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Gnawty By Nature

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Clearly you know by now I like treats.  Dark chocolate and dates go hand in hand. That is why these Gnawty by Nature treats are topping my favorite list!

Sinful, maybe.  Decedent, maybe.  Heavenly, maybe.  Down right freakin amazing, heck YAASS!

Most of all, these nut butter bombs are healthy and nutritious.  They are rich, gooey, sweet and salty (if you use it for a topping) and the ideal treat to keep stocked in your freezer for banishing those sweet tooth cravings. Not to mention, one of the easiest treats to make.

When it comes to treats, there has to be dark chocolate!   It is a requirement for whether a treat is made or not. Not always, but pretty darn close!  I don’t receive too many “no thank you’s” from the family or friends either.   When smooth, creamy nut butters and chocolate are combined, you feel like you can conquer anything!  Throw in a fiber rich, potassium filled, antioxidant power house date, and you’ve got a chocolate and caramel combo that just makes your eyes swoon and your mouth drool.

Hope you like these treats! These are:

Soft & Chewy
Fiber rich
Perfectly Sweet
Easy to make

Need I say more!

 

Ingredients:

Dates (pitted)
Almond Butter or nut butter of choice.  I do not use any with salt and oil and suggest to avoid any added ingredients.
Optional toppings, chia seeds, hemp seeds, sea salt or cayenne.
Dark chocolate of choice, I use Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Chips

 

 

Directions:

A plate to place the dates on. You can line with parchment paper.
Choose the amount of dates you want.
Slice down one side of the date.  If there are pits, be sure to remove them.
Spread in your choice of nut butter.  We prefer almond butter, but if you like peanuts, peanut butter tastes divine as well.

 


Place them in the freezer for about 10 minutes.
Melt dark chocolate or chocolate of choice.  I used a microwave setting and it works fine.
Pull out the dates from the freezer and begin pouring the melted chocolate over the nut butter filled dates.

 

The chocolate will start to harden.  At this time if you want to sprinkle some chia seeds, hemp seeds, sea salt or cayenne, now is the time.
Once they are all covered, place back in the freezer for another 10 minutes or so and then enjoy!

I stored these in a glass sealed container in the freezer.  I would guess about 4 days is good, but they never last long enough to find out :)

 

AmazeBalls

This is a re-post because I love these delightful little balls of decadence. They are the easiest and most enjoyed treats I make for get togethers, school/sports parties and just because, so give them a whirl and try to eat just one :)

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Easy No Bake Cookies

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Something I have learned from making meals from recipes that are not mine is that many of them are similar and sometimes it just takes looking at a recipe and then BAM, something hits me or a couple ingredients give me some ideas to create from it that isn’t exactly the same. The challenge, measurements!  I will add a little of this or a little of that until it tastes good and not make note of it. Also combining recipes will happen, as I may not have every ingredient for either recipe, but knowing what the family will eat and their tastes, I can figure something out.  Main dishes are not as easy as a snack or treat, therefore I take my chances on the treats :)

I may have mentioned it before, I have never been a shredded coconut eater.  I think it stems from my younger years when my grandma always gave me coconut macaroons because she thought I liked them, not sure, but I just haven’t really cared for it.  Lately I have used it in some recipes and do not mind it in there, kinda like cauliflower, never could eat it but now that I am older my tastes have expanded and I can eat it. So if you like coconut, then these are for you!  Even you are not fond of coconut, give them a try and reduce the amount and add more oats :)  They are a simple and easy treat to whip up and enjoy!

Prep time: 10 minutes  Makes about 8-12, depending on the size

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Ingredients:

1/4 cup unsweetened cacoa or raw cacao powder (I did half & half)
2 tablespoons raw almond butter (cashew butter or sunflower seed butter works) *No added oil or sugars
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1 tablespoon unsweetened organic applesauce
2 tablespoon coconut oil *see note
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup + 3 tablespoons rolled oats
5 tablespoons or 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut depending on preference
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1 tablespoon hemp seeds
1 tablespoon ground flaxseed

Directions:

Use either a large plate or container and line with parchment paper.

