There’s little that goes together better than chocolate and peanut butter. Those delicious peanut butter balls are the first things that I pop into my mouth during the Christmas season. I wanted to find a version that didn’t have cups of icing sugar – because if I’m going to be eating that much icing sugar – I want a cake to go with it. Plus, I wanted a healthier version for those days that you’ve got a kid home sick (until they’ve miraculously recovered enough for a Matty B Dance Party) and the days that you’ve forgotten to turn the oven on, twice, for lunch.
These healthier peanut butter balls were the third recipe that we tried today, and we made a couple of adjustments, like adding the puffed quinoa to give them more of that familiar crunch.
Healthier Peanut Butter Balls
1 cup natural peanut butter
3-4 tablespoons pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons coconut flour
6 tablespoons puffed quinoa
1/2 regular size dark chocolate bar
1/2 tsp coconut oil
Mix the peanut butter and the maple syrup together. Stir it together for thirty seconds to a minute and the mixture will thicken. I used the natural peanut butter and maple syrup from Costco for this recipe.
After the mixture has thickened, add in 1-2 tablespoons of the coconut flour, mix.
Add in the puffed quinoa, for some delicious crunch.
Use a regular size cookie scoop, and scoop them on to parchment paper before sticking in the freezer for thirty minutes.
In a glass dish, melt the chocolate with a half teaspoon of coconut oil and drizzle over the top. You could dip these into chocolate for the more traditional appearance. I used a half of a Camino chocolate bar and a wean green container, so I could stick the chocolate in the fridge and re-melt as I needed to.
Drizzle over the frozen peanut butter balls.
Store in the freezer. Eat them cold, they’re delicious. Makes 12 chocolate drizzled peanut butter balls.
Note: you can add a tablespoon of coconut flour if the peanut butter used was runny, or a tablespoon of coconut flour if you need to thicken. As long as you can scoop it and it stays in shape, the dough is the right consistency.