Always darkest before the dawn...

"You don't have to let past definitions of life,

love, God, and yourself, limit you anymore. 

You are free to redefine and help create the life

you choose; you're free to see life in a new

way." -Melody Beattie



for Aunt Goose aka ZSA ZSA...

Healthy (Harvest) Buckeyes.

  • prep time: 20 MINUTES
  • total time: 1 HOUR 15 MINUTES

yields: 25-35 BUCKEYES


  • 1(14 ounce) can cannellini beans, drained + rinsed
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (may use sweet potato or butternut puree)*
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 10 ounces dark or semi-sweet chocolate, melted (use vegan chocolate if needed)


Line two cookie sheets with wax paper.

In the bowl of a food processor, add the cannellini beans and puree until mostly smooth. Add the applesauce, pumpkin, coconut oil and vanilla. Puree until completely smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes, scrapping down the sides if needed. Add the peanut butter and salt, process another minute.

Scoop 1/2 tablespoon size amounts of dough out and roll into a rough ball. Place on the prepared cookie sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough, cover the pans and place in the fridge for 15 minutes.

After 15 minutes, remove the balls from the fridge and roll them once more between your hands to smooth the balls out. Stick a toothpick into the top of each ball. Cover the cookie sheets and place them in the freezer for at least 45 minutes, but not too much longer than an hour.

Just before removing the balls from the freezer melt the chocolate over a double broiler or in the microwave.

Working with one ball at a time, dip the frozen balls into the chocolate leaving a small opening at the top so the peanut butter can peak out. Place the balls back on the cookie sheet. Repeat with the remaining balls. Store in the fridge until ready to eat. These are best straight out of the fridge with some cold milk!