Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Let’s play the word association game. Have you ever played this? In high school, my best friend and I used to find ways to destress after hours of homework. There were several activities that we enjoyed including: playing rock band, frying fresh eggs from her chickens, making lip-sync Youtube videos (yes, they still exist!), and playing the word association game.

 

Basically, you say one word, which leads to another word that should be connected in some way and it continues on until someone can’t make a connection anymore.

 

So, when I say buckeye, what do you think of?

 

Some of you might’ve though Ohio State Football, dessert, or trees.

 

Trees?

 

 

Yes. The buckeye dessert with chocolate and peanut actually was named for the horse chestnut tree nut. Fun facts. I don’t suggest trying to eat the actually buckeye nut. They’re poisonous. I’m sure one of the students in my high school conservation class attempted to eat one before my teacher yelled at him and told them that they can cause harm to humans. I think the same student found a crayfish in the river near are school and ate it raw. Needless to say, it was never a dull moment in that class.

 

So, what’d we learn today?

 

Dessert buckeyes are heavenly and delicious where as real buckeye nuts could kill you or cause severe pain.

 

Why am I rambling on about buckeyes? Well, because they are the inspiration for this candy treat that I am presenting to you today. While they do not have the signature “buckeye”, or circle where you can see the peanut butter inside of the dessert, they are indeed peanut butter and chocolate heaven.

 

Not only are these treats extremely addicting, but they’re also gluten-free and dairy-free.

 

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Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Dark Chocolate Dreams Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 cup Tofutti Cream Cheese
  • 1 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 1-1/2 cup almond flour (sifted)
  • 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips (melted)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (melted)

Instructions

  1. In a medium-sized bowl, combine peanut butter and cream cheese. Beat until smooth and creamy with hand mixer.
  2. Add confectioner’s sugar and almond flour to wet mixture and mix well with hand mixer.
  3. Transfer mixture to refrigerator to let set for fifteen minutes.
  4. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Remove mixture from refrigerator and roll one inch balls. Repeat for entire batch. Place cookie sheet in freezer for thirty minutes.
  5. While you wait for peanut butter balls to harden, prepare the chocolate. Melt chocolate chips and coconut oil for dipping. Set aside.
  6. Remove peanut butter balls from freezer and dip each completely in chocolate. If you want to make them an authentic buckeye, you can also do that! Place balls back on cookie sheet and place in refrigerator until chocolate sets.
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Written by Miss Scrambled Egg

Erin is the author of Miss Scrambled Egg. She is a barista, teacher, and blogger. She is slightly overwhelmed by the sight of carrot cake and Bernese Mountain Dogs.
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