Nutella. If I could write poetry I would write sonnets to (or for, or about) Nutella. I just had it for the first time when I was making these Nutella Energy Bites. Where has it been all my life!? Geeeeez… I’m already thinking about how I’m going to turn all my favorite PB recipes into Nutella recipes.
I made these because I ran out of granola. When Hubs and I go to the gym in the AM I’m always sooo hungry right when I wake up. It’s horrible! Have you ever tried to go for a run when you’re hungry? It’s awful. So… I ran out of granola. My granola is NOT low calorie, and I really wanted something that wouldn’t (majorly) screw up my intake for the day, AKA leave enough room at the end of the day for some fro yo. 😉 These aren’t exactly low in calories, but compared to 116 calories in ¼ cup granola… the 71.5 per bite isn’t too bad!
I adapted this recipe from Food Doodles. Check out the “formula” she wrote for awesome energy bites. I did change it quite a bit, mostly because I don’t buy seeds… seeds are bird food. Hehehe. The next time I make these I’m going to switch out the mini chocolate chips for extra dried cranberries. The Nutella has enough of a chocolate flavor that I really don’t need the extra sweetness.
These Nutella Energy Bites are a little sticky, so you want to store them in the fridge. The crunch from the Rice Krispies is good too. I used quick oats because I wasn’t baking them, and (because they’re more processed) they’re softer than old-fashioned oats.
These bites are probably going to replace “small” handfuls of granola on those early morning gym days. Even Hubs likes them!
MY RECIPE HERE!
Hubs and I don’t really do the whole Valentine’s Day thing… I like to think that we show each other love everyday and there’s no pressure to show “extra” love on a silly holiday.
HOWEVER, when V-Day gets close I get a ridiculous urge to make everything “pretty” and pink or red and sparkly with hearts and sprinkles. I can’t help myself.
ANYWAYS, I’m super excited because I just bought my very first food processor! I had to use it right away so… I thought TRUFFLES!!
I based this recipe off of one for Bourbon Balls. Then I f*cked with it (a lot).
I think the next time I make these I’ll probably use some frosting instead of all that corn syrup. Maybe 50/50? These Goldshlager Truffle didn’t stick together very easily. I really had to squeeze the balls into their shape. I think a little frosting might help. Maybe. I’m planning on crushing the cinnamon imperials instead of leaving them whole next time. They’re a little bit too crunchy, I feel like if I didn’t warn people that there was candy inside they might chip a tooth. These don’t taste very much like Goldshlager, I’ll probably use more next time.
Also… IMO the pink Wilton candy melts look peach. Not pretty, pretty pink. I used ¾ of a bag of pink and ¾ of a bag a red candy melts to cover 42 truffles.
*RANDOM THOUGHT* Have you ever had those little cinnamon heart candies that appear in the grocery store around V-Day? No?! Why doesn’t anyone know what I’m talking about!? Wait… maybe it’s because they’re called Cinnamon Imperials. Have you heard of those!?I picked up a few bags of them this year because I really, really, really love them and I’ve been dying to bake something with them since I made THESE cookies from adapted from Mom’s Test Kitchen. That’s how they ended up in these truffles.
On that note… please excuse all the YELLING and the exclamation points? It’s possible pretty “holidays” and caffeine might have me a little worked up this afternoon. 😉
Check out the recipe for Goldshlager Truffles!