Peanut butter and chocolate balls

October 21, 2016

 Having lived to tell the tale of the Juice Cleanse Crusade, allow me to introduce you to a healthy and on-the-go snack that your tastebuds and tummy will both thank you for – peanut butter balls. In full disclosure to you (because honesty upfront is important), I made these little bites of delight a few days ago (before my juice cleanse) – I attempted to bake during the Juice Cleanse Crusade, without much luck or vigour (although in my defence, and for obvious reasons i couldn’t taste anything that I was making, so that idea was scrapped fairly quickly).

Personally speaking, I’m not particularly a fan of protein shakes and/ or protein bars. I’m on team-organic on this one and believe that you’re better off consuming your daily dose of protein from the food that you eat. Allow me to detract for a moment with a tit-bit of of food trivia – 100g of peanut butter contains approximately 25g of protein – which is quite a bit considering that it’s such a small amount. This recipe uses one cup of peanut butter (258g protein – if you’d like to know the math) – which is more than sufficient to keep you going over a few days.

 

Protein and muscle gain aside, knowing that you have something to nibble on when you are low on energy is always a bonus – if only to replenish low blood pressure and blood sugar levels (a personal upshot for me given my constant low BP and low sugar status). Give these peanut butter balls a bash… I’m almost certain you’ll be more than satisfied and may even find yourself grabbing a few before rushing out the door to your next appointment/ gym session.

 Peanut butter balls recipe:
Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of peanut butter (organic, because the normal one makes this too sweet)

  • 1/3 cup honey

  • 1 cup almond flour 

  • 250g dark chocolate

Method:

  • Melt the honey and peanut butter together

  • Sieve the almond flour and add it to the honey and peanut butter mixture- preferably in a mixer to combine correctly. 

  • Once well combined, use your hands to make small round balls. This is a lot easier than you think. If it is a bit too stick for you, use almond flour on your hands to prevent it sticking to you. 

  • Let cool in the fridge for about 10 minutes. While this is happening, melt the chocolate. 

  • Dip the peanut butter balls in the chocolate, coat the whole ball and use a small teaspoon to remove it from the chocolate (a fork will pierce the ball and give it an obscure look).

  • Cool the peanut butter balls in the fridge for about 15 minutes, and bon appetit!

 

 

 

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