Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Balls

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Balls via Queen of Quinoa

Now that Halloween is behind us, and hopefully your children’s candy (and any treats you picked up along the way) have been stashed away, it’s time to enjoy a healthy, vegan treat that you don’t have to feel guilty about.

I’ve always been a fan of chocolate and peanut butter. It’s probably because my mom’s favorite ice cream is Ben & Jerry’s Peanut Butter Cup and we always had it lying around when I was a kid, but to this day I jump for joy when presented with a choco-peanut butter dessert.

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Balls via Queen of Quinoa

But lately, with the release of my book swiftly approaching, I’ve been eating my fair share of dessert, and my waistline has been feeling the extra love. To combat that little bit of pudge that seems to be sitting comfortably on my hips, I needed a treat that was healthy, but still tasty.

You see this is where the problem lies, I have an insane sweet tooth. I love all things about dessert, and always have (thanks, Dad!). As soon as dinner is done each night, I can think of nothing more than a steaming cup of mint tea, accompanied by a scrumptious bite of sweetness.

Enter my favorite combo: peanut butter and chocolate.

I’ve made raw cookie balls before and they always turn out great. What’s so great about raw cookie balls is they’re 1) naturally gluten-free, 2) vegan, 3) comprised of super healthy ingredients and 4) come together in about 5 minutes. How can you go wrong with a dessert that’s super healthy, tastes great and is easy to make?

Choco Chip Peanut Butter Balls via Queen of Quinoa

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Balls

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 12 - 14 balls

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pitted Medjool dates (about 5 - 6)
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/3 cup raw carob chips (or chocolate chips of your choice)
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons water (as needed)

Instructions

  1. Process the dates in a food processor fit with the metal s-blade until finely chopped.
  2. Add the sunflower seeds, coconut, peanut butter and quinoa, and pulse until a dough starts to form.
  3. Add the chocolate chips and pulse to combine.
  4. Add the water, 1 tablespoons at a time, until the dough starts to come together and you can form it into balls with your hands.
  5. Roll the dough into 1-inch balls with your hands and place them in the freezer until set, about 10 minutes.
  6. Store balls in the freezer for the best texture.
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About Queen of Quinoa

Alyssa Rimmer is the quinoa obsessed girl behind the gluten-free blog, the Queen of Quinoa. She loves experimenting with nutritious and whole-food ingredients, and seeks to encourage the everyday home chef that cooking and eating gluten-free can not only be healthy, but also delicious and fun. After struggling with stomach issues throughout her college years, Alyssa decided enough was enough and took her health into her own hands. She started by removing gluten from her diet and hasn’t looked back since. Two happy years have passed and her stomach issues have practically disappeared. Living gluten-free has also helped her to truly discover her passion for cooking and she has embraced her new lifestyle with open arms. With the Queen of Quinoa, Alyssa shares her gluten-free recipes, many of which are focused on the superfood quinoa, and discusses her journey to living a more fulfilled and healthy life. She now also cooks refined sugar-free and although not all her of recipes are vegan, she has loved learning and experimenting with vegan baking. She lives in Burlington, Vermont where she is surrounded by fresh, local produce and is always inspired by the fabulous seasonal ingredients that make this state so special. She is excited to share her recipes with you, as she helps to uncover the amazing world of quinoa.
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12 Responses to Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Balls

  1. mmm those bits look delicious. i never had a date though. I need to try them!
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  2. Oh yum these look soo amazing! I love little cookie balls like this. I think I have everything for these with a few substitutions, I know what I am making later today! :) thanks
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  3. Julia says:

    These looks delicious! I can’t wait to try them out.

  4. Alisa says:

    These are right up my alley! I may need to make them for a mid-morning snack to go with tea :)
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  5. These look yummy. I am going to give them a try. I saw them over at Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays. I hope you will share these at my holiday cookie exchange: http://www.tumbleweedcontessa.com/blog/2012-cookie-exchange-cookies-and-memories/
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  6. Raw carob chips? Can you give an example of a brand. I am super curious about that!

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