Wherein I tried to jump on the Cake Pops bandwagon glorified by Bakerella and now available in any Starbuck’s (Tiramisu flavor, yum.)

But, of course, I can’t stand the thought of all the refined sugar (170 calories in Starbucks’ version), so the only way I could justify making cake pops is to make some changes. And I was too lazy to go to the craft store for lollipop sticks, so I decided to make cake “truffles” instead. Here’s the major changes:

Honey for sugar.

Greek yoghurt instead of cream cheese.

Carrot cake so I can claim it’s a “vegetable.”

To make cake pops, basically you make a cake, crumble it to bits, mix in something to make it mush together, form the balls, and then dip in chocolate with a stick attached.

I just skipped the stick part.

First you take any basic carrot cake recipe. I used this one .

I made a 1/4 of the recipe and ended up with a dozen cake pops. Of course I swapped honey for the sugar, whole wheat flour for the regular flour, skipped the nuts, and added in a 1/4 cup of oatmeal and chia seeds (high in omega fatty acids and antioxidants!).

After you bake the cake, let it cool for a bit. Then, crumble into bitty, bitty bits into a bowl. Instead of the cream cheese frosting traditional in this case, I used half a container (single serving size, not ginormous family pack) of plain, greek, non-fat yoghurt, 1/4 cup of honey, cinnamon, and some vanilla. Mix this glop into your bitty bits of cake and stir until it is mushy.

Form little balls. (Press it together into tight balls, you don’t want them to break apart later. If they seem a little dry or loose, add a bit of milk).

Let the balls set up in the fridge for a couple hours.

Meanwhile, melt some chocolate (I chose white “coverture” chocolate, as the normal white chocolate chips don’t melt in my microwave so well.)

Take a ball and use a spoon to “bathe” it in the chocolate. When it’s all covered, somehow wrangle it out of the bowl and put on wax paper to set. IMMEDIATELY decorate (if you so choose, and I choose sprinkles) if you so desire with sprinkles, nuts, grated carrot, or whatever before the chocolate sets.

Mine kind of turned out looking like Make it or Love it’s

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More or less. Okay, mine were a bit bumpier….

Basically you’re done. Just try to keep them uneaten for more than one day, I dare you.

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