I don’t know why that title is making me laugh.
Maybe because of this Saturday Night skit. Please tell me you know about the Schweddy Balls. Hilarious.
We’re participating in a Smart Balance holiday campaign. They have a fun little Help Santa Facebook application thing going on with games, activities and coupon links. I played the Naughty or Nice game just now and didn’t do so well. In fact, I think it told me to try again. Oops.
This year Smart Balance is focusing on creating healthier options of holiday treats. Sounds like something that is right up my alley, yes?
Every year I have a holiday baking extravaganza with tons of treats to give away to friends and family. I’m always one to try out some new twists on my favorite goodies to make them a bit healthier and see if anyone notices.
I received these fabulous products just a few weeks ago.
Kind of funny that I already had this Smart Balance Heart Right Light in the fridge and was thinking that they sent that to me also. Nope. That was all me.
I usually buy the regular Smart Balance Light spread because it’s so easy to spread and about 50 or so calories per serving and 5 grams of fat. It’s my favorite. I got this one the last time though to try out something new.
So, why Smart Balance?
Smart Balance has many heart healthier products that taste great. Most of their products have extra nutritional support from Omega 3’s that support brain and heart health. Also, their products have no hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils.
In fact, Grandma D and Papap turned me onto Smart Balance Peanut Butter awhile back. They have it in their cupboard at all times and were the ones who showed me just how delicious it is.
I will also let you know that we opened that jar of Rich Roast Peanut Butter on Sunday and by 4 pm yesterday it was gone.
Empty. Done. Possibly licked clean by a certain someone.
So last Sunday the boys and I were on a mission to #helpsanta with some healthier baking using our fun Smart Balance products.
Our first item of business was using up some of our marshmallows (that were used as poo poo treats a while back, but the treat thing didn’t work too well with a certain someone), the blended butter sticks (which can be used as a 1:1 substitution ratio for regular butter in recipes and has 40% less fat)
and the peanut butter to make some of these.
We took the standard crispy rice treats and make them a little bit better by substituting in Smart Balance products and adding a little flax.
Smart Marshmallow Peanut Buttery Crispy Treats
1/4 cup Smart Balance Blended Butter Sticks (1/2 stick)
4 cups mini marshmallows
6 cups crispy rice cereal
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
Microwave the butter blend in a large bowl for a minute or so until melted. Add marshmallows and microwave on high for 2 minutes. Stir. Continue to microwave at 30 second intervals and stir until marshmallows are melted and well blended with butter.
Add crisp rice cereal, peanut butter and flax. Stir until well coated.
Press into 9 x 13 glass baking dish sprayed with nonstick spray. Press down firmly with wax paper. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Cut into squares.
I love these cold right out of the refrigerator. I think Santa does too. He’s used to the cold you know.
Um, oops. Too bad there aren’t any more left for Santa at the moment. Luckily they were easy to make in the microwave so we can whip them up again before the big night.
That’s not all.
We had to take advantage of the opportunity to revisit our popular Peanut Butter Doughtzel Balls.
This time we made a few changes. We used the Smart Balance peanut butter again, subbed in the crisp rice cereal for the pretzels and used the Smart Balance Butter and Canola Oil Blend for the light butter or margarine in the original recipe.
I told myself I was just going to try one to make sure it was blog worthy.
After testing out about 4 of them, I’m going to say they came out pretty well.
Smart Peanut Butter Crispdough Balls
Makes about 32 balls.
1/2 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup all purpose flour
2-3 tablespoons nondairy or low fat milk
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup crisp rice cereal
Mix light butter spread, peanut butter, sugars and vanilla until smooth.
Combine the next 5 ingredients (all the dry ingredients except for the chocolate chips and crisp rice cereal) in a separate medium size bowl.
Add dry ingredients to wet mixture gradually.
Add 2-3 tablespoons of nondairy milk to moisten the dough.
Stir in the chocolate chips and crisp rice cereal.
Cover and chill dough for at least 30 minutes.
Use cookie scoop (or hands) to form balls and place on cookie sheet. (I like to use parchment paper here for easy clean up.)
Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.
Let balls sit on the cookie sheet for a couple minutes before moving to a cooling rack.
If you really want, you can eat the dough without cooking it as it doesn’t have any egg in it. I might just happen to know it’s really great in dough form straight from the fridge or the freezer.
Oh smart dough
how I love you.
Oh Smart Santa how we love you too!
Oh, so I almost forgot. This is Day 8 of STUFT Mama’s Favorite Things Giveaways and all
so I’m giving away some homemade balls.
Yep. That’s right. Straight from the STUFT Kitchen to you. We’ll even throw a Flat Kitty in there for you. I know it’s not much compared to other things we’ve been giving away, but it’s a special little holiday gift from us to you.
Just leave a comment here telling me your all time favorite Christmas cookie or how you make your baking a little healthier.
Giveaway will be open until Saturday night at 11 pm PST. Winner will be announced Sunday morning. Open to US residents only.
Don’t worry, the giveaways just get better from here friends. Woo hoo!
*FitFluential LLC compensated me for this campaign. All opinions and recipe creations are my own.