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Monday, January 26, 2015

Yummy Mummy Monday: Healthy Chocolate Peanutbutter Powerballs

I'm excited to announce that my friend Jena is joining TPB as a collaborator! She will be contributing on a variety of topics, including healthy lifestyle options & recipes. Since she's recently made the transition to a paleo diet with her family, I thought a recipe post would be a perfect way to introduce her to TPB readers, and she didn't disappoint! I can't wait to see what she'll share next. Now over to Jena...

These nutrient dense treats are a favorite snack for my son and husband! Since our household decided to cut out processed sugar, gluten, eggs, dairy, and everything else delicious (kidding…not kidding), we are always looking for that little after meal treat. The “Powerball” is my go to and there’s a variety of ways to mix and match these balls. So I’ll first elaborate on the ingredients I like to have on hand so that I can whip up a batch on Mondays, aka MEAL PREP MONDAYS (yes I am a total and utter geek, but no I do not hashtag any food related Instagram photos as MPM on Mondays…maybe I should?).

Don’t’ be scared off by the list, you can buy most of these ingredients at Superstore! And Costco has them in bulk, GMO free, organic options. You buy them once and you're good to go for a couple months!

The Need to Have Ingredients:
• Butters (peanut, almond, cashew, sunflower seed…)
• Raw Honey or Maple Syrup

The Mix and Matchy Ingredients
(you can literally pick what you want to put in them when you go the freestyle route)
• Hemp hearts
• Chia seeds
• Coconut chips or unsweetened shredded coconut
• Pure dark chocolate chips
• Walnuts
• Pecans
• Cashews
• Almonds
• Coconut oil
• Sunflower seeds
• Gluten free oats
• Flax seeds

 Our favourite version of these is the Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Ball


Ingredients: 
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 cup pecans
½ cup of coconut chips or shredded coconut
¼ cup sunflower seeds
¼ cup of hemp hearts
1 tbsp of chia seeds
2 tbsp of flax seeds
½ cup of honey or maple syrup
½ cup of peanut butter
½ cup of dark chocolate chips

Directions:
1. Combine all the ingredients in the a high powered, high speed blender (eg. Blendtech or Vitamix). Blend until smooth consistency (see photo).
Tip: If you are using a food processor, you may want to use a coffee grinder to break down the smaller ingredients (flax seeds) or buy already ground flax. 


2. Once you have a smooth consistency, roll into 1 inch balls.
3. Put on a baking sheet and into freezer for 15 mins. Once hardened, put into tupperwear and into the freezer for quick to grab snacks.

This particular recipe is best straight out of freezer or keep in the fridge as much as you can, as they tend to soften and can get a bit messy. Other versions, particularly those when you omit coconut oil and don’t blend the ingredients to a smooth consistency tend to keep better at room temperature (see below). 


If you want to freestyle, you can combine any of the “Mix and Match Ingredients” with the “Must Haves” by hand or in a blender.

Combine:
1 cup of a butter (or combination of two butters)
(Tip: Some butters taste WAY better than others, so do a ¼ to ¾ ratio with the less tasty butters….eg. ¼ sunflower butter, ¾ peanut butter)
½ cup of Maple Syrup or Raw honey
GO CRAZY…sort of… add whatever ingredients your heart desires to the above until you have a product that sticks together but is not soft (about two cups total of all your ingredients combined). Add more as needed. Mix it by hand or with a food processor or blender.

If you have a Vitamix or Blendtech, the product will have a smooth consistency, with a food processor and by hand it will be more textured.
2. Roll the mixture into balls, place on a baking sheet and into freezer for 15 minutes.
3. When formed and holding the ball shape, remove and place in tupperwear into freezer for easy grabs!

What's your favourite combo? We want to hear how you mix it up with your Power Balls!

For more great recipe ideas check out the Yummy Mummy Recipes page!

January posts sponsored by Little Dreamers Consulting