This is the perfect, yummy treat for before an early workout or to satisfy a craving. I like to have one in the morning about 30 minutes before my run.
Who doesn’t love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches? My favorite was always crunchy peanut butter with grape jelly on toasted rye bread. Mmm. Over the years I’ve come up with all kinds of PB & J concoctions for everything from smoothies to ice cream to paninis and more. So it would seem only natural that I would find a way to have a PB & J in a packaged little snack available in the fridge for when hunger strikes. Something that would satisfy that PB & J craving without making me gain 5 pounds just by looking at it. Ha ha.
Lately I’ve had this major, MAJOR obsession with prunes. I know what you’re thinking – that I’ve suddenly turned into an old lady. You’re picturing me surrounded by ten cats with my hair in curlers, wearing a flowery housecoat eating prunes to “keep me regular.”
But seriously though, there are so many health benefits of prunes. And yes, one is that they do help with “keeping regular”…but I just love them for their delicious taste. They are perfectly sweet and so soft and just natures candy. I love them plain. I’ve got into this habit of having two prunes with my morning coffee. Usually before a run. Those two little prunes are the perfect snack to keep me satiated until breakfast – as any of you morning runners out there know, eating right before a run is generally not such a great idea. But two prunes seems to work just fine.
But then I had this idea of combining them with nuts. I dipped one in almond butter one day. Oh man, sooooo good. And the same with my peanut butter. So I came up with this absolutely delicious treat. And it tastes like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich! At least to me it does. Let me know what you think. And plan on seeing more “prune and nut butter” recipes to come.
PEANUT BUTTER & JELLY BALLS
Prep Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 10 minutes Makes: 16 balls
- 1½ cups (240 grams) roasted peanuts, lightly salted with sea salt
- 1½ cups (240 grams) pitted prunes
- 2 tablespoons (32 grams) natural peanut butter
- Add all ingredients to a food processor and process just until a sticky dough forms. You want some of the peanuts to stay in tact. If you process too long it will turn to butter.
- Roll the dough into 16 1-inch balls. Each ball will weigh approximately 30 grams.
- Store in the fridge for up to ten days or in the freezer for a few months.
These are so simple to make and so fun to eat! They’re the perfect little energy treat for those of you who might need a little snack before an early workout or a pick-me-up in the afternoon, or also great if you need a quick snack before dinner to keep you from overindulging at your meal – you know, when you’re starving but you know dinner won’t be ready for another hour or so? Or maybe you just want to satisfy a craving and have a little sweet treat.
I hope you love these little gems as much as I do.