The only thing that could make PB&J better is adding some chocolate into the mix. These are so easy to whip together and last all week in the fridge. Such a great snack to get you over the afternoon slump or get you ready for a workout!
We're chocolate obsessed (eating some dark mint chocolate as we type this!) so we're pretty happy that it's actually good for you. Not all chocolate is created equal though. The higher the cocoa solids (we always try for above 80%) and the lower the sugar the better — always read the ingredients and compare brands! Dark chocolate is full of iron, antioxidants, and stress-relieving magnesium. Mixed with our favourite fruit, raspberries, you're getting an extra dose of antioxidants and heart healthy potassium. Last but not least, good old peanut butter. Peanuts are full of unsaturated fats and protein so these energy balls really have it all!
- 250g crunchy peanut butter (100% peanut butter)
- 2-4 TBSP maple syrup (sweeten as little or much as you'd like)
- 1 TBSP cacao powder
- 3 TBSP ground almonds (less or more depending on how runny your peanut butter is)
- 1 TBSP coconut oil
- 45g dark chocolate (we used Pana 80%)
- 2-3 TBSP freeze-dried raspberries (or use a handful of fresh or frozen strawberries)
- Mix the peanut butter with the maple syrup.
- Melt the dark chocolate slowly on a low heat, mixing very often.
- Mix in half the dark chocolate, followed by the raspberries.
- Then mix in the cacao powder followed by the ground almonds (add the almonds 1 TBSP at a time until it holds together well).
- Roll the mixture into balls and place in the fridge or freezer for at least 15 minutes.
- Mix the remaining chocolate with coconut oil (it should melt once mixed with the warm chocolate).
- Drizzle the chocolate over the energy balls and sprinkle with some freeze-dried raspberries.
- Store in the fridge in a sealed container.