Quarantine Peanut Butter Treats

I know I told you guys that the next post I’d publish was going to be about porch gardening. Well, considering the shipping delays, if I held myself to that it’d be at least another two weeks before I got that post out, so I’ll just throw some other posts at you until then. I’m sorry. I lied. You’re getting a recipe for peanut butter treats.

This is a really forgiving, simple recipe that can be made with ingredients on hand. All you need is chocolate, peanut butter, salt, and a sweetener.

Mix 1/2 cup any kind of peanut butter really well with:
4 to 6 tablespoons maple syrup, honey, or powdered sugar, depending on how sweet you like things
1/2 teaspoon salt
Optional 1 tbsp melted butter
I bet this would be great if you added 2 tablespoons of dry milk powder, but I didn’t have it on hand so I can’t tell you yes or no.

You can mix this in the peanut butter jar itself if it’s half empty.

Line a plate with wax paper and roll mounds of this mixture into 1-1/2″ balls. Put the balls on the wax paper. Freeze that for 1 hour but if you forget it in there, that’s fine too.

While that’s freezing, melt any kind of chocolate in sufficient quantity to cover the things you just made. Add 1/4 tsp coconut oil to it if you want. You can do melt the chocolate by putting a pan on the stove on the minimum heat possible. I really do mean the minimum, like a 1 on an electric stove. Don’t listen to people who say you have to have a double boiler in order to melt chocolate. You just need to make sure it doesn’t scorch, so keep an eye on it.

Get a bowl of some kind ready. Once the stuff comes out of the freezer, pour the chocolate into that bowl, dump all the peanut butter balls into it, stir to cover them with chocolate, put them back onto the wax paper and stick that in the freezer to harden for 20 minutes.

Once that’s done, take the treats and put them in a re-closable container, then put that in the fridge. They’re ready to be eaten. These things are calorie dense, which is great when you can’t go to the store.

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