I also have to stand as far away from my laptop as I can while still reaching the keyboard because my eyes won't focus. I would wait until my eyes go back to normal but I have other work to do so the show must go on! Thankfully, I don't need to see these chocolatey balls of spiced peanut butter to know how good they taste.
You could leave the curry powder out all together, but where's the fun in that? Peanut butter lends itself well to savory flavors - including curry dishes - so it works well here. The chocolate is just a fun extra step to bring it up to dessert snack level.
Chocolate Covered Curried Peanut Butter Bites
Peanut butter bites
1/2 cup unsalted peanut butter (see notes)
3 tbsp gluten free oat flour
Scant 1/2 - 3/4 tsp curry powder (see notes)
1 tbsp maple syrup
1/4 tsp sea salt
6 tbsp vegan chocolate chips (see notes)
1 tsp coconut oil
Sea salt, for topping
Prepare a plate or baking sheet with wax or parchment paper. Stir together oat flour, curry powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Add in peanut butter and maple syrup and stir until fully combined.
Put chocolate and coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl and heat in 10 second intervals, stirring after each one, until the chocolate is smooth and has fully melted. My microwave took about 50 seconds.
Roll about a teaspoon of peanut butter dough into a ball, repeating until you have formed all the dough. Roll each ball in the melted chocolate to coat, then remove with a fork, tapping the fork against the bowl to remove excess chocolate. Transfer to your wax paper and sprinkle with sea salt.
Place the bites in the fridge until the chocolate has set, at least half and hour, before eating. Eat cold or let sit at room temperature for a few minutes (I like them best this way). Transfer extras to a sealed container and store in the fridge.
- Crunchy or smooth peanut butter may be used. I used crunchy for the added texture.
- I don't recommend subbing other nut butters in for the peanut butter. The peanut flavor pairs nicely with the curry, and I cannot vouch for how any other nuts will taste in its place.
- Use a scant 1/2 tsp curry powder for a more subtle taste, and 3/4 tsp for a stronger taste. The cumin flavor comes in a little strong for me, so I like using about a full 1/2 tsp.
- If you find the chocolate coating process too time consuming or messy, simply use a fork to drizzle chocolate over the bites instead of fully dipping them.
- I ended up with a bit extra melted chocolate; you can probably get away with using only 4 tbsp of chocolate chips (you definitely can if you're taking the drizzling route), but the dipping process is much easier if you have some extra to roll the bites around in.