It's also no secret that I'm not a big chocolate fan. I know, it's weird. But put down your pitchforks for a moment! While I don't love chocolate in and of itself, I do like it in certain instances. I like it with and in things. I like it in chocolate chip cookies. I like it in chocolate milk. I love it with marshmallow, caramel, mint, or peanut butter. BINGO! PEANUT BUTTER! That's why these truffles are great. They're also great because they're 'raw', which the paleo and vegan crowds tend to be a big fan of.
This recipe comes from Raia's Recipes - a great resource for anyone seeking simpler eats, allergy-friendly treats, and less refined foods. You can view the original recipe here. Click "Read More" to see the recipe and pics. You won't be disappointed with this super simple treat.
RAW PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES
- 1/4 cup peanut butter (or nut butter of your choice - almond or cashew would be great as well)
- 3 TBSP honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or maybe try almond extract if you're using almond butter!)
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder, plus extra for dusting/rolling
In a small bowl, stir together peanut butter, honey, and vanilla. If you're using regular peanut butter and it's very thick, feel free to microwave it for a few seconds to first to make it easier to work with.
Stir in cocoa powder and continue mixing until your mixture becomes a soft doughy-ish ball. At this point, you can start forming it into individual balls if you have absolutely no patience (like me). It's much better to throw it in the freezer for a few minutes first, though. The mixture will stiffen up quite a bit and be much easier to work with.
After you let the mixture chill a bit, take it out and break off small pieces. Roll in your hand to form 1-inch balls. As you can see, mine are softer and shinier than yours might be because of the softer, stickier peanut butter I used. The higher level of oil in my peanut butter also accounts for the massive amount of shine.