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Secret Ingredient Chocolate-Peanut Butter Fix

That title is how I got around sending out an e-mail with the title “Date Balls.”

That’s a ticket straight to the spam folder if I ever saw one.  So…hey, inbox.  Nice to see you (I hope).

Ok, I know you’re thinking this is weird.

It’s not weird.  At all.  I promise. It’s good.  Reeeaaally good.

I’ve seen these things everywhere with every different flavor and add-in you can imagine…

..except this one.

Turns out I’m happiest with just 3 ingredients:

1.  Dates.

2. Chocolate.

3. Peanut Butter. (Also peanuts for some crunch..same thing)

Might as well be a peanut butter brownie.

And I might as well be in heaven.

And also slightly ball-shaped from eating WAYYYYY too many of these.  Good thing they’re nutritious?  Or something?



❤ Ellen

P.S. Don’t be afraid of the dates!  They just add sweetness and let the whole mess stick together.  They seriously taste like a super fudgy peanut butter brownie.  Delicious.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Date Balls

Recipe inspired by basically every blog out there…but the “recipe” is all my own.

10 pitted mejdool dates
3 tablespoons peanut butter, maybe a tablespoon chopped peanuts if you want some crunch
2 tablespoons cocoa powder (plus extra for rolling)

1. Place the pitted dates in a food processor fitted with the blade attachment.  Pulse until the dates have been reduced to roughly pea sized pieces.

2. Add cocoa powder and peanut butter.  Pulse until combined.  ((If you want to add the peanuts throw them in at the very end and pulse just once or twice)) The mixture will look crumbly but it is ready when you can press it into ball shapes that hold together.

3. Press the mixture into whatever size ball you want.  This recipe made eight 1-inch balls.

4.  Roll in cocoa powder (or topping of your choice…crushed peanuts?)  to prevent sticking.

**These are delicious at room temperature but if you want to freeze them (which I recommend!) spread them out on a wax-paper lined baking sheet and freeze for about an hour. Once they are partially frozen you can throw them all in a bag or even individually wrap them. They’re an awesome grab and go snack or delicious sweet bite for dessert.  Feel free to experiment with flavors!


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I Made Peanut Butter Cups!

…and it was too easy.

If you know me at all it won’t surprise you that I love and adore peanut butter cups above all candy.

Chocolate.  Peanut butter.

I mean really…no contest.

Lately I have been on quite the DIY kick.. and I’m loving it.

You will too.

These are SO. EASY. I’m amazed.  I was fully prepared for some ridiculous complicated process but no sir!

I’m cheating a little because I have these little treasures in my cabinet

I got these little silicone cups for Christmas one year. My friends know me well.

(Thanks, Laura!)

Also…they obviously became peanut butter cup molds because mini cupcakes would be the obvious choice and way too easy.

Never fear…mini cupcake tins work too.  Or you could make giant peanut butter cups in a regular cupcake tin.

((Giant peanut butter cups are 100% happening.  Just for you, brother bear))

(((Actually, in real life I’m making him a single enormous peanut butter cup using my giant cupcake mold.  Because…I own one of those.  How do I end up with this stuff?)))

This is a picture of happiness.

Chocolate.  In a sunflower bowl.  There’s blue involved.

It gets better…

Melty chocolate.  Be still, my heart.

The first stage of filling begins!

Now pop them in the fridge to set up…it really doesn’t take long

At this point I looked up to see that man o’ mine hard at work…creating something, too.

He has a hammer and I have chocolate.  Neither of us could possibly be happier.

Anyway…you’re gonna need peanut butter too.  Slightly sweetened if you wish.

In case you’re wondering, yes.  I made that peanut butter.  You don’t actually have to do that but I think it’s pretty cool.

I’m telling you…DIY kick.  Join me.

Now distribute!

And fill

Another brief stop in the fridge and they’re finished!

Daniel’s done too!

A hummingbird feeder!

He rocks.

(AND he’s cute!  Sorry, ladies.  I’ve got dibs ;).)

Now go immediately shove a peanut butter cup in your face.  Because really, you have already shown remarkable restraint by letting them set completely.


❤ Ellen

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

I used this recipe almost exactly except that I used semi-sweet chocolate chips, made my own peanut butter, and used only about 1/4 cup of confectioner’s sugar in my peanut butter.  I have big plans for different versions, too.  Stay tuned!


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