Monday, December 26, 2011

ZEN BON BONS

If regular bon bons don’t bring you to Zen, then try these. The secret to making these interesting is the Zen green tea by Tazo. It is brewed into the chocolate glaze, and the actual leaves are incorporated into the filling. Yummy!

Ingredients:
Filling:
2 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar, divided
1 ½ Tbs. maple syrup
1 tsp. coconut extract
2 tsp. coconut milk
1 Tbs. Earth Balance (butter substitute)
1 ½ cups unsweetened finely shredded coconut
2 bags Tazo Zen green tea (leaves removed from the bags)
 
Glaze:
½ cup sugar
4 Tbs. Earth Balance
2 Tbs. coconut milk
2 Tbs. cocoa powder
1 ¼ tsp. vanilla extract
¼ tsp. peppermint extract
1 bag Tazo Zen green tea

Directions:
Line a cookie sheet with a sheet of parchment paper or wax paper. In a mixer, blend all of the filling ingredients (except reserve ¼ cup confectioners’ sugar) until well incorporated. Roll into small balls and place on cookie sheet. Place in freezer for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, make the glaze. Put all ingredients (except vanilla and peppermint extracts) into a small saucepan (be sure to keep tea in the bag) over medium low heat. One it starts to simmer, stir constantly for 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Remove tea bag. Add vanilla and peppermint extracts and stir constantly for an additional 4 minutes. Using a fork, dip each ball, one at a time, into the glaze. Make sure to evenly coat each ball and place coated ball on parchment paper. Let cool. It will be ready to serve in an hour or so. You can also put these in the freezer and have them on hand for whenever the mood strikes. These make a lovely gift too!

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