We love peanut butter and chocolate and what better way to enjoy them than by putting them together.
According to LIVESTRONG, peanut butter contains a substantial amount of protein and potassium, which lowers the risk of high blood pressure, stroke, and heart disease. It also contains fiber, healthy fats, magnesium, Vitamin E, and antioxidants. Just be careful to not eat too much, as it can lead to weight gain.
1 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Spread, softened
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups confectioners sugar
2 tbsp Earth Balance Shortening
6 oz vegan chocolate chips
In a bowl, mix the peanut butter, Earth Balance, and vanilla together. Sift the confectioners sugar into the bowl. With your hands, mix all the ingredients until a stiff dough is formed.
Line a backing sheet with wax paper and roll the peanut butter mixture into balls using about 1 1/2 tsp worth of peanut butter dough for each ball. Place on the wax paper lined sheets and put into the refrigerator.
In a double boiler, melt the semi-sweet chocolate and shortening until very smooth.
Remove the peanut butter balls from the refrigerator. With a toothpick, pick up one ball at a time and dip it into the melted chocolate mixture. Return to the wax paper chocolate side down. Place the sheets back in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to firm up.
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