Date “Snickers”

The new and improved snickers bar is here! Dates are one of my favorite foods. Biting through that flaky, chewy skin into the juicy sweet center is oh so delicious- they’re nature’s candy! They taste just like caramel and I can’t see why someone wouldn’t like them.

Dates are a whole food and are a great source of fiber. They contain many nutrients all of which can help improve digestion, give you quick energy you may be lacking, and because of their high mineral content- they can improve bone health.

These “snickers” taste incredible and (in my opinion) taste just like an actual snickers bar but without all those highly processed ingredients including hydrogenated oils, corn syrup, and artificial flavorings. These require just 5 ingredients and I promise- you’ll LOVE them!

 

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Yield: 8-9 date “snickers”

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon solidified coconut oil
  • 1 cup of organic medjool dates, about 8 or 9 dates
  • 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter, (I use this brand)
  • 2 tablespoons of raw unsalted peanuts  (I use Trader Joe’s)
  • Sea salt for sprinkling (optional)

 

Procedure:

  1. In a double broiler or microwave, melt chocolate chips and coconut oil in a bowl. Heat and whisk until smooth consistency. Set aside.
  2. Carefully cut dates down the center without going all the way through and remove the pit if not pitted already.
  3. Using a butter knife, spread peanut butter evenly inside each date.
  4. Stuff each date with peanuts and line a large plate with parchment paper.
  5. Carefully dip each stuffed date in the melted chocolate using your fingers or a spoon until completely covered.
  6. Place each chocolate covered date onto the plate lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle each date with sea salt if desired.
  7. Set in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours to harden.
  8. Serve and EAT.

 

Notes:

  • Keep stored in refrigerator for 2 weeks in airtight container.

Peanut Butter and Jelly French Toast

Peanut butter and jelly. Such a classic combo. This was my go to sandwich growing up and it truly never got old. However, I think it’s time I needed an upgrade from my favorite childhood sandwich so here we have it- peanut butter and jelly french toast! These are crisp on the outside and creamy with sweet + savory goodness on the inside! What’s not to love about this delicious combo?!

 

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Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 large eggs
  • 6 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 6 slices of whole wheat bread
  • 6 tablespoons natural no sugar/salt added peanut butter (I used this brand)
  • 3 tablespoons of all natural no sugar added raspberry jam (I used this brand)
  • 1-2 tablespoons solidified coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup unsalted whole peanuts, chopped (optional)
  • handful of fresh raspberries (optional)

 

Procedure:

  1. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together eggs, almond milk, and sea salt. Set aside.
  2. Heat a large pan on medium heat.
  3. Meanwhile, prep your sandwiches. Lay out slices of bread onto a large cutting board.
  4. Spread 1 tablespoon of peanut butter onto each slice.
  5. Spread 1 tablespoon of raspberry jam on 3 of the slices.
  6. Put one slice of peanut butter and one slice of jam together to form a sandwich. Do this with each slice until you have formed 3 sandwiches.
  7. Add coconut oil to heated pan.
  8. Dip all sandwiches into egg mixture and place all sandwiches on the heated pan.
  9. Cook sandwiches for 2-3 minutes on each side until golden brown.
  10. Remove from heat and cut sandwiches in half on a diagonal.
  11. Garnish with chopped peanuts and fresh raspberries if desired.
  12. Serve and EAT!

 

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Copycat Reese’s Peanut Butter Balls

Halloween is just around the corner and who’s ready for all the sweet treats?! These peanut butter balls are absolutely amazing! You would never guess that they are made with just 5 ingredients! The texture is fudgey on the inside and crunchy on the outside. They are the perfect sweet treat to serve at your next Halloween party or give to your family and friends.

 

Yield: About 8 balls

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter*
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup or honey
  • 3 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil
  • Sea salt to sprinkle

Directions:

  1. Add peanut butter, maple syrup, and coconut flour to a bowl.
  2. Using a spatula, simultaneously stir and fold mixture until well combined.
  3. Place the bowl with the mixture inside the freezer for 15 minutes.
  4. While you’re waiting, melt chocolate chips and coconut oil in the microwave in a small bowl for 1 minute. Stir and let sit.
  5. Take bowl with the peanut butter mixture out of the freezer.
  6. Using a cookie scoop or your hands, form into balls.
  7. One by one, use a spoon to coat each ball in the melted chocolate.
  8. Place balls onto a baking sheet covered in parchment paper.
  9. Sprinkle sea salt all over the tops.
  10. Place back into the freezer for 30 minutes or until chocolate has completely hardened.
  11. Serve and EAT!

 

Notes*:

  • Use a natural peanut butter with no extra salt or sugar added.
  • Keep these stored in the freezer and be sure to let thaw for a few minutes before eating so you don’t hurt your teeth!

 

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