Peanut Butter Cup Footballs are the perfect game day treat. Gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free, they’re a chocolatey treat you can actually feel good about eating!
Obviously I can’t help but give into the Super Bowl madness that’s happening in Philly.
Though I’m not an Eagles fan, I am always down for a celebration full of great food, friends, and adorable themed snacks like gluten-free & dairy-free peanut butter cup footballs. Rich, creamy, junk-free adorable peanut butter cup footballs, to be exact.
I mean, who can say no to that?
Truth be told I’ll probably be watching the game mostly for the commercials, and I’ll be cheering after each bite of delicious football food that I consume. But I’m sure I’ll let a few “Fly, Eagles, Fly” and “Go Birds!” slip out of my mouth – As they say, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.
While they may look fancy, I promise these gluten-free peanut butter cup footballs are SO easy to make, and almost impossible to screw up.
Trust me, I’m the queen of Pinterest fails and good idea, poor execution. “Professional Cake Decorator” is just about the least plausible of all of my potential career paths.
But seriously – if I can handle this, you can handle this. Both the filling and the homemade chocolate are three easy ingredients, and as long as you are capable of forming dough balls that are oblong/football shaped in nature (the real challenge would be making perfectly round balls in my world!), you’ve totally got this.
WAIT LEAH. You said EASY and HOMEMADE CHOCOLATE in the same sentence. Why yes, I did. It’s really so much easier than it sounds! (Thanks to Pinch of Yum for teaching me this trick!). Stirring together melted coconut oil, cocoa powder, and maple syrup is all it takes, which also makes this chocolate completely dairy-free (woohoo!) so everyone can enjoy.
The only thing you need to be aware of is that you need to move fast when you’re dipping the chilled peanut butter mixture into the chocolate, as it will start to harden pretty quickly. If it does start to harden – no worries. Just pop it into the microwave on 15 second intervals until it becomes thin and dippable once again. The upside to the chocolate hardening quickly? You can get the laces of the football piped on quickly after you dip, as the chocolate hardens in record time. Winning!
With these gluten-free dairy-free peanut butter cup footballs in hand, I couldn’t be more excited to join in on of the Philly Super Bowl maddness.
I may even don some green and white during the big game [SAY WHAT?]
[DC friends, don’t hate me! May I offer a peanut butter football as a peace offering? 😉 ]
- Peanut Butter Filling:
- ⅔ cup natural peanut butter
- 2 Tablespoons pure maple Syrup
- 1 Tablespoon coconut flour
- Chocolate Coating:
- ½ cup melted coconut oil
- ⅓ cup cocoa powder
- 2 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
- For the Laces:
- 2 Tablespoons white chocolate, melted*
- In a medium bowl, thoroughly mix the peanut butter, maple syrup, and coconut flour. Allow the mixture to sit for 10 minutes so that the coconut flour can absorb some of the oil from the peanut butter and firm the mixture up.
- Form the peanut butter mixture into 8 oblong balls and place on a parchment lined plate. Place in the refrigerator to chill for 20 minute or more.
- Once the peanut butter footballs are chilled, make the chocolate coating by mixing the melted coconut oil, cocoa powder, and maple syrup thoroughly.
- Working quickly, dip the peanut butter balls in the chocolate, and return to the parchment lined plate. If the chocolate mixture begins to firm up, microwave in 15 second intervals until thin again.
- Return the peanut butter balls to the refrigerator to allow the chocolate to set.
- Pipe laces onto the footballs, using white chocolate*
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