On the last night of our SNAPcut Challenge, I mixed all the peanut butter we had left with judicious amounts of four other ingredients to make these quick, satisfying truffles. The recipe for We Made It Cocoa Peanut-Butter Truffles is supremely easy. These quick treats taste a lot like a homemade version of the famous chocolate peanut-butter cups. They are a lot healthier than Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, with no cholesterol and no cryptic ingredients such as PGPR or TBHQ.
Can you enjoy luxuries like chocolate truffles on a food-stamp budget? Yes! These treats cost just 24 cents each or $1.43 for the batch using organic ingredients. I just updated the cost and added nutritional information.
Make six large truffles to delight you and your sweetheart. For parties, I double the recipe and make thirty smaller ones to share. As always when you cook from scratch, you can make these truffles as organic as your budget allows. If you use natural peanut butter that separates, pour off some peanut oil before starting to make them lower in fat and more stable at room temperature.
|Prep Time||10 minutes|
- 2 tablespoons sugar divided, 24 grams
- 5 tablespoons smooth peanut butter 80 grams
- 2 tablespoons natural cacao or cocoa 10 grams, plus a half-teaspoon more for rolling if desired
- 1 teaspoon sorghum or agave syrup, 7 grams
- 1/8 teaspoon vanilla
- Put about 2 teaspoons of sugar in a saucer for rolling the truffles. Mix in a little cocoa if desired.
- Mix remaining ingredients in a bowl. Use a fork and table knife to mix and cut the ingredients until they are well blended, with no streaks of color.
- Divide peanut-butter mixture into even pieces. Roll each piece into a ball with your hands, then roll in sugar or whatever coatings you fancy.
- If they seem soft, chill for ten minutes. I drain enough oil from my peanut butter that they are firm enough to eat right away. Truffles probably keep for weeks in a refrigerated container and freeze well, but who will ever know?
Rolling truffles in sugar adds crunch as well as sweetness. Adding a half-teaspoon of cocoa to intensify the chocolate flavor if you like. Experiment with finely chopped nuts, coconut, and whatever you fancy, then please let us know how your truffles turned out.
Nutritional Information for We Made It Cocoa Peanut-Butter Truffles
Healthy with just 110 calories and 3 grams of protein each. Supporting members, please log in to see the detailed nutritional information. If you aren't a supporter, learn how to join today!