Today I made a snack for the kids and myself that I hadn’t made in a while. It’s the peanut version of the almond joy balls I wrote about more recently. Since I finally have a camera, I thought I’d post a couple pics from the process.
First I grind up the peanuts and the chocolate chips.
Then I add in the dates:
(below: after grinding the nuts and chocolate chips, and before the dates are ground)
This is what it looks like after the dates are ground in as well. (If the mixture is too dry to stick in a ball, I add a little coconut oil one tbs at a time, until it begins to stick together in the food processor)
I freeze them for at least 30 minutes on the plate to firm them back up. Then I keep them in a bag or container in the fridge or freezer. They keep fine in a container in a lunch pack if kept fairly cool, but they will soften when they get really warm.
I got the original recipe for this from Katie Kimball at Kitchen Stewardship, in her Healthy Snacks To Go e-book. (I just got the updated edition, and the granola bar is the recipe I’ve been looking for for literally YEARS!) I adapted it to increase the nuts a little bit, so I use equal parts peanuts/dates (usually 1 cup) and then 5-6 tbs of chocolate chips. I don’t add the vanilla because I am always out.
Her cookbook is my all-time favorite recipe book, and I am now a proud affiliate of Katie Kimball’s ebooks. Click here to visit Kitchen Stewardship and purchase her cookbooks. (I will receive a portion of the sale through this link.).
But at the very least, you’ve got to try these little gems!