6/10/11

White Chocolate Dipped Cranberry Oat Balls


"I ah dootie! I ah DOOTIE!" We hear that quite a bit at our house. During the school year Henry goes to daycare twice a week in a lady's home. The lady is in her early 70's and the kids call her Gram. She is AMAZING with the kids. She is truly like a grandmother to them.

One day Henry came home saying, "I ah dootie" over and over and would point at the pantry. I later found out from Gram that she has a special cookie cupboard that Henry discovered. "I ah dootie!" derived from there....

Thankfully Henry loves these cookie balls that are a healthier alternative (yes he still gets the real thing too, but he asks for them so much there's no way he's getting that many!). This is basically another version of the recipe I posted for Chocolate Chip Cookie Balls earlier this week. I love the combination of cranberries and white chocolate:

Cranberry Oat Balls
1 c. cashews
1-1/4 c oats
3.5 T. agave nectar (add more for a more moist cookie)
1 t. pure vanilla extract
1/8 t. cinnamon
1/8 t. nutmeg
1/2 c. white chocolate chips (divided into 1/4s)
1/4 c. craisins
1 T.extra virgin olive oil

Add the cashews, cinnamon, nutmeg, and oats to a food processor and pulse until they make a flour texture. Add in the agave nectar and vanilla and pulse until you get a thick, even, moist texture that easily forms a ball.

Remove to a bowl and stir in the white chocolate and craisins. Form into 1" balls with a small cookie scoop and set on wax paper. Cover and freeze for 1-2 hours.

Melt the remaining 1/4 c. white chocolate in a microwave bowl with the olive oil. Melt in 15 second increments on half power until just melted. Stir the chips to melt the rest of the way. Be careful because white chocolate will thicken and harden if over heated.

Dip the cookie balls half-way into the melted chocolate and let set. Refrigerate after set for up to 2 weeks.






**Quick Tip: Instead of using wax paper, I set these on a paper plate after dipping. The plate has a waxy surface so the cookie balls come right off, and I can just put a storage bag over them and chill on the plate.

Dipping while holding my little friend who just woke up. I can multi-task with the best of them!

Sporting my "I don't blow-dry or flat iron in the summer" hair. Not pretty, but good for the hair! I like to call it my jungle woman hair.

This morning I spent 4 hours baking 8 dozen cookies for a fundraiser Sam is doing for his band trip to Florida. It's a weekly fundraiser and so far for next week I have 14 dozen to make! A lot of work but Sam helps me out quite a bit. It's a good lesson for him to help earn his own money towards his trip too.


YOUR TURN....

--What are you all up to this weekend? I will be hanging around the house with Henry since the guys have a baseball tournament for most of the weekend. I'm hoping to do some little house projects and catch up on some movies releases I haven't seen yet.

10 comments:

Kelly@TearingUpHouses said...

these look delicious!

(and i do the same thing with my hair in the summer... it's beach hair!)


kelly

Jenelle said...

This weekend will be a relaxing one for me. Doing a boating event tomorrow in the cooler weather. Sunday will be a day of church and rest. Yeah!

Anna said...

I like that your giving all the folks with a sweet tooth some healthy goodness to try! I hope to work in my front garden this weekend. I need to finish putting down fresh wood chips.
Have a good one!

debio said...

Lol, well, Jane, er I mean Tanya, those are some fine looking cookies again!

I plan to get the plants that I have not gotten to yet into containers (there will be blogging on a few levels there) and generally putter around getting thing ready for my departure on Monday. I plan to enjoy myself immensely in whatever endeavor I choose!! Joy joy joy- no school for a few weeks!

Blowing munches at you!

Ashley Nguyen Newell said...

A couple things:
1. I just found your blog from Pinterest and I think I'm in love with it
2. I WISH my hair looked like that when I didn't style it
3. I'm so excited to have found a cooking blog where someone has a toddler, I'm a new follower!

Tanya said...

Ashley-so glad you are here! Thank you thank you for the nice compliments. I love meeting other toddler mommies too!

Sheri said...

These look so good! Your hair always looks good, you always look good. Your sidekick is pretty cute too.

Sonya said...

We have a 3 day weekend here and my youngest son turns 11 tomorrow..so there will be baking for that :) Other then that we are taking it easy,biking,grilling and the usual laundry.

After talking to other expats on Facebook I can find Agave Nectar at some health food stores here. I will visit one and hopefully they have it so I can make these :)

Tanya said...

If you don't have agave nectar, you can substitute with real maple syrup. :)

Kharla said...

Hi,
I just found your site,because recently you wrote to bodyrock.tv ,thank you so much for sharing this yummy blog with all of us :) I'm a mom of 3 who loves to learn different and healthy recipes!
I'm recently went back to school pursuing my 2sd mayor in education(early childhood)and these recipes are awesome for one of my courses
you're a sweetheart!!!