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PB CHOCOLATE BITES

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As a child, I was never given bought sweets to eat; granted Mum and Dad couldn’t afford little luxuries, yet I think they didn’t want us to get in the habit of buying sweets whenever we wanted. So it wasn’t until I met my husband that I became aware of sweets like Snickers, Mars bars, Twix, and found I wasn’t overly fond of their excessive sweetness. Instead, I’d make sweets at home for our children and allowed them one treat a week: raw treats and tarts, bliss balls and biscuits (cookies).

These PB chocolate bites are like bliss balls but with rice puffs and eaten partly frozen. Maybe these PB chocolate bites are a favourite, because who can resist the combination of peanut butter and chocolate, it’s a pairing made in heaven.

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Health benefits:

·       Eating peanuts and peanut butter suppresses hunger without leading to weight gain.

·       Studies found peanuts lowered the risk of cardiovascular and coronary heart disease.

·       People getting the most niacin from foods were 70 percent less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease. Peanuts are one of the foods the highest in niacin.

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PB CHOCOLATE BITES

Makes 18 bite-size cookies

V, DF, RSF, GF

1 cup smooth peanut butter

12 medjool dates, pitted

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

¼ cup hemp seeds

2 cups rice puffs

1 cup vegan chocolate chips

¼ cup coconut oil, melted

1 cup vegan chocolate

Place peanut butter, dates and vanilla in a food processor and process until the mixture forms a paste. Add all the ingredients to a bowl and stir to combine. Either press the mixture into a tray lined with baking paper. Melt chocolate in the microwave for 2 minutes, pour over the mixture and spread evenly with a knife or dip the top of cookies in the chocolate sauce. Refrigerate until set, remove and slice into logs, store in the fridge until ready to serve for an afternoon tea or after school treats. Enjoy!