Best Buckeyes

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This post is going to be short and sweet. I stumbled across hundreds of Buckeye recipes. I combined a few of my favorite ones and created THE BEST RECIPE EVER for Buckeyes. Seriously, these are most delicious ones I’ve ever tasted or made. Rich, creamy, smooth….I could go on and on about them….but I won’t. So, here ya go:

Buckeyes

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1 Stick Salted Butter, softened
  • 2 heaping Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • 3 1/4 – 3 1/2 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1 pack (14 oz) Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Melting Wafers
  1. Using a stand mixer, beat Peanut Butter and softened Butter until well mixed.
  2. Add Brown Sugar and Vanilla Extract and mix.
  3. Gradually add Powdered Sugar, one cup at a time, until completely combined.  (Start with 3 1/4 cups and adding more if needed)
  4. Scoop into desired size ( tablespoon)  and roll into balls in between your palms. ( If dough is sticking to hands…. add a little more powdered sugar until correct consistency.)
  5. Line Cookie Sheet with wax paper and place balls on it (not touching). Freeze  at least 20 min.
  6.  While PB balls are in the freezer, melt the Chocolate Wafers according to package directions. (I also add in a 1/2 teaspoon Coconut Oil to help give the chocolate a gorgeous sheen!)
  7. When chocoate is ready, take PB balls out of the  freezer. Spear top of each ball with a toothpick, and holding the toothpick, dunk into the melted chocolate, place on wax paper and remove toothpick. Repeat for all balls.
  8. When finished, using the pads of your finger, gently rub out the toothpick hole on the top of the PB ball.
  9. Return to fridge or freezer to let chocolate harden.
  10. Enjoy!!!!

 

EDB Tips:

*When adding in the powdered sugar, add all 3 cups (one cup at a time).  Once you add the last 1/3 cup, your dough may be perfect.  If the dough is sticky or won’t hold a ball shape, you need a add more powdered sugar, one tablespoon at a time until you get the perfect consistency….smooth and creamy

*These are best kept in the fridge or freezer ….if you leave them out, they tend to magically disappear! 😉

*You can use any chocolate, but I prefer the dark to balance out the sweetness of the powdered sugar

*If you don’t use Salted Butter, be sure to add a pinch of salt before you add in the vanilla!

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Organic Dark Chocolate and Peanut Butter Granola

Organic Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola

Organic Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola

O. M. G.

Crunchy & Chock FULL of Healthy Goodness

Crunchy & Chock FULL of Healthy Goodness

Are you ready for this!?!?! I’m not sure you are.
You are about to find the Holy Grail of all granola recipes. Every time I make granola….I’m never quite pleased with the results. (And usually end up having to throw the pan away!!!) Here is a simple, no fail, De-freakin-LICIOUS recipe that I promised will Wow! It made a little over 3 large mason jars full. Plenty to share!!!
I’ve got to give credit to David Lebovitz (www.davidlebovitz.com) for the basic Chocolate Peanut Butter recipe. It is fantabulous. Check out his blog!  Great writer….Paris…food….humor…love him!!!  Anyways, all I did was karify it up a little.  Get creative!!!  Use what you have hanging around in the pantry! I’m sure you can’t go wrong no matter what you add in to personalize this one!  I just added some seeds for a little health booster!

Slightly toasted to perfection

Slightly toasted to perfection

Organic Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola

3 cups Organic Rolled Oats
1 cup Coarsely Chopped Local/Unsalted Peanuts
3/4 cup Organic/Good Quality Dark Chocolate Chips
1/2 cup Organic Organic Sunflower Seeds, Unsalted
1/2 cup Organic White Sesame Seeds
1/3 cup Organic Black Chia Seeds
1/3 cupOrganic Flax Seedsor Ground Flaxseed
2 T Organic Ground Ceylon Cinnamon
Sea Salt

1/2 cup Organic Peanut Butter, Creamy & Unsalted
1/2 cup Organic Maple Syrup
1/4 cup Organic Coconut Sugar (or Organic Dark Brown Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla Bean Paste (or Madagascar Vanilla Extract)
2 Tablespoons Water

Preheat oven to 325. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment. In large mixing bowl combine all dry ingredients. Lightly mix. Combine wet ingredients in small saucepan and warm over low until just smooth. Quickly pour over dry mixture and toss to coat. Spread evenly over 2 pans. Bake 25-40 min, Stirring a few times while baking. Let cool completely. Should last if stored tightly for a month or two!

Keep some and be sure to SHARE with a friend!

Gorgeous Healthy Homemade Granola

This made a bit more….I can’t lie.  The kids and I could barely keep away from this stuff when it came hot out of the oven.  The chocolate was ooey gooey deliciousness all rolled up in this nutty crispy crunchy bites.  Holy wow.  I don’t even know what to say.  And your house will smell absolutely delightfully divine!  I know this because my hubby didn’t get home until like midnight and scoured the kitchen looking for whatever I had been baking.  Unfortunately for him, it was bottled up in 3 mason jars and packaged away for his birthday surprise.  whoops!  Surprise!!!

Instant Granola Gratification!

Instant Granola Gratification!

Tips:

  • You can totally change this up with different nuts.
  • Be sure to use UNSALTED whenever possible, that way YOU can control the amount of salt!
  • You could use Almonds and Almond Butter for an awesome twist!
  • Add dried fruit, cherries, mango, golden raisins for a sweet addition.
  • Substitue seeds or use what you have!  If you leave something out or add another, it won’t matter!

I hope you enjoy this as much as we have!!!

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