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Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls (No Bake)

Posted in Desserts by janet @ the taste space on August 10, 2013

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

I have discovered the secret to living in Houston’s summer. You need to fall into one of these two groups of people:

1. The people who wake up early before the sun rises

2. The people who stay up late after the sun sets

Rob and I have been exploring Houston by bicycle on the weekends. At 7am, we’ll cycle the deserted streets, only to find the paths at the parks literally packed with joggers and walkers. We must be thinking along the same lines: if you are going to be outdoors, best to do it before the sweltering heat arrives.

We quickly learned that Houston is wonderful after sunset. Many public events start late in the day, again to beat the heat.

The problem is trying to fit into category 1 and 2, on the same day. Suffice it to say, after a long bike ride in the morning, I was almost asleep mid-way through a Shakespeare in the Park production later that evening. The comfortable, balmy weather was a bit too conducive to napping. We didn’t even last past the intermission, HA! It was a splendid day, though.

Speaking of cycling in the Houston heat, it is very, very important to keep hydrated and fuelled. Even short runs are more demanding. This is a portable snack recipe I promised a while back. I whipped them up with the odds and ends in my mom’s kitchen before we left for our cycle to Kingston. I must have had some forethought because I remember bringing the coconut flour with me. My master plan for a chocolate date and peanut butter combo was thwarted because the dough was just too runny. But the magic of coconut flour did the trick. It is a very thirsty flour, so it sopped up the batter into portable chewy balls. The peanut butter made them rich and decadent, balanced by the sweetness of the dates and cocoa flavour.

A treat like this is perfect for fuelling during long rides. While our weekend rides are more around 50km now; in this heat, we feel like it gets a conversion factor of 1.5x for intensity.  We are still a long way from the MS 150, but we’re hoping to improve our distance as the weather improves…. you know, in October, when it is supposed to cool down.

Are you a morning person, a night person, both or neither?

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

This is my submission to this month’s We Should Cocoa for truffles.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls (Almost Raw, No Bake)

1 cup pitted dates
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup cocoa powder
3 tbsp coconut flour
salt, to taste (depends on your peanut butter)

1. In a food processor, combine dates, peanut butter and cocoa powder until smooth. Add coconut flour gradually, until you reach your desired consistency (ie, more dry, less wet). Add salt, to taste. Roll into balls.

Makes 10 balls.

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  1. Johanna GGG said, on August 10, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    these look great and I can imagine they would be great on rides. We are all night owls in our house and I think we would up all night and sleep all day if only we didn’t have things to get up for the next morning – though a 7am ride sounds good to me too if only I could get organised to get up for one

    • janet @ the taste space said, on August 13, 2013 at 1:10 PM

      It is nice you are all in sync, Johanna. 7am is actually quite late, in my eyes. Weekdays, I am up by 5am and cycling to work by 5:45am… we sleep in until 6am on weekends. ;)

  2. sarojinididi said, on August 10, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Perfect little bites! We often make stuff like this for our lunchboxes/ snacks too. I am most definitely a morning person, but hubby is a night owl. Luckily, we manage to meet in the middle :)

    • janet @ the taste space said, on August 13, 2013 at 1:09 PM

      That’s awesome. Rob has slowly converted to become a morning person. He still wakes up after me, but he tries hard to give me a hug goodbye before I rush away to work. :)

  3. Hannah said, on August 10, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Heh. Wombat droppings.

    I can make myself a morning person if need be, and do enjoy that feeling of an endless day before me to fill up, but considering I haven’t fallen asleep before midnight (except when very sick, and even then I’m usually up until 10:30 or 11pm) in about six years… my body and soul tends to “wake up” at night.

    • janet @ the taste space said, on August 13, 2013 at 1:08 PM

      Hehehe, I see what you mean about the droppings. Too funny! Not that I have ever seen a wombat, but there are lots of bats here in Texas.

