No-Bake Bean and Peanut Butter Treats

I don’t know about you, but there’s no way I’m going to celebrate Valentine’s Day without chocolate. I usually go overboard on candy, so this year I devised a plant-powered, not-too-sweet treat as a vehicle for just enough chocolate to satisfy me. And that’s saying a lot!

No-Bake Bean and Peanut Butter Treats are perfect for everyone in the family because they are delicious, energizing, and heart-healthy.  Little hands can form the dough into hearts, or, if they prefer, balls. The best part is that these treats are ready in about 30 minutes!

No-Bake Bean and Peanut Butter Treats pack oatmeal, peanut butter, and beans to energize and satisfy.

No-Bake Bean and Peanut Butter Treats

Makes 18 hearts or balls

1 cup oatmeal, uncooked

1 15-ounce can white beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

1/3 cup pure honey or maple syrup

1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1/3 cup dark chocolate chips (vegan and gluten-free, if desired)

3 tablespoons finely chopped peanuts

Place all the ingredients except the chocolate chips and peanuts in a food processor.  Blend until the mixture is well-combined, about 3 minutes, pausing to scrape down the sides of the processor.  Leave the dough in the food processor and refrigerate for 15 minutes.

Place the dough on a large cutting board and press into a 9-inch square that’s about 1/2-inch thick. Use a medium heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut the dough.*  Combine remaining dough and press into a 1/2-inch thick piece. Cut dough into hearts until you have 18. Place hearts on a wire cooling rack on top of a cutting board.

*Note: You can also shape the dough into 18 balls. Dip half of each ball into the melted chocolate and coat with peanuts. Place on wax paper to harden.

A glaze of melted dark chocolate chips provides just enough to satisfy a chocolate craving without excessive sugar.

To decorate, melt the chocolate in the microwave or in a double boiler.  Glaze the hearts with the melted chocolate. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts.  Allow the chocolate to harden before eating, or not! Refrigerate any leftovers.

Sprinkle with chopped peanuts and these treats are ready to eat! No baking necessary.








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