Avocado Chocolate Mousse Bars

I love using avocados in smoothies and chocolate pudding. They add such wonderful creaminess and are full of healthy fat, potassium, Vitamin E, and B-vitamins.

Check out Barb at A Life in Balance for my newest recipe. It’s a scrumptious no bake dessert bar fit for a special occasion.

Avocado Chocolate Mousse Bars

Avocado Chocolate Mousse Bars

Taste testers wanted…

I’m thinking of putting up a sign at the end of the driveway, “Taste testers wanted in exchange for ingredients.” I assume my husband wouldn’t be in agreement with this idea. He’s more likely to add,” Bug Off – Get Your Own!”

Oh, well.. He will have to take whatever is left in the cupboard. It was this recipe or nothing. I need to talk to Blue Cross or someone like that. After all, food is medicine… and I like this kind of prescription 🙂

Maple Date Squares

Maple Date Squares

Yield: 16 squares or 8-inch pan

Cook: 20 minutes

Filling:

1 cup chopped dates

2 tbsp. maple syrup

¼ tsp. vanilla (optional)

½ cup water

Crumb Mixture:

¼ cup softened coconut oil

3 tbsp. coconut sugar

1/3 cup ground oats (I grind GF rolled oats in my Magic Bullet)

1/3 cup finely chopped pecans

1/3 cup finely chopped walnuts

2 tbsp. sunflower seeds

¼ tsp. baking soda

1/3 cup sorghum flour

1/3 cup almond meal (I grind whole almonds using my Magic Bullet)

Pinch of sea salt

Filling: Place dates, maple syrup, vanilla (if using) and water in saucepan. Let simmer until thick on low-medium heat, stirring constantly. Cool.

Crumb Mixture: Mix all of these ingredients together until crumbly, using fingertips if necessary. Pat about 1 cup plus 2 tbsp. of mixture into lightly greased 8-inch baking pan. Press down firmly.

Spread with filling. Sprinkle remaining crumb mixture on top, pressing down gently.

Bake at 375 F for about 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cut into squares when cool.

Notes:

  • Coconut sugar (or coconut crystals) is produced from the sap of the flower buds of the coconut tree. It is low glycemic and is a great substitute for refined white or brown sugar. It has a caramel-like taste and is full of nutrients.
  • These squares freeze well.

Maple Date Squares

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The Jenny Evolution

Time to do some packing

I remember once in the good old days… or maybe it was a few days ago… I used to have a couch to sit on and a rug to step on.

No, we didn’t put them at the side of the road to be picked up by gremlins and we didn’t sell them on Kijiji.

I’ll spell it out for you.  Absence of seating in this house is a sign of F-A-L-L. The cats have “claimed” their cool weather territory. If they had outside friends, I’m sure that they would be texting them to let them know of extra space that has not been filled. As it is, we have not yet received an eviction notice.

It seems that they like someone else to pay the bills while they do the sleeping. Maybe it’s time to do some packing. Just give them a box and they will pack themselves.

Baby Bear in a box

Don’t forget to pack a few bites.

Zucchini Brownie Bites

Yield:  24 brownie bites

Cook: 15 to 17 minutes

1 cup pecans

½ cup walnuts

¼ tsp. salt

2/3 cup dried dates, softened in hot water

1 ½ tbsp. chia seeds, ground (I use my Magic Bullet)

1 to 2 tbsp. coconut nectar

2 tsp. vanilla

5 tbsp. natural cacao powder

1 tsp. baking soda

½ cup grated zucchini

¼ cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spread pecans and walnuts on a cookie sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until slightly golden.  Let cool.

Lightly grease 24 mini muffin cups, or line with muffin papers.

Measure dates into a small bowl and cover with hot water. Set aside for ½ to 1 hour, or until they are soft. Mix ground chia seeds with 4 ½ tbsp. hot water and set aside for about 10 minutes.

Pour  1 cup pecans and ½ cup walnuts into food processor. Process for 5 to 10 minutes or until smooth and creamy. Scrape sides of processor during mixing if necessary.

Drain dates and add to food processor on top of pecan/walnut butter. Add salt, cacao, coconut nectar, vanilla and baking soda. Process just until mixed.

Add chia/water mixture and grated zucchini. Process just until mixed, using the pulse button on your processor.

Stir in ¼ cup chopped pecans with spatula and spoon mixture into prepared muffin cups and smooth the tops.

Bake in preheated oven for 15 to 17 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center of a muffin comes out with sticky crumbs.

Let stand for 5 to 10 minutes before removing from pan. Remove from pans and place on wire rack to cool.

Zucchini Brownie Bites

Notes:

  • If you are able to escape with a few bites, they freeze well and taste good even when slightly frozen.
  • Maple syrup or honey may be substituted for coconut nectar.
  • Coconut nectar is full of nutrients and is very low on the glycemic index.  It is an excellent substitute for maple syrup or honey. You can find it at your local natural foods store or online.
  • Natural or raw cacao powder is high in antioxidants including magnesium. You can find it at your local natural foods store or online. If you wish, you may use regular baking cocoa from your grocery store.

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