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Saturday, January 15, 2011

No-Bake Chewy Truffle Cookies

Low-Cal But Still Lovely
Even those of us watching our weight deserve sweets when we want them, but often those sweets are full of artificial ingredients. I found this recipe on The Food Network website and thought it was yummy and easy. You can get whole-wheat graham crackers all over town. And speaking of treats, nothing beats a piece of fresh fruit! Each cookie is 2 points for those who care.

1 cup dried pitted dates, chopped (about 4 ounces)
1 cup water
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons honey or agave syrup
2 tablespoons reduced-fat or natural chunky peanut butter
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
8 full sheets whole wheat graham crackers, finely ground (about 1 1/4 cups)
1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats, not instant
Cooking spray
1/2 cup crushed whole-wheat graham crackers for rolling

Combine the dates, water, and lemon juice in a medium saucepan. Simmer over medium heat, breaking up any large pieces of dates with a spoon, until the mixture resembles a thick paste, 15 to 20 minutes. Stir in the honey, peanut butter, cocoa powder, butter and salt until evenly combined. Stir in the graham crackers and oats. Remove from heat.

Lightly mist a baking sheet with cooking spray. Drop level tablespoons of the cookie mixture onto the prepared pan. Refrigerate until just chilled and set, about 20 minutes. Put graham cracker crumbs in small bowl and roll each cookie in crumbs and flatten slightly into a plump disk. Cover and refrigerate until firm. Serve chilled.