It’s always good to have a healthier version of your favorite things. For some reason, I love peanut butter balls, but they are usually made with powdered sugar. I guess that’s the only bad part, which is not too bad if you think about it. But of course, I can’t eat just one. I’ve decided to make a healthy peanut butter ball recipe that gives me nutrients if I am to eat five of them at once.
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Healthy Peanut Butter Ball Recipe
This healthy peanut butter ball recipe uses dates to sweeten and at the same time, thicken the peanut butter balls along with coconut flour. The chocolate is made from coconut oil and cocoa powder with a natural sweetener like honey or maple syrup to your preference. If you’d like to use chocolate chips instead to coat these, that’s totally fine.
Dates contain fiber, beneficial for our digestion. They do have natural sugars as they are a dried fruit. Dates also have a bunch of minerals included along with rather than simple sugar that has nothing good.
Peanut butter contains fats and proteins, both necessary for the body. This part helps us keep feeling full. They also have vitamin E, a helpful fat soluble vitamin for its antioxidant properties.
Coconut flour contains fat and protein unlike its empty white flour refined counterpart. This is used as a drier or a thickener here and a little goes a long way. It gives us more benefit from a small amount than does white flour.
Coconut oil benefits have been overstated all over the place. Basically, it’s a type of fat that’s going to be used for energy and not be stored. ive talked about coconut oil many times before.
Cocoa powder contains iron, magnesium, all good things. It’s not the cocoa that’s bad, it’s the added sugar. If we make our own, we can add however much we like and make sure it’s at least a good type of sweetener.
I wouldn’t say these are nutrient packed, but they are not processed as simple white sugar so I feel better about including them.
Fresh Flavors: Enjoy this healthy peanut butter ball recipe for more nutrients in your guilt free snack.
Peanut Butter Balls
Peanut butter ball
- 1 1/4 cup pitted dates
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/4 cup coconut flour
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 2-4 tbsp honey/other sweetener of choice
Peanut Butter Balls
- Put all ingredients for peanut butter balls into a food processor and process until creamy. Make sure you're able to form a ball with the end result. If too dry, add peanut butter. Dates can be more moist or less depending on the brand. My peanut butter was natural and runnier, therefore the amount of coconut flour was fine. Your peanut butter may be different as well. Make balls and place them in a pan with parchment paper so they don't stick later. This will make about 12 balls. Put them in the freezer for about an hour to harden.
- Melt the coconut oil and cocoa powder and desired amount of honey either on a double boiler or in the microwave. Make sure to mix well! The honey settles at the bottom and can make some taste sweet and some not, oops. Make sure to taste to make sure you like the level of bitterness or sweetness. Alternatively, melt some chocolate chips and call it good.
Dip Peanut Butter Balls
- Take peanut butter balls out of the freezer and dip them in the melted chocolate mixture. Place back on the parchment paper so they don't stick. Put back in the freezer and store there, or store in the fridge for a slightly softer ball. *You will have extra melted chocolate. You could put it into molds to make homemade chocolate if you want or discard. But nobody should be discarding extra chocolate.