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The other day after the gym I stopped by GNC because I wanted to pick up some L-Tyrosine to see if it would help with my insomnia that I have been experiencing. Currently I’m using lavender and eucalyptus essential oils at bedtime and it seems to be working most nights.
I normally like to check out their protein bar selection, because I’m all about convenience foods when they taste good and I saw that they had some quest bars for 50% off SCORE and they also had Quest protein powder packets in individual servings.
So, I must admit, I haven’t been to GNC in like 6 months so this was all new to me seeing individual servings of protein powder. I saw they had a chocolate one, a peanut butter one, a banana one and a cinnamon crunch one. I ended up picking a few of each because I’m always looking for a great tasting protein powder. The first on my to try list was the cinnamon crunch protein powder. ow, flash back to my college days I was totally addicted to Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal. I would bring an entire box of it for a weekend bowling tournament and eat the entire box by hand (no milk or bowl required).
If you didn’t already know, I’m a total food snob when it comes to sweets. Now that I’m a dietitian, I’ve cut down on the amount of sweets that I do eat, but when I eat them (I do so in moderation) they are the decadent kind.
I was happily surprised that this tasted exactly like my old favorite cereal, except that it has way less added sugar (under 1g per serving!), it has fiber, and 20g of protein per serving.
Next, it was time to put it to the real test. I love making homemade protein balls and protein bars because sometimes I just want a little texture to my protein powder, instead of making shakes all the time.
I used my standard protein ball recipe, like the one I used with my thin mint protein balls, and I just tweaked it a little. They came out amazing and I’m actually snacking on them right now 🙂
Cinnamon Crunch Breakfast Protein Balls
Serves 4 protein balls
15 minPrep Time
15 minTotal Time
- 8 medjool dates pitted (11-12 if using smaller pitted dates)
- 1 cup cashews
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 2 single serve packets of Quest Cinnamon Crunch protein powder
- 3-4 tablespoons milk of choice
- Combine all ingredients in a food processor.
- Blend until well combined and then form into balls.
- I make about ~15-16 1 inch balls.
- Store what ever you don't eat in the fridge.
If you like this recipe check out my Peanut Butter Coconut Protein Balls and my Thin Mint Protein Ball recipes.