Gifts from the Kitchen

Hello friends!

One of my favorite things about the holiday season is that it gives me an opportunity to give a gift fro the heart. For me that generally means making a gift from the kitchen. This family tradition started when I was a young girl and the tradition still continues. You may be thinking. “Nice idea Denise but who has time for that?” Take a look at this short video that shows you how simple and quick giving from the heart can be!

I love this recipe because it’s a dessert that’s quick to pull together, it’s gluten free, nut free and vegan. Making it a dessert, that generally all of your guest’s can enjoy!

Date Coconut Delights

Makes 4 dozen

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter or Earth Balance for a vegan version
  • 1/3 cup Real maple syrup
  • 1 ½ cups chopped pitted dates (8oz)
  • 1/8 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups toasted brown rice cereal
  • 1 ½ cups shredded unsweetened coconut

Combine butter, maple syrup, and dates in a saucepan. Cook, stirring constantly, until the butter is melted, and the mixture is a shiny brown sticky mass. Remove from heat.

Add salt, vanilla, cereal and 1 cup of coconut, stir well to combine.

Cool in refrigerator until firm enough to handle. Shape into one inch balls. Roll ball in remaining ½ cup of coconut.

Denise’s Tip: To save time, I press the mixture in a 9X9 pan, then drizzle melted dark chocolate Chips. Let set until firm then cut into squares and serve.

Recipe from My Festive Foodie  Event

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On of my Fav’s- Chocolate Lovers Tart !

Last week guests attended  Chrysalis’ Festive Foodie event. We spent a fun evening gathered around the table, sharing holiday deliciousness and practical holiday tips. This Chocolate Tart – inspired by Terri Walters was a big hit so I wanted to share it with you. I encourage you to give it a try and you will discover that  healthy food can be beautiful and delicious!

Chocolate Lover’s Tart

Crust Ingredients

  •     2 cups pecans
  •     1 cup brown rice flour for gluten free version or an all purpose flour
  •     ¼ cup cacao powder
  •     ¼ tsp sea salt
  •     1/3 cup virgin coconut oil, melted
  •     1/3 cup maple syrup

Filling Ingredients

  •     12 ½ oz silken tofu
  •     ½ cup cashew butter
  •     ¼ cup maple syrup
  •     1 tsp vanilla extract
  •     Pinch of sea salt
  •     1 cup semisweet or dark chocolate chips

For the topping use 1 6-oz block dark chocolate for shaving or peppermint candy chips.

1. Crust: Combine pecans, rice flour, cacao and salt in a food processor and process until you have a crumb-like texture. Add oil and syrup and  process to form a moist ball. Place ball in tart pan and press to form crust. Peirce several times with a fork and bake for 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven and set on wire rack to cool completely.

2. Filling: Whip tofu in food processor until smooth. Add cashew butter, syrup, vanilla, salt  and process until well combined. In small pan over low heat,melt the chocolate chips, blend in the food processor until combined.

3. Tart: Pour chocolate mixture into tart shell, smooth top with spatula and refrigerate at least 30 minutes. With a chef’s knife, shave chocolate from block, spread evenly over tart.

I hope these simple tasty recipes  inspire you! Perhaps this is the year you get into the kitchen and create a gift from the heart. A gift  that you not only share with your loved ones but also with someone in need.

Blessings to you all and wishing you a very Merry Christmas !

xo Denise

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