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Creamy Chocolate Date Candy

I don’t know what to call these, but for real, they taste like candy. I swear it’s like eating a twix or snickers, or something I remember from childhood. I can’t put my finger on exactly what these taste like, but they taste like a candy bar. I’m sure I’m not the first person to come up with this, but here’s my story: I’m in the final weeks of pregnancy, and I read some studies about the benefits of eating dates for natural cervix dilation and even shortened labor lengths. Debatable sure, but there are a couple of studies out there that made me say, shoot, worth a try! This means eating 3 large medjool dates every day from 36weeks onward. I mean dates are delicious, but they get really old really fast when you eat them every single day! And with my glucose intolerance, I am tasked with eating these instead of other fruit in my diet, and pairing them with some protein/fat to help delay their sugary release into my bloodstream! So I’ve been eating them with a lot of peanut butter, almond butter, pecans walnuts, and pistachios. Lately, I’d say in the last week or so, my craving for chocolate and sweets in general has suddenly skyrocketed, and sticking to my diabetic diet is becoming increasingly difficult. So in my boredom with eating the same old, the fact that I’ve hopefully got only a week left to go, and in light of my intense chocolate cravings, I came up with a chocolatey modification of my typical nut butter/date snack.

Here’s all I did: Cut open several medjool dates and remove the pit. Fill this opening in the middle with peanut butter or almond butter (while both are good, I prefer the peanut butter ones by far!). Then I popped these into the freezer for about an hour. Next I put some 80% dark chocolate into the microwave, stirring about every 10 seconds until melted (for a total of about 40seconds but depends on the amount of chocolate and your microwave). Then I rolled the dates in the chocolate and returned them to the freezer to set. I recommend storing in the fridge to keep everything intact and from melting! These are delicious and decadent, and not diabetic friendly, but if we compare them to a Twix or snickers bar, these are packed full of micronutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, no preservatives or fake foods, and way less refined sugars. So, I call this a win :). YUMMY.

Double Chocolate Pie!!

This is my version of Chocolate Covered Katie’s Ultimate Fudge Pie 🙂 By the way, I just bought her new cookbook, this girl’s a chocolate inspiration!

I made up my own crust that I prefer to use. This is vegan creamy dreamy chocolatey! The crust needs baking, but the pie is no-bake and tastes NOTHING of the tofu within. 🙂

Crust:
1 very ripe banana mashed
1tsp vanilla
1tbs cinnamon
2tbs Cocoa powder
1/4 cup chia seeds
2tbs ground flax
1-4 cup pepitas
1/4 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup oats (gf)

Mix well, press into coconut sprayed pie pan.
Bake 350 for 11 min, it will smell so yummy chocolatey without any added sugar 🙂

Let cool, make filling!

Filling:
12oz package morinu firm tofu (i used the organic one)
1tsp vanilla extract
2 tbs almond milk
1tbs cocoa powder
1tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup chocolate chips melted
1/2 very dark chocolate bar melted

Blend on high speed till creamy smooth, turn into pie crust, and refrigerate, preferably overnight . The longer it sits, the thicker it gets! And PS, it TASTES more chocolatey after sitting overnight. SO thick like a mousse! MMMM.

I used 86% ghirardelli bar and 63% guittard chips because of I’m going chocolate, it may as well be good quality and super dark!

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