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Healthy Valentine Chocolate Mud Balls

I’ve posted this recipe here at New Nostalgia before.  It is a favorite of ours.  It is a great way to get a chocolate fix and at the same time some wholesome goodness from healthy ingredients.  I had these miniature red polka dot paper holders on hand and thought they would be a great holder for our Chocolate Mud Balls.  I think they make great little Valentine treats!

The original recipe calls for wheat germ, oatmeal, chocolate chips, sesame seeds, peanut butter, and honey.  I was out of sesame seeds, so instead, we threw some homemade granola into my food processor and gave it a whirl. I also didn’t have enough peanut butter on hand, so I added some almond butter.  It worked out well, although I do think I should have added a touch more honey for a bit more sweetness.

Peanut butter & honey, melting together.  The spoon had some dry ingredients left on it, which is why you see some chocolate chips and lumps in there. 🙂

My youngest is really getting into cooking and baking lately.  It has been so much fun to have her in the kitchen with me.  She is confident and very independent in her skills, which is really refreshing when it comes to cooking!  It was her idea to make a homemade Valentine treat to take to our neighbors, so she got really into this project!

Adding dry ingredients to wet.

It is quite thick…takes some muscle.

No baking! Here is the finished product, rolled and packaged to hand out to our neighbors for

 Valentines Day.  You can find these containers at the Dollar Tree, 4 for $1.00 for this small size (6×6), and 3 for $1.00 for a round cake pan size. (8×8)  I have talked about these pans before, when I used them to package up  Christmas Cinnamon Rolls for our neighbors


We used this fun printed tape to secure the packages.  I found it on clearance at Micheal’s for .50 cents.  Great deal.

My little one found a heart sticker and wrote a little love note on it.

She had great fun delivering them to our neighbors.  It was so fun to see her walk in the snow delivering her gifts.  I was really proud that it was her idea and she followed through until it was complete.  She is my perfect Lil’ Valentine!

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  • Kat
    February 2, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    Those look so yummy! I love the idea for the containers. So easy but very cute!

  • dizzytina
    February 2, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Wow they look yummy i will have to try these. Thanks for sharing tina x x

  • erin
    February 2, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Oh I just love the way the packages turned out – they are too cute! I’ve made your mudballs before and they are AWESOME! I wish I were your neighbor. 🙂 In fact the mudballs were the recipe that I clicked on at some link party long ago and that’s how I found you in the first place! So, I have a fond place in my heart for the mudballs. 🙂

  • LouAnne
    February 2, 2011 at 6:00 am

    Those look so tasty. Love the packaging!

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