I like to experiment in the kitchen, especially with kitchen gadget and appliances. I wanted to try to make donuts in our air fryer, after seeing a video for PB&J donuts online. Sadly, things didn’t go too well with my donut dough, but I didn’t want to waste it. So, this is how my donut mistake became a Peanut Butter Jelly Cake! Read more
Ever try a recipe you found online and have it go wrong? We’ve all been there, right? One of the greatest feats in the kitchen is trying to salvage any part of that dish into something everyone will enjoy.
Certainly, my most recent “fail” in the “Don’t Try This at Home” recipe category was with S’mores Pinwheels. I was attempting to veganize the version I had seen online, but it just didn’t work for me. The proportions seemed rather “off,” with WAY too much cereal and not enough chocolate.
I couldn’t just toss it. As much I was would have loved to eat an entire jelly roll of this rice cereal, chocolate and marshmallow, that wasn’t going to happen either, even sharing with Carlo. Since it was Christmas Eve, I decided to switch things up and play around with the idea of a pulled “bread,” but made with the rice cereal instead.
And that’s how the S’mores Jingle Balls were born!
- 10oz. bag of mini marshmallows*
- 1/4 c. vegan butter
- 1/4 tsp. pinch of sea salt
- 4 c. rice cereal**
- 1 c. graham cracker crumbs***
- 1/2 c. chocolate chips
- 1/4 c. chocolate chips
- 1 T. vegan butter
- Zest of 1/2 orange
- In a medium microwave-safe bowl, add marshmallows, vegan butter and sea salt. Heat for 90 seconds to 2 minutes until the butter has melted
- In a large bowl, add cereal, graham cracker crumbs and fold in marshmallow mixture until well combined, using a greased spatula. Fold in the chocolate chips until all is well combined
- Using a greased 2T ice cream scoop, form the mixture into balls.
- Add the balls to a non-stick start pan or a 8x8 or 9x9 baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Set them close together, touching.
- Make the chocolate drizzle: Add chocolate and butter in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Melt for 60-90 seconds. Mix well, adding the orange zest. Using a fork, drizzle the chocolate over the balls
- Chill in the refrigerator for 20 minutes
- *For this recipe, we used Dandies marshmallows
- **For this recipe, you can use Kellogg's Rice Krispies or Nature's Path Organic Crispy Rice cereal
- ***For this recipe, you can use Nabisco Grahams (pink box, honey-free), Mary's Gone Crackers or Sweet 'n Sara
- Rhubarb looks like celery, right? But…it’s a fruit! Okay, a fruit in the U.S. thanks to a New York court in the 1940s stripping it of its vegetable status.
- Lemon’s a fruit, but not sweet unless you put sugar on it. Why isn’t that a vegetable?
- Strawberries are just strawberries, full of yummy goodness…oh yeah…and fruit!
- 1-1/2 c. + 1 Tbsp. unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. sea salt
- 1 c. chopped rhubarb
- 1/2 c. chopped strawberries
- 3/4 c. unsweetened soy milk
- 1/2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 c. vegan margarine
- 1 c. granulated sugar
- Egg replacer for 1-2 eggs (I used 1 tsp. The Vegg + 1/4 c. water)
- Zest of 1/2 lemon
- 1/4. tsp lemon extract
- Preheat oven to 350°F/177°C and prepare a 12-muffin pan with cupcake liners. Set aside
- In a medium bowl, sift together 1-1/2 c. flour, baking powder and sea salt
- In s second medium bowl, toss rhubarb and strawberries with 1 Tbsp. flour. Set aside
- In a small bowl, mix soy milk with vinegar to make “buttermilk.” Rest for about 5 minutes.
- Using a stand mixer on medium, beat margarine for 1-2 minutes. Add in granulated sugar and cream until mixture is light and pale
- Scrape down the bowl and beat in egg replacer, “buttermilk,” lemon zest and lemon extract
- Set stand mixer to low and pour in half of the flour mixture. Mix in the chopped rhubarb and strawberries. Then, pour in the remaining flour mixture until well combined.
- Pour the batter into prepared muffin tins about 2/3 to 3/4 filled
- Bake in oven for 15-20 minutes
Note: Test doneness with toothpick or fork in the center of the cupcake to make sure it comes our clean
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