Peanut Butter and Jelly Bites

peanut butter and jelly bites 

Peanut butter and jelly: a childhood favourite. While I didn't really grow up on that combo (I was more of a jelly and custard gal, or a peanut butter and cheese babe (ew, I know...)), I remember it being a popular school lunch back in the day. 

It happens to be very appropriate that I am posting a nostalgic childhood recipe on the very same day I am saying goodbye to a childhood friend of mine. As we grow older, our friendships certainly become stronger, more trusting and expansive, and display a clearer reflection of who we are. But growing up also means friends get up and go. A new job calls them overseas or they go travel for an indefinite time. Life keeps moving. 

It's funny because I wasn't sure what to write about today. Trying to find a relevant topic to somehow relate to this childhood-inspired PB & J date ball recipe seemed far-fethced. But now it somehow has become a tribute to all of my friends who are forging their own path, grabbing life with both hands and keeping the adventure alive. To all my friends, far and wide, keep growing and moving from your heart. You are all beautiful when you are flowing. 

I hope you enjoy making and nomming these cute date balls. My sister stated they are a "triumph!", and I must say, I am very pleased with how they came out.

I send you all much love and wish you a joyous last few days of 2016. 

ingredients for the peanut butter side

1 cup dates

1/3 cup PB2 mixed with 1/8 cup and 1 tbsp water (or 1/4 cup peanut butter) 

1/2 cup activated buckwheat 

1 tbsp water (or as needed) 

ingredients for the jelly side

1 cup dates

1/2 cup dried blueberries (soaked if needed) 

1/2 cup mixed nuts (I used a mixture of almonds, cashews, hazelnuts and brazil nuts) 

1 tbsp maca powder

1 tbsp chia seeds

1 tbsp water (or as needed) 

method 

1. For the peanut butter side, throw all ingredients in a food processor and blend. If you have dry dates, soak them hot water for 5 minutes before. Scrape down the edges as you go. Add water slowly as needed. 

2. Set the mixture aside. 

3. For the jelly side, throw all ingredients in a food processor and blend. Depending on which blueberries you bought, you may need to soak them before. Scrape down the edges as you go. Add water slowly as needed.  

4. Set the mixture aside.

5. Roll each mixture individually into little balls.

6. Plonk (or join) one peanut butter ball with another jelly ball, and roll them together until they form a complete roll.

7. Place in an airtight container in the fridge. 

8. Share with your mates. 

Thank you to Bless This Mess for the inspiration! <3