Halloween is right around the corner and I know what you’re thinking. I’m thinking it to. Candy. But what you’re probably not thinking, is how you can make candy using superfoods. Like say, avocados for instance (insert jaw drop). Not only do avocados give these candies a nutritional boost, but the natural goodness and creaminess of the avocado create a perfect smooth, melt-in-your-mouth texture that can’t be beat.
I love hiding nutrient-dense superfoods into scrumptious creations and watching the reactions of my friends when I let them in on my dirty little secret. It never gets old. Enter a room full of costumes and these chocolate-covered avocado peanut butter balls just in time for a healthy Halloween. Trick or treat? How about both? You can thank me later.
These Halloween treats have a sweet peanut butter cookie dough inside and a crunchy chocolate coating. You won’t even know that there are nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients in them, and neither will your friends. We promise.
Avocado Peanut Butter Balls
vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, soy-free, dairy-free, tree nut-free, seed-free, shellfish-oil, fish-free, nightshade-free
Makes 2 dozen
- 1 cup natural crunchy peanut butter
- 4-5 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1/4 cup avocado, mashed
- 4-5 Tbsp coconut flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil
- In a large bowl, whisk together peanut butter and maple syrup until combined. Add the avocado and incorporate with whisk or by mashing with a fork.
- Add the coconut flour 1 Tbsp at a time and stir until mixture resembles firm cookie dough. If the contents are too dry, add additional maple syrup and a couple teaspoons of water. Alternatively, if the mixture seems too wet, add additional coconut flour. Add the salt and mix until well incorprated.
- Shape the mixture into 2 dozen small balls (about 1 Tbsp each). Place in the freezer for 5-10 minutes to firm up.
- Remove from the freezer and insert a toothpick into each peanut butter ball to make chocolate dipping easier.
- In a small sauce pan, heat the chocolate chips and coconut oil until melted. Remove from the heat and dip each peanut butter ball into the chocolate. Transfer to a flat pan or plate lined with parchment paper to cool.
- Drizzle peanut butter balls with leftover melted chocolate.
- Return candies to the freezer for another 10-15 minutes to firm up. Remove from the freezer and discard the toothpicks.
- Store candies in the freezer or fridge until ready to serve.
While guacamole is a staple party food at our house, it was time to think outside of the box. We had plenty of taste testers for these little “candies” and smiling faces all around! Now if only there was a way to hand these out instead of candy to all the trick-or-treaters…
What do these pretty green bars have in common with the peanut butter balls? Fresh avocados! Recipe coming soon! In the meantime, Love One Today!
Disclaimer: Although I did receive financial compensation for writing this post, all views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely and entirely my own and based on my own unique experiences. For nutrition information on avocados, please be sure to visit the LoveOneToday.com website.