Our family loves those peanut butter balls rolled in chocolate. But I had to wonder how much more delicious they would be made with almond butter. And I mean the real deal. Ground from almonds before my eyes. Our store has expanded their “health food section” and you can now make peanut butter or almond butter with the flick of a switch. No added ingredients. After wading through the ingredient lists on jars of almond butter, I decided to harvest my own, sans unpronounceable chemicals. The taste is very fresh and delicious.
However, if all you have available is the almond butter in a jar, then use it for these. If your jar lists salt, eliminate the salt in this recipe. But do try them!
Ingredients for 18 – 20 Balls
1 cup almond butter
2 TBS butter
1/2 tsp salt (only if using almond butter that does not contain any salt)
1/2 tsp almond extract (don’t omit!)
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
Mix the almond butter, butter, salt, and almond extract in a bowl and blend well.
Stir in the powdered sugar. Use a small mixer if you like.
The batter will be rather course, but should hold together to form balls.
If it’s too soft, add more powdered sugar. If it’s too stiff, add a bit more almond butter.
Cover a large plate with waxed paper or parchment paper.
Use a tablespoon scoop or measuring spoon to form into balls and place them on the prepared plate.
Refrigerate 20 – 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, put the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and heat 30 seconds at a time until melted.
Roll the chilled almond balls in the chocolate and then place them back on the wax paper.
Pop back into the fridge until the chocolate has set up.
Store them in the fridge for best results and eat within about two weeks – if they last that long.
These are a great snack or dessert that won’t send your blood sugar into overdrive. They are elegant enough to give as a gift, yet simple enough for the kids to make.