Monday, June 27, 2011
No Bake PB & J Cake Pops (Or Not)
I have a love-hate relationship with my food processor. I love it and all its capabilities. But I hate cleaning it. There are so many nooks and crannies, food just lodges itself in and never looks back. And I've been been using it a lot lately, so my love and hatred is growing quickly.
But (sigh) I've got nothing but love for these no bake peanut butter and jelly cake pops. There's nothing yuckier than sweating in a bowl of food because your oven is pumping heat into your kitchen during the dog days of summer. So whipping up these little yummy two-bite pb & j jammers is a breeze. With only five ingredients, these are quickly taking this house over as the sweet treat of choice. (Oh, and you don't need a stick in it to enjoy.)
No Bake PB & J Cake Pops
1 cup Medjool dates*
1 cup unsalted blanched peanuts, plus 1/4 cup unsalted blanched peanuts smashed with a mallet
2 tablespoons Simply Fruit Smuckers fruit spread, blackberry
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon white powdered stevia
Process the dates in the food processor until chopped into tiny pieces. Add the peanuts and process until they resemble coarse crumbs. Add the fruit spread, salt and stevia.
Process until a ball forms in the food processor. Line a baking sheet with wax paper and form 1 tablespoon-sized balls with your hands. Roll them in the smashed peanuts. Place them on the prepared baking sheet.
Continue making balls until dough is gone. Place in the refrigerator for one hour to firm.
Remove and transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator. If you want, add lollipop sticks and enjoy!
These make cute centerpieces or just as a really amazing no sugar-treat for kids and adults!
*I've made these with Deglet Noor dates and the dough doesn't form a ball in the food processor. Because their consistency is more rough, they stay more separated in the bowl. If using Deglet Noor dates instead of Medjool, I would add 1/2 to 1 tablespoon of peanut oil while processing for moisture.
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