Peanut butter is a staple in the Davidson house. And peanut butter balls are huge during the festive Christmas season. They also just got an overhaul. I’ve changed it up as the Christmas peanut butter balls, the ones full of white sugar. The biggest change is the addition of dates and the recall of white sugar.
Dates pack a nutritious punch.
My Granny used to make ‘matrimonial squares’ and they were dates mixed with sugar and sandwiched between oats, butter and more sugar. Hello delicious! Hello sugar rush!!
Dates have a significant amount of fibre which helps promote healthy digestion. Yep, fiber helps keep you regular. Fiber also slows down the sugar absorption into the bloodstream which helps with rapid fluctuations of glucose.
1-1.5 cups rolled oats
1 cup Medjool dates, pitted
1/4 cup cinnamon honey
¾-1 cup natural peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla paste (or pure vanilla)
2 tbsp milk
1 – 2 cups Brown Rice Crisps Cereal (Made Good Crisps Cereal)
Additions : ¼ cup dark chocolate chips, 1 tsp coconut oil, ¼ c chopped roasted nuts and coconut flakes
In a food processor, add oats, dates, honey, peanut butter, vanilla, and milk. Blend on pulse setting until all ingredients are all incorporated. You’ll need to scrape down the sides a few times in this process.
Add in Brown Rice Crisps to the wet mixture. Either add right to the food processor bowl (without the blades) or use a separate bowl.
Mix well to incorporate.
If the ingredients are ready to roll into balls (if not, place in fridge for 20 minutes to set up a little more) roll into balls and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
You can leave them naked or top with : melted chocolate with the addition of toasted chopped nuts and/or coconut flakes
To chocolate them up. On the stove top, bring a saucepan with 4” of water to a boil. Place a heat proof bowl on top of the saucepan. Add in your chocolate and the coconut oil (this makes it shiny).
Stir till melted.
Drizzle or dip, it’s your call. You might like the contrast of a little bit of both!
Add toasted chopped nuts and coconut flakes.
HELPFUL NOTES :
I find that each batch is slightly different so I adjust depending on wetness and rollability of the ingredients. Put the ingredients in the fridge to set up (20 minutes) a bit before rolling your balls.
You can leave your balls naked or top with : melted chocolate with the addition of chopped toasted nuts and/or coconut flakes.
For the chocolate topping you can use your choice of chocolate chips or if using a chocolate brick, I use a vegetable peeler for the latter to have smaller pieces to melt.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge.