Chocolate Covered PB Balls

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You've heard me say it once, and I'll say it again. I love having some kind of chocolatey-something prepped to have throughout the week. Let's be honest, I'm going to find chocolate some how when I want something sweet, so might as well have something I enjoy, made with ingredients I know, hanging around.

Ever crave ice cream, but try to get around it by eating apple slices or something "healthier?" All of a sudden, you're eating almonds by the pound, multiple rice cakes, or like a million Skinny Cow chocolates. All to end up standing in front of the freezer eating the ice cream you wanted all along. But in this case, probably the whole container because might as well eat it now, because come tomorrow morning, it will be "off limits."

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That was totally me. Until I started honoring my cravings, I felt so out of control around food. From binges to feeling guilty because I ate "bad" foods, restriction was playing a big role in the way I ate. In a nut shell, if you allow yourself to have some of the ice cream you really craved, you can eat it and be done with it. No more games. Of course eating mindfully, slowly, without thousands of distractions, and asking yourself if you're truly hungry or if you're trying to seek something emotional from foods can help as well.

But yes, that's my little rant on why I have sweets prepped and make it a point to do so. So many people will say keep it out of the house because "out of sight out of mind," but in some cases, it's more important to have it around and realize it's abundance. Having a scarcity mindset around food (I'm starting a diet tomorrow, so tonight I'm going to eat like 5 cookies) can cause you to have an unhealthy relationship with food.

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And simplicity is key for me. Whether it's muffins, chocolate bark, breakfast cookies, or these chocolate covered peanut butter balls, minimal ingredients are a must. While meal prepping other meals for the week, I'm pretty much burned out by the end, so easy is best. These 4 ingredient chocolate balls are definitely simple (just gotta be okay with gettin' yo hands niiiice and chocolatey).

This recipe used oat flour, but I'm going to experiment with coconut flour next time! If you choose to use coconut flour, just know you'll need much less of it than the oat flour. Coconut flour absorbs much more liquid than other gluten-free flours.

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup + 1.5 tbsp. oat flour (this depends on how creamy your pb is, I used Crazy Richard's brand, it's runny)
  • Optional: 1-2 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • Sea salt
     

Directions:

  • Cover a plate with wax paper
  • In a small bowl, mix the peanut butter, oat flour, and maple syrup if you choose to add, together until smooth. It should be thick and able to be molded
  • Mold the peanut butter mixture into small balls. I made mine about a heaping tbsp. each
  • Place on the plate, and store in the freezer for about 5-10 minutes, or until hardened
  • In a small pan over low heat, melt the coconut oil. Once melted, add in the chocolate chips and stir frequently
  • Take off heat just before it is fully melted (while it's still a little lumpy), and keep stirring. It will continue to melt, but it won't burn this way
  • Take the pb balls out of the freezer, and individually dip each one into the chocolate. Let the extra drip off (or don't), and set on the plate lined with wax paper
  • Top with sea salt, and then place in the freezer again to harden
  • Once hardened, enjoy! I like to store mine in the fridge :)