Thursday, January 16, 2014

Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites

Have there ever been two things that go together better than peanut butter and chocolate? Maybe, but I know that for me the combination of these two is irresistible. But even though reaching for that Reese's Peanut Butter cup again and again is tempting, deep down we know it's not the best choice. These, on the other hand, are equally irresistible, but a much better choice. With only four ingredients, and no refined sugar, these little bites quench that craving without the lingering guilt!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites
PREP: 10 minutes           Refrigerate: 60 minutes            READY IN: 1 hour, 10 minutes

  SIMPLE         HEALTHY      YUM
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  • 1/2 cup peanuts
  • 10-12 dates, cut into small pieces and soaked
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup melted dark chocolate (I try to stick to 60% or higher) 


  1. In a medium-size food processor, blend the peanuts until they are finely ground (but not yet to a paste). Add in the dates, peanut butter, and continue pulsing until everything comes together into a semi-smooth mash. If you need to, you can add in a few drops of water to keep things moving.
  2. Spoon out teaspoon-sized scoops, and form them into 16-18 balls. Place them on a parchment-lined tray and place in the freezer for about 30 minutes.
  3. Once the peanut butter balls are hardened, coat them with dark chocolate by dipping them in melted chocolate and then replacing them in the fridge or freezer for another 20-30 minutes.


    1 teaspoon-sized bite    74 calories   5.1 g fat   6.6 g carbs    2.2 g protein    4.7 g sugar   

Recipe adapted from Pinch of Yum.

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