Dessert Double Whammy!


I hope everyone is having a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend full of lots of family dinners, turkey and maybe a little dessert ;). If you are in charge of dessert for any of your dinners I have a couple of recipes that I hope aren’t too late to make! Your family will be happy you did!

The first recipe is one I created the other day out of necessity for chocolate and almond butter (you know how that is). But when I went to make it, I realized I was out of one KEY ingredient, almond butter, so this recipe called for a substitution, trusty ol’ peanut butter, and it did not disappoint. It was one of those desserts where you could barely wait for it to be ready, as you sit and salivate over the very thought of you eating it (nice visualization eh?) But it is good (well at least my husband thinks it’s good), and I hope you will think so too ;).

Chocolate Peanut Butter Squares (I know the name is real original ;))
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Ingredients

Crust

2 cups raw almonds

1/2 cup Pitted dates (approx 8) – soaked in hot water for about 5 minutes.

1/4 cup honey

2 tbsp coconut oil (can use olive oil, but will change the taste of the dessert)

1-2 tbsp shredded coconut

1 tsp vanilla extract

*Add a small amount of hot water if you can’t reach desired consistency

Chocolate Topping

1/2 cup Cacao/Cocoa powder

2 tbsp cacao nibs (you can also use dark chocolate chips)

1/4 cup peanut/almond butter (I do have to admit peanut butter makes it nice and creamy)

1/4 cup coconut oil (can use olive oil, but will leave you with a different taste)

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

Directions

1. Place all of the crust ingredients into a blender or food processor. Batter should be smooth, but still have chunks of almond in it. Place crust into an 8×8 pan. A Pyrex pan will work fine, but I prefer to use silicone as batter doesn’t stick and they wash up like a dream.

2. Wash out blender and place all ingredients for the chocolate topping in the blender EXCEPT for the cacao nibs (chocolate chips), and blend until smooth.

3. Mix the cacao nibs (chocolate chips into the chocolate batter), and place chocolate batter on top of crust.

4. Place in the freezer for about 12 hours. If you can’t wait that long, don’t worry I am not here to judge ;).

The next recipe was sent to me by my friend, Pam. She is extremely creative in the kitchen and always thinking of new ways to enjoy dessert without all the guilt. I would also like to say the pictures she takes of her food are much nicer than mine ;).

Clean Eating Puffed Rice Treat

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1 tbsp Natural pb
1 tbsp Brown rice syrup
1 tsp Vanilla
1/3 cup Brown rice cereal (could be puffed rice/wheat)

Directions
1. Mix first three ingredients and microwave for about 10 seconds.
2. Add rice cereal.
3. Add melted dark chocolate on top (optional)

This recipe only yields one square, but you could easily adjust the recipe to make a full batch of 12 squares.

If you created a clean dish for Thanksgiving, please send it to me at tif_walker@hotmail.com or message me on Facebook!

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