Toddler Truffles (not just for toddlers anymore!)

22 Mar

Photo Matthew Carden

I wanted to revisit this recipe, it is an old-y but a goody!  If you are trying to get fiber and veggies into the kids, this is the ticket!!  I wanted to give you a recipe that is semi healthy and sweet and this is the one.

These look like chocolate but they are made of beans, a take on sweet  bean paste used in Chinese cuisine. This one’s made from ingredients you probably already have on hand.   This recipe is also very forgiving you can really go to town, making it different every time. Add chia, flax or coconut or orange zest. Try adding corsely chopped pecans or walnuts after blending for a chunky texture. They will never know they are packed with fiber, don’t mention the word “bean” they’ll never know!

Toddler Truffles (black bean brownies)

Recipe from Toddler Café (Chronicle Books 2008)

Makes 1 8×8 pan about 24 balls

1 15 oz can of black beans, rinsed and drained

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup of finely chopped nuts, pecans or walnuts

1/4 cup butter, softened

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

pinch of salt

2 eggs

Preheat oven to 300F

Spray or butter an 8×8 pan

Put all ingredients except the eggs in a deep bowl. Using a stick blender start to work the ingredients around, when fully blended add eggs and blend to combine. Don’t over mix.

Pour mixture into the prepared pan.  Bake in 300F 30 to 40 minutes until firm and edges get slightly crisp.  Cool, cut in small cubes or take a spoonful and make small balls in your palms. Dust with powdered sugar.

*Substitute white beans, or pintos or adzuki beans, they can be found in the ethnic aisle of your store.


4 Responses to “Toddler Truffles (not just for toddlers anymore!)”

  1. Susan May 29, 2012 at 10:06 AM #

    Could we sub PB2 for the nuts? I have a jar of PB2 and I’ve been in search of recipes. This one sounds great.

    • playfulpantry May 29, 2012 at 12:45 PM #

      Sure, I have some too…you may have to work with it a bit. You could roll them in chocolate PB2 too!!

  2. charityc March 23, 2012 at 3:27 AM #

    Hi Jen, love all of your ideas and your book looks wonderful! My name is Charity Mathews and I too have a website about cooking for kids, called Foodlets. I’m also working on a new piece for my column on Huffington Post and Yahoo! Shine and would love to interview you. Could you please email me if you’d like to participate? charity.mathews [at]

    Thanks and hope to hear from you!



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