Oct 302013

Happy Halloween! And I must say, I have a lot to be happy about this year:
1. This time last year was Hurricane Sandy and things got pretty dark (literally). And cold. This year it’s not!
2. My sister Jenna will be getting married in exactly 10 days!
3. On Halloween last year, my other sister Brea brought my nephew Owen into the world. Tomorrow he will be the coolest 1 year old ever!
4. And finally, these dark chocolate-peanut butter-banana-truffles that look like spiders. Nuff said.
These truffles have a whopping 5 ingredients, were quick to make, and were SO tasty. Trying a “healthy” truffle recipe made me a little nervous, because usually when you’re eating truffles, healthy isn’t exactly the goal. But these were actually AMAZING. Not surprising, since the idea came from my friend Erica Sweet Tooth. I made mine into little spiders by adding pretzel legs and jelly bean eyes, but the possibilities are endless for these. Maybe orange white chocolate to make pumpkins? Or just make them without any Halloween costume and they’re still just awesome and healthy truffles. Highly recommended!!!
Nutritional Highlights: The secret ingredient in these is high fiber cereal. Who woulda thought! I used natural peanut butter which is high in protein and healthy fat, and banana for natural sugars and vitamins. Dark chocolate has some antioxidant benefits, but mostly it’s just delicious and a little bit won’t hurt anyone. This is a perfectly portioned, sweet/salty dessert that is way better for you than any other Halloween candy out there.
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Healthy Dark Chocolate-Peanut Butter-Banana Truffles
adapted from Erica Sweet Tooth
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What’s in them:
1 cup fiber cereal, finely ground (I used Go Lean but Fiber One, Nature’s Path Flax Plus Flakes, or another favorite are fine)
3/4 cup creamy natural peanut butter
1 ripe banana
Optional: 1-2 tablespoons agave or honey (if you’re using unsweetened, natural peanut butter you may want to add a little but I left it out and they were still delicious)
6 oz dark chocolate
Decorations: for the spiders I used thin broken pretzels and halved jelly beans

How to make them:
In a food processor, grind the cereal into fine crumbs. Add the agave/honey, peanut butter, and banana and pulse for a few times until the dough comes together.
Roll the dough into balls and place them on a wax-paper lined cookie sheet. Transfer to the fridge for about an hour.
Melt chocolate in a double boiler (for me this was a glass bowl on top of a sauce pan with simmering water) and submerge each truffle in the chocolate, using a spoon to scoop out each truffle and tapping the spoon side of the dish to get off any excess chocolate. Transfer dipped truffles to a wax-paper lined cookie sheet and decorate by sticking in the pretzel legs and pressing on the jelly bean eyes.
Store in the fridge to allow chocolate to set completely and serve within a few days for best results. Enjoy and Boo!
And since I think you deserve another treat, here’s a shoutout to my nephew Owen who turns 1 tomorrow. Can’t believe how big this little pumpkin is now!!
And since I think you deserve another treat, here’s a shoutout to my nephew Owen who turns 1 tomorrow. Can’t believe how big this little pumpkin is now!!
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  One Response to “Dark Chocolate-Peanut Butter-Banana Truffle Spiders”

  1. These are really cute! What a fun Halloween treat.

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