Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Yummy Holiday Treats

Happy Holidays Everyone!!
I hope ya'll had a good Christmas. I am sorry I haven't posted anything in a while, this time of year is unfortunately more crazy busy than I would like it to be! I have made a couple little treats that are easy and fun to make, and will please any crowd.

Low Fat Peanut Butter Balls
(aka Buckeyes if you are from Ohio)

2  6 oz containers of Plain low fat Greek yogurt
1 C   PB2 (dehydrated/powdered peanut butter that only contains 15% of the fat content that regular peanut butter does-- you can get it at most Krogers, whole foods, or online)
1 C powdered sugar
2 oz Neufchatel cheese (low fat cream cheese)
12 packages stevia
4 C rice crispies
1 package chocolate almond bark
parchment paper

Mix all ingredients except the rice crispies together until smooth. Then fold in the rice crispies, 1 cup at a time. 
Refrigerate for a bit while melting the chocolate in a double boiler (or put the chocolate in one small sauce pan and place that pan in a large skillet filled half way with water.) 

Take the dough out and form it into balls and stick each one with a toothpick.
When the chocolate is melted, quickly dip each PB ball in the chocolate and then place on parchment paper. 
Add more chocolate to the pot as needed. Any remaining chocolate can be poured onto a clean piece of parchment paper and then frozen, and then broken into pieces to make chocolate bark.

White Chocolate Covered Mini Apples

Mini apples
Wooden kabob skewers
White chocolate chips or almond bark
sprinkles or colored sugar, if desired
parchment paper

I found these apples at Meijers, they were $2 for a bag.
I discovered that having the apples cold worked best in helping the chocolate to solidify faster.
Take your chilled apples and stab each one with a skewer and set out on a good sized piece of parchment paper.
Melt your chocolate in a double boiler (as described above in PB Ball recipe), and when it is all melted, dip each apple in and coat. It helps to twirl the apple a little when transferring it to the parchment paper after dipping so as not to drip large amounts of chocolate everywhere. 

After the apples have set for a couple minutes, go ahead and top with sprinkles or colored sugar while more chocolate melts. Repeat until all apples are dipped. 
If you have left over chocolate, spread it out on a clean piece of parchement paper and place in freezer to cool. Then break in to pieces to make chocolate bark.

I hope you have as much fun making and eating these goodies and I have! Enjoy!