Tumbleweeds: Recipe for chocolatey goodness

Tumbleweeds are: Chocolatey, peanut buttery, potato sticky, peanuty goodness.

Bite-sized and perfectly portable, you can make them with chow mein noodles, toss in butterscotch chips, and substitute almond bark. Ever hear of Haystacks? Same thing!

Here’s how I make mine. Cautionary Note: It’s only natural to sample each ingredient to make sure it’s okay; after all, you don’t want to poison people. Just don’t make these before dinner or the sampling rate may increase alarmingly.

Tumbleweeds

Ingredients:

12 oz can cocktail or party peanuts (optional)
16 oz can potato sticks or 2 9-oz cans; you won’t use entire contents
12 oz pkg semi-sweet chocolate chips
10 oz pkg peanut butter chips

You will also need:
Double boiler
Waxed paper
2 or 3 Cookie sheets
Stirring spoon
2 tablespoons

Instructions:

1. Start the double boiler on the stove. Add the chocolate chips and peanut butter chips a little at a time until both bags are used up, stirring constantly to prevent burning or sticking to the pan.

2. When you have a nice thick unlumpy goo, turn off the heat.

3. Start adding the potato sticks and peanuts a handful at the time and stir into the mixture so they are saturated with the chocolate-peanut butter chip mix.

4. Stop adding the potato sticks and peanuts when the mixture will no longer cover all the pieces.

5. Lay waxed paper on cookie sheets. Using two tablespoons, scoop out small- to medium-sized clumps of the mixture onto the waxed paper.

6. Let “set” and dry. Full drying time can take an hour or more; look for the chocolateyness to stop glistening. Note: Sampling may be done earlier if you can’t help yourself, but the Tumbleweeds may fall apart. You may find this won’t matter to you.

Tastebud Satisfaction: GoMacro MacroBar

gomacro.com

Vegan. Gluten free. Macrobiotic. High protein. With healthy, conscientious buzz words like that, how could you go wrong?

Easily. But not this time.

GoMacro MacroBars aren’t the usual good-for-you snack bars that so often taste like a block of unappetizing sludge at their worst and pressed cardboard at their best.  I tried their Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip bar, and it not only filled me up, it tasted quite good! For a slim bar, it’s loaded with energy, and I had the added satisfaction of knowing I wasn’t consuming yet another overly-processed, enriched product that would leave me feeling uncomfortably full and regretting my choice.

In addition, as the site says: “The bars are sweetened with grain-based sweeteners. These sweeteners take longer to digest, thus avoiding the blood-sugar spikes associated with refined sugars. The fats in GoMacro bars are healthy fats derived from nuts and seeds containing omega3 fatty acids, minerals and vitamins. […] These are slow-burning carbs that boost energy levels throughout the day. Protein comes from brown rice protein – a great high protein alternative to animal products and soy.”

So there you have it. If you don’t want soy, these don’t have it. If you need to avoid gluten like the plague, here’s one answer. If you’re trying to follow a macrobiotic program and find yourself side-stepping it a lot (*raises hand*), get a handful of these to tide you over during moments of starvation between meals.