A few days ago I posted two recipes for energy balls. The first was a dessert ball promoted by Dr. Oz that mixes peanut butter and dark chocolate. But I couldn’t find exact measures on his site, so I did my best to recreate them at least to test the taste. In that case I used two parts peanut butter to one part dark chocolate.
The second energy ball was one with peanut butter, honey, flax meal and mini chocolate chips along with a few other ingredients. These are delicious for a snack or for dessert. You can check them both here: http://www.nanaclareskitchen.com/2012/04/24/great-balls-of-energy/
But today on Dr. Oz, he suggested mixing equal parts of peanut butter and oats and rolling them into balls to eat for dessert.
So I tried it and they just tasted like a spoonful of peanut butter. Which I adore, but I wouldn’t call it dessert.
So I got out my Ghiradelli dark chocolate chips, measured some into a bowl, melted them and dipped the little balls. After a few minutes in the freezer, they were ready to be tasted. Both my hubby and I felt they qualify as a delicious treat.
I wanted to find out what the nutritional count was, so I took the numbers off the containers and did the math. After the directions, I’ll tell you what I found out. (Yes, you can skip ahead if you need to )
4 TBS chunky peanut butter (I used Skippy.)
4 TBS quick oats (I used a store brand.)
32 dark chocolate chips (I used Ghiradelli, so 32 chips are two servings and amounted to about 3 TBS)
Mix the oats and peanut butter in a small bowl.
Roll into six balls.
Chill in freezer for a minute or two.
Melt chocolate in microwave.
Roll the balls in the chocolate and put back into the freezer for a minute to set up.
So each ball contains the following nutrients:
Calories – 101
Fat – 7.5 g
Sugars – 3 g
Fiber – 1.6 g
Protein – 3 g
The fiber and protein help offset the sugar and fat. Also because the chocolate is on the outside, it’s the first thing our tastebuds encounter, so your brain may register this as more sugar than it is. (My brain did!)
So here’s another fun and easy dessert you can enjoy with my three favorite foods – peanut butter, oats and dark chocolate. Make these in minutes – double or triple the recipe so you have some to share. You’ll be glad you did.