Healthy Peanut-Coco-Chocolate Balls
Did you say peanut butter, coconut and chocolate combined? hmmm... that must soothe my soul for sure 🙂 I knew that making those little delicious peanut-coco-chocolate balls were a great idea to calm my mind down. And here is why:
In case you've read my About page you know that I struggle with anxiety. I have to say though that my anxiety was getting better and better over the last couple of months. Obviously I understand that it might take years until I completely caught up with everything but a couple of weeks ago I had a major set-back. Anxiety struck me as hard as it hadn't in almost half a year, like before I started therapy and changing my lifestyle completely. I was super disappointed because I thought, as bad as it was before, it wouldn't become anymore... But well, I was wrong and I realised that it doesn't make sense to be mad at myself and that my body and mind needs time. So, I thought how can I make myself feel better? Answer is pretty easy: Preparing a sweet treat 🙂
After I started changing my lifestyle, I realised early on that processed & unhealthy food actually influences my anxiety, mood and the way I felt in general quite a bit. However I love desserts to soothe my soul, so it had to be something sweet, vegan and without any processed sugar.
Who thought that these Peanut-Coco-Chocolate Balls could help me that much?!
Cooking and baking are some of the things that really make me happy and put a smile in my face. So I thought I could go an prepare those Peanut-Coco-Chocolate Balls to get my mind of my anxiety.* So I went into the kitchen and switched on the music, listening to Natiruts, an amazing Brasilian band. If you don't know them, you should really check them out!
Having good music in the background already helped a lot but additionally, this recipe only requires few ingredients, is completely free from any processed sugar and is super simple to prepare. That gives the Peanut-Coco-Chocolate Balls a very nice taste, because they are not overly sweet and are a tiny bit salty through the salted Peanuts. Best part is that an oven isn't needed for this recipe, only some space in your freezer.
This recipe will give you about 70 Peanut-Coco-Chocolate Balls, depending on how big you form them.
- 1/4 cup of almond meal
- 2 medjool dates or 5 normal dates soaked for 20min in hot water
- 1/2 cup of shredded/desiccated coconut
- 1/2 cup of salted peanuts
- 1/2 cup of peanut butter
- 1 cup or 230gr of chocolate (non-dairy for vegan)
- Soak dates in hot water for 15 min. in case you don't have medjool dates
- Process dates & almond meal in the food processor until small, sticky mixture remains and then take out and set aside
- Place peanuts into food processor and pulse until you obtain meal with some small chunks
- Next add the peanut butter and mix until well combined
- Next add the almond and dates mixture and pulse until it forms a loose but sticky dough
- Take out a bit of dough to form small little balls with your hands, about the size of a cherry or a grape
- Place them on a plate lined with parchment paper and pop them into the freezer for 30 min. to harden
- After 25 min. start melting the chocolate over a double boiler. And take the bowl off once it's all melted
- Take out the balls in batches, 10 at a time. Dip into the melted chocolate, make sure they are well coated. Let the excess chocolate drop into the bowl before placing them back onto the parchment paper lined plate and into the freezer.
- Repeat until all balls are coated and re-heat chocolate as needed. Adding a little bit of coconut oil helps that the melted chocolate doesn't get hard too fast
- Once the Peanut-Coco-Chocolate balls have been in the freezer for 1 hour, place them into an airtight container and keep in freezer or fridge for optimum freshness
I know getting 70 balls out of this sounds like a lot, but I got to confess, they didn't last very long in my freezer. It's just too tempting taking one or two or three out of the freezer when you pass the kitchen 😀
In case you are preparing them, let me know by leaving a comment. Don’t forget to tag a picture with #krisoak on Instagram. I'd love to know your opinion about this recipe? Do you like desserts that are not overly sweet?
*Just a side note here, in case there are people reading this that are having anxiety issues too. Doing something to get your mind of it won't solve any issues! It's really important that you deal with and confront your anxiety. In my case, I used baking to get back to my normal self because in that moment I simply wasn't able to have any rational thought. After my baking session, I felt well enough to think and understand what had caused this anxiety attack...
**I'm using a Magimix 4200XL foodprocessor
***this recipe is inspired from Minimalist Baker
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