Thursday, December 23, 2010

So Ball-er

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.


  1. Wow, look at you hopping on that dough ball bandwagon. I've seen these around the blog world. Very cool that you tried these out. Did you take these photos with your phone again. They are kind of blurry. Would have liked to see some close-ups.

  2. They look yummy! :) Hope you have a super happy holiday!