I have never actively tried to be inspired. Instead, I wait for inspiration to hit me. Sometimes it hits me at 2am when I should be sleeping or in the shower or when I’m at work. The reason why I have never made a plan to seek inspiration is because I like being inspired by life. I often see something or taste something that inspires me to create. And that is exactly what happened to me last weekend.

Last Saturday afternoon, I was out running errands and I really needed a snack. I usually carry some seeds or fruit in my bag, but I’m human and I forgot. Fortunately, I was surrounded by healthy places, so I knew I could find something. I stumbled across a paleo cafe and inside I found some protein balls. They were free of all my allergens and sounded delicious. I couldn’t have been more excited to curb my hunger with a healthful snack. Until I got to the register. $5 for two servings. While I’ve mostly come to terms with NYC and the very much inflated cost of living, this moment further underlined my preference for preparing snacks at home. It was hard to have regrets however, because the protein balls were just so good. I knew I had to make my own.

This week, I went to the store and bought a bunch of ingredients. I was looking forward to testing, trying and tasting my own protein balls that would be significantly less than $2.50 per serving. This recipe below is for my allergy-friendly protein balls. I used ingredients that I typically keep in my apartment, so I know that they will not go to waste.

Allergy-Friendly Paleo Protein Balls
(makes 6 balls)

1/4 cup sunflower butter
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup or 2 scoops of protein powder (I used hemp powder)
1/4 cup of water (more if needed)
2 tbsp raisins or chocolate chips (optional)

Directions: Mix all ingredients together except for the water in a large bowl. Add water slowly until mixture binds together. (This will depend upon how absorbent the coconut flour and protein powder are). Roll into 6 balls. Refrigerate overnight.

I love having these protein balls as a snack or right after a workout. I can’t wait to keep experimenting!

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