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PEANUT BUTTER BALLS
peanut butter balls
For the sweet tooth lover
Who says you can't indulge your sweet tooth craving consciously? I believe you can this time with a recipe that uses three of my favorite nutritional sources -- coconut, chocolate and peanut butter. It is however, important not to over indulge because of a high caloric content. The first time I used this dessert/snack was at a family holiday dinner.
1. The coconut: using shredded coconut that in its most natural form comes with nutritional benefits. The coconut tree has been nicknamed "tree of life" in some counties because the fruit is rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals, healthy saturated fats, and guards against viral infections and helps in weight management among other uses.
2. The chocolate: The cocoa bean produces the chocolate which is high in antioxidants. If you consume chocolate with a high cocoa content, then it will be closest to its vegetable state.
3. The peanut butter: This is undeniably high in fiber, protein, minerals, monounsaturated fat and more.
This is a basic recipe that will certainly satisfy your sweet tooth. Adjustments can be made to make sure the best benefits are gained from it rather than just another empty calorie packed candy-like dessert.
2 sticks soft margarine
1 cup chunk-style peanut butter
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
Knead together and form into balls the size of a walnut.
Chill in refrigerator (better if left overnight)
Dipping Sauce Coating:
1/2 block parrafin - melt in double boiler
Add 1/2 Giant Hershey Bar (plain). Stir.
Dip balls in mixture, place on waxed paper. Cool in Refrigerator.
Should be stored in refrigerator