It’s Saturday morning and we’re finally heading out the door. Everyone has had breakfast, gotten dressed, brushed their teeth and we’re putting on our coats when one of the kids says, “I’m hungry.”
This happens too often and it doesn’t matter if they just finished a meal. They may be interrupting me while I tell them to take their last bite of breakfast and wash their hands because it’s time to go.
It never fails. If we’re on our way out the door, the kids are asking for food. Generally, I’ll send them to the cupboard for a handful of nuts but it’s Christmas so we can do better.
This little treat is full of peanut goodness, requires no baking and little hands can help. It’s probably one of the easiest cookies you’ll make this season and if you have a picky eater, you’ll want to kept this secret – it’s made with pumpkin!
Something else that I like about this treat is that the filling is smooth and that makes it different. Often, I’ll pack something extra into treat for added protein. This treat is simple and the smooth peanut filling feels decadent on your tongue. You may not want to share these with the kids!
Chocolate peanut butter energy balls
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
- 1/2 cup icing sugar (powdered sugar for my American friends)
- 10 oz high quality dark chocolate (make sure it’s vegan)
In a large bowl, mix the peanut butter and pumpkin together well. Add the sugar and work it into the mixture.
Line a tray or plate with parchment paper, ensuring it fits in your freezer. Scoop a tablespoon of the mixture and roll it into a ball. Place it on the tray and continue until you have used up all the peanut butter mixture.
Place the tray of peanut butter balls in the freezer for about 30 minutes to harden.
When the balls have chilled, melt the chocolate using your preferred method. (I use a double boiler method but the microwave will melt it nicely too.) Line another tray with parchment paper. Dip each ball into the chocolate using a spoon to roll it around in the chocolate. Place the dipped balls on the tray and refrigerate to cool the chocolate.
Keep these energy balls in the fridge to fuel the kids throughout the festive season. And, whatever you do, don’t tell them they’re eating their veggies!