One of the many reasons I love food swapping
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It pushes me to try different things and branch out of my comfort zone
I want to bring something interesting that others will want to swap for. Maybe it's an item that brims with flavor or is terribly out of the ordinary (in the best of ways)
I loved the theme, and it felt like a challenge
There have to be healthy ways to enjoy Halloween treats. Something more grown-up, where one can indulge in being good, without even realizing it
These little guys fit the bill
The flavor combos were interesting: raisins, honey for sweet, brown rice puffs added crunch, and pretzels rounded them out with salty
Eye and leg glue? Hah, I've got just the thing: PB chocolate protein fudge (or melted sugar-free chocolate)
They were a hit; everybody loved the cute little spiders
Proving once again that holidays don't have to be filled with blobs of sugar and saying “No” to ourselves at every turn
ps: Who says you can't make the balls and enjoy them in your everyday? Have one with some Greek yogurt, and you've got a complete meal
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~ Adapted slightly from sacfoodies.com
Eerie Raisin Spiders
- ½ cup raisins
- ⅓ cup peanut butter
- 3 Tbsp honey
- 3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 ¾ cup rice crispy cereal
- sugar-free chocolate chips, melted
- 24 thin pretzel sticks, broken in half
- 24 small candy eyes
- Place raisins, almond or peanut butter, honey and cocoa powder in a food processor and process until a thick paste forms.
- Transfer to a large bowl and stir in cereal, using your hands to mix in completely. Press mixture into 12 balls, then press lightly onto a foil or wax paper-lined baking sheet.
- Spread a small amount of melted chocolate on the bottom of each and slide 4 small sticks of pretzels under each to form the spider legs.
- Dot the head with a small bit of chocolate fudge and stick the eyes on.
- Refrigerate until firm.