Thursday, July 26, 2012

Healthier Chocolate Truffles and Haystacks!

Do these look healthy?

What if I told you they were full of fiber, and much lower in sugar and fat than their traditional counterparts?

OH! And no oven required!!  (If y'all are experiencing the heat wave we are, this is a major plus!)

So, what's the secret?!  Fiber One (original).  Yes, Fiber One.  And trust me, you will never know there is a healthy, fiber filled main ingredient in these little gems of dark chocolate deliciousness.

First up -  truffles. I first saw these over at Back For Seconds (well, I probably first saw them on Pinterest!).  Since I had some Fiber One cereal, I jumped on this recipe.  The only problem was that I only had Fat Free Cream Cheese, and I think reduced fat would have been better...or if you use fat free, maybe increase the brown sugar a little.  However, these were still good, and were devoured by my children pretty quickly.

Skinny Caramel Truffles adapted from Back For Seconds
  (Makes about 25 small truffles)

1 cup Fiber One cereal 
4 oz low fat cream cheese
2 Tbs brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp caramel extract* 
*I didn't have caramel extract, so I used half butter extract & half vanilla extract*
8 oz dark chocolate

In a food processor grind cereal to a fine crumb. Add cream cheese, brown sugar, extract(s) and pulse until it all comes together. Roll into bite sized balls (I made mine about an inch?) and set on a parchment (or wax paper) lined cookie sheet and freeze for 1 hour. Melt chocolate until smooth, thinning with a bit of coconut oil if needed. Dunk the frozen truffles in the chocolate and lift out with a fork (I use 2 toothpicks), tapping it gently to smooth. Immediately add sprinkles if desired. Store in the refrigerator but let come to room temp before eating. Enjoy!


Second, we have Dark Chocolate Haystacks.  I had chocolate leftover from the above truffles, so I just added some Fiber One cereal to it and mixed together.  Place spoonfuls of the chocolate covered cereal on the wax paper, and let harden in the freezer or fridge.  These were everyone's favorites!  Such a simple "recipe", yet they were so good! As a matter of fact, the kids have requested I make these again.  Score one   for mom in providing a healthier treat that the kids loved!  Of course, it would have been better had I not eaten most of them.  oops.

12 comments:

  1. These are awesome Chocolate Truffels and Haystacks, what a great treat! Hope you are having a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  2. Oh my gosh! YUM! And healthy too? Great idea! They look wonderful.

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  3. Great idea! (making them healthier, that is) This is making me want chocolate now...

    Stopping by from Foodie Friday!

    Jessica
    http://jessica-healthymommyhealthybaby.blogspot.com/2012/07/meatless-monday-on-tuesday-layered.html

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  4. I love that I can count on you to satisfy my chocolate cravings :)

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  5. Not sure about healthy and chocolate in the same sentence! I found this via Simple Living with Diane Balch. I linked in a salad I made using leftover lamb. Cheers.

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  6. What a great idea, crunch with health.

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  7. Those chocolate truffles look amazing!

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  8. No they do not look healthy.. they look amazing!!! I am craving some good chocolate ~ I need to make these now!

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  9. Thank you so much for linking up to Tasty Thursdays last week. Hope to see you again this week!!
    Nichi - The Mandatory Mooch

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  10. I love truffles and chocolate! I need to make these!!!
    Great recipe!
    xxx,
    Kat
    www.agirlandherfood.com

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  11. I love truffles and chocolate! I need to make these!!!
    Great recipe!
    xxx,
    Kat
    www.agirlandherfood.com

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  12. So cute & great idea for the haystacks. I never can find chow mein noodles so this is even better! I didn't know they made "caramel extract" but it sounds awesome. Thanks for the 2 recipes.

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