fill the blender cup with the spinach, I don’t really measure it; also, I buy big tubs of organic baby spinach and eat it until its use-by date, then put the rest into ziploc bags and freeze it)
water as needed to blend

SO good!

Tamara June 19, 2012 at 8:50 am

Oh, sometimes I add 1/4 of a fresh or frozen avocado, too!

Janetha June 19, 2012 at 8:55 am

Thanks!

Destini June 19, 2012 at 8:57 am

I try to find small things to make myself proud, if not its all gloom and doom over here. JK. But honestly, small things like “organizing that pile on my desk” that makes me proud. “Getting everything I needed done in my busy day” That’s an accomplishment. And when the big things happen, well those are pure miracles. However, organizing that pile on my desk may be considered a miracle in my husbands eyes :)

Vegan snacks, I make kale, tofu jurkey, date bars, protein muffins. That kinda deal. Congrats to Nick on his new journey :)

Amy Q June 19, 2012 at 9:15 am

I am a very interested GPP lurker- but it looks so hardddddd to me. I was intrigued to learn that a beginner could scale it by 50%——– is there a place that I could go to read about how that would work exactly? Scale the reps? Scale the weights? Scale the time? I am very, very far away from Utah, but really interested and impressed with augmenting my training with this unique program. Any info you could share would be appreciated. I am a runner/triathlete who often suffers from (thankfully non serious) injury because I prefer the cardio buzz to the weight room. I simply have to stop this BS- I am 41 and it is all starting to catch up to me. Thanks in advance for ANY info!

Janetha June 19, 2012 at 9:45 am

Hey, Amy! Yes, beginners should scale the workout to half on ALL aspects. So for yesterday’s workout, Nick did half the rounds (only 1 instead of 2) half the Rx weight (10 lb dumbbells instead of 20 lb) and half the reps (200m run and 10 lunges each time instead of 400m and 20 lunges).

Additionally, EVERY GPP workout can be scaled to your ability. There is no workout that you can’t do. I was intimidated at first (especially on those days that the workout calls for pullups!) but then I quickly realized there are ways to scale each and every move to your ability. I do jumping pullups now, but one day I will be able to do the Rx kipping pullups. But–for now–I just do the very best I can. That’s what really matters!

I know that every runner who goes to GPP has improved their time thanks to these workouts. They have also drastically reduced (or even eliminated) the amount of post-race soreness thanks to GPP conditioning. This stuff works!

Also, I forwarded your comment along to the owner, Neil, so maybe he will come here and voice his thoughts on your comment. He’s a really knowledgeable guy and I know he will have something to share.

Amy Q June 19, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Thank you for your response! I am going to keep reading up on this and give this a go— a little nervous…….but it looks so beneficial.

Nicole C June 19, 2012 at 9:29 am

I think beating my duathlon time by 6 minutes compared to last year, making it under an hour was what I am most proud of lately.

I have made some vegan blueberry muffins, not so much a snack but it’s all I have :) Otherwise, I have to ask my Vegan friends for help on that one. One of my friends who runs: http://essentiallivingfoods.com/ told me about her friend Stephanie because we share a cupcake love. While technically not healthy, they are still beautiful and she recently won Cupcake Wars for the first ever vegan challenge: http://stephaniesparkle.com/

Shaunna@mamas13minutemile June 19, 2012 at 9:38 am

I am getting really bored with the protein shakes in the morning. This recipe looks great and am curious. If you opt to do these instead how would you go about it….what I mean is would you have a protein ball and a hard boiled egg to get all your protein in or 3 balls (thats a lot of calories!!!). I just overthink all this and could use some advice or ideas.

Janetha June 19, 2012 at 9:46 am

Shaunna! YOU NAILED IT! Have a ball with some eggs! If you had two whole eggs (hard boiled or any other way) and one ball you’d be around 265 calories and 20 grams of protein. Or if you did one egg and two balls, you’d be at 320 calories and 20 grams of protein.

Heather {ModernMealsforTwo} June 19, 2012 at 9:45 am

I was proud of myself last night! I worked through most of a P90X workout despite being very tired for most of the day. I love when I start a workout and realized I have more energy than I thought :)

Janetha June 19, 2012 at 9:47 am

Funny how that works, huh?! Our mind totally plays tricks on us! Our bodies are more capable than we give them credit for. Good for you!

Annette@FitnessPerks June 19, 2012 at 9:50 am

Wahoo!! NICE job on the improvement in time. It is SO neat to see changes over time :)

I am proud for getting up at the butt-crack of dawn to do an intense spin class beFORE my run. It was tough, but I did it! And this IronMan is not going to kick my butt, i”m going to kick it’s. Yah.

