We all love indulging in a little junk food! Here’s a healthier “junk food indulgence” from our friends at The Green House Juice Co. How do you plan on indulging for National Junk Food Day?

Chocolate Hemp Peanut Butter Balls from The Greenhouse Cookbook

Today’s Easter recipe comes straight from the pages of our brand-new cookbook. The indulgent and rich taste shouldn’t fool you—the protein and healthy fats from hemp seeds and nut butter will leave you hopping. Happy Easter, bunnies!

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups natural crunchy peanut butter or natural almond butter
  • 1 cup Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 tbs coconut oil
  • 1 tbs filtered water
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ¾ cup brown rice crisp cereal
  • ½ cup hemp seeds
  • 1 cup dairy free dark chocolate chips or dark chocolate bar, chopped

Steps:

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Spoon the nut butter into a food processor. We use crunchy because it adds to the heavy texture and helps to bind ingredients together. Add the dates, coconut oil, water, vanilla, and salt and blend on high until the mixture forms a thick paste.
  3. Put the brown rice crisps into a sealable bag and roll a canned good over the bag until the crisps break down into smaller pieces but remain bulky. (You don’t want crumbs.) Using a wooden spoon, stir the brown rice crisps and hemp seeds into the nut butter paste.
  4. In a double boiler, melt the chocolate chips. Form Ping-Pong-sized balls from the nut butter paste. Using a spoon, dip and roll each ball into the chocolate until it’s coated, then spoon onto your lined baking sheet (or any stable flat surface that will fit in your freezer and handle the cold). Once the baking sheet is full, place it in the freezer for 45 minutes.
  5. Serve cold or at room temperature. These will keep well in the freezer for about a month.

-GHJC

This recipe was featured in the Toronto Star and Globe and Mail best-selling, The Greenhouse Cookbook, published by Penguin Random House. Order yours now on our website, through IndigoAmazon, or wherever books are sold.