These chocolate coconut peanut butter balls are one of my all time favorites! The cocao and coconut gives this favorite snack of ours a nice change! There isn’t an overwhelming coconut flavor, so if coconut isn’t your thing, I would say to give them a try anyway and see what you think. I wasn’t so sure about the coconut at first and how my girls would react, but to my surprise they loved the slight coconut flavor these offer… and let’s be honest, they just look pretty being rolled in coconut.
These start with a base of peanut butter, but then I added in cacao powder, which helps to thicken the peanut butter and create a thicker/stickier base for the balls.
Cocao vs. Cocoa
There’s a difference you say!? Oh yes! There is a huge difference between cocao and cocoa, and it’s not just the spelling. I’ll keep it high level, but essentially they are both derived from the same place, the cocao bean, however how they are processed is very different. Cocao is made from cold-pressing the bean (think less processing), which keeps the enzymes and higher antioxidant content. Cocoa is treated with high temperatures, which diminishes the nutritional value and reduces the enzyme content.
Cocao is a true superfood (one of the many reasons I love cocao) which is high in minerals like magnesium, iron, zinc, and calcium. I recommend you buy certified organic raw cocao to ensure you are getting purest, most antioxidant rich form and the greatest health benefits.
These little balls of joy are packed with protein (peanut butter & chia seeds), fiber (oats & chia seeds), antioxidants and minerals (cocao), and contain just the right amount of sweetness to make this a little treat, the perfect snack, or a great addition to my kids’ lunches!
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Chocolate Coconut Peanut Butter Balls
Satisfy your sweet tooth with these real food chocolate coconut peanut butter balls.
- 1 1/3 cup natural peanut butter
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup cacao powder
- 2 1/4 cups rolled outs certified gluten-free if needed
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1/4 tsp. fine sea salt
- 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, divided
Mix the peanut butter, honey, and cocao powder in small bowl.
Add the oats, chia seeds, and 1/4 cup of the shredded coconut to the peanut butter mixture. Mix well until all oats are evenly coated.
Place the remaining 1/4 cup coconut in small bowl. Roll the oat mixture into approximately 1" balls and roll in shredded coconut.
Store in the refrigerator or freezer. Will stay good in the fridge for about a week.
I recommend using organic ingredients wherever possible.