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I`ve recently been inspired to get more nutritional mileage out of my snacks and treats. I saw some recipes for "healthy" cookie dough truffles recently (basically, flour- and sugar-free cookie dough balls dipped in dark chocolate), and thought that I might like to try a version of them using peanut butter!
I am going to be tweaking the recipe, but here is what I used for my first attempt at making these truffles:
<ul><strong><li>3/4 cup peanut butter</li>
<li>1 tbsp honey</li>
<li>1/3 cup brown rice cereal</li>
<li>3 tbsp dried cranberries</li>
<li>3 squares unsweetened Baker`s chocolate</li>
<li>1 tbsp golden brown sugar</li></strong></ul>
To begin with, I heated up the peanut butter and honey in a saucepan over low heat. Then, I stirred in the cereal and dried cranberries. I rolled the mixture into tablespoon-sized balls and put them in the freezer to firm up.
Then, I chopped up the Baker`s chocolate and melted it in a saucepan over low heat. I then stirred in the sugar. After that, I removed the peanut butter balls from the freezer and dipped them in the chocolate, placing them on a plate lined with wax paper. Once again, I put them in the freezer to firm up.
And voila! "Healthy" (or healthier) candy truffles! This recipe made 6 or 7 truffles in total. These tasted really great, actually - a lot like a candy bar, except with much less sugar and no added fillers/chemicals, and so on. I think that next time, I won`t even add the honey to the peanut butter, as it`s naturally sweet on its own, especially with the dried cranberries. In addition, I`m going to replace the sugar I added to the chocolate with honey or agave syrup. I`ll have to be careful about that, though, as the chocolate might seize up when I try to add it (it can be done, though, apparently)! The sugar crystals that I added to the melted chocolate didn`t melt, so they were kind of grainy. All in all, though, I`m really happy with this recipe, and will be making these truffles again. :)
<strong>What`s your favourite "healthy" dessert?</strong>
***Photo is my own; please do not take.