Ever since I was a kid peanut butter balls were a must during the Holiday season. As an adult it still is a favorite but I had to modify a few ingredients to make it a healthier. As you know I am ALL about the butter, real butter. So use grass fed butter which has tons have health benefits. Many peanuts can carry GMO’s which is not good for you. I choose an organic peanut butter which does not carry the harmful chemicals. The standard peanut butter balls I grew up with used processed powdered sugar which is very unhealthy. So I made my own powdered sugar with coconut sugar. If you don’t know coconut sugar actually has nutritional benefits. So I powdered the coconut sugar in a blender with arrowroot to resemble powdered sugar. After mixed the texture is softer and the look is darker then if you used regular powdered sugar. Lastly, I used Enjoy Life chocolate chips because they are free of gluten, dairy, and soy. It is just plain good chocolate.
I hope this holiday season you choose to use healthier ingredients for your favorite Christmas goodies. Enjoy!
Yields: About 37 peanut butter balls
1/2 cup grass fed butter
1 cup organic peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
2.5 cups coconut sugar (ground fine to a powder)
2.5 tablespoons arrowroot
2 cups chocolate chips
1-2 tablespoons coconut oil
1. With a hand mixer or using a spoon, blend the butter in a bowl and whip well.
2. Add peanut butter and blend well together.
3. Add vanilla
4. In a high powdered blender put the coconut sugar and arrowroot and blend until well incorporated. Allow to sit in blender for a minute to allow the powered to stop floating.
5. Slowly add the powdered coconut sugar mixture to the peanut butter mixture and stir until well incorporated.
6. With a spoon roll the mixture into 1 inch balls.
7. Melt the chocolate & coconut oil over a double boiler and keep on low to prevent burning.
8. One at a time roll the peanut butter balls in the chocolate. With a spoon or fork gently shake off excess chocolate. Place the now peanut butter chocolate balls on a baking sheet with parchment paper.
9. To speed up the process I place this backing sheet in the fridge for about 1 hour.
I hope you enjoy these peanut balls as much as my family and I. If you want to learn more about nutrition and your health contact me at Health With Erin.