This Week in The RMTV Kitchen: Naturally Sweet Holiday “Candy”

This week on Real Nutrition I showed you a new way to celebrate with food over the holidays.  Did you like the idea of making the Holiday Candy with carob and some fun new ingredients?  I hope you learned something new, and that you’re feeling inspired to get into the kitchen.

Remember, you can still enjoy your holiday favorites while using good sense around too much sugar.  With this candy recipe, you are getting good sources of healthy fats in the nut and seed butters, and of course you know I love to create with honey and maple syrup!  Thankfully, this recipe calls for small amounts of both, so super easy on the blood sugar, while satisfying that holiday sweet tooth.  Make these for your kids’ Halloween parties, or serve them at elegant dinner buffets…they are sure to please any palate.

Carob Holiday Candy

Ingredients:

3/4 cup tahini (sesame butter), sunflower butter, peanut or almond butter
1 cup Barbara’s brand brown rice cereal (or other puffed rice cereal)
1/8 cup of carob powder (or unprocessed, unsweetened cocoa powder)
1 Tablespoon honey
1 Tablespoon maple syrup
Coconut flakes – finely shredded for coating

Put all ingredients in a food processor and combine until it forms a workable dough.  You can also combine all the ingredients in a big mixing bowl, but just know that the rice cereal will be more noticeable in the balls, which is also a crunchy addition.  Once mixed, form into balls about the size of a ping-pong ball.  Put the coconut flakes on a plate or waxed paper, and roll the balls in the flakes until covered.  Place on a waxed cookie sheet and place the balls in the fridge until chilled.  Serve chilled or at room temperature.

If you’re not a coconut fan, you can also roll the balls in shaved chocolate. For more fun flavors check out the Frontier brand of flavorings at your natural foods store or online at www.frontiercoop.com. Sometimes I’ll add 1 teaspoon of the peppermint or maple syrup flavor to this recipe for a tasty variation.  You could also add orange flavoring for a Tootsie-Roll flavor..yum!

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