Healthy Energy Balls that taste anything but. Every Chocolate and Peanut Butter lover should save this recipe.
Healthy snacks are pretty much an essential in our home. Adam and I have always eaten smaller meals throughout the day with a couple of snacks here and there. Not only do I like to make my own snacks, but I’ve really been concentrating on making healthy yet satisfying ones over the last couple of months. We’re still getting settled into our new home and have just a few projects (that require quite a bit of muscle work) left. So I decided to stock up our “good for you” options that’ll provide us with plenty of energy.
And when I stumbled upon this new to me recipe, I knew instantly that I had to share it with all of you. This one’s simply too good not to.
Ya’ll know by now that I love a great bite, truffle, ball or whatever you want to call ’em. I don’t discriminate between healthy and indulgent, but when both of them come together, I can’t resist. And I bet you can’t either once you give them a go!
While they might not look like the most delicious things ever, I can assure you that they most certainly are. I have to use all of my self-control to keep from eating the entire batch before we start our actual work. Being greeted by these bites every time I open the fridge doors, is all I need for motivation. I can hardly wait to get started on our projects, ha!
I can’t get over the richness and fudginess. These balls are serious contenders for peanut butter cups, but will leave you feeling so much better after devouring a few.
We can thank 5 wonderful ingredients. Crunchy peanut butter, hazelnuts, unsweetened or raw cocoa powder, honey and dates. I’m quickly falling head over heels for dates when it comes to sweet treats and snacks. The natural sweetness and chewiness they lend to all kinds of different things is to die for. I have been buying and experimenting with dates like there’s no tomorrow.
Now that school is out, I can totally see how kids would not only love to eat but help make them as well. It really is the perfect summer project since there’s absolutely no heat and just a few minutes of prep time involved. I am pretty sure kids and adults alike will adore them equally.
Happy Wednesday, friends!
- 3.5 oz hazelnuts
- 10-11 oz dates (about 13), pitted
- 9 oz crunchy peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/4 cup unsweetened or raw cocoa powder
- 1. Using your food processor, pulse hazelnuts until fine crumbs form. Add dates and pulse until smooth and combined with the ground hazelnuts.
- Transfer mixture to a medium bowl and stir in peanut butter and honey until smooth. Add cocoa powder and mix until completely incorporated.
- Form "dough" into balls (about 1 tablespoon per ball) and place on a plate or baking sheet. Cover with clear wrap and keep refrigerated. Enjoy!