I do not usually post two days in a row, but in this case it is worth working double time, triple time, over time to bring you treats. Halloween is sneaking up very quickly & even though the temperatures are soaring over here we are celebrating Fall in a big way.
The folks over at General Mills & Betty Crocker are hosting the Big G Halloween recipe party. The recipe needs to include a Big G cereal. Since I don’t do the sugary stuff the choice was obvious – Cheerios would be my super star ingredient. I am a former graduate of the Cheerios University. What kid in the 70’s & 80’s didn’t live on Cheerios?
I combined these salty, savory little O’s with chocolate, dates & almond butter and put the mixture in silicone pumpkin molds. They are tartelettes meet cookie kind of treats. They have a nice crumb and are topped with a creamy ganache. Eat with a fork or hold in your hand. Hello yum & hello fun!
As you guys know I am a big fan of Scharffen Berger chocolate so I melted up a bunch of that to give these treats a elegant twist. I like to use darker chocolate of at least 62% Cacao Semi-sweet or 70% Cacao Bittersweet. You could use milk chocolate or even white if you prefer. As long as it’s melted and you can put in in your cute molds then use what you like. It’s Halloween, just have fun!
While perusing around Micheals the other day I stumbled upon very cute Silicone Pumpkin Molds from Wilton and had to grab one. You will be seeing me use these a lot on the next month for baked and no-bake goodies.
What I love about this dessert idea is that there is minimal mess, hardly and preparation and it is no bake. Quick & easy. Other than melting some chocolate and taking out the food processor this is a no brainer.
It is also not the most guilt ridden treat out there. I tried to stick with my somewhat healthy ingredient list. The crust/dough is made from pulverized dates, almond butter and Cheerios. I have done a similar crust like this before, you might remember my No Bake Chocolate Pecan Tarts.
Have you ever used Cheerios in a recipe?
- 1 1/2 cups Cheerios
- 1/2 cup pitted coarsely chopped Medjool Dates
- 1/4 teaspoon Salt
- 1/4 cup Natural Almond Butter
- one 9.7 ounce bar of Chocolate
- 1/4 cup light Coconut Milk or Heavy Cream
- Add Cheerios, dates, salt and almond butter to your food processor. Combine well for about 45-60 seconds until you have a fine meal. The "dough" should stick together when you pinch it.
- Carefully melt your chocolate in the microwave or in a metal bowl over a simmering pot of water (bain marie.) Take chocolate off heat when melted and add coconut milk or cream. Combine well until creamy and smooth.
- Place Cheerios or press bits of dough into the faces in the molds (eyes, nose & mouth) Carefully cover face with a few spoonfuls of chocolate ganache - each pumpkin should be filled about 1/3 with ganache. Put in the refrigerator or freezer until firm, about 20 minutes. Press Cheerios mixture firmly into the molds (over the chocolate) until you have reached the tops of the pumpkins. Chill again in the refrigerator for at about one hour. Gently remove Cheerios Chocolate tarts from the molds.
- Add a pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice or chai spice to your chocolate or dough mix.
- If you don’t have Cheerios you can try grinding another unsweetened cereal in your food processor.
- Instead of dark chocolate, use milk or white chocolate.
- Instead of almond butter you can try peanut butter, sunflower seed butter, pecan butter, etc.
- Add some extract to your chocolate for added flavor: peppermint, orange, coconut, etc.
Big G Halloween Recipe Links
- Cheerio Peanut Butter Pumpkins One Particular Kitchen
- Friendly Ghost Cheerio Cookies Cookie Madness
- Little Hobgoblin Sundaes Cheeky Kitchen
- Puffy Eyeball Truffles Gourmet Mom on the Go
- Reeses Puff Crunch Monster Eyeballs Picky-Palate
*Family Fresh Cooking Full Disclosure: I am submitting this recipe to General Mills/Betty Crocker as content for the homepage of BettyCrocker.com for Halloween. Betty Crocker in partnership with Big G, are looking for fun, creative Halloween treats using their popular Big G cereal brands. As a participant, they are sending me a $50 gift card. The thoughts, recipe and photos are property of Family Fresh Cooking and are original content of Marla Meridith.