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Coco Truffles

21 Dec

Coco Truffles

This is so good…and addictive! Be forewarned, but it’s healthy too with spirulina as the secret ingredient!

a cup of hempseeds

2 cups raw cacao powder (or you can grind cacao nibs or use pure cocoa)

half a cup of pure spirulina

half a cup of organic coconut oil

half a cup  (or a little more) of raw honey

a dash of celtic sea salt

a spoon of vanilla extract

a dash of cinnamon

a dash of cardamom

a pinch of cayenne (to spice it up!)

Mix all ingredients in a bowl until everything is mixed well. Roll into little balls and put in the freezer for 15 minutes. You can store them in the fridge until time to serve or in the freezer for several weeks.

Makes 80

Yum!

~jasmine~

photo by qwrrty on flickr.com

Holiday Shortbread

21 Dec

Holiday Shortbread

This is such a great recipe and gluten free too! Perfect treat for the holidays.

2 3/4 cups organic fresh-ground brown rice flour

¼ cup organic corn starch (Optional. Just add ¼ more flour if you omit it)

half a tsp baking soda

dash of sea salt

8 spoons (about 1 stick) unsalted butter (melted)

half a cup of brown rice syrup, maple syrup or honey

a spoon pure vanilla extract

Juice & grated zest of 1 organic lemon

15 or so almonds, pecans or walnuts, halved

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Sift the flour, salt & baking soda together. Combine the butter, honey/syrup, vanilla, lemon zest, and juice. Cut butter and sugar into flour mix with pastry blender into dough (or with your hands). Blend until smooth and satiny. Form into a large ball and chill in fridge for 30 minutes. Roll with rolling pin to ¼ inch think between 2 sheets of parchment paper. Remove paper and cut into shapes and place on greased cookie sheet. Press nut into the center of each cookie. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the bottoms are lightly browned.  Makes about 30 cookies.

Enjoy!

~jasmine~

photo by jillmotts on flickr.com

Chocolate Strawberries

7 Oct

Chocolate Strawberries

So good! That’s all I can say about that. Great little dessert with a beautiful presentation.

12-14 large organic strawberries washed and dried

1 cup of semi sweet chocolate chips

wax paper

In a small saucepan, melt the chocolate chips over medium low heat. Stir frequently and very gently to melt the chocolate. Overheating the chocolate can cause it to become stiff and clumpy. As soon as it is melted and has a smooth consistency, remove from heat and dip in strawberries while twisting. Then place  strawberry onto the wax paper. Repeat for all strawberries. Place strawberries in the fridge to all chocolate to harden.

Tip: while dipping strawberries, work fast so that the chocolate doesn’t harden up. If chocolate in the pot hardens, it doesn’t work well to re-melt it!

Yummy!

~jasmine~

photo by flit on flickr.com

Baked Sweet Pears

2 Jan

Baked Sweet Pears

This dessert is so flavorful and easy to prepare. Great for finishing off a dinner party! your guests will be asking for more! I used organic Bosc pears.

4 pears washed, cut in half and cored (cut longwise)

vanilla extract

a couple of spoons of walnuts

1/4 to 1/2 spoon of cinnamon

a spoon of grated ginger

a couple of spoons of maple syrup

a dollop of vanilla ice cream (cow, soy or rice)

Cut pears lengthwise and core out the centers and place into a baking pan filled with 1/4 inch or so of water. In a bowl mix nuts, grated ginger, cinnamon, vanilla and maple syrup together. Spoon mixture into the cored out pears. Drizzle a little bit more of the maple syrup onto the pears. Cover the pan and bake at 350 degrees F for 20-30 min or until pears are soft but not mushy.  Serve with a scoop of ice cream.

Tip: for a sweeter treat, you can grate some chocolate onto the pears just before serving. Either dairy or vegan chocolate can be used.

Heavenly!

~jasmine~

photo by QuintanaRoo on flickr.com