Peanut butter balls are so nostalgic, aren't they? Every year around the Christmas time I feel like I look forward to these treats. I remember my Mom making them when I was very little and we still make them on an annual basis. This year I flew home to Massachusetts before Christmas and made about 2 dozen of them. Interestingly enough, the next morning I came down to see 8 of them missing. Yes, in the middle of the night, my father came into the kitchen and ate 8 of my preciously made peanut butter balls. Oh well.
But this year I had the idea to try and invent a healthier version, because the original recipe is literally 1/2 powdered sugar, 1/4 peanut butter, 1/4 butter with a splash of vanilla and salt. Not exactly a macronutrient friendly recipe if you ask me. They are so delicious but are full of sugar, fat and lack nutrition.
So, I was on a personal mission to make it healthier with a few key pain points in mind. One, make it contain WAY less sugar because I promise you, you don't need to be eating that much sugar. Save those pearly whites of yours. Two, add in more healthy fats meaning less butter, maybe a less processed peanut butter and zero butter (sub coconut oil maybe?). Three, add in fiber. Why? Because every opportunity I get I try to add fiber into my snacks and meals. There are so many benefits to fiber, it helps control blood sugar levels, weight loss and maintenance, helps to lower cholesterol levels, aids in normalizing bowel movements cleaning out those intestines. Fiber is so good for you.
And I feel like I finally created a healthier version of these sweet treats this year. I am pumped. I added collagen for additional protein and the bone healthy benefits it has. Another secret ingredient that I have found and love is the Trader Joes High Fiber Cereal. Before you knock it, let me explain. It is relatively tasteless but it has 9g of fiber per 2/3 cup serving and adds an amazing crunch to baked goods. It is low in sugar and also has a small amount of protein, making it perfect to add that crunch without greatly impacting the flavor of something. I also dipped them in dairy free chocolate chips which is a huge plus!
Check out the recipe, try it for yourself and let me know what you think. Let's start out 2020 on a healthier dessert note. What do you say?
Happy New Year!