Thursday, April 10, 2008

Chocolate Bonbons

Makes About 40 Bonbons

These rich, fudgey balls will satisfy you chocolate cravings instantly!

1/4 cup brown rice syrup
1/4 cup natural almond or peanut butter
1 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa or carob powder
1 tablespoons organic canola or safflower oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 brown rice cakes, finely crushed, or 1 1/4 cups puffed crisped brown rice cereal

Place syrup, nut butter, cocoa or carob powder, and oil in a medium saucepan. Warm over low heat until melted and well combined. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Using a sturdy wooden spoon, stir in crushed rice cakes or rice cereal until thoroughly incorporated. Let cool until mixture can be handled easily. Roll between your hands into marble-size balls. Place each ball as it is formed on a sheet of waxed paper or parchment paper. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Calories per bonbon: 21; Protein: less than one gram; Carbohydrate: 3g; Fat: 1g; Sodium: 10mg; Cholesterol: 0mg; Fiber: less than one gram.

3 comments:

Hannah S said...

wow! Thanks for the recipe! that sounds good! It's like those "no-bake" cookies w/o the sugar! Do you think oatmeal would work instead of the puffed rice?

The Sugar Preacher said...

Hannah,

It might work! You can always experiment with a small portion of the mixture. Please, let me know the outcome. Also, Wild Oats and Good Earth are great stores to buy natural sugars such as brown rice syrup. Good Luck!

The Sugar Preacher said...

Brown rice syrup is a liquid sweetener with the consistency of honey. It can be substituted for honey in baking. It has a unique caramel-like flavor that can be used to enhance a recipe, but it will disappear if used sparingly in a recipe. Brown rice syrup metabolizes slowly but does have calories and carbohydrates. Diabetics and low-carb dieters should use it with caution. Otherwise, it is fine for anyone who wants a whole-food natural sweetener. Brown rice syrup is considered to be one of the healthiest sweeteners in the natural food industry, since it is produced from a whole food source and is made up of the simple sugars.