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Easy Vegan Peanut Butter Balls Covered with Dark Chocolate

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Adi Marom – @adimarom5
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Super easy vegan peanut butter balls snack – ready in minutes!

INGREDIENTS
 

Frosting:

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Blend together dates, peanut butter, and maple syrup until smooth. Crumble the rice cakes and chop the peanuts, then add them to the mixture. Shape the mixture into balls and place them in the freezer until the coating is ready.
  • Melt the chocolate and coconut oil together. Dip each ball in the chocolate, shake off the excess, and place on parchment paper. Sprinkle a little coarse salt and chopped peanuts on top. Store in the refrigerator, and enjoy!

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easy vegan peanut butter balls recipe
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How long do these vegan peanut butter balls last in the fridge?

These easy vegan peanut butter balls can last up to two weeks when stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. The cool temperature helps maintain their texture and flavor, ensuring they stay fresh and delicious. For optimal taste and consistency, it’s best to consume them within this period. If you plan to keep them longer, consider freezing them, as they can last up to three months in the freezer. Simply thaw in the refrigerator before enjoying.

easy vegan peanut butter balls recipe
Credit: Adi Marom – @adimarom5
easy vegan peanut butter balls recipe
Credit: Adi Marom – @adimarom5

Are there any substitutes for the maple syrup?

Yes, there are several substitutes for maple syrup in this peanut butter balls recipe. You can use honey or agave nectar as a direct substitute, keeping the same measurement. These alternatives offer a similar sweetness and consistency. If you prefer a lower glycemic index option, brown rice syrup works well, though it’s less sweet than maple syrup. For a vegan option, date syrup is a great choice, providing a rich flavor that complements the dates in the recipe. Adjust the quantity to taste, as some substitutes may vary in sweetness. Experiment to find the best fit for your preference.

easy vegan peanut butter balls recipe
Credit: Adi Marom – @adimarom5

Can I freeze these vegan peanut butter balls?

Yes, you can freeze peanut butter balls for longer storage. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze until solid. Then, transfer the frozen balls to an airtight container or freezer bag. They can be stored in the freezer for up to three months. When you’re ready to enjoy them, simply thaw the balls in the refrigerator overnight or at room temperature for a few hours. This method helps maintain their flavor and texture.

easy vegan peanut butter balls recipe
Credit: Adi Marom – @adimarom5

How to prevent the chocolate coating from cracking

To prevent the chocolate coating from cracking on your vegan peanut butter balls, ensure you temper the chocolate properly before dipping. Tempering involves heating and cooling the chocolate in a controlled manner to stabilize its crystalline structure. Use a candy thermometer to heat the chocolate gently to around 115-120°F (46-49°C), then cool it to 88-90°F (31-32°C) before use. Stir the chocolate consistently during this process to distribute heat evenly. When dipping the balls, make sure they are at room temperature to avoid temperature shocks that can cause cracking. Lastly, store the coated balls in the refrigerator once set to maintain their smooth texture.

easy vegan peanut butter balls recipe
Credit: Adi Marom – @adimarom5

Can I use a different type of chocolate?

Yes, you can use different types of chocolate like milk or white chocolate for the coating of these easy vegan peanut butter balls. Each type will impart a different flavor profile, with milk chocolate offering a creamy sweetness and white chocolate a rich vanilla taste. Ensure the chocolate is melted and tempered properly before dipping to achieve a smooth finish. Adjust sweetness levels accordingly, as milk and white chocolates are typically sweeter than dark chocolate. Experiment with different varieties to find your preferred taste combination for this delicious treat.

easy vegan peanut butter balls recipe
Credit: Adi Marom – @adimarom5

What can I use instead of rice cakes?

Instead of rice cakes, you can use crushed graham crackers, crushed pretzels, or even crushed oats in this vegan peanut butter balls recipe. These alternatives provide a similar texture and binding agent to hold the mixture together. Adjust the quantity as needed to achieve the desired consistency for shaping into balls. Each substitution may impart a slightly different flavor profile, so choose based on your preference or dietary needs. Experiment with different options to find the one that best complements the peanut butter and dates in the recipe.

easy vegan peanut butter balls recipe
Credit: Adi Marom – @adimarom5
easy vegan peanut butter balls recipe
Credit: Adi Marom – @adimarom5

Can I add other mix-ins like dried fruit?

Yes, you can add other mix-ins like dried fruit to customize your peanut butter balls. Chop dried fruits such as raisins, apricots, or cranberries into small pieces and mix them into the blended dates and peanut butter mixture before shaping into balls. The dried fruits will add a sweet and chewy texture, enhancing the flavor profile of the balls. Ensure the mix-ins are evenly distributed to maintain consistency when shaping. Experiment with different combinations to suit your taste preferences or dietary requirements, making each batch unique and flavorful. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator for convenient snacking.

easy vegan peanut butter balls recipe
Credit: Adi Marom – @adimarom5

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