If chocolate and peanut butter had a love child (or children in this case) it would definitely be these bites!
People always ask me: “you eat so healthy, what is your indulgence or guilty pleasure?”
I have two words for you my friends: Chocolate & peanut butter. Put the two together and you’ve got yourself a seriously deadly combo, in my opinion at least.
So of course, I did just that and out came these mini chocolate peanut butter bites and I have not been able to keep my hands off of them ever since.
Seriously though, I had to stop myself before I almost didn’t have any pictures to show you.
“Guys, you have to try these delicious chocolate peanut butter bites!” *scrolls down to find a picture of one single bite*…yes, this almost happened.
But don’t worry, once the pictures were taken, the rest were devoured in no time. 🙂
I never deprive myself of the foods that I love, because well, that would be a sad life? When I do enjoy the occasional treat, I just make sure that I’m still nourishing my body with real, whole foods that I thrive off of. So, rather than cutting out the things you love, my advice is simple: swap them with healthier alternatives.
For example, these bites are made with:
- Dairy-free dark chocolate, sweetened with coconut sugar.
- All-natural peanut butter vs. original kraft or skippy.
- Raw nuts.
- Dates as a binding agent and natural sweetener.
- Sea salt vs. table salt.
You catch my drift…
Also, if you were once (or still are) a Reese’s Pieces peanut butter cup fanatic, I’m happy to report that these bites are pretty much their identical twin, only healthier and fun sized!
And what may be missing in artificial ingredients, sugars or preservatives certainly does not lack in taste. They are the perfect combination of salty & sweet, chocolate-y, peanut-butter-y, melt in your mouth and I DARE YOU to not eat them all at once. It’s harder than you might think, I promise…
Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites
Vegan, gluten-free, naturally sweetened.
Adapted by: minimalist baker.
- 1/4 cup gluten-free oats
- 2-3 dates pitted
- 1/2 cup almonds raw
- 1/2 cup peanuts raw
- 1/2 cup natural peanut butter salted
- 1 bar dark chocolate I use zazubean nudie extra dark chocolate
First, prepare a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Set aside.
Add oats to a food processor and blend until it forms a meal - small chunks are ok. Add the pitted dates and blend until combined. Remove from the food processor and set aside.
Next, add the almonds and peanuts to the food processor and pulse until it forms a meal - again small chunks are ok. Add the peanut butter and pulse until well combined. Add the date and oat mixture and continue blending until it forms a dough-like mixture.
Scoop out small pieces of the dough and begin rolling into small bite-sized balls. Transfer the bites to the baking sheet lined with parchment paper and place them in the freezer for 20-30 minutes to harden.
While the bites are in the freezer, begin to melt your chocolate. You can either do this in the microwave or by using a double broiler.
Once the chocolate is completely melted and the bites have hardened, remove them from the freezer and begin to dip them in the chocolate. I recommend doing one at a time.
Transfer bites back into the freezer and allow the chocolate coating to set. Once they've completely set it's time to enjoy!
Store these in an air-tight container in the freezer for optimum freshness.
*You will likely have leftover chocolate depending on the bar size you choose to use.
**Not a fan of oats? Try substituting them for almond flour or removing them completely. But, please note that I have not tried this recipe without them so I can't promise that they will have the same consistency or flavor.