Almond butter balls that are covered in dark chocolate and sprinkled with gluten-free crushed pretzels and kosher salt. A Thanksgiving dream dessert bite!
These are so easy to make and SO perfect for Thanksgiving guests who don’t care for all the pies laid out on the Thanksgiving dessert table! Which are far and few between, but they are out there!
Now, I love me some pie on Thanksgiving. Let’s be real. But now that I’m gluten-free I don’t have as many pie options as before. And who wants to make a gluten-free pie to bring? If hardly any guests eat gluten-free? Noone! So, it’s up to me to make that dessert that I can devour. This year, I thought I’d make a bite sized piece of decadence with ingredients that sit in my cupboard over the holidays.
These require almond butter, some powdered sugar, dark chocolate, crushed gluten-free pretzels and kosher salt. These are so easy to make and once you put these out, they will be gone so fast! They taste like a cross between a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup and a Tagalong Girl Scout cookie. But better. I still dream about the taste of those Tagalongs from years ago and you can’t forget the taste. Ok, so these bite sized almond butter balls are seriously better!
The hard part will be do I keep these in the freezer until ready to serve on Thanksgiving, or do I put them out with the desserts? Or shall I wait until people are digging into their pie pieces? I’m thinking that is when I’ll put these out! This is a gluten-free, dairy-free recipe so I’m thinking my son will appreciate putting these out last minute 😉 I used Enjoy Life Dark Chocolates in this recipe and they worked perfectly. It takes the chocolate a bit of time to harden, so freezing these after you make them I recommend.
The almond butter just melts in your mouth right when you bite into one of these. And the confectioners sugar pairs perfectly. I have a fantastic gluten-free peanut butter ball recipe that is one of my faves here on the blog. It uses powdered sugar as well. Powdered sugar IS confectioners sugar, by the way. For the holidays, I think the almond butter powdered sugar mix is just the best. It is silky and decadent and has a depth of chocolate that remind me of the holidays so much.
One thing to remember is that these will not be too sweet with the powdered sugar! I promise! The dark chocolate along with the toppings really balance this sweetness out quite tremendously. So, you’ll have a bite that reaches all of those components and balances out the flavor.
I’ll see you Wednesday with some more recipes counting down to Thanksgiving! And get these babies prepared ahead of time so you can put them out on the dessert table for Thanksgiving!!
Dark Chocolate Covered Almond Butter Balls
A decadent almond butter bite that is fantastic for the holidays.
- 4 tablespoons almond butter eye this, as using a measuring spoon is hard with almond butter!
- 4 tablespoons confectioners sugar more if needed
- 1 cup gluten-free dark chocolate tempered
- gluten-free pretzels, crushed for topping, I used Snyder's
- kosher salt for topping
Combine almond butter and powdered sugar in a large bowl. You are looking for a 1 to 1 ratio! So equal amounts of almond butter and powdered sugar, which makes this recipe so easy and fun!
Stir together slowly with a fork, until both ingredients form one. It will form a consistency close to a peanut butter ball. Almond butter is quite oily and different brands have different consistencies, so use more confectioners sugar to make the ball more sturdy if needed. Also, the humidity of the room can vary and this plays a role as well.
Make approximately 8 balls total, rolling each one in the palms of your hands to form a perfectly shaped circle.
Place them on parchment paper and set aside in fridge or freezer while tempering chocolate. You can easily temper your chocolate by microwaving for 30 seconds in a microwave safe kitchen bowl, then stir. Microwaving again for 30 seconds, then stir. Doing this total of about 3-4 times should temper it beautifully. When you are finished, only very few tiny clumps will remain. Don't microwave again when you see these tiny clumps! They will melt away with the heated chocolate.
When ready, take almond butter balls and carefully dip them into the melted chocolate. Coat on all sides the with a spoon, pick up the covered chocolate ball, let chocolate drizzle off a bit, then place on a clean sheet of parchment paper. Repeat this process with every piece until finished.
Once all are coated, quickly sprinkle crushed gluten-free pretzels (Snyder's makes gluten-free pretzels) and kosher salt on the tops of each chocolate ball while still wet. Let them rest to harden, then place in fridge or freezer to harden more and get cold. When ready to eat them, remove from fridge and serve or remove from freezer and wait about 10 minutes to serve. .
Note: Almond butter is silky and depends on the temperature around it for texture. So, depending on how humid it is where you are, you may need to add more powdered sugar to stabilize the ball. Don't worry, it will not be too sweet. The dark chocolate will balance this out.
Note: These will not be too sweet on the inside! The dark chocolate and salty toppings completely balance out the sweet silky flavor. I promise!!