Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Easy 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Balls

I like to have easy, delicious and healthy snacks available to grab whenever I am hungry but too busy to make a proper meal. These peanut butter balls perfectly fit the bill. Three ingredients; peanut butter, coconut, and dark chocolate, (a pinch of salt is optional) provide a guilt free and satisfying treat that keeps me full for hours.

These easy-breezy balls require no more work than mixing peanut butter and coconut together, forming the balls, chilling and dipping into melted chocolate chips. Allow to chill and they are ready to pop in your mouth. I often make a double batch and keep in the fridge for up to a week. Mid morning snack? Yes. A couple for lunch? Of course.  Afternoon treat? OK. Dessert? Absolutely. Enjoy!

Easy 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Balls
(makes 12)

2 cups freshly ground peanut butter, room temperature (I grind my peanut butter fresh using the machines at the market)
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
10 oz best quality dark chocolate chips (I like the Chocolove dark chocolate chips brand)
1/2 tsp salt (optional and makes this a 4 ingredient dish!)

Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

Place peanut butter and coconut in a medium bowl and mix together. Taste and add salt if desired. Using an ice cream scoop, melon baller or 2 spoons, create 12 balls. Add balls to prepared baking sheet and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Melt chocolate in the top pan of a double boiler. Dip ball with a fork into melted chocolate. Let excess drip off and add back to baking sheet.  Refrigerate balls until firm (a minimum of 2 hours).
Serve. Will keep for one week covered and refrigerated.

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