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Tootsie Roll Heaven

Makes about 24 rolls (about 1 1/2 inches in length)

It takes two strong hands to blend this recipe, but the results are worth the effort.

1 cup unsweetened cocoa or carob powder
1/3 cup natural peanut, almond, or cashew butter
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons brown rice syrup
1/2 cup oat flour (see Tip) or wheat germ

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and stir with a large, sturdy spoon. Finish mixing with your hands until mixture is very well combined. Mold into 24 small "tootsie rolls," about 1 1/2 inches in length. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper or parchment paper and arrange rolls in a single layer. Freeze until very firm (about 1 to 2 hours). Store in freezer or refrigerator.

Tip:
TTT; To make oat flour, whirl rolled oats in a dry blender until finely ground and powdery.

Per roll

  • Calories: 50
  • Fat: 2.4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.7 g
  • Calories from Fat: 43.8%
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Protein: 1.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 7.4 g
  • Sugar: 3.1 g
  • Fiber: 1.6 g
  • Sodium: 19 mg
  • Calcium: 9 mg
  • Iron: 0.7 mg
  • Vitamin C: 0 mg
  • Beta Carotene: 0 mcg
  • Vitamin E: 0.3 mg

Source: Breaking the Food Seduction by Neal Barnard, M.D.; recipe by Jo Stepaniak; © Jo Stepaniak 2005, published by permission.