welcome to apple week on our blog! this time, we’re putting the spotlight on the versatile and delicious ingredient: applesauce.
if you have a jar or several sitting in your fridge or panty, this is a great way to use it up!
easy Six Ingredient No-Bake Oil-Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Pops are delicious. these pops are not only incredibly simple to make but also packed with flavor and goodness.
while this recipe calls for 1/2 cup of applesauce, you really won’t taste it!
applesauce is SUCH a versatile ingredient that works exceptionally well in both baked and no-bake desserts for several compelling reasons. here’s why it’s a star in the world of dessert-making and use shouldn’t let it go to waste in your pantry.
natural sweetness: applesauce has sugars, primarily fructose, which add sweetness to your desserts without the need for excessive amounts of sugar. this natural sweetness enhances the overall flavor profile of your treats!
moisture and tenderness: applesauce contributes moisture to your desserts, making them moist and tender. this is particularly important in no-bake desserts, where you’re not relying on baking to achieve the desired texture. in baked goods, applesauce helps keep your treats from drying out. these pops are so fudgy!
fat replacement: in recipes that call for oil or butter, applesauce can often be used as a substitute. it reduces the fat content while still maintaining the desired texture and consistency. this makes your desserts lighter!
binding agent: applesauce acts as an effective binding agent, helping to hold your ingredients together. in no-bake desserts, it can play a crucial role in ensuring that your bars or balls maintain their shape and don’t crumble.
flavor enhancement: applesauce has a pleasant, subtly sweet flavor with a hint of apple essence. it pairs well with a wide range of ingredients, enhancing the overall taste of your desserts. it complements both sweet and savory flavors, making it a versatile addition to your recipes.
natural fruitiness: the natural fruitiness of applesauce adds depth and complexity to your desserts. it can balance the richness of chocolate, the nuttiness of peanut butter, or the warmth of spices, creating a more well-rounded treat.
health benefits: applesauce brings a dose of nutrition to your desserts, offering dietary fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants from the apples. this can make your treats slightly healthier and more satisfying.
allergy-friendly: applesauce is often used as a substitute for eggs in vegan or egg-free recipes. this makes it an excellent option for those with egg allergies or dietary restrictions.
consistency: unlike whole apples, applesauce provides a smooth and consistent texture. this can be advantageous when you want a uniform texture throughout your desserts.
whether you’re making no-bake bars, cookies, muffins, or traditional baked goods like cakes and brownies, applesauce is a valuable addition to your recipe repertoire! its ability to add moisture, sweetness, and a touch of fruitiness is unmatched :).
while i made the dough into cake pops covered with melted chocolate, you can even get creative with bars, cookies and more!
whether you’re making them as a special treat for a celebration or just for a sweet snack, these peanut butter chocolate pops are a perfect way to satisfy your cookie dough cravings without the need for baking.
if you love Six Ingredient No-Bake Oil-Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Pops, try these other recipes from my blog!
chocolate chip options and flavor!
when it comes to making your six-ingredient no-bake oil-free peanut butter chocolate pops, the choice of chocolate chips plays a crucial role in determining the overall flavor and sweetness of your treats. there’s a wide array of chocolate chip options available, each with its unique characteristics!
semi-sweet dairy free chocolate chips: these are the classic choice for chocolate chip desserts. they provide a perfect balance of sweetness and chocolate flavor. while they contain sugar, they can be a great addition if you prefer a slightly sweeter treat without going overboard!
unsweetened chocolate chips: for those who are looking to reduce your sugar intake, unsweetened chocolate chips are a great choice. HOWEVER, it’s important to note that these chips can be quite bitter on their own due to the absence of added sugar. while they may not provide the same level of sweetness as semi-sweet chips, they can be a healthier option for those who prefer less sugar in their desserts.
balancing act: when using unsweetened chocolate chips, you can balance the bitterness with the natural sweetness from the other ingredients in your recipe, such as the pure maple syrup and applesauce. the peanut butter also adds a nutty sweetness that complements the chocolate.
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Six Ingredient No-Bake Oil-Free Peanut Butter Chocolate PopsCourse: Bites, Desserts
1 and 2/3 cup oat flour
1/2 cup runny peanut butter
1/2 cup apple sauce
4 tbsp maple syrup
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup chocolate cups (i used unsweetened)
If your dough is too thick you can always thin out with a tiny bit of dairy free milk
- melted chocolate chips for coating
- combine dry ingredients: place the oat flour in the food processor. if you don’t have pre-made oat flour, you can make it by blending oats until they reach a fine, flour-like consistency.
- add wet ingredients: add the unsweetened applesauce, creamy peanut butter, pure vanilla extract, and pure maple syrup to the oat flour in the food processor.
- process until smooth: secure the lid on your food processor and process the mixture until it becomes a smooth, cookie dough-like consistency. you may need to scrape down the sides of the processor bowl a couple of times to ensure all ingredients are fully incorporated. if the dough is too thick for your liking, you can add a tbsp or two of dairy free milk.
- fold in chocolate chips: once you have a smooth mixture, remove the blade from the food processor and fold in the dairy-free chocolate chips. these chips will create delicious pockets of chocolate throughout your pops.
- shape the pops: take portions of the dough and roll them into pop-sized balls. you can use your hands for this or a mini ice cream scoop to ensure even sizing.
- insert sticks: if you want to make them resemble cake pops, insert sticks into the centers of each pop and dip into melted chocolate.
- chill: place the pops on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and refrigerate for about 2-3 hours, or until they have set.