Recipe: Chocolate Earth Balls (A Delicious, Healthier Take On Peanut Butter Cups!)

This recipe is adapted from The Whole Foods Market Cookbook. They are our go-to chocolate treat around here. The kids love them because they can be very hands-on with making them. I love them because they are the perfect substitute for my hankering for peanut butter cups. Translated, that means that once I have eaten all the children’s peanut butter cups from their Hallowe’en stash, I need to make a batch of these!

Ingredients:

1 cup sunbutter (original recipe calls for peanut butter, but this substitution makes it school-safe)

1/3 cup honey

2 teaspoons cocoa powder

1/2 cup raisins

3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, divided

1/2 cup chocolate chips (I use the Enjoy Life allergy-free ones – they are the perfect itty bitty size)

1/4 cup sesame seeds

There are other ingredient options you can use according to the original recipe, but this is exactly what I use and they are perfect!

Directions:

Mix the sunbutter, honey and cocoa powder until well combined. Add the raisins and 1/8 cup of the coconut. Mix these in then add the chocolate chips. Keep in the refrigerator for about 2 hours.

Place the sesame seeds in one bowl, and the remaining coconut in another bowl. Using a tablespoon, scoop small heaps of the mixture from the bowl and roll into a ball. Roll each ball in the coconut and sesame seeds. Refrigerate again for another 30 minutes before serving.

The kids help by stirring, but their favourite part is rolling the balls in the coconut and sesame seeds. They are never perfect balls – but they taste awesome!

Let me know if you try these!

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