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I made these a week ago.  Relatively healthy and easy to make, these candies are best when stored in the fridge, in a Tupperware container. If you don’t have raw peanuts, about 1/3-1/2 cup of raw chunky peanut butter works here, too. For me, the biggest challenge with this recipe is to not let my kid eat more than two-three pieces of this candy a day! Try to find the sour cherries, as cranberries are usually sold sweetened, which is not ideal for this recipe. If you are into peanut butter and jelly, check out this crazy raw mix, too!
Ingredients:

dried sour cherries ( or cranberries,)  1/4 cup

dried dates, pitted, 1 cup.

raw peanuts, 1 cup

Directions:

1. In large bowl, mash dry fruits with potato masher (make sure to check each date to make sure even the pitted ones are without pit). If mashed dates seem too dry, add just enough hot water to moisten them. You can also use your food processor, if you don’t mind cleaning the sticky dry fruit mix afterwards.

2. Crush the peanuts  and mix into the mashed dates and cherries. Roll the mix into balls. Cool in the fridge for about 20 mins before serving.

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Mom would love these for a happy healthy Mother’s day! I like to make a lot of these and store them in the fridge.


Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4- 1/3 cup cocoa powder and more for rolling the chocolates in.
  • 1/2 cup agave syrup
  • 15 drops of peppermint essential oil

Directions:

Melt the coconut oil by placing it in a pot or in a microwave for a few minutes. Carefully mix the coconut oil  with the agave and stir the peppermint oil in. Add the cocoa powder, sifting to avoid clumps. Start with less powder, taste and add more if desired.  Put the mixture into an ice cube tray. Put the tray into the fridge for about 20 minutes. Take the tray out of the fridge, and using your hands, mold the mixture into balls. Roll the balls in cocoa powder.

I love the deep flavor of dark chocolate. I don’t love the sugar and the butter that come with its commercial varieties. I make these truffles often: they are very easy to prepare and a pure delight to eat.

Ingredients :

  • 1 cup of walnuts
  • 1 1/2 cups of  dates, chopped
  • 1/3 cup  of cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp of cacao nibs
  • a pinch of sea salt
  • 2 tbsp. of chia seeds, mixed in 1/4 cup of water
  • a dash of cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. of cinnamon
  • optional: a tsp. of vanilla extract
  • optional: a tsp. of nut butter
  • optional: 1/4 cup of coffee ( add 3 more tbsp. of  cocoa powder and 2 tbsp. of agave nectar if using it)

 Blend the nuts in a food processor. Add all other ingredients and blend well.  Cool in the fridge for about an hour. These truffles freeze very well, on a plate, covered with some saran wrap.

Today I was doing what I like to do best: playing with food. I actually tried to make some edible play dough. All of the recipes for homemade play dough online seemed to be copies of each other and the ones that seemed more original utilized unhealthy ingredients, such as corn syrup, powdered milk and white sugar. As I was testing my recipe (made out of leftovers,) I realized that my edible play dough can also be made into some yummy healthy candy.  So, I made candy and my kid and I played and ate: what could be more fun?

As a main ingredient, I used cooked amaranth. Amaranth is a grain, which was used by the Aztecs and now is popular in Latin America. Amaranth contaisn large amounts of protein and essential amino acids. Amaranth has  30%  more protein  than many other whole grians grains, such as brown rice, wheat flour, oats, and rye. Amaranth grains are very small and cooked amaranth is sticky ( this is why I thought of play dough.) Generally, I like to use amaranth as a side dish, as a substitute for any dish, asking for a grain, as  a sticky base for a casserole or even as an egg substitute, because of the binding effect it brings to baked dishes. Amaranth works well as a diversion from your morning oatmeal. It combines very well with fruits and vegetables.

 

Homemade Amaranth Play Dough

Even though this recipe contains brown sugar, it is rich in protein, fiber, folic acid, phosphorus, magnesium and zinc, as well as vitamins B, D  and E. Perhaps you need to encourage your kids to eat more  play dough!

1 cup amaranth (cooked, according to package instructions.)

1/2 cup  smooth natural almond butter

1/2 cup wheat germ

1/4 of brown sugar

Mix all of the ingredients together. If the dough is too watery, add more wheat germ. If it’s too dry, add more almond butter. You can add more sugar of you think it’s necessary for a better flavor. Use my suggestions for homemade edible colors from here.

Homemade Amaranth Almond Butter Candy


Follow the recipe for play dough. Add 1/2 cup of almond pieces and (optionally) 1/4 cup of chopped dates. Form the dough into balls. Roll each ball in shredded coconut. Refrigerate for thirty minutes and serve.

This exceptionally easy to make  “ice cream” is dairy-free, raw and healthy.  It comes out soft, so I like to serve it in a cocktail glass (plastic works, for kids.) You can make it many different ways, experimenting with adding coconut milk, nut butters, chocolate powder, etc… If you don’t want your “ice cream” green, substitute a heaping tablespoon of almond butter for the avocado. Of use a tablespoon of coconut oil. I also like adding coconut shreds to this ice cream. Nut pieces  work and so do raisins. I must have made this dish ten different ways, since trying my first bite of raw ice cream in a raw food restaurant seven years ago.

This dish is also very child-friendly. Your kid can suggest ingredients and put them in the food processor.

Green Raw Ice Cream

3 frozen bananas (peel and freeze them in tupperware.)

1 small ripe avocado

optional: pistachio pieces, mint leaves

Put the frozen bananas and the avocado in the food processor on and let it run for about five minutes. Stop every now and then to scrape it down. The mixture should get very light and soft. Serve immediately. If using pistachios, sprinkle them on top. I like to serve this dish in a cocktail glass with a mint leaf on top.

image: nuchylee

I make these candies all the time: it’s the only thing I give my oldest kid for sugar. These candies have vitamins, minerals, protein and fiber, unlike the regular kind of candy.  If your mixture is too dry to roll, feel free to add a bit of water. You can also forgo the nuts: the candies will still taste pretty decent. Additionally, you can add some spirulina powder to the candies, for added nutritional value.

Ingredients:

Dried fruits, 1 cup. Use pitted fresh dates, apricots, figs, raisins , cranberries -anything you have at the moment

Nuts (any kind) 0.5 cup

Shredded coconut  1 cup

Crush the nuts in the blender. Add the dried fruits and mash everything up.  Roll the mix into balls.   Spread out shredded coconut on table and roll the balls around until covered with coconut.

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