Monday, March 22, 2010

Chocolate Moneky

This week we will be giving into chocolate cravings with two treats:

Moneky Banana Biscotti gone Chocolate (and Half Baked)
Here is the original RECIPE
And here is my version

3/4-1 Cup Ripened Bananas, mashed
1 Egg or 2 Egg whites
2 Tbsp brown Sugar
1 tsp vanilla

1 Cup white flour
3/4 + 2 Tbsp Whole Wheat flour
1/2-3/4 cup white sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup cocoa *my addition, and it is delicious!* (I encourage you to use fair trade from which ever local store sells it, like Ten Thousand Villages)
1/4 cup Chocolate chips (optional to make this double chocolate!)

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees
Place first 4 ingredients (wet) in a bowl and combine.
Mix together dry ingredients. Add to wet ingredients to form a thick dough.

Divide into two equal portions and place on a silpat lined baking sheet (or parchment paper) 4 inches apart.Form each piece of dough into a 6 inch log, about 3 inches wide. They turn out to be flat style logs, more like rectangles. Bake for 25 minutes.
Remove, and decrease heat to 250 degrees. Allow logs to cool ten mins.
Using a serrated knife cut biscotti into diagonal strips.
*This is where I stopped! Biscotti means twice baked, so if you like follow the remaining instructions for a great treat. Or, if your pieces were a perfect cakey crunchy combination like mine why not leave them and have Half baked Biscotti!
To finish: Place back on cookie sheet, and bake for 20-25 mins, turning once for evening browning if you like.
Go Bananas and eat them up!
Store in air tight container, if they make it that far!

Peanut Butter Balls
My mom made these all the time in little logs instead of balls. She called them chocolate bars and never shared because they were her special dessert. Please, share these with your family because they are a healthy treat for their sweets cravings too!
Mix 4 Tbsp light, crunchy peanut butter with 4-6 Tbsp hot (or left over) coffee (could use water for caffeine-free) .
Mix in 3-4 Tbsp hot chocolate mix (or cocoa and sugar if you like).
Toast 1/2-3/4 cup oatmeal in a frying pan on medium high heat, stirring often (don't need oil or spray or anything, just keep them moving). Just toast till light brown so they are no longer raw.
Add oatmeal and 2 tbsp dark raisins to wet ingredients and mix.
Wet hands with cold water and shape into 1/2-1 inch balls. Refrigerate to firm, and store in fridge or freezer.