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Peanut ‘Butter’ Monkey Balls

Posted Apr 07 2014 7:29am

It must have been the assorted balls consumed on my trip to Atlanta . (Or, perhaps more logically, the Costco sized tub of pitted dates I purchased before I left for Spring Break.) All I could think about upon returning home last week was dusting off my food processor and getting to work on some balls.*

*Yes, Laura , that IS what she said. IMG_6502 (1024x681)

This also seemed an appropriate time to get back into using up the 15 lbs. of dried, unsweetened banana chips that still don’t taste at all delicious on their own. IMG_6387 (1024x683)

Starting with some dry roasted, unsalted peanuts, chopped in the food processor (and then removed)… IMG_6311 (1024x683)

…banana chips, dried (pitted) dates, a smidge of salt, vanilla, Growing Naturals brown rice protein powder, and a smidge of almond milk*…

*These aren’t shelf stable, but they taste best from the fridge or freezer anyway. IMG_6396 (1024x683)

…pop the popcorn peanuts back into the processor, and pulse until crumbly. IMG_6407 (1024x683)

This mixture won’t stick together on it’s own, but a little smushing and shaping will make (slightly irregular) balls. IMG_6404 (1024x683)

Very delicious Peanut ‘Butter’* Monkey Balls.

*With no actual peanut butter, per se, hence the quotations. IMG_6497 (1024x683)

It turns out these are a huge hit with small children, who will greedily grab them from the bag you’ve brought to the Druid City Arts Festival to share… IMG_20140405_150904_290 (576x1024)

…and will model them before taking them all down. (After which, you worry a bit about a two-year-old’s ability to digest so much fiber and what exactly is the serving size of protein powder for a small body.) IMG_20140405_151538_048 (1024x576)

Go on.

Go bananas. IMG_6512 (1024x683)

Peanut ‘Butter’ Monkey Balls

(Makes 16)

  • 1/3 cup dry roasted, unsalted peanuts
  • 24 dried, pitted dates
  • 3/4 cup unweetened dried banana chips
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • pinch (or two) of salt
  • 1 scoop Growing Naturals Vanilla Blast brown rice protein powder
  • 2-3 Tbsp. almond milk
  1. Put peanuts into a food processor. Pulse until chopped and crumbly. Remove from food processor and set aside.
  2. Combine dates, banana chips, vanilla, and salt in the food processor. Process until smooth and sticky.
  3. Add protein powder and almond milk to the food processor. Process well.
  4. Add chopped peanuts and pulse until coarse and crumbly.
  5. Scoop out date, banana, peanut mixture and form balls by squishing and pressing together with your fingers.
  6. Store balls in the fridge or freezer.
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