Peanut butter and chocolate is always a good idea! These indulgent bites are actually pretty nutritious and keep those cranky chocolate cravings at bay. Can't eat peanuts? Sub the PB for any nut butter.
The recent nut butter addiction is our favourite food craze (although technically peanuts are actually legumes!!). A little roasting and blending and you've got the best homemade snack. Or take it one step further and create these delicious nutrient-dense bites. Peanuts are full of unsaturated fats which are very important for your heart health. They help to reduce the amount of 'bad' LDL cholesterol in your blood. And also lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. They're full of the mineral potassium which is critical for your organs to function correctly. If you don't get enough potassium you're looking at an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, arthritis and cancer. Always make sure to buy 100% natural peanut butter or make your own with a food processor. Most shop-bought peanut butters are full of added sugar and oils — if you've tasted pure peanut butter you know these are so unnecessary.
- 250g peanut butter (always use 100% peanut butter)
- 3-4 TBSP maple syrup (sweeten as little or much as you'd like)
- 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
- 4-6 TBSP almond meal
- 75g dark chocolate (we use 85%)
- 1 TBSP coconut oil
- pinch of sea salt flakes
- 1 TBSP shredded coconut (toasted)
- 1 TBSP cacao nibs
*Makes 8-10 bites
- Mix the peanut butter with the maple syrup and vanilla.
- Next mix in the almond meal one tablespoon at a time until the mixture holds together well — you might need more or less depending on how solid your peanut butter was to start.
- Roll the mixture into balls and place in the fridge for at least 15 minutes.
- Melt the chocolate and coconut oil in a saucepan over a low heat.
- Dip the peanut butter bites into the chocolate and evenly coat them (we used a spoon and fork to lift it in and out of the chocolate).
- Add a pinch of sea salt flakes, cacao nibs and coconut on top of each bite.
- Place the bites in the fridge until the chocolate hardens — ~15 minutes.
- Store in the fridge in a sealed container.