Meal Prep Snack: Apple Pie Protein Balls

An easy, healthy and grain-free meal prep snack idea that's perfect for kerbing afternoon blood sugar drops and between-meal "hangriness".

There’s two types of people in the world: people who snack, and people who don’t snack. Some people are perfectly content with two or three big meals a day but others need to eat six+ times to stop themselves from committing murder at 3pm.

I get it.

Personally, I have a fear of being hungry. Although I don’t always snack, I do often have some type of food on me at most times – you know, in case of low blood sugar or extreme hunger pains and what not. And especially if I’m going somewhere all day and don’t know the food situation.

I find having healthy snacks on hand can also help stop those “hangry” food purchases. You know, when all you’re thinking about is getting something in your stomach before it eats itself. That’s when you’re most vulnerable to the calls of fast food and chocolate bars next to the cash register.

I also hate wasting money on overpriced, one-serve portions of healthy food. Nuts are one of my go-to snacks. But I feel silly when I spent a few dollars on one tiny packet of mixed nuts. Especially because I could be better investing my money in a giant budget bag of organic, unsalted almonds that would have enough for 20 snack portions.

I designed these grain-free apple pie bites specifically to combat the mid-afternoon blood sugar drop. That’s why they’ve got a few carbohydrates to pick you up, but enough healthy fats and protein to keep you happy until dinner.

They’re also made from just six ingredients!

Grain-free Apple Pie Balls
Yields 10
An easy, healthy and grain-free meal prep snack idea that's perfect for kerbing afternoon blood sugar drops and between-meal "hangriness".
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
  1. 1 cup unsweetened apple purée (225g) (homemade is best)
  2. 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped (50g)
  3. 1 scoop protein powder (40g) (I used vegan)
  4. 1/4 cup chia seeds (45g)
  5. 2 Tbsp cinnamon (10g)
  6. 1/2 cup coconut flakes (20g)
  1. 1. Place apple puree, protein powder and cinnamon in a bowl and stir thoroughly with a spoon until combined.
  2. 2. Add walnuts and chia seeds and stir until combined.
  3. 3. Spread coconut flakes out on a clean, dry plate.
  4. 4. Divide mixture into 10 equal portions and roll into balls in your hand (be warned, it's gooey!)
  5. 5. Roll balls in coconut flakes until covered.
  1. Store in a container in the fridge for up to 7 days. For easy access and transportation, you can also place each ball in a separate, small container or wrap them in cling wrap or baking paper.
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