posts tagged "candy"

Chocolate Prune Truffles

Posted on October 31, 2008

This delicious, healthy and somewhat sophisticated treat is not too sweet, making a great candy for adult palates.  It may appeal to the younger crowd as well –my 10 year old ate a dozen of these and then packed more in his school lunch.

Along with their rich chocolate-prune flavor, these vegan truffles are packed with healthy antioxidants and quite nutritionally dense.

Chocolate Prune Truffles

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1 cup prunes, pitted
¾ cup tart cherry juice
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
½ cup chocolate chunks, melted over very ... read more →

Caramel Apples

Posted on October 28, 2008

I read Heidi’s blog 101cookbooks.com religiously.  I love her photography, use of words and creative food combination utilizing natural ingredients.  So you can imagine how thrilled I was when I saw a beautiful shot of caramel apples on her site the other day.

Prior to reading her recipe I had not given much thought to making this glorious Halloween treat.  The idea of high fructose corn syrup and other weirdly engineered ingredients was somewhat off putting.  And I must confess, the ... read more →

Halloween Candy

Posted on October 15, 2008

-photo from Lauro Maia on Flickr

Every year I receive countless emails requesting ideas for healthier Halloween candy.  Now there’s an oxymoron if I’ve ever heard one –”healthy candy.”  Does such a thing exist?  Well, probably not.

Now, with suggestions from many readers, I’ve gone ahead and compiled a list that is full of what I refer to as the “lesser of all evils” when it comes to candy.  Trust me, I will not be eating any of the items below.  That ... read more →

Orange Chocolate Coconut Clusters

Posted on October 3, 2008

New Year, new school.  Wow, this week has been busy.  The boys have settled miraculously into their new habitat and I can feel the relief flowing through my body.

My favorite comment this week was from Melissa, a reader who said, “It’s hard, but before you know it, they will adjust and be just fine. Kids are so resilient! It’s probably harder on mom. :-)”   Well, yes, Melissa, I couldn’t have said it better myself and the smiley face was much ... read more →

Macadamia Caramel Clusters

Posted on July 11, 2008

We have a big all star game tomorrow, though unfortunately I will be missing it. One of my parents was hospitalized this week so I am flying back to California for a weekend visit.

As I tucked my older son into bed tonight he said, “I want extra snuggles since I won’t see you until Sunday.” He was very disappointed that I would be missing his game and couldn’t completely understand how a hospital visit could take priority over ... read more →

Gluten Free Candy Bars

Posted on June 6, 2008

Baseball is what it’s all about in our house these days. We lost in the main bracket of the post-season tournament and are now playing in the consolation round and doing well. We were winning our game yesterday against the Red Socks and had the game postponed due to rain in the bottom of the 3rd inning when we were ahead 3-0. The boys were playing well and devouring the snacks that I brought to keep them full ... read more →

Rosemary Chocolate Truffles

Posted on May 27, 2008

Rich and decadent Rosemary Chocolate Truffles rolled in cocoa powder.

Last night was the conclusion of a “grand” Memorial Day weekend. My parents came in and took the boys down to the Boulder Creek Fest where they all had a blast. There was much spoiling –meals out, bowling, batting practice at the amusement park and overall non-stop fun. A perfect weekend with the grandparents.

After an exhausting weekend of keeping up with my seventy year old folks, I ... read more →

Raw Chocolate Fudge

Posted on May 23, 2008

A few of my favorite things? Coaching baseball. Growing vegetables. Walking on a sunny day. Hanging with my husband late at night after the boys have gone to bed. Cooking with children –of any age.

Recently I have had the opportunity to teach cooking to my son’s third grade class. This has been great fun. I get a real glimpse of each child and his or her temperament when we cook together –in the ... read more →

Cranberry Apricot Truffles

Posted on January 18, 2008

Scrumptious homemade truffles using only four ingredients!

This recipe for handmade, gluten free and raw Cranberry Apricot Truffles is packed with nutrients, easy to make and aesthetically pleasing to boot.

After taking a brief hiatus from sweets, I am back on the dessert bandwagon! With Valentine’s Day rapidly approaching, I have been thinking of fun treats to give out to friends and family for the holiday.

Cranberry Apricot Truffles

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1 cup dried apricots
1 cup dried cranberries
1 teaspoon orange zest
2 cups chocolate chunks

Place ... read more →

Chocolate Bark

Posted on December 16, 2007

Perfect for holiday parties and potlucks, this chocolate bark is a favorite of mine. It’s another gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan dessert that doesn’t taste it. And for those with no food restrictions whatsoever? Who can say no to candy, let alone chocolate? See for yourself, try some.

Chocolate Bark

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3 tablespoons grapeseed oil or palm shortening
6 tablespoons agave nectar or honey
2 cups pecans
½ teaspoon celtic sea salt
½ teaspoon cayenne
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
3 cups chocolate chunks

In a large skillet, heat oil ... read more →

Baked Apples

Posted on October 28, 2007

To me, fall means baked apples. Simple. Delicious. Sweet. Warm. Comfort.

The other day, my older son asked if we could partake in our favorite fall ritual and bake up some apples. I was busy with a bunch of other cooking projects so he took matters into his own hands, cored a couple of apples, stuffed them with yummy ingredients, then handed them to me to place in the oven. It’s just that easy, really.

Here’s my recipe, you’ll have to ... read more →

Stuffed Dates

Posted on October 14, 2007

Dates are an excellent source of energy and rich in B Vitamins.

Stuffed dates are as as sweet as candy, so of course, children like these treats. Adults enjoy the delicate blend of flavors.

Stuffed Dates

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1 cup pistachio nuts, shelled
¼ cup orange juice, freshly squeezed
1 teaspoon orange zest
1 pinch celtic sea salt
20 large dates

In a food processor, pulse pistachios, orange juice, orange zest and salt
With a sharp knife, make a slit on one side of each date and remove the ... read more →