Whenever I get a craving for something sweet, I invariably turn to ToneItUp.com’s Peanut Butter Protein balls recipe. It’s a decadent protein packed crunch that will have your tastebuds calling for seconds and thirds.
Yet, being the chocolate lover I am, I can’t help but include some dark chocolate or cacao nibs. After a whole week of craving, I finally succumbed to the call of the late night “baking” Sirens and made my version of K&K’s recipe. (Note: there is no actual baking involved; just some old fashioned mixing with a spoon).
I made two small batches: the main difference being the nut butters and the sesame seeds.
Almond Butter Balls
~1/3 – 1/2cup of raw unsweetened almond butter
pinch of sea salt
~1/4 – 1/3cup of a mixture of molasses & maple syrup (to taste: you can add more or less)
handful of craisins
~2-3TBSP dark cocoa powder
1/3 cup of gf oatmeal
1/4 cup of white, raw, untoasted sesame seeds
handul of raw, grated coconut
1. Mix the almond butter with the molasses and maple syrup over a burner, just until the mixture is smooth.
2. Add in oats, cocoa powder, craisins, salt and coconut.
3. Oil hands so the mixture won’t stick and shape the mixture into bite-size rounds.
4. Roll each round in the white sesame seeds for a delectable coating.
Peanut Butter Balls
Follow the recipe above except for the following substitutions:
-Swap the almond for peanut butter.
-Swap the craisins for golden raisins.
-Swap the white sesame seeds for black sesame seeds.
To Serve: You can eat them immediately; but I prefer them refrigerated or frozen.