Friday, May 24, 2013

"Healthy Reese's Eggs"

(First of all, I want to make it clear that I did NOT come up with this recipe; this is only my take on it. I found the recipe on Pinterest and it came from Chocolate Covered Katie.)

Now that the disclaimer is out of the way, let me say that I enjoyed this recipe. As someone who grew up with food allergies and lives in a house full of special diets, the whole "healthy" part of having Reese's eggs appealed to me. It was super easy and super delicious, and with a few tweaks I'd definitely make it again.

This was my peanut butter. I used generic unhealthy creamy stuff because we were out of Smucker's all natural (sob). So next time I will definitely be using a different peanut butter.

I wanted to make the eggs sugar-free, so I opted to use Stevia in the Raw. The recipe called for mixing the sweetener and PB together until the mixture became a crumbly dough. Unfortunately, because my PB was creamy and Stevia dissolves more quickly than sugar, I ended up using tons of Stevia that did nothing to make the PB more dry. It was sweet alright, but had that funky Stevia aftertaste.

So I hunted through our cupboards, dreading that I might have to use actual white, refined sugar. To my pleasant surprise I found pure cane sugar! (Fun fact: if you go to the Mexican food section of the grocery store, you can get pure cane sugar - the same product as Sugar in the Raw - for a fraction of the Sugar in the Raw price!)

So I used the cane sugar, which made the PB bulk up nicely. It also ended up making it very crunchy, which was weird, but okay. The PB was certainly super sweet!

I made the chocolate sauce as per the directions, and the rest of the recipe went on without a problem. I made my "eggs" more like peanut butter cups, because it was just simpler to make flat discs of peanut butter than egg shaped of it. 

In the end, the "eggs" were delicious. Next time I'll use Smuckers PB and cane sugar to avoid over-sweetening and over-crunchiness. Otherwise, it was all happy snacking. So click on the link to the site above and make your own! It only takes part of an afternoon, and so worth it! (You might consider doubling the recipe; everyone in the family will want one! Or two! Or three!)


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