Recently I have significantly reduced processed sugar in my life. No, I don’t quit at all, I still love my weekend’s croissant and a piece of cake occasionally. My goal was to reduce the processed sugar intake on a daily basis. Let me give you an example. Every time after my lunch or dinner, I need something sweet. Before it used to be few cookies, chocolate, anything sweet and full of unnecessary calories. So one day I told to myself that I should try to find a healthier version to satisfy these sweet cravings. I remembered sharing a healthy energy balls recipe here a long time ago. I thought it was a right time to prepare them again. I admit I had completely forgot how delicious they were. It’s been few weeks now since I jumped on my healthy/energy/sweet balls train.
That is how energy balls have became a staple in my fridge and my after lunch/dinner sweet snack. I’ve been looking for new recipes and I came across this one with peanut butter and chocolate. I am not the biggest fan of peanut butter, but I still decided to give it a go. Well these balls do taste a lot peanut butter, so be sure you like it in general, otherwise you won’t enjoy them. The bites are really rich, soft and little pieces of nuts give you some crunchiness. You can keep them in fridge for about two weeks, so you can make a big batch and have always a sweet and healthy snack ready to go into your tummy.
CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER BALLS slightly adapted from Madeleine Shaw “A year of beautiful eating”
Peanut butter 150g
Almonds (or any other nuts) 75g
Medjool dates, pitted 200g
Coconut oil 2 tbsp
Raw cacao powder 3 tbsp
Ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp
Pinch of salt (if peanut butter is not already salted)
– Place all the ingredients in a food processor and blitz until fully combined.
– Take a tablespoon of the mixture and roll between your hands into a ball. Place all the balls on a baking paper – lined tray.
– Then put the tray into the freezer for 30 minutes to set. Remove and put the balls in the fridge, ready to enjoy. You can keep in the fridge for 2 weeks.
– P.S. if you desire you can roll them in desiccated coconut, or like I did with few of the balls – rolled in ground almonds.