Sweet Treat Without Feeling Defeat? Healthy Peanut Chocolate Balls
January is a difficult time of the year, so many of us are vowing to get into shape, get healthy or lose a few pounds; but going from the festive pig-out to celery sticks and cabbage is no fun. Why make it hard? Why not enjoy some sweet treats that are still full of goodness but banish those chocolate cravings in one hit........ here is the recipe for our super yummy but good-for-you treats. Lets get started.
Peanut Chocolate Balls
Makes around 15 - 20 balls
Takes 15 minutes to prepare, no cooking required.
You will need a food processor, 15-20 paper cake cases and a small bowl.
200g Medjool Dates pitted
140g Natural, unsweetened Crunchy or Smooth Peanut Butter.
2 Heaped tablespoons raw Cacao powder
2 Tablespoons pure runny honey
2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Cold Pressed Coconut Oil placed in a small bowl and melted.
50g Ground Almonds
Optional - For an extra chocolate crunch add a sprinkle of Cocoa Nibs
This recipe is very simple and will use very minimal dishes. Simply place the dates, the peanut butter, the cacao powder, the honey, the melted coconut oil and the ground almonds into your food processer and mix on the slowest setting. After around 30 seconds take the lid off and give the mixture a quick stir, turn the processor onto the higher setting and mix until a dough forms. If your food processor is very small you may need to split the mixture into two lots. If you are using Cocoa Nibs stir them into the dough at this point.
Take small amounts of the mixture into your clean hands and roll into balls similar to the size of a truffle. Place each ball in a cake case.
Your Chocolate Peanut Balls can be stored in the freezer and simply left to defrost for a few moments before enjoying with a cup of tea. You can munch on these safe in the knowledge that you are not undoing all your good work if you nibble on them in moderation.
Enjoy, and send us any photos of your own creations.
This post was written by Becky Whittaker for online speciality grocery store Tastebox.
- Becky Whittaker