Step 1:

  • Gather your dates and put them in a large, heat-safe bowl
  • Step 2:

  • Boil water to pour over the dates
  • Step 3:

  • Carefully pour about 2 cups of boiling water over your dates until they are completed cover by the water
  • Step 4:

  • Let the dates sit for about 2-3 hours until they are completely soaked and cooled
  • Step 5:

  • Drain your cooled dates and add the softened dates to a blender or food processor
  • Step 6:

  • Add peanut butter, maple syrup, cinnamon, and coconut cream to the blender
  • Step 7:

  • Blend on a very low setting for about 6 minutes until all of the ingredients are smooth and creamy. It will look pretty thick, but it should not look grainy.
  • Step 8:

  • Scoop out the wet ingredients into a new, mixing bowl
  • Step 9:

  • Add the flour to the bowl with your date mixture and slowly mix with a spatula
  • Step 10:

  • Continue this until the dough is thick and no longer sticky
  • Step 11:

  • Roll your dough into the shape of ping-pong balls using your hands
  • Step 12:

  • Grab another bowl and add the chocolate chips and coconut oil
  • Step 13:

  • Microwave this chocolate mixture for about one minute until melted
  • Step 14:

  • Mix the chocolate together until it is thin and runny
  • Step 15:

  • Drizzle or coat the peanut butter balls with the chocolate mixture and place on a clean plate or serving tray
  • Step 16:

  • Sprinkle each chocolate peanut butter bite with sea salt and then put in the fridge to cool for at least an hour
  • This recipe is a great dorm-room favorite that I lived on in college. I originally got the idea when I saw Melissa, the CEO of Baked by Melissa, make her “date caramel” on TikTok. It blends up dates into a paste that you can use as an alternative to caramel in baking. This got me thinking that it could also be a great base for protein bites. I love the sweetness of dates, so it was a no brainer.

    This treat won’t make your stomach hurt, which can be the case with processed foods and candies. It’s easy to make in a dorm room because you only need a microwave and blender. No ovens are required. You can get all the ingredients from your local grocery store, or even source some ingredients like chocolate chips and dates from your dining hall. This chocolate peanut butter recipe doesn’t leave behind a huge mess either. The batter is easy to clean up and the dough won’t stick to your counter tops. You won’t believe how easy it is to roll the peanut butter mixture into balls.

    Not only are they easy, but they last for about a week-two weeks in the fridge and are easy to transport around campus. This is great if you need a snack on-the-go. They won’t necessarily go bad if you bring them along with you for a long day on campus. It’s the perfect sweet and salty treat that will energize you in a pinch.

    This treat completely satisfies your chocolate-peanut butter sweet tooth without the preservatives, chemicals, and added sugar. This was always important to me because processed sugars would make me feel good for about an hour before I would totally crash. This is not ideal for late-night studying in the library. Instead, these no bake chocolate peanut butter bites have protein, fiber, and a slight touch of sweetness that gives me energy and added nutrients.

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