These Raw & Guilt-Free Peanut Butter Brownie Bliss Balls are the perfect healthy treat… even though they taste super naughty!
Happy Monday everyone! I can’t believe it’s already August… seriously where is the year going!!?? Mind you, I’m not complaining one little bit that we’re now in the last month of winter. Yep the LAST month!!! Woo hoo! Anyway, the other day on Facebook I asked everyone what kind of recipes they wanted to see more of on Bake Play Smile and one of the most common answers was healthy snacks. And because I think you’re all very awesome, your wish is my command!
So, this is the snack you eat when you really, really want a brownie, but you really, really, REALLY don’t want to go for a run or play a game of tennis just to burn off all of the chocolatey, buttery awesomeness (hahahaha I can’t even remember the last time I’ve played tennis). Now don’t get me wrong, if you close your eyes and eat one of these Peanut Butter Brownie Bliss Balls, you’re probably not going to think you’re eating a brownie, but it does have the same rich, chocolatey, fudge-like flavour (without all the guilt!). I love that these taste like a really naughty treat, but in fact they are a great little healthy snack.
Bliss balls are literally one of the easiest things ever to make. If you have a food processor or a Thermomix then you are sorted! For years I’ve been making the classic version of a bliss ball, which has 3 ingredients (dates, almonds and vanilla essence) and tastes like a super-yummy, caramelly ball of nutty, crunchy heaven. I’ve also made plain brownie bliss balls before which are essentially the same as the classic version, but with a little cocoa powder added in. But as always seems to happen with my little baking adventures, things just have to be taken that one teensy-tiny step further. Sometimes the results are brilliant and other times they’re terrible. Like throw in the bin terrible (ahem and by bin, I actually mean give to my taste-testing golden retriever who loves everything I make, no matter how bad it is).
Anyway, not one of these Peanut Butter Brownie Bliss Balls got thrown in the bin! No way! They were absolutely delicious! If you love the flavour combination of peanut butter and chocolate, then you will love these. If you’re not the hugest fan, don’t stress – it’s a subtle peanut butter flavour!
These bliss balls are naturally sweetened by the dates and are packed with nutritious almonds, so they make for a great mid-afternoon pick me up. And of course, they are far better for you than an actual Peanut Butter Chocolate Brownie!
If you’re looking for a healthy snack for lunch boxes then these Peanut Butter Brownie Bliss Balls would be absolutely perfect. Of course, if your child goes to a nut-free school you may want to keep them at home for an after school snack.
And so that’s pretty much it… a healthy snack that tastes super naughty and yet is actually as sweet as pie. But healthy… so not actually like a pie at all! Hmm sorry, that’s not the best analogy is it? Anyway, just ignore me and my ramblings and trot off to the kitchen to whip up a batch of these babies. They’ll last in the fridge in an airtight container for at least a week, but trust me, they won’t hang around anywhere near that long!
- ¾ cup raw almonds
- 1 tbs cacao powder (you could also use cocoa powder)
- 12 pitted dates
- 2 tbs peanut butter
- 1-2 tbs agave syrup (honey or rice malt syrup could also be used) *If using fresh medjool dates you will probably find that you will only need a tiny amount of agave syrup - or none at all!
- Place the dates, cacao powder and peanut butter into a food processor.
- Blend until the mixture resembles a paste.
- Add the almonds and pulse until desired chunkiness is achieved (don't leave it too long or it will turn into a liquidy mess!!!).
- If your mixture is too dry, add 1tbs of agave syrup and pulse to mix through. If it is still too dry add another tablespoon and pulse again. (The mixture should be a little sticky and roll easily into balls).
- Use a spoon to roll the mixture into tablespoon sized balls.
- For best results store in an airtight container in the fridge and eat within a week (trust me.. they won't last that long!!).
Peanut Butter Brownie Bliss Balls Thermomix Instructions:
1. Place the dates, cacao powder and peanut butter into the Thermomix bowl.
2. Blend on Speed 6 for 20 seconds or until mixture resembles a paste.
3. Add the almonds and pulse on Turbo until desired chunkiness is achieved (don’t leave it too long or it will turn into a liquidy mess!!!). If your mixture is too dry, add 1tbs of agave syrup and pulse to mix through. If it is still too dry add another tablespoon and pulse again. The mixture should be a little sticky and roll easily into balls.
4. Use a spoon to roll the mixture into tablespoon sized balls.
5. For best results store in an airtight container in the fridge and eat within a week (trust me.. they won’t last that long!!).