Oh, my – I just have to share these luscious little balls of chocolate-nut-butter goodness! And yes I made them healthier! But notice how I don’t go so far as to call these healthy, just healthier? They are still a melt-in-your-mouth, candy-worthy treat, just packed with a bit more nutrition and good-for-your-body-ness. ‘Cause we could all use a bit of that, couldn’t we?
So now that were all clear on what makes these good – um, CHOCOLATE – what makes them healthier? Organic brown rice puffs, natural peanut butter, coconut oil and just a 1/3 cup of honey to sweeten three dozen candies! Oh, and that chocolate is dark, of course, full of antioxidants as well as deep, full chocolate flavor.
But I’m here to tell you that no one will think they are healthier, they’ll just think they are wonderful, delicious, satisfying chocolate crispy peanut butter balls. I know because I didn’t tell my family…and they didn’t ask.
Try them on your family and see what they think!
Healthier Chocolate Crispy Peanut Butter Balls
- 1 c. natural peanut butter (or almond, cashew, etc. butter)
- 2 Tb. coconut oil, melted (or butter, softened)
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla (optional)
- 1/3 c. honey
- 2 1/4 c. brown rice crispy cereal/puffs (any kind of puffed cereal really)
- 1 pkg. (10-12 oz.) dark chocolate chips
- In a large bowl mix together all the ingredients except the rice cereal until smooth.
- Add the brown rice cereal and mix well with a wooden spoon.
- Use a small cookie scoop to help shape into balls and place on a lined cookie sheet. Tip: run your hands under a bit of water if the dough starts to stick to your fingers as you shape them.
- Refrigerate until solid, about an hour (or freeze for 10-15 minutes).
- When ready to dip the peanut butter balls, melt the chocolate in a double boiler or the microwave (if using the microwave, heat only 1 min. and stir until all is melted).
- Dip each ball into the chocolate (I use a three-pronged meat fork to pick each coated ball out, tapping off excess chocolate on the edge of the bowl) and place back on the lined cookie sheet. Refrigerate until the chocolate is set.
- Serve while still cold (they melt) or place the balls in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator or freezer.
Makes 3 dozen.
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