Peanut-butter balls

I have another recipe for you today and it is FABULOUS. I just know you’re gonna love it…

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Peanut Butter Balls! These are like home-made giant Reese’s Pieces ON CRACK.*

I decided that peanut butter balls would be a great offering to bring to team day in the office this week. These are great for most people – they’re vegan AND gluten-free. (Just make no one has nut allergies or you’re snick-I mean-snookered. See what I did there?!)

The ingredient list almost does you good just by reading it.

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You will need:

350g pure peanut butter

3 tbsps pure maple syrup

a handful of raw oats

a sprinkle of dessicated coconut

150g certified dark chocolate (here’s some info on why you should buy traffik-free chocolate)

1 tbsp coconut oil

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Mix the peanut butter and maple syrup in a large bowl for 30 seconds to a minute, or until the mixture thickens. Add in the oats and coconut. You don’t want your mixture to be too dry, so do this slowly, giving the dry ingredients time to absorb the moisture so you know what you’re working with. Add a tiny bit of sea salt.

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Shape your dough into small balls. If your hands are naturally warm like mine, take your time on this step – don’t rush or the balls will melt and become very non-round!

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Melt the chocolate and coconut oil and dip your balls into the mixture, using a fork or skewer.

Put your peanut butter balls into the freezer for 20-30 minutes, until the chocolate has really set.

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(learn from my mistake – I placed the balls too close together after they’d been dunked, so had to pull them apart. Give them lots of room to recover from their chocolate bath!)

Enjoy!

Two questions as you munch…how did yours turn out? Let me know! And secondly, are you vegan or vegetarian or gluten-free? I’d love to hear what your experience has been – how did you decide to be so, and how have you found it?! Let’s chat.

*Please don’t do drugs. This was just an expression I used for effect.

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