In an effort to make more of our sweet treats from natural ingredients, I’ve been taking some of our favourite nibblies and giving them a ‘healthy’ makeover. It doesn’t work for everything I’ve tried, but these peanut butter pretzel balls were a huge success, and I don’t even think my kids remember that they used to be made with far less nutritious ingredients.
The original recipe derives from Martha Stewart, and calls for regular peanut butter, powdered sugar, pretzels and chocolate. In my version, I used all-natural peanut butter, honey, pretzels and dark chocolate, and it worked perfectly. Unsweetened peanut butter tends to be slightly thicker than it’s processed counterpart, making it easy to use honey in place of a dry sugar. The end result yields the same texture, minus the heavy sweetening. I melted a bar of 85% extra-dark cocoa for the dipping, reducing the sugar content even further.
While these treats aren’t lunchbox friendly, they’re great for road trips or to be kept tucked into mom’s purse for a little something sweet when the need strikes. Just don’t leave them out in the heat or the chocolate will be melted in seconds.
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Find the full printable recipe here: Peanut Butter Pretzel ‘Candy’
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