I’ve found that I’ve occasionally forget to share some of the recipes we eat most in our house. One of the things we eat a lot of but rarely makes it to the site: snacks. We’re a huge snack family and the tradition seems to be continuing with our little guy. Sometimes our favorite dinner is a platter of snacks.
The peanut butter bites have been a staple of our sweet-tooth snack section. However, my version got a rather large overhaul once I started making Sarah Waldman’s version, from her cookbook. Over the past year or so I’ve been making small adaptions to the recipe, finally landing on the version below.
What I like most is that the recipe doesn’t have to be exact. I’ve made this recipe about 50 different ways, usually using up whatever we have on hand. However, it’s almost always guaranteed we have peanuts and peanut butters on hand, making these peanut butter bites quick and easy.
Peanut Butter Bites
Popped Quinoa: Like in my buckeye knock-off recipe, you can add popped grains into the mix. Adds a nice crunch!
Almonds: Swap the peanuts and peanut butter for almonds and almonds butter. You could also do any other type of nut/nut butter. I really like to add in sunflower seeds and sunflower seed butter.
1 cup pitted/packed medjool dates
¼ cup natural peanut butter
¼ cup roasted peanuts
3 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes
2 tablespoons hemp seeds
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
¼ teaspoon salt (see note)
Cocoa powder, for rolling
- Place all the ingredients, minus the salt. Pulse until everything comes together. Add a splash or two of water if needed. The crumbled mixture should easily come together.
- Take roughly 2 tablespoons of the mixture and roll into a ball. Continue and roll mixture into 12 balls and place in the refrigerator. Place a couple tablespoons of cocoa powder on a plate and roll the balls in the cocoa powder.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Tips & Tricks: Taste your mixture first before adding salt. I’ve found that peanut butter that has added salt will change the amount needed for extra salt.
Link: Recipe lightly adapted from Sarah Waldman’s cookbook, Feeding a Family.
Keywords: date balls, peanut butter balls
My pantry wouldn’t be complete without these powerhouse seeds. I love to use hemp seeds sprinkle of my breakfast porridges and waffles but even better, pureed with a water and the hemp seeds make for a lovely, nutrient-dense cream.