Two Generations of Healthy Lifestyles: Healthy Peanut Butter Goodies

 

IMG_5060.JPGToday’s post is all about energy balls! If I’m being honest I have never really loved energy balls, most of the ones I’ve tried have been flavorless or too sweet and sticky from too many dried fruits. I tried a few months ago to make some beetroot energy balls, and while they were most definitely edible, they were not something I would necessarily crave.

Adrienne, of The Rich Life in Wine Country, and my dad sent me the nicest care package several days ago, filled with yummy goodies, my favorite hand lotion, sweet notes, and Nutiva Coconut Butter. I use coconut oil often but have never used coconut butter before…boy have I been missing out! It is so delicious! Creamy, slightly sweet, and seemingly extremely versatile, I was eager to make something with this new product!

Adrienne, recently made Energy balls with coconut, almond butter, chocolate chips, turmeric, and hemp hearts …ummm YUM, as well as some raspberry cheesecake pink hearts (check out the recipes HERE)! This inspired me to give the whole energy ball thing a try.

I have a love of peanut butter with, well, pretty much anything. In thinking about what to put in my energy balls,  I immediately thought ‘hmm maybe I ought to make a peanut butter, chocolate chip, cookie ball?’ In an attempt to keep sugar low, and nutrition high I used the Nutiva coconut butter, honey, flax seed and oats to bind it all together with the peanut butter and chocolate chips. I must say, you guys, I really hit the nail on the head with this one. These balls are sweet and decadent enough to make into a dessert but healthy enough to eat first thing in the morning. If you are a peanut butter lover as much as I am, then you have to give these energy balls a try!

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Chocolate Chip, Peanut & Coconut Butter Balls Recipe: 

  • 1 1/3 cup of old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup of peanut butter, creamy or crunchy
  • 1/2 cup of ground flax seed
  • 1/3 cup of coconut butter, barely melted and cooled
  • 1/4 cup of honey
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Melt coconut butter until just barely melted, stir, and let cool.
  2. Add all ingredients to the bowl, except chocolate chips, stir to combine.
  3. Fold in chocolate chips. (Note: the batter should look like a wet cookie dough batter, if too dry add some more coconut or peanut butter, or if too wet add some more oats)
  4. Using a melon scooper or your hands, I prefer my hands, roll batter into balls.
  5. Place balls in the refrigerator on a parchment lined plate until firm, 1-2 hours.
  6. Transfer to an air tight container, will keep for 4-6 days…if they last that long.
  7. Enjoy!

 

Be sure to check out my super easy Vegan Peanut Butter Fudge bonus recipe! This fudge is so creamy, rich, slightly sweet and so refreshing. It takes 5 minutes to whip up and firms up in the refrigerator in half an hour. This is sure to be a go-to recipe for you all, as an easy dessert for any occasion!

Peanut Butter Fudge

  • 1 cup of smooth Peanut Butter
  • 1/3 cup of Nutiva Coconut Butter
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup, honey, or sweetener of choice
  • 1/4 cup of chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Melt peanut butter and coconut butter in a microwave safe bowl or using a double boiler. If using the microwave cook in 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval until completely smooth and melted.
  2. Mix maple syrup, or sweetener of choice, into the melted PB and Coconut mixture.
  3. Spread evenly in a parchment lined 8×8 pan and top with chocolate chips.
  4. Place in the fridge for a minimum of 30 minutes or until firm.
  5. Enjoy! Fudge will keep in the fridge for one week.

 

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I hope you enjoy these Peanut Butter recipes as much as I do! Let me know what you think!

 

Much love and happiness, 

❤ Tori

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8 thoughts on “Two Generations of Healthy Lifestyles: Healthy Peanut Butter Goodies

  1. Hi Tori, I will have to make those PB chocolate bars…I bet your dad would love them too since we are both big PB fans.
    Love you and love doing this series together. I am excited about next week’s topic!
    Big hugs to you from across the miles.
    xo, A

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    1. Hi A,
      I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! I topped mine with some strawberry jam, highly recommend!
      I too am looking forward to next weeks post, and the many posts to come after that!
      Much much love!
      ❤ Tori

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  2. Rosemary

    Hi Tori
    I’ve just popped over from Adriennes blog. Such a great idea to write about “Two Generations of Healthy Lifestyles” A lovely way to makes the miles apart seem closer by working together on a shared interest. These recipes sound yummy ..,I do love peanut butter as does my daughters husband … I’m thinking about making him some of the fudge!
    I really enjoyed reading about your favourite breakfast recipes as well.
    I hope you’re settling into your new home and have many happy times there!
    Rosemary

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    1. Hi Rosemary,
      Thank you for your kind comment, this series has definitely been a nice and fun way for us to connect!
      I hope you and your family enjoy these recipes. Let me know how they turn out!
      Kindly,
      Tori 🙂

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