      • Hannah said, on August 16, 2013 at 9:18 AM


  4. coconutandberries said, on August 10, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    I used to be a morning person but have shifted to a night person. I’m trying to revert to my old ways though! Maybe you should start taking a siesta, Spanish-style to cope with the heat?
    Date/Nut balls are one of my go-to snacks, especially chocolate ones :) I haven’t done PB in them before but it’s got to be tasty.

    • janet @ the taste space said, on August 13, 2013 at 1:07 PM

      Ooooh, interesting. During my studying phase, I ended up waking up later but totally back into the early morning and early to bed routine these days. It helps that I really enjoy the early gym classes. I tried to do 5:45am gym classes but that was WAY TOO EARLY!

  5. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts said, on August 10, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    I’m definitely a morning person. My husband is definitely a night person. We do sometimes find ourselves faced with that challenge of trying to combine your (1) and (2) :) I’d eat these truffle balls any time of day though!

    • janet @ the taste space said, on August 13, 2013 at 1:04 PM

      Rob slowly converted to an early riser. When we met, we had a 3 hour difference in the morning and now it is more like 30 mins to an hour. He usually makes an effort to give me a hug before I run away in the morning. We both fall asleep very early though. :)

  6. Joanne said, on August 11, 2013 at 6:37 AM

    I am almost certainly a morning person also! Early AM long runs happen constantly these days and I could certainly use these balls for fuel!

  7. Natalie @ Once Upon a Cutting Board said, on August 11, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    I love easy, tasty, healthy snacks like these! When it comes to exercise I’m definitely more of a night person – I don’t know how you have the energy for those bike rides so early in the morning!

    • janet @ the taste space said, on August 13, 2013 at 1:03 PM

      Haha, I feel the exact same for you. I don’t have the energy to exercise after work… or to be able to fall asleep afterwards. ;)

  8. kimmythevegan said, on August 12, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    Ha – I am totally an early morning riser… which means I’m usually falling asleep before 10pm ;p
    These look super tasty. I’m all about portable snacks =)

  9. amzie23 said, on August 13, 2013 at 3:27 AM

    Oh my goodness these sound so tasty! Going to try them tonight! Been thinking of new snacks for work. Thanks :)

  10. Elizabeth said, on August 13, 2013 at 5:54 AM

    Mmm I’m a firm believer that the combination of chocolate and peanut butter is a marriage made in heaven. These chocolate peanut butter balls sounds superb, and I love that they are refined-sugar free and no bake too! Thank you for sharing your lovely recipe with We Should Cocoa!

  11. Rebecca said, on August 13, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    I’m a daylight person! That means I get a lot done in summer but very little in winter. 😊

    These treats look just right for a warm and active dsy. Can’t go wrong with pb and chocolate for a little pick-me-up!

    • janet @ the taste space said, on August 14, 2013 at 2:34 PM

      That’s a nice way to live! Of course, in Canada, the winters would be torture – sometimes it is dark at 4:30pm. Although in the summer, it is fabulous since the sun rises at 5am! Houston is a bit more steady, but I still rise before the sun since it is a bit hot for my liking during the summer :)

  12. Gabby @ the veggie nook said, on August 16, 2013 at 8:07 AM

    I am both a morning and evening person- maybe that’s why I get so tired ;) I love the possibility of a whole day ahead of me, but also like the idea of an evening full of possibility and mystery. Ah well….I’ll sleep when I’m dead right?

    • amzie23 said, on August 16, 2013 at 9:40 AM

      I made them and they are super yummy!! Added a little coconut oil (as I put in a bit too much coconut flour) and I also added maca powder for the health benefits :) Thanks again.

    • janet @ the taste space said, on August 16, 2013 at 10:36 AM

      Ah Gabby, you are too cute. Rob sometimes has to remind me to go to bed but it is true that I need my sleep :)

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    Oh yum, these sound the perfect treat for a bike ride. I’ve made something very similar with cashew nuts, but these are sounding even more tempting. Thanks for entering them into We Should Cocoa.

    I’m very much a morning person and am virtually fit for nothing come the evening, which isn’t great for social events.

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