Using a medium pot over med-low heat, add coconut oil and melt.  Now add in the almond butter, applesauce, cocoa, maple syrup and vanilla.  Whisk well until smooth and remove from heat.

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Add in the seeds, flaxseed, shredded coconut and oats.  Stir well until combined.  The mixture may look a little lumpy, gel like but that is from the chia seeds so all is good.

I took my tablespoon and scooped out the batter, so they were shaped like half rounds and placed each one on the plate, not touching but a little bit of space between them.

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Now place your plate in the freezer for about 15 to firm up. You can also place them in the fridge, but it takes about an hour.

Once they have firmed and you haven’t ate them all, store in an air tight container in the refrigerator for about a week or freeze them for a few weeks.  They are definitely easier to eat right away from the fridge.

NOTE: I try not to use any oils but if you use oil, you can do 3 tablespoons coconut oil.  If you want a nut free option, sunflower seed butter works well. I make my nut butters but this recipe is best with nut butters WITHOUT oil or sugars.  You could also add peppermint to the mix.  You can reduce the coconut to 4-5 tablespoons and increase the oats with 2-3 more tablespoons.

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Oatmeal Cookies

Making cookies, I love making cookies!!  Making cookies (and all meals) without added sugar, oil, eggs, dairy and whatever else you find in cookies these days is always something I strive for.  I have made raw cookies a number of times and I see various recipes for ‘vegan’ cookies but some of them use coconut sugar, raw sugar or pure maple syrup and I do my best to avoid those ingredients but I have used maple syrup in various recipes.  No matter what added sugar you use, sugar is sugar.  There are far better options of course and I am doing my best to use those options.  These baked cookies are sweetened with dates which are a far better sweetener than packaged sugars. Using fruits such as apples and bananas are highly recommended as well when wanting to add some sweetness.

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Alternatives To Rewarding With Candy

As I sat a few weeks ago waiting for my kids to get their hair cuts, I was enthralled with a scene going on with another child getting ready to get their hair cut.  The parent was trying to work with the child to get up in the chair, the child wasn’t budging. I could see that the parent was not only trying to maintain her composure but also working quickly to come up with an incentive. I heard the parent say “if you can help the nice lady out and get up in that chair, I will give you 20 extra minutes of electronics”. In my mind, I thought, wow! totally impressed with the non use of treats/food/toys and calmness! The child proceeds to get on to the chair. Then the hairdresser leans over to the child and says, “I will give you a lollipop if you can sit still in the chair”. I think I had the same look on my face as the parent did. Now, as a parent, I sat there and thought to myself, there was no need for her to offer a lollipop, the parent solved the situation, so why did she feel she had to interfere. Reflecting on this made me realize that we are all guilty of it, rewarding children with treats/food/toys is prevalent and it is done by parents, teachers, parent groups, administrators, coaches, grandparents and even hair dressers, doctors, banks and the like, and no one really seems to question it. Schools do it! It is a challenge in which I work to improve at the children’s school, yet disappointingly find it not changing. Why is it encouraged to reward children for everything they do or with candy/treats/food that threaten children’s health and diets and reinforces poor eating habits and choices. When did receiving social rewards not be good enough?

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Chocolate Zucchini Cream Bars

We have been hit with another heat wave so the oven is not something I want to use at the moment. Which is a bummer because I have some muffin and granola recipes I wanted to test to get ready for back to school, those will have to be put on hold for a cool evening. I have been busy with extra kids during the week at our house and haven’t had much time in the kitchen so it was nice to have a little break to put some recipes to the test. I had picked up some zucchini at the local farmers market for some dinners as well as the muffins but  those were put on hold. I began looking for something else to use them in. We all wanted a treat, but a cool treat. Thanks to Brandi of The Vegan 8, we found something that would hit the spot.

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Easy Raw Brownies

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A few days a week I pick up my friends kiddos after school and one of them comes home with us regularly and every so often a couple more will join us so they don’t have to be home by themselves until their parents get off work. Anyway, I like to test out treats or