These crunchy bites will dazzle you with their unique peanut butter and nutella flavor. This is a great recipe to make together with kids! And the best part? No baking involved! Great for an after-school snack for the kids or with your coffee.
When I was a little girl, my mother used to make chocolate bites all the time. Eating just one of them never seemed to be enough. My favorite part was to roll them in different toppings, especially sprinkles. The bites are made of chocolate and crushed vanilla cookies and they are a pure classic. With this recipe, I took it a step forward and made them fancier by using nutella + peanut butter and vanilla wafers. The result is amazing.
At first it might seem as if nutella and peanut butter are not the best combination of flavors, but trust me – they are. Just mix one teaspoon of peanut butter together with one teaspoon of nutella and you will see for yourself. The vanilla wafers make the bites crunchy. If you don’t have vanilla wafers use any crunchy vanilla cookies.
To make the bites start by melting the butter. If you choose to add powdered sugar (this is optional – I like to add it for a bit more sweetness) whisk it in until smooth. Add the peanut butter and nutella and fold or stir until you get a luscious, creamy consistency:
Next, crush the vanilla wafers. You don’t want to crush them into a powder, rather they should be crushed into small coarse pieces. If you mistakenly turn the wafers into a powder, it’s ok. It will still taste good, but it will just be less crunchy. To crush it, you can either pulse it a few times in the food processor or put it into a small bag and crush the wafers with a wooden spoon. You can even crumble it with your own hands (which is something I’ve tried before). Crushing wafers is not an exact science, so don’t worry about it too much!
You’ll need two cups of the crushed wafers. I know – it’s annoying to crush them first and only then measure it, but this is the most accurate way to do it, since each one of you will use a different brand of wafers/cookies for this recipe.
Combine the wafers with the nutella-PB mixture and mix well. Add about 2-3 tablespoon of milk, until the ingredients start to stick together and form a dough-like consistency. This will make it easier to roll them into balls. The mixture shouldn’t be crumbly.
Now for the hardest part – refrigerate the mixture and wait for at least 30 minutes. This is done to ensure easy rolling (but you can totally taste it now to see how yummy it is!). Once out of fridge, shape into balls and roll in a topping of your choice, or leave plain. Some of my favorite toppings are sprinkles, crushed nuts, coconut, cocoa, and powdered sugar. What is your favorite topping?
- 3 tablespoons (40g or 1.4oz) butter, melted
- 2 tablespoons powdered sugar (optional)
- ½ cup + 3 tablespoons nutella
- ½ cup peanut butter
- 2 cups vanilla wafers or cookies, crushed into coarse crumbs (first crush, then measure - see above post)
- 2-3 tablespoons milk
- In a large bowl whisk melted butter with powdered sugar until smooth. Add peanut butter and nutella and mix until combined. Add crushed wafers/cookies and mix.
- Add 2-3 tablespoons of milk, until the mixture is no longer crumbly and can easily be rolled into balls.
- Refrigerate the mixture for at least 30 minutes for easy rolling.
- Shape mixture into balls the size of heaping tabelspoons (I use 1.5 tablespoons ice cream scoop).
- Roll in toppings of your choice.
- Refrigerate bites for at least one hour.