On weekdays at about 1pm, there I am craving caffeine. My tastebuds are screaming “STARBUCKS!” but I’m looking less expensive and somewhat healthier ways to get my caffeine kick. $3 a coffee every day can add up, big time.
Instead, I tried making these powerballs for afternoon energy. Not only do they help with my cravings for sweets, they give me a small boost in energy that I need to finish out my workday. They have everything I love in them—chocolate, peanut butter, and coffee! And, I was pretty shocked at how strong the coffee is. Definitely wasn’t expecting that type of energy boost!
Here’s my take on this Chocolate Peanut Butter Powerballs recipe!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Powerballs
Recipe slightly adapted from Averie Cooks
Yields about 30 powerballs
- 1/2 cup peanut butter (I used Justin’s)
- 3/4 cup honey
- 1/4 unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons instant coffee (I used Taster’s Choice)
- 1 cup of quick-cook oats
- Sprinkles and cocoa powder (Hope you guys are liking my choice of Easter sprinkles!)
1. In a food processor or Vitamix, process together the oats, coffee, and cocoa powder until fine. Then add the peanut butter and process again. Add honey last. If you’re using a Vitamix, I recommend moving the mixture to a mixing bowl and manually stirring with a spatula. I orginally used a Vitamix to make this and mine started to emit a gross burning smell. I moved everything over to a food processor and had much better luck there.
2. Once you’ve reached a sticky consistency, take a small scoop and roll into a ball. Continue to do this until you’re finished. Try to get the powerballs to be smaller than a ping pong ball (they’re chewy and can be difficult otherwise)
3. You can either leave as is, or you can dust the powerballs with cocoa powder or roll them around in sprinkles. I think powdered sugar would even be good!
Hope you enjoy! Store them in the refrigerator to keep them fresh for longer.Yum