Look how adorable these little acorn candies are!
It’s the beginning of the many holiday celebrations at my house. Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are the biggies in my family, but to add to the chaos, ehem, I mean magic, all three of my girls’ birthdays are also tucked nicely into the next three months as well. Oh and also my birthday. And my wedding anniversary. And a hundred extended family birthdays! And this year, my daughter’s baptism as well! Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE having a reason to celebrate every. single. week. for almost 3 solid months. But it just makes me a tiny bit crazy when I get the notice from the school that TOMORROW my child needs a festive treat to share with their class for a Book Publishing Party, my husband needs one for a work event, and preschool would also love a treat donation for snack time in the coming week.
Those things were not on my To Do List. If you mess with my To Do List between October 14 and January 7. . .well, just don’t. Has this ever sounded familiar to anyone?
I may be exaggerating a tiny bit, however, the picture I have painted is pretty accurate for our Fall/Winter schedules. I am always in need of something quick, something easy, and something resembling a healthy snack to quickly whip up when an “emergency” holiday treat is required. (If it’’s 10 pm and you want to run out for Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches, that also constitutes an emergency).
These truffles are a creative spin on peanut butter buckeyes. We loved the taste of these bites because they have all the flavors of buckeyes with some special added texture!
We can’t take full credit for these candies because it was our mom who saw the idea somewhere. She created a healthy recipe, sent us some to try and when we fell in love with them, they needed to be on the blog! These are the treats to try this year for any and all emergency and non-emergancy treat requests. They whip up so fast and are great for little fingers to roll, shape and dip.
Most importantly, they have all the spirit of fall to get you in the festive mood amidst the chaos! What we LOVE about these acorns is that they are perfect for autumn and not limited to one holiday. You can start September off with a bucket full of these and go until Thanksgiving. Seriously, how adorable would these be as a fall treat for your child’s class or decorating your Thanksgiving table? Enjoy!
Peanut Butter Acorn Candies (gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan)
1 1/4 cup Unsalted Roasted Peanuts, divided
1/4 cup Vanilla Protein Powder
2 Tablespoon Raw Honey or Maple Syrup
2 Tablespoon Maple Syrup
Dash Sea Salt
1 ounce Dark Chocolate, melted
Mini Pretzels, broken into about ½ inch curved sticks
Grind 1 cup of peanuts in a high powdered blender until smooth. We use a Blendtec. Place the remaining 1/4 cup peanuts in a shallow bowl.
Scoop out the peanut butter into a large bowl. Mix in protein powder, honey, maple syrup and salt.
Form 15 1″ balls, gently pinching one end of the balls to form an acorn shape. Dip the un-pinched large side of the acorns into the melted chocolate. Dip in chopped peanuts. Stick a pretzel piece in the center. Serve!