I’ve posted several variations on peanut butter balls. As Energy Balls, Healthy Fudge Balls, Christmas Buckeyes, Easter eggs and Sesame Seed – Date Delights, to name a few. I’ve even played with several variations of Dr. Oz’s Peanut Butter and Oat Balls.
Some are made with powdered sugar, or dry milk for a binder. Others have oats and honey.
For the past few months I’ve been making a very simple peanut butter energy ball that goes together quickly. These seem like the perfect little dessert when you’re trying not to eat sugar. Note I said “trying.” They’re also a great energy pick-me-up.
And they’re portable. Make a batch and store in your fridge for a week or so and you can grab them on your way out the door to dance or horseback riding lessons or track or whatever your munchkins are up to.
For a festive change, this time I wrapped the peanut butter mixture around an unwrapped Hershey’s dark chocolate kiss. Then I rolled them in coconut. Yes, it’s a bit messier than just dipping them out with a small scoop, but the result was a fun surprise. My hubby’s eyes sure lit up when he bit into one and found a mouthful of dark chocolate.
Basic energy ball ingredients:
1/2 cup quick oats
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 TBS honey
4 TBS dry roasted sesame seeds
4 TBS mini (or regular) chocolate chips (optional, but so delicious!)
1/2 cup – or more coconut (optional, but so delicious!)
Put the sesame seeds in a non stick frying pan over medium heat.
Dry roast seeds for 2-3 minutes until they turn golden. Take them off the heat to cool.
Mix together all the ingredients and form into balls.
Roll them in coconut.
Alternate Idea with Dark Chocolate Kisses
Leave out the mini chips.
Unwrap your chocolate kisses.
Wrap a tablespoon of the wonderful peanut butter mixture around the kiss.
Roll in coconut if you like.
Serve at room temp to get the full flavor of the chocolate.
This is a smile guarantee. And maybe you’ll get a kiss:)