Recipe: Powerballs (Two Versions)

These powerballs make a great little snack or treat. There are two versions…

1. The Chocolate/Peanut Version (pictured):

I recently bought my first bar of unsweetened chocolate (100% cacao)…and to steal vocabulary from my 5-year-old, it tasted disgusting!

blog post photoHowever, in some magical way the combination of ingredients in this recipe below make the cacao taste like “regular” chocolate. I have to thank a 100 Days of Real Food reader for introducing me to a version of this recipe. I would have never thought to put these items together and now we can’t stop eating them!

  • ¾ cup tree nuts (I used pecans)
  • ¾ cup dried dates
  • 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons 100% cacao (unsweetened chocolate bar – Ghiradelli makes one that I found at 2 different grocery stores in the baking section)

Combine all ingredients into a food processor and blend. Form into balls and serve immediately or keep refrigerated.

2. The Peanut/Honey Version:

This recipe is from a friend of a friend and you can get creative with adding extras.

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup honey
  • 3 cups rolled oats (oatmeal)
  • 1 cup of nuts or dried fruit (or whatever your heart desires)
  • Crushed nuts or granola cereal

Mix the first four ingredients together thoroughly. Form them into balls then roll them in the crushed nuts or granola cereal. Serve or refrigerate.