Lauren Bratcher

Lauren Bratcher

Lauren has been an athlete at Renew since 2018, and has been spearheading Refuel, Renew’s Nutrition Program, since 2019. When she’s not testing biometrics, meal prepping or sending enthusiastic, emoji-packed text messages to her nutrition clients -- you can find her at a coffee shop sipping on an oat milk latte or running around Town Lake with her Australian Shepherd. As a former die-hard bootcamper, Lauren’s sweet spots in the gym include any bodyweight-centric movements: box jumps, running, double-unders -- which explains why her all-time favorite benchmark workout is Angie.

Refuel Recipe: Oatmeal Energy Balls

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Refuel Recipe: Oatmeal Energy Balls

Welcome back to Refuel Recipes! Each month, we’re gonna focus on one key ingredient that’s both delicious and nutritious and teach you how to incorporate it into your diet in a realistic, sustainable, tasty way! 

In case you missed it, this month we’re highlighting oats! This versatile little carbohydrate packs a big fiber punch and comes in many shapes and sizes. Before you dive into our third oat-centric recipe, look back at our first oat recipe to learn about the many amazing benefits of incorporating oats into your diet!

Our third oat-centric recipe is just as preppable as the previous two, super kiddo-friendly and might even feel like a sweet treat! This recipe is adapted from The Healthy Maven.

Oatmeal Energy Balls

Serving size: 1 ball | Number of servings: 20

Nutrition facts per serving: Calories – 88 | Fat – 4.5g | Carbs – 9g | Protein – 4g

Prep time: 20m | Cook time: None! Just pop’em in the fridge

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups quaker oats
  • ½ cup scoop protein powder
  • 4 tbsp milk of your choice (nutrition facts for original almond milk)
  • ½ cup natural smooth peanut butter
  • 3 tbsp natural honey
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup 70% dark chocolate chunks
  • ½ tsp of cinnamon

Instructions:

  1. Add oats, protein powder, cinnamon and chia seeds to a large bowl.
  2. Add in peanut butter, honey and vanilla extract. Stir to combine.
  3. Add in chocolate chunks. Mixture should be slightly sticky but still crumbly.
  4. Slowly add 1 Tbsp of liquid at a time and using your hands (don’t be afraid) combine until mixture comes together in a sticky ball that holds together. 
  5. Roll into balls 1-1 ½ inches in diameter using hands and and place on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  6. Let sit in fridge for at least 20 minutes.
  7. Enjoy all week!

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