Quick and easy homemade chocolate peanut butter balls recipe. Make some nearly nutritious candy at home. Give it of keep it!
It's so simple to make you may want to do both.
Best of all, it's a nearly guilt-free confection! Nearly.
Healthy cocoa combined with peanut butter packs a beneficial punch. Not ready to give it a try? Read on...
What makes this candy reasonably healthy? Well, both peanut butter and natural cocoa powder contain...
Peanut butter also contains...
Together they provide some important nutrients and minerals.
But bad 'ol Mr. Fat is present too! Cocoa powder contributes a little but pb has a lot fat in it.
The good news is that most of the fat is poly or monounsaturated! Those are thought to be better for you.
So these chocolate peanut butter balls are not in the health food category. But compared to most candy you buy (check the nutrition facts) these are reasonably healthy!
And made with quality ingredients! Real cocoa and real chocolate.
Don't forget about the health benefits of dark chocolate!
Now I know you're ready to go!
1/2 cup (90g) peanut butter
1/4 cup natural (28g) cocoa powder
2/3 cup powdered (86g) sugar
Put all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Mix on low.
Scrape bowl well. Then mix until it looks like this
It'll be a little dry and crumbly.
Now take a tablespoon of chocolate peanut butter ball dough.
Pour it into your hand.
Work the dough into a ball shape by rolling it in the palm of your hand.
Gently squeeze and roll till you achieve the desired shape.
Repeat till you use up all the mix.
The recipe makes about 20 peanut butter balls. You can enjoy them plain or you can cover them with chocolate.
Plain would be the healthier option. The chocolate coating will add more fat along with the added antioxidants.
If you choose to dip them, here's how to do it...
Take 2 ounces (121g) of semisweet baking chocolate and place in a microwavable bowl.
Heat for about 30 seconds.
Stir, then microwave again for about 20 seconds.
Then stir again till smooth.
Still not melted smooth? You may need to reheat the chocolate another 15 seconds or so.
Be very careful not to burn the chocolate! Reheat for very short intervals. It burns easily.
Now that it's nice and smooth, drop a pb ball into the chocolate and roll around with a spoon till completely covered.
You can use your fingers, I do. Be sure the chocolate is not too hot though!
Place the dipped candy onto wax paper or a plate or cookie sheet.
Let dry. You may speed hardening of the coating by putting the candy in the fridge.
After it's dry, store it in a closed container away from heat.
Then enjoy the awesome chocolateyness mixed with the creamy peanut butter!
Remember this candy makes an inexpensive, sorta healthy gift for someone. Or a really great treat to keep handy in the fridge! Try your hand at rolling your own chocolate peanut butter balls today.
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