5 ingredient peanut butter energy balls

I was really hoping last Tuesday would be one of those perfect snowy days where you stare out the window and watch the world turn quiet and white.

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In case you missed it, Tuesday turned out to be one of those epically over-hyped “blizzards.” Two feet turned into out to be less than 1 and the whole thing was over by around 1pm.

That being said, we still got to work from home. But it was kind of gross snow, accompanied by freezing rain and crazy wind that blew down sticks and leaves so that we never even got that perfect moment where everything is white and soft and you kind of hope the plow trucks don’t come.

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Anyway, it was a letdown, especially because I’ve managed to miss every other snow storm this year and honestly, it’s mid-March so if it’s not going to be pretty then why is this even happening???

So, what do I do when things aren’t panning out as I hoped? I eat. A lot.

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After 3 pieces of French toast and 3 mugs of this ginger tumeric tea from Trader Joe’s that I’m obsessed with, I was miraculously still hungry which meant it was time to make peanut butter energy balls.

My roommate and I are trying to give up sweets till April 1st and it may be the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Luckily, I’ve discovered a loophole in the form of naturally sweet foods.

I’m pretty sure everyone has already discovered the magic combination of dates, peanut butter and chocolate but if you haven’t, then consider this your introduction. Because dates + peanut butter + chocolate = vegan cookie dough. Seriously, it’s magic.

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And it definitely doesn’t count as eating sweets. Right?  Well, maybe skip the chocolate part. On that note, I’ve shared the original recipe for peanut butter cup energy balls from Minimalist Baker below, but I made some modifications to mine.

First, I reduced the chocolate to 1/8 of a cup to make myself feel better. Then, because I didn’t have chia seeds and it was majorly snowy out, I upped the oats to 3/4 of a cup. Lastly, YES, I used processed, sugary, terrible-for-you Skippy’s peanut butter. I’m sorry but if I have to give up sweets and dairy and eat my leafy greens, I’m keeping my terrible peanut butter.

So with that, I leave you to enjoy your moderately healthy, deliciously sweet, modification-friendly, 4-5 ingredient energy balls.

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5 ingredient peanut butter energy balls
(From Minimalist Baker)

1 cup pitted dates
3 tablespoons salted peanut or almond butter, preferably all-natural
1/4 cup dark chocolate, roughly chopped, preferably dairy-free
1 tablespoon chia seeds (or sub flax or hemp seeds)
2/3 cup rolled oats

Process dates in a food processor or blender until they’re chopped into small pieces, or come together into a ball.

Then, add peanut butter, chocolate, chia seeds and oats and process until oats are broken down and everything is combined but there are still different sized pieces for texture.

Roll into balls, then set on a baking sheet or plate and freeze for 15 minutes. Store in an airtight container in the fridge, or at room temperature. They’ll keep for up to a week. After that, freeze them.

5 ingredient peanut butter cup energy bites: http://minimalistbaker.com/5-ingredient-peanut-butter-cup-energy-bites/

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