I would have shared these healthy peanut butter crunch balls with you sooner, but the truth is, I didn’t have any photos to go with the recipe.
That’s the problem with being a food photographer and working full time at another job. You don’t get enough light to take pictures during the week.
I developed the recipe earlier this week and I knew I wanted to share it with you guys for the holidays. I know I’m last minute, but at least I got to share the recipe before Christmas! Just before driving home to see our family.
And before the freezing rain starts… We’re expecting two storms over the weekend, including 20-30 cm of snow on Christmas day. I guess we’ll have a white Christmas after all! I know it may be inconvenient for those travelling that day, but I love having a cozy, white Christmas.
Now, for today’s recipe.
It’s very simple and requires only 5 ingredients! 6 if you add the crispy rice cereal, which I highly recommend.
All you need to do is process the peanuts in a food processor until they turn to small crumbs. Then, add the dates, peanut butter and vanilla and process until the mixture sticks together when pressed. It may form a ball during processing – that’s okay. That’s when I remove the blade from the food processor and stir in the cereal. Finally, form little balls using the palm of your hands and store in the freezer until you’re ready to dip them in chocolate. If you’re using unsweetened chocolate like I do, you may want to stick with a little drizzle of chocolate on each peanut butter ball. Dipping them in chocolate may make them a little too bitter. If you’re going for dark chocolate, then I highly recommend dipping them for a real treat.
It’s Christmas time, you deserve a little treat. 🙂
This is the last recipe I’m sharing before the new year, but I’m excited to come back with some healthy recipes in January. So with that, I wish you all a happy holiday!
I use natural, salted peanut butter. If using unsalted peanut butter, add 1/8 teaspoon of salt.
If you try this recipe, make sure to tag your photo #unsweetenedcaroline on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter! Don’t forget to also tag me @unsweetened.caroline on Instagram so I can see your creations!