slightly adapted from: The Forest Feast
makes: about 22 balls
Let me just say I am loving The Forest Feast. With my love of food and my art background, this is the book I would have loved to create and wish I’d thought of myself. Beautifully simple but tasty recipes with gorgeous watercolor photos, font, and photographs. I plan on making David and I’s entire Thanksgiving feast out of this book. This dessert is perfect because it is very easy to make. You throw everything in a blender, then roll into balls and eat. I’m trying to avoid refined sugar, so regular desserts like cake, cookies, pie etc. are relegated to a “treat” basis. I have to force myself to stay away from ice cream because I will eat it every night. That is especially hard when one lives within minutes of 2 tasty ice cream shops and has a healthy sweet tooth! This recipe for peanut butter coconut balls has pretty healthy stuff in it. Peanut butter, dates, and coconut. That’s it. The taste reminds me of a Mounds bar, but swap the chocolate for peanut butter. Which leads me to wonder if chocolate chips would be good in here? I will have to try that next week!
1/2 cup peanut butter (crunchy or creamy- I used a mix of both)
10 pitted dates
1 cup shredded coconut plus more for rolling
1 tablespoon honey (I didn’t use this, they were sweet enough for me)
Blend everything in a food processor until smooth. Using a small cookie scoop, scoop out small handfuls and roll into balls. Roll in coconut.
Store in an air-tight container.