For those of you who know me well, I am a BIG treat person. Candy, chocolate, ice cream… basically anything that looks like it could be straight up out of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and I am all over it. Just call me Augustus Gloop and hand me a golden ticket and I am ready to rock.

But in all seriousness, since making a lifestyle change it has been a little bit of a challenge to cut out treats entirely. The products I am taking are doing wonders by helping to cut out my cravings but I still have those days where I just want to treat myself! If you feel me on this, you are going to want to read on.

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I have decided to try out some clean eating recipes and share them with you here. Today I made Guilt Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Balls. This recipe was given to me by a good friend so I cannot take credit for its original creation but I can trouble shoot it for you all and give it the Augustus Gloop thumbs up!

Below you will find the ingredients, baking instructions, and step by step photos on the making of these guilt free treats. I went to my local bulk foods store for all my ingredients but I am sure you can find most or all of these items at a grocery store.IMG_4205

What you can see above is all of the ingredients laid out to make Guilt Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Balls:

  • 2 ½ cups of Chick Peas (I already had mine rinsed and dried)
  • ½ cup all natural peanut butter
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 2 tsp of vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp of coconut oil
  • ½ bag of dark chocolate chips

Now for the Step by Step:

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Step 1: Place all of the ingredients, except the chocolate chips into a mixer to blend them all together. I used a blender but I would highly recommend using a food processor as I am sure it would save time.IMG_4212

Step 2: Once all the ingredients are blended you are going to want to add in the chocolate chips.IMG_4207

Step 3: Roll the mixture into balls and place them on a cookie sheet. Mine do not look fancy and pretty because, spoiler alert this mixture is sticky!IMG_4208

Step 4: Bake at 350F for 10-15 minutes.

I did two batches and I prefer the ones that I baked for a little bit longer (closer to 15 minutes) but I know some people do enjoy a crispy exterior with a gooey inside so the choice is yours my friends.IMG_4209

I can happily say that I found these Guilt Free Peanut Butter Balls to be delicious and a treat I will continue to make! I hope you all enjoy them as much as I do.

Yours truly,

Melissa Alyse

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