Gluten-free, Dairy-free, refined sugar-free, no-bake
If there is one thing I like the most, it is the combination of peanut butter and chocolate. So inevitably I am going to make a ton of recipes that has it right? Before we get into the details of this specific recipe, take a look at some other fantastic, healthy and yummy options that contain peanut and chocolate:
- Peanut butter and chocolate frozen banana cuties
- Goey PB chocolate chip cookies
- Oatmeal chocolate chip bliss balls
Now back to our chocolate peanut butter balls. The original recipe was my mom’s and we used to make every christmas! And it is delicious, but it contains butter and icing sugar- I do my best to be dairy free and avoid refined sugar as often as possible. So this year I decided to give it a makeover that removed both of these ingredients, which also made it vegan! I am so happy to say that it is as good as our orginal recipe, and dare I say that it is even BETTER! My recipe only requires 5 simple ingredients as shown below, plus the chocolate chips to coat. There is one ingredient that I find works so well to sweeten this recipe, and that is the coconut flour nectar. I would really try to order it on amazon or try to find it in your local health food shop. It has a wonderful sweetness to it and it is not refined like traditional white sugar. It is a perfect natural sugar substitute. The nectar is made from the coconut blossom and it is minimally processed to remove the water at low temperatures. It makes a super thick syrup similar to maple syrup and molasses. It is worth adding to your healty repetoir!
What else goes into this recipe?
- Rice krispies- I typically use the organic brown rice crispy rice cereal shown above
- Peanut butter (DUH!!)
- Chopped Walnuts
- Shredded unsweetned coconut flakes
- Dark chocolate chips with coconut oil for the coating
There are a couple of tips I like to offer when making this recipe. First, when you combine your ingredients for the inside of the balls, be sure to let it sit in the fridge for a long enough time to allow it to harden up. Otherwise you will end up with a mess on your hands, and have a tough time rolling them and they can even fall apart. I like to leave them for a coule hours as this works best for the texture for rolling. The second tip I have would be to then freeze the balls before coating in chocolate. Since the chocolate chips will be melted, they will be warm, and when the balls are frozen, they hold their shape better
This is a beautiful treat to serve for guest or even give away as a gift. The fact that it is no bake makes it super simple and you really can’t mess it up if you aren’t naturally a baker!! The recipe makes about 48 balls but they go quickly so you might want to make a double batch! They keep in the fridge for months, and even longer in the freezer.
So what are we waiting for? Let’s make these yummy choclate peanut butter balls now!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls
A healthy dessert that is gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free. No bake, and easy to make, these chocolate peanut balls won't last long
- 1 cup organic natural peanut butter
- 1 cup coconut flour nectar
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1.5 cups rice krispies/crispy rice cereal
- 1.25 cups dark vegan chocolate chips
- 2 tsp coconut oil
In a large mixing bowl, combine the peanut butter and coconut flour nectar and mix well
Add walnuts, coconut flakes and rice krispies. Mix well.
Place in fridge for 1- 2 hours to chill well. This allows it to form a ball much easier
Remove from fridge, and roll into about 24-28 balls. Place onto a baking sheet lined with wax paper
Place the balls in the freezer for another 1-2 hours. This helps with the chocolate coating
In a double boiler, melt the chocolate chips with the coconut oil. Coat each ball and place back onto wax paper
Let cool in fridge.
Can store in the fridge or freezer for several months
4.3g Saturated fat
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