Calming Peanut Butter Buckeyes
Obviously, we already know that chocolate and peanut butter are good. And obviously we know that eating chocolate makes us feel happy, but in addition to those obvious wins, these babies have an extra ingredient (or two actually) that help in reducing anxiety as well.
Mushrooms! (No not those kind of mushrooms). Unlike their psychoactive cousins, Reishi and Cordycep don’t induce hallucinations, but they do assist to release hormones that help combat stress and anxiety.
In these you'll find:
Cordeycep which is a powerful antioxidant and has been shown to have immunity enhancing properties, as well as improve your brain function and even help to enhance your sex drive (what else are you going to do stuck inside all day? 😉) They also help improve your liver functions and can fight against inflammation on a cellular level.
Reishi which is also a powerful antioxidant and can help to boost your immune system, but it also can help release hormones to combat stress and anxiety, can help you to improve and deepen your sleep cycles, and combat mild depression and lethargy.
I added them to these little peanut butter balls of heaven, because I want my junk food to multi-task!
Anti-Anxiety Peanut Butter Buckeyes
1 Cup Peanut Butter (I used Almond Butter, but you can use whatever your heart desires)
½ Cup Maple Syrup (or any liquid sweetener of your choice)
¼ Cup Oat Flour (again you can use any flour you'd like, I just think oat flour tastes the best with peanut butter)
1/8 Cup Reishi and Cordecep Powder (I used Sunpotion)
1 Cup Vegan Dark Chocolate Chips (I used Enjoy Life)
1 Tbsp Coconut oil
Coarse Sea Salt
Coarse Sea Salt
Add peanut butter, maple syrup, oat flour and mushroom blend to a large mixing bowl. Stir until a dough-like texture is achieved.
Take small pieces of the peanut butter dough into your hand and roll into small balls, about an inch to a half an inch in diameter.
Place balls onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet and place in the freezer for about twenty minutes. (This just makes them easier to work with when you’re dipping in the chocolate).
Next melt the chocolate and coconut oil over a double burner. Once its melted take off the boiler and set bowl aside for dipping.
Lightly (or heavily) coat or dip the chilled peanut butter balls in the chocolate and place back on the parchment paper and sprinkle with the coarse sea salt. (You might want to consider using a toothpick for this). Place back in the freezer until the chocolate hardens.