A Healthier Classic – “Peanut Butter Balls”

As a little girl one of my favorite Christmas cookie recipes to help my Mom make was Peanut Butter Balls. I have fond memories of dipping the delicious morsels of peanut butter and sugar into a warm bath of melted chocolate. I think often my brothers and I were more harm than help in the process…but in the end we always achieved the same goal…a mess of peanut butter and chocolate goodness.

The original recipe is loaded with butter, highly processed peanut butter, powdered sugar, and waxy chocolate, I would almost say they are more like candy than a cookie…my teeth hurt just thinking about them…but, I LOVE peanut butter and chocolate. So what’s a gal to do? Create a healthier version of course.

This version uses natural peanut butter, pure maple syrup to sweeten, and coconut flour to add texture. I coat them in dark chocolate to complete the combination with less sugar and in my opinion more taste. You will not miss the original version! And these are SO simple to make, regardless of what time of year they would make amazing treats for a party, or to keep in the freezer for when a craving strikes.

Hope these become a Christmas or otherwise tradition in your home as they are in mine.

“Healthier” Peanut Butter Balls

1 c. natural peanut butter (100% natural, peanuts and salt that’s it)
2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
Dash sea salt
4 tsp. coconut flour
2 tsp. vanilla
1.5 oz. dark chocolate
1 tsp. coconut oil

In a small bowl add the peanut butter, vanilla and sea salt, stir together.image

imageThen add the pure maple syrup.

imageYour mixture will be quite runny (more or less depending on how runny your pb is), but keep stirring. The maple syrup with cause the peanut butter to almost seize up and get thick. Stir until thick and coming together nicely.

imageNext add the coconut flour by teaspoon. You want your dough to come together in a ball and not be sticking to the sides of the bowl. Keep add coconut flour until you have achieved a dough that is not too dry, but not too sticky either.

imageRoll the peanut butter dough into small balls, placing them on a large plate, or cookie sheet lined with waxed paper. Place into the freezer to harden.

Meanwhile in the microwave or a double boiler melt the dark chocolate and coconut oil.image

imageTo make a double boiler: add 1 inch of water to a saucepan and set a metal bowl to rest over the top. Bring the water to a boil and melt your chocolate in the metal bowl. Once boiling drop heat to a simmer. It works wonderfully.

Once nicely melted…imageDip the peanut butter balls into the chocolate covering them with a blanket of chocolate. You can dip them using a toothpick or roll them through the chocolate with a spoon.

imagePlace them back onto the waxed paper covered surface. Once all are dipped, place them back into the freezer for about 20-30 minutes to harden.

imageBut lets be honest, you may not be able to wait that long. 🙂 Just get that goodness in your mouth.

Once the chocolate is hardened I would recommend storing the balls in the refrigerator as the chocolate gets soft quickly.

I only made a half batch, since it’s just the two of us, and they didn’t last long. Full batch recommended.

These will be the little starlet of your Christmas cookie plate; decadent and healthy. You are welcome. And Merry Christmas.

Liesl

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