Janetha June 19, 2012 at 9:51 am

HEck yes! Go, Annette, go!

meggi June 19, 2012 at 9:57 am

Proud: I recently spent a week in Chicago for my national meeting. I have only been with the company one year but I applied to be on a national committee to gain exposure and interact with colleagues throughout the US. I found out in Chicago that I was one of 8 selected for the position. I was so dang excited :)

Vegan: My favorite snack is my juice. We make a big batch and then I use it as a snack twice a day…..
-1 cucumber
-3 handfuls of spinach
-1 bell pepper (I switch up which ones- green,red,yellow)
– 1/2 of a head of celery
– 3 apples
– inch of ginger
– 1 large tomato or 3 small ones
– fruit of choice (I usually like peaches, blueberries, grapes or mango)
– 2 large carrots or half a bag of small carrots

I put all of it through the Juicer and it makes enough for my husband and I to each have 2 juices per day. Sometimes we switch it up and add kale or other items. It really helps our digestion so we can definitely tell a difference on the days we skip :)

ali moll June 19, 2012 at 12:03 pm

Love that you are trainng Nick! You will do great and he will benefit greatly from all that you have to teach him. Love that he is doing GPP too! Once you drink the koolaid, you just can’t stop!

Love the protein ball recipe too! Must try that soon! I’m always looking for healthy snacks for me and my family!

Let’s see, the last time I was proud was last night. Basically, I’m proud of myself after every GPP workout. Like you I was so intimidated at first and put off trying it out for over a year. So, completing the workout, whether I RX or not, is something I am proud of! :)

This is my latest favorite recipe, although it does contain butter and honey, (which I am sure can be substituted to make it totally vegan)
http://iowagirleats.com/2012/04/25/sweet-corn-quinoa-with-honey-lemon-vinaigrette/

Have a great day! And thanks for posting the link to my story and the crazy photo!

Lisa June 19, 2012 at 1:21 pm

That’s so exciting that you’re planning a vegan meal plan for someone! Sounds like it will be a fun experience! Those balls look awesome, I am a sucker for anything in ball form. This comment sounds super awkward…

Sierra June 19, 2012 at 2:04 pm

I also love the group atmosphere of my CrossFit gym…the encouragement is incredible and there are definitely people in the classes that push me. It’s a great feeling.

Vegan stuff? I usually do ethnic food with a lot of flavor. Indian spiced lentils, taco spiced quinoa with avocado and black beans, and thai veggie curries with light coconut milk. All are filling and delicious.

Katie June 19, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Meeker read this post on his iphone while we were lying in bed last night and he said “Janetha made vegan balls” – and cracked himself right up.

I for one, think they look delicious.

Favorite vegan recipes: Lulu’s Mac and Cheese (mama pea) and these little bites: http://yesiwantcake.com/2012/02/28/gf-oaty-coconut-bites/

Hayley June 19, 2012 at 5:44 pm

This might be a stupid question but is GPP offered elsewhere? I live near Vancouver, BC.

Janetha June 25, 2012 at 11:02 am

No, sorry, it is only in Utah. The workouts are posted online every night, though! You can do them at your home gym, they are free!

BroccoliHut June 19, 2012 at 5:47 pm

Love the sound of this recipe! I need to re-stock on protein powder, and this post has given me the kick in the pants to do so.
My favorite vegan snacks as of late: any trail mix with pumpkin seeds in it, spicy popcorn, and rice cakes with PB/J.

Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner June 19, 2012 at 7:26 pm

Those protein balls sound AMAZING!!! What an incredible recipe!

lil kate June 19, 2012 at 8:04 pm

P.s. Neil said we have to be partners in the workout tomorrow. :) as soon as we decided on the workout he turned to me and said talk to Janetha and see if she will be your partner :) haha so If you have time tomorrow you should go to the 6:30pm.

Kim @ The Family Practice June 19, 2012 at 9:46 pm

Yum! Nick and I were just talking about trying to make our own protein bars. We’ll have to try these little balls out.

Kim @ The Family Practice June 19, 2012 at 9:49 pm

Chuckling at my own comment now that I see it…

TiffAnY June 19, 2012 at 10:57 pm

The name should be CPB squared. Each letter is used twice in the name!

Janetha June 25, 2012 at 11:00 am

I LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!!!

Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning June 20, 2012 at 1:09 pm

I was pretty proud of myself for having the guts to quit my miserable job. :)
So I made the balls- and man, they are good. I cut the recipe in 1/2 and only ended up using about 1 T of agave nectar, because I think SunWarrior Vanilla Warrior Blend (which is what I used) is pretty sweet as is. I also used flax instead of chia seeds, and it was great! I was running out of chia, but then low and behold, literally as soon as I was done baking, a delivery from iHerb showed up at my door… with more chia. :)

Jessica June 21, 2012 at 3:01 pm

I just made these and they are DELICIOUS! I didnt have any cherries, so I used raisins. A keeper, for sure.
I count calories, so I made 16 balls, and they are 100 cals each. Awesome!

Barbara August 23, 2012 at 10:06 am

Hi Janetha, I just stumbled across this post and my question might seem a bit out of place, but I’m asking anyway. I am vegan too and want to get into shape too. Would it be possible for you to send me the meal plan you created for your friend? That would be just awesome!
Barbara

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