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AmazeBalls

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These delightful little balls of decadence have all the good stuff in them, and are the most enjoyed treats I make for anyone!

Dates have become one of my go to sugar ingredient when making treats. While they are full (80%) of sugar, they are a whole food and rich in antioxidants (polyphenols) and are not going to reek havoc on your blood sugar or overall health like processed and granulated sugars will. This doesn’t mean to go buy a pound of dates and chow down,  but rather instead of reaching for the candy bar or can of soda, grab a date. Dates also provide fiber, potassium, calcium, zinc and iron.  Check out this quick video: Dates

Now on to these AmazeBalls! One of the best things about these is there is little ingredients,healthy option for a treat, dates are nutritious, and they do not take much time. Our friends love these little balls of awesomeness and so do we!

Depending on size, makes about 20 – 25

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Ingredients:

About a cup of pitted dates (7-8 ounces)
2-3 teaspoons of almond butter (or any nut butter of choice, be sure it isn’t full of oil and sugar.  I prefer raw nut butters)
About 1/3-1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Morsels)
Optional, sea salt or chia seeds or cayenne to sprinkle on top of chocolate

Directions:

In a food processor, process the dates and almond butter until well combined. Should be sticky and forms like a ball of paste.

Scoop all the mixture out and put it on a plate or in a bowl lined with parchment paper and form the balls and place them on a large enough plate so they don’t stick together. Place toothpicks in each one and them place in the freezer for about 10-15 minutes so they firm up.

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After about 10 minutes, melt the chocolate in a saucepan over low heat. Stirring continuously.  When most, about 2/3 of the chips have melted, remove the pan from the heat and keep stirring until fully melted.

Remove balls from the freezer and dip them in the saucepan to cover with chocolate and place them back on the parchment lined plate/platter. Sprinkle immediately with either chia seeds or sea salt or both or nothing after they are dipped.

Then put them all back in the freezer when done for about 20 minutes so chocolate firms up. Then it is time to enjoy some amazing awesomeness!

If you have extra chocolate, toss in some cashews or almonds in the chocolate pan and place on parchment paper and place in the fridge to set. Another yummy treat!

Nature’s Candy Apples

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Alrighty, by now you have figured out that I like treats and I do my best to avoid using granulated industrial sugars of any kind.  I do use pure maple syrup and honey in some recipes and I am doing my best to reduce and eliminate those ingredients.  It is still sugar no matter how you perceive it, but a better alternative to industrial sugars. Dates are what I focus on using for added sugar.  These bites of heaven do more than satisfy a sweet tooth (and one does the trick!) they are packed with fiber, potassium, carbohydrates and magnesium that the body can digest easily.  They are great for sports, biking or running for a long duration.

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Chocolate Peppermint Cake

The end of school and the holiday break have given me some projects that are not blog focused, so now I am getting back to my routine after some holiday travel.

The girls helped plan the Christmas dinner and dessert for the four of us.  We had Rolled Tacos for dinner and Ava had picked Chocolate Peppermint Cake from the Vegan8. Brandi over at Vegan8 is a frequent guest in our kitchen (not physically, although I wish) her recipes have been some of the most used with our family and we have had some great success with the end results. So when this recipe came through, I showed the girls and they said, that’s dessert!

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Sriracha Fudge

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Oh my, this is the quickest, easiest and tastiest treat to make. The hardest part is waiting for it to be ready to slice into! I had not made a treat in a while, and was wanting something chocolaty and cold since we have had this unusual nasty muggy feel like you want to shower when you walk outside weather. I had remembered seeing Veggies Don’t Bite post this recipe a couple days ago and was so happy to see the little ingredients it required. I didn’t have the exact ingredients so I used what I had and it turned out great. Best part is there is no oil, dairy free, soy free and gluten free. Love that you can spice it up how you like it!

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