One treat that I eat a few times a week is the freshly-ground honey roasted peanut butter from Earth Fare or Whole Foods. I eat it plain. It’s slightly sweet and so insanely satisfying it makes me want to stand up and clap. I ate some of it today and, for whatever reason, was inspired to add a little flaked coconut to it. I said to myself, “Well, this sounds like a good pairing.” Indeed it was.
As I was eating it, I thought, “Boy does this taste like something familiar.” I couldn’t put my finger on it. Peanut butter? Coconut? Then it hit me: Zagnut bars! I hadn’t had them since I was a child, but the flavor was unmistakable. For those of you who have never had a Zagnut bar, they are (ahem…sugar filled) comprised of a crisp peanut butter center like a Butterfinger or a Clark bar– but is wrapped in toasted coconut instead of chocolate. Another similar candy is another vintage one: the Chick-O-Stick.
I decided to try baking my treat and increasing its sweetness a bit to see what I came up with. What was born was nothing short of amazing! I think you’ll agree. Plus, it takes all of 30 seconds to whip up and only 10 minutes to bake. Can you beat that? I think not!
The texture is not reminiscent of the dense crunchiness of a Zagnut bar, but the flavor certainly is. These can be a bit crumbly, too– but one bite and you will be hooked.
EDIT: You know it’s a big one when you put it in bold! Make these cookies wayyyy better by leaving them out uncovered, overnight. They’ll slightly dry out and become crisp– even more reminiscent of a Zagnut. They are fantastic when left out!!!
Easy Coconut Peanut Butter Balls (Zagnut Balls)
- 3 T freshly-ground, all natural honey roasted peanut butter
- 2 T coconut flour
- 1 T Swerve sweetener (or granulated erythritol or sweetener of choice)
- 2 T shredded unsweetened coconut
- 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp. xanthan gum
- 1 egg white
- Extra shredded coconut for rolling