One of the holiday treats I remember having the most from my childhood were peanut butter balls. (That and those peanut butter Ritz cracker sandwiches dipped in chocolate. The peanut butter and chocolate loved started early with this one.) While I’m all for enjoying the real deal in moderation, I also figured it might be fun to try my hand at making a clean eating version of this family favorite!
I did a little searching and found this version, so I tweaked it a bit to get my own clean eating recipe. And I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out! The texture is spot on, and I’d hazard to say that the taste is even a touch better! Plus, I can enjoy this version any time of year without straying too far off of my regular nutrition plan! That’s a total win in my book!
- ¾ cup natural smooth peanut butter
- ¼ cup honey
- ⅛ teaspoon vanilla
- ½ cup coconut flour
- pinch of sea salt
- 4 oz. dark chocolate , melted (for the coating)
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil, melted (for the coating)
- In a medium bowl, combine the peanut butter, honey, vanilla, and salt.
- Gradually add the coconut flour, adding a little at a time until the dough comes together. (I used a full ½ cup of coconut flour, but you may need a little more or less depending on the consistency of your peanut butter.)
- Using a cookie scoop, scoop rounded tablespoons of the filling onto a pan lined with parchment paper. Roll the scoops into smooth balls with your hands. (If your dough is too sticky add more flour and/or wet your hands slightly.
- Allow the balls to set in the freezer for 30 minutes.
- After 30 minutes, melt the chocolate together and coconut oil. (I made a double boiler with a heat-safe glass bowl and a pan of water, but any method should work!)
- Remove the peanut butter balls from the freezer, and roll each one into the melted chocolate, coating each one thoroughly.
- Return the chocolate-covered balls to the parchment paper, and allow to set for 30 minutes before serving.
- Store in the fridge or freezer for longer shelf-life.
I love that you can even create different variations on this recipe with different flavors of nut butter or other varieties of chocolate! But remember that may affect how “clean” your dessert is!
Try the recipe for yourself and see what you think! Have you tried any other clean eating desserts that you love? For more recipe ideas, fitness tips, and inspiration, join our FREE Living Contently Wellness Community here!