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Chocolate Cranberry Truffles

9 oz. semi-sweet chocolate
½ cup Ocean Spray Jellied Cranberry Sauce
2 tablespoons heavy cream
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1½ tablespoons powdered sugar

Place chocolate, cranberry sauce and heavy cream in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat until sauce is smooth, whisking frequently. Remove from heat and pour into a glass or plastic bowl. Cover with plastic wrap. Let sit at room temperature to thicken.

Combine cocoa and 1½ tablespoons powdered sugar on a small plate. Scoop out a rounded teaspoonful of chocolate mixture. Roll in cocoa, coating thoroughly. Dust hands with powdered sugar. Roll truffle in hands to form a 1-inch ball. Continue forming truffles with remaining chocolate mixture. Makes 30 truffles.

Courtesy of Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc.

Cocoa Rum Truffles

¾ cup butter
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated milk)
2 to 3 tablespoons rum or 1 teaspoon rum extract
¾ cup finely chopped nuts

Coating Options:
Unsweetened cocoa powder, ground nuts or sweetened flaked coconut

For Truffles: In heavy 2-quart saucepan, melt butter over low heat; add the cocoa and stir until smooth. Add sweetened condensed milk; stir constantly until mixture is thick, smooth and glossy, about 5 minutes.

Remove from heat; stir in rum and nuts Pour mixture into a 13 x 9-inch pan. Refrigerate until firm. Shape chocolate mixture into 1¼-inch balls; roll in cocoa, nuts or coconut. Refrigerate until firm. Store, covered, in refrigerator. Makes about 3 dozen.

Courtesy of Family Features.

Drusilla's Health and Wellness Recipe
Chocolate Banana Bread

½ cup margarine, softened
½ cup Splenda, plus ½ cup sugar or 1 cup sugar
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 cup very ripe mashed bananas (about 2 medium)
¼ cup skim milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all purpose flour
¼ cup cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ cup finely chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 350°. Mix together margarine and sugars very thoroughly. Add eggs, bananas, milk, and vanilla; stir well. Add rest of ingredients and mix until just barely combined.

Pour batter into a greased 8½ x 4½ inch loaf pan. Bake at 350° for 55 minutes or until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan; cool completely before wrapping for storage. Makes 14 slices

Nutrition Facts per slice: 198 calories; 8g total fat, 27mg cholesterol 124mg sodium; 27g carbohydrate; 1g fiber, 4g protein


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