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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.

Sweetheart Fudge ❤️

A sweet treat for your valentine, be it a spouse, a partner, or bff 🙂 The pink center is so cute, and the chocolate coating is so yummy. Healthier than store bought chocolates, I guarantee!

Adapted from various recipes from Chocolate Covered Katie.

Start with:
1/2 banana mashed
2/3 cup berries or 1/4 cup mashed
2 slivers of beet for color
6 tbs melted coconut butter
Vanilla 1/2 tsp
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Blend the above in a food processor untill smooth.

Scoop bite-sized amount into ice tray or muffin molds and freeze for 15 min.
Remove and form into balls.
Freeze another 10 minutes.

Make chocolate sauce to dip, mixing:
1 tbs coconut butter, melted
1tbs agave
1tbs Cocoa powder
1.5 tbs almond milk

Dip fudge balls in chocolate sauce and place on parchment paper. Drizzle sauce over each too, spreading around to cover completely.

Place in freezer again for another 15 min, then store in fridge until serving!

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Cocoa Truffle Bites

I don’t know about you, but I am a fool for chocolate. Fudge, brownies, chocolate, candy, I love chocolate. What is don’t love is all the sugar and hydrogenated junk in most dessert foods. I much prefer buying my own ingredients and knowing what is going into my body. But there SO no need to suffer to be healthy. Enter rich chocolatey truffle bites. You can use peppermint extract for a chocolate mint taste, but they are still great without it. Up to you! The coconut butter makes these rich and indulgent, and satisfying without great quantity, but they are guilt free being vegan, gf, and having zero added sugar! Woohooooo!

Crafted with concepts gleaned from Chocolate Covered Katie.

Combine well the following:

1/2 cup mashed fruit (I used half bananas half strawberries)
6tbs melted coconut butter
vanilla 1/2 tsp
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3 tbs cocoa powder
peppermint 1/2-1ml (optional, to taste)

Freeze this “dough” for 15 min to harden slightly. Take out and form into little round balls, sprinkle cocoa powder or powdered sugar on top (or roll in seeds or sprinkles of choice) then store in fridge until ready to serve! That is it! You an also freeze them if you want to keep them longer than a week or so.

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