Sunflower Butter Oatmeal Power Balls & ViSalus GIVEAWAY!!!

This post is sponsored by ViSalus

While I thought training for a 50 miler would make me hungry, training for a triathlon, even an itty bitty sprint one is making me HUNGRY! I guess my energy burning for running has become quite efficient.  I’ve gotten used to running twice a day, often straight after work before dinner.

Swimming on the other hand… well first let me explain where I stand.  I have swum probably less than 10 times in my life and most of that was doggy paddling.  My speed at swimming is equivalent of a stroll in the park speed at a 5k.  I’m slow, very slow.  At this very slow speed, I swim for about 20-30 minutes after work in the evenings. (I can’t swim in the morning, the showering process is too overwhelming for me).  As slow as I am, for me its a HUGE effort and makes me starving before and after.

However, you can’t swim on a full stomach.  Once you eat, you need to wait and wait.  Some people have to do similar for running, but I’ve become a pro at running 10 miles straight after wolfing down several tacos.  Iron stomach I thought.  However, sadly these “skills” are not transferring over to swimming.  So instead I had to come up with a snack, that was filling but not FILLING in the stomach so I could swim at my slower than grandma speed, and then stuff my face with dinner.

These sunflower butter oatmeal energy balls are perfect! They’re tasty, filling, and give me the energy I need to get through the evening workout but still leave room for dinner afterwards.

Sunflower Butter Oatmeal Power Balls

Ingredients 
1/2 Cup Vi-Shape Sweet Cream Nutritional Shake Mix
2/3 Cup Old Fashion Rolled Oats
1/2 Cup sunflower butter
1 Tbsp. flax seeds
Cinnamon to taste & make pretty
1/4 Cup water

Directions
1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. I usually mix the dry ingredients first, then wet ones and afterwards combine
2. Batter into 1″ balls and place on wax paper so that they don’t touch.
3. Refrigerate uncovered for about 30 minutes or so until harden
4. Eat and enjoy but refrigerate those you don’t eat, because they’re not pretty after sitting on the counter for 2 days 😉

If sunflower butter or peanut butter isn’t your thing, you should try Running Hutch‘s coconut oatmeal bites instead!

Giveaway

Because you guys are so awesome, ViSalus has offered to let one of my readers experience ViSalus for themselves with a balance kit which contains the shake mix and a few more goodies.

The Vi-Shape Shake Mix is gluten-free, lactose free, low fat and low in sodium. You can learn more on their fact sheet.  Check them out on the web, facebook and their blog!

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Do you ever cook/bake with protein powder?

21 thoughts on “Sunflower Butter Oatmeal Power Balls & ViSalus GIVEAWAY!!!”

  1. Those look yummy. We made some the other day but used a few different ingredients. A few people in my family actually sell and promote Visalus, so sometimes we will put it in our smoothies 🙂 Happy Friday to you!

  2. I’ve never cooked or baked with protein powder, but I want to try this recipe. I make a similar recipe (one of the energy ball recipes floating around on Pinterest), it is a serious staple because they are so easy to grab and go!

  3. I LOVE cooking with protein powder. I add it to pancakes, cookies, waffles…generally any baked goods. I try to watch the sugar content of the protein powder so it doesn’t make things too sweet. I’ll also usually just reduce the amount of flour in the recipe and add the protein powder-I find that changing up the ratio of the dry ingredients this way usually works.

  4. I’ve heard awesome reviews of ViSalus protein powder, I’d love to win some! Thanks for the giveaway. The recipe sounds really great, too. I love sunflower seed butter.

  5. I have never baked with the vi-shake mix or any other kind of protein powder but now I think I might try it! Thanks!

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