Sunday, August 7, 2011

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

My good friend Lauren from college is moving this summer to start graduate school in Boston.  So obviously, we couldn't let her go without throwing a little shindig in her honor!  I wanted to bring a yummy snack for the party, and I first made a spinach dip from the Joy of Cooking cookbook.  After a ton of reworking, I decided that the recipe was a total disaster.  Ugh.  Don't make it!!

Lauren loves chocolate and peanut butter, so my next attempt was Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls from this awesome cookbook that, coincidentally, I bought in Boston!  It's called Clean Start by Terry Walters, and it's awesome.  Kind of like these tasty morsels.  Wow were these insanely easy to make and insanely easy to eat!!  I looooved them, and so did my friends!  (They also said they liked the dip, but I think they were just being nice because that dip tasted like pure evil.)  If you're looking for a Reeses-type snack that's a bit healthier, look no further!

1 cup natural peanut butter
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup crispy rice cereal
12 oz chocolate chips or chocolate squares (semisweet or dark chocolate)

In a food processor, combine the peanut butter and maple syrup.  Once combined, gently stir in the rice cereal.  Form the mixture into penny-sized balls and put on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  If the mixture isn't sticking together, add some more rice cereal. 

In a small saucepan, melt the chocolate over low heat.  Once melted, turn off the heat.  Put the peanut butter balls three at a time into the melted chocolate.  Turn lightly with a small spoon to coat with chocolate.  Remove with the spoon and place back onto the parchment. 

Once finished, put the pan into the refrigerator to cool for about an hour.  YUM.

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