So here is a mouthful of a name for you to say, but also an awesome mouthful of flavor for you to eat! I adapted this recipe from a recipe on a jar of Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter (mmm… my favorite ever!!). These little treats are highly adaptable. You could change them however you wanted. Use gluten free vegan chocolate chips for a gluten free and vegan treat, swap peanut butter for almond butter for a peanut free snack, or swap out the peanut butter with sunflower seed butter and the almonds for sunflower seeds for a completely nut free treat. This really is an easy and pretty treat that could be adapted for anyone to enjoy. Easy, pretty, treat, chocolate, for everyone. Okay so try this recipe.
I decided to call these power bites because they are bite size (duh) and because of the health benefits provided from the add ins. Now this isn’t a healthy recipe where you can just make a whole batch and eat them all without consequence. They just are a nutrient dense treat, meaning it’s a treat that provides some nutrients! Bang for your calorie bucks!! We have dark chocolate, admit it, you’ve ate dark chocolate and said it was for heart health ;), we have nuts, peanut butter, and pumpkin seeds that provide good fats and fiber, we have flax seed that also provides that plus omega 3!, we have dried cranberries and freeze dried strawberries for some vitamins, and salted caramel chips that provide…well… happiness.
I made this bite size rounds using my silicone cupcake molds. I LOVE them. If you don’t have those, you could use foil cupcake liners or spread the chocolate in a thin layer on parchment paper, let it set up, and then break it up like chocolate bark. However you choose, they will look pretty and taste good. This seems like a winter treat to me. You’ll have to tell me what you think.
Dark Chocolate Almond Peanut Butter Power Bites
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1/4 cup natural peanut butter
1/8 tsp almond extract (optional, but yummy!)
silicone or foil cupcake liners (for bites)
ADD INS: (choose any, all, or add your own!)
toasted chopped almonds*
toasted chopped pecans*
freeze dried strawberries
salted caramel chips
Melt chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second intervals. Stir between each interval. The chips will retain their shape some even when melted so it’s important to stir each time.
Add peanut butter and almond extract to melted chocolate, stir till well combined.
To each cup cake liner spoon in 1 tsp of chocolate. (you could do 1 1/2-2 tsp for a thicker round, this will increase calories.) Tap the liner on the counter to help chocolate spread across the bottom of the liner.
Sprinkle lightly with a little of each topping you choose. Place liners on baking sheet or in a muffin pan in the freezer for 1-2 hours or till solid.
Best kept in the refrigerator
*it is optional to toast the nuts. If you decide to toast them. Preheat oven to 350F. Spread evenly on baking sheet and bake 10-15 minutes. Shuffle around every 3-5 minutes.