As most of you know, I participate in Roxana’s chocolate party each month.
And this month, we had to pair chocolate with cranberries! As soon as I found out “cranberries” was the secret ingredient, my heart just sank…lol.
Let’s just say … I don’t care much for cranberries.
But, I do have to admit that Roxana took me out of my comfort zone and after a few disappointing attempts, I finally came up with these insanely yummy choco peanut butter coconut cranberry balls!
These have now become one of my favorite snacks and I have Roxana to thank for that
Honest to God, I was expecting the worst when I took my first bite but to my surprise, the texture and all the flavors were working together in perfect harmony! YAYYYY!
The center was a cranberry explosion!
You can obviously replace it with anything else you like such as chopped nuts or other dried fruits or even chopped up chocolate bars… MMMMM!!!! I can’t wait to try those variations next time
To make these, you will need the following ingredients:
1 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
1/4 cup honey (or molasses, whichever you prefer)
1/4 cup peanut butter
2 tbsp shredded coconut
3 tbsp fat free milk
2 tbsp chopped up chocolate
1/2 cup chopped up dried cranberries
And here are the steps:
Add all the ingredients in a deep bowl.
Note: Honey and peanut butter have different consistencies based on brands. So, I would recommend that you mix oats, peanut butter, honey, coconut and chocolate first. Then, add a little milk at a time. Start with 1 tbsp and work your way up until you have a consistency which is suitable for making balls.
Mix everything thoroughly with a wooden spoon. The batter will get sticky and start clumping together.
Start taking portions of this batter and make balls with a hole in the center.
Also chop up some dried cranberries.
Fill the hole with those cranberries.
Cover the top with some more oatmeal batter.
Use your hands to make it smooth into a ball.
Line a cookie tray with parchment paper and place all these balls on the tray.
Bake at 350 degrees for 3-5 minutes. The heat makes these balls a little crunchy on the outside and they are not as sticky any more. I also think they hold their shape better.
And you are done!
I swear once you start eating these, you can’t stop…lol. They are so addictive!
And like I mentioned, these babies are linked to Roxana’s Chocolate Party… come and join us each month!
Make sure to drop by my blog in a few days coz I am making a fantastic cake with these little babies
Until then, take care y’all and be sure to check out more of these awesome chocolate/cranberry treats from other great bloggers HERE (Scroll down and check out the linky tool where everyone's creations are posted. i tried adding the linky took to my posting but i am having some technical problems :S)
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