Remember the term "baller"?? It cropped up when I was in middle school, and basically anything that was cool was "baller." I suppose it's because basketball players invented this term to bolster their coolness factor. So baller!
I think I'm going to take another break from sugar soon, but before I do, check out these "ball"-shaped desserts made recently:
Above: Perfected macaroons, Take II. This is NOT vegan, though the other treats in this post are. Added to half the "dough" was cocoa powder, which gave them a subtle chocolate flavor. This batch was a bit drier than the last because the coconut shreads were old and drying. :(
Above: Next, I tried to make Fig Truffles a-la Food Network. The original recipe is for fig-ginger truffles, but "The Ukrainian" somehow used up all the crystallized ginger. Dried cranberries were a substitute....
Above: The outcome. Not bad for my first try at truffles... healthy ones at that. Also, considering I didn't use a food processor, this was a valiant effort.
Above: Next, those Mama Pea dough balls. I saw so many reviews about them on blogs that I had to see what it was all about. Check out the little mix-in I picked up... dark chocolate+mint chips (mostly for "The Ukrainian")!!
Above: More ingredients used in this recipe.
Above: And this almond milk was my non-dairy milk of choice. I'll review it later.
Above: Before baking...
Above: After. Not much difference, huh? These tasted fine but a little on the salty side, and I'm not sure why, because I measured it pretty carefully. I could have been more "doughy," but I think it's because I didn't have a mixer and mixed it manually. By far, the cinnamon-sugar ones were better. Maybe next time (once I am done giving up sugar), I will make the peanut-butter version.