Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Date Balls

Today I am very thankful for the Recipe Redux. I always look forward to the monthly theme and recipe prompt, but this month, I especially needed a nudge to get back in the kitchen.

As of this week, we are all moved in to our new apartment in Virginia. It's been about a month since I've been in the kitchen cooking. Between packing, apartment hunting, moving, and unpacking, we have been doing a lot of take out and meals out. I'm not going to lie, as much as I love cooking, it is really easy to get out of the habit and routine of making meals at home. I needed this month's "Small Plates for Sunny Days" theme to get me back in the kitchen. 

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These small Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Date Balls are the perfect snack or dessert to pack up for a summertime picnic or brunch. They contain just four simple ingredients that you probably have in your pantry right now. Oats create the base for these balls and provide you with fiber, B vitamins, and some protein. Dates and peanut butter hold the mixture together while giving you natural sweetness, healthy fat, and protein. And the dark chocolate, well, it's dark chocolate and everything is better with dark chocolate ;) 

Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Date Balls

Makes 12 balls

 ½ cup rolled oats

10 pitted dates

¼ cup natural peanut butter

¼ cup bittersweet chocolate chips

  1. In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the blade attachment, process oatmeal for 30 seconds. Add pitted dates and peanut butter and process until all ingredients are combined, about 1 minute.
  2. Form the mixture into 12 uniform balls. Place on a plate in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  3. Line a plate with parchment paper. Melt chocolate chips in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds. Dip one end of the ball into melted chocolate and place on lined plate. Once all of the balls are dipped, place plate in the refrigerator to allow chocolate to set. Store peanut butter balls in a ziplock bag in the refrigerator or freezer.