First off, I want to apologize for the weird breaks (or lack there of) on this post. Every time I edit this post to separate the ingredients and different methods of preparing, I hit save and everything scrunches back together with no space between sentences or different lines between methods. ARGH!!!
Does anyone else have a picky toddler in their house??? Or are you having a hard time behaving while trying to eat healthy and/or lose weight? How about both? (Or is that just me…) Well, I don’t know what it is, but I can do just fine with limited sweets until I suddenly decide it’s time to get serious about losing some weight. Then, all of a sudden, I want something sweet every time I open my mouth. UGH!
So, today I resolved to make a “healthy” sweet snack to satisfy all the sweet tooths in this house. Enter, the protein packed peanut butter cups. You could easily substitute the peanut butter with almond butter. I just didn’t happen to have any in the house.
A friend of mine recently started selling Arbonne products. I’ve been searching high and low for a good protein powder that did not contain silicon dioxide or artificial sweeteners. I went to her Arbonne launch party and, FINALLY, I found it! Eureka!! Her knowledgeable leader was there to share some pointers and I was so grateful as she introduced me to the idea of making protein snacks with the protein powder. (I’m sure someone is reading this thinking, DUH! But this was an idea I hadn’t come across yet and it seemed perfect for my situation.) Even better, I can add the fiber powder as well for my veggie and fruit refusing two year old! This morning I tried searching Pinterest for recipes to make the protein bars, as per the suggestion of the Arbonne leader. Everything I found contained oats or rice cereal, neither of which I currently have since I’m really trying to minimize grain intake right now. So I decided to just throw together my own little recipe and hope for the best!
Here’s what I came up with (mind you the measurements aren’t exact. Measuring cups? WHAT?! 😉 )
The long way:
Combine everything but the chocolate chips in a bowl and mix thoroughly. I stirred in one dry ingredient at a time into the peanut butter. Melt chocolate chips on low heat in a small saucepan. Using a 1 Tbsp scoop, make balls with peanut butter mixture. This should yield 20-24 balls (I can’t say for sure as little man and I were snacking on it as we went!) You can roll the balls between your hands to pack it down and keep in a ball shape or smash into “peanut butter cups”. Dip in melted chocolate and cool on wax paper. We put it in the freezer to expedite the process. Oh and we just dipped and ate a couple with warm melted chocolate!
The quick way:
Since I didn’t actually measure the chocolate chips, I didn’t quite melt enough and didn’t want to spend anymore time on it. So here’s what I did with the final 2 balls (you can do this for a short cut version if you want)
Mix chocolate chips into peanut butter mixture. Form balls or patties and freeze.
The final outcome:
These were a HUGE hit! The only thing I can say for sure, chunky peanut butter or an extra tbsp of almond flour or so would firm it up a little more. If you do the short cut version, you will definitely want to adapt it or keep frozen until ready to eat, otherwise it’s a little soft. Still awesome, but it would be harder to handle if you took this in your go bag for a mid day snack. It may be more of a floppy disk! If you dip it in the melted chocolate, the chocolate holds it together, but it melts when handled just like “real” peanut butter cups.