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12 healthy homemade candy recipes

12 healthy homemade candy recipes
Robin shared some wonderful choices for healthier organic candy for Halloween last week. It made me long for candy myself! I thought I'd share 12 recipes for homemade candies that everyone can enjoy. The following recipes use unrefined sweeteners and high quality ingredients. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 11. Also on MNN: Related:  SweetsChocolate Delites

Popsicles! Not to sound full of myself, but I’m pretty sure this is the be all, end all of popsicle roundups. There’s a little something for everyone: the foodies, the purists, the ones who prefer frozen yogurt, the ones who prefer a little alcohol, everyone. Tweny-five options to be exact. The post I did last summer on the cold guys was one of DC’s most viewed ever, so I thought you’d all be up for another round – was I right? Click on the photo to be taken to the recipe. All photos and recipes copyright of their respective source unless otherwise noted.

my favorite brownies I understand that when a website but 5 11/12 years old boasts not one or two but eleven brownie recipes that it’s possible, perhaps, or at least worth considering that the brownie category: it’s been exhausted. The brownie beat reporter can retire. The archives are full. I get it, I do. Shouldn’t we be discussing blueberry pie, summer harvest tians or backyard grillery? Probably. But the thing is, I really wanted a brownie. I don’t mean to shock you, but my son, the light of our lives, and don’t even get me started on how I plan to gaze adoringly at the photos from shirtless “pig-sketti” night last week long into my rocking chair days — were he to have a singular flaw, it would be that he’s just never been that into sleep. My favorite brownies take 10 minutes to put together and embody everything I love in a brownie; they’re bittersweet and chewy, where so many brownies excessively sweet and fudgy (or worse, the dreaded cakey and chocolaty in color only). My Favorite Brownies

Vegan Pumpkin Pudding! Five Ingredients, Five Mins This sweet treat of Pumpkin Pudding is a creamy blend of fall spices, maple syrup and cozy pumpkin. Pumpkin pie flavors of nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger are swirled into each spoonful. This is my go-to dessert recipe for fall because it is so simple to prepare in a flash. As easy to make as a smoothie. Craving something sweet? Healthy Pudding! 1 Cup Canned Pumpkin contains: 83 calories 1g fat7g fiber 3g protein763% RDA vitamin A 19% RDA iron 17% RDA vitamin C49% RDA vitamin K 14% RDA potassium As I tweeted: "Fall Nutrition! You can blend up this pudding in under five minutes and be enjoying it in about twenty minutes (about 20 minutes for the chill time). Add-on's. And if you want your pudding a bit more firmed and rich - add in the coconut oil as shown below in the recipe. 5-Ingredient Pumpkin Puddingvegan, makes about 3 cups optional add-in: 1/2 cup extra virgin coconut oil, melted slowly topping: vanilla bean coconut milk whip To Make: 1. Happy pumpkin season!

Slow Cooker Gooey Chocolate Cake I’m meeting a new friend for lunch today. And an old friend for line-dancing tonight. And I’m feeling rather spoiled about it all. I mean, moms shouldn’t have TWO social events on the calendar for the same day, should we? Which brings me to the point of what moms should be doing anyway. For a long time, I measured myself by what I remember of my own mom. The odd thing is, I’ve now reached the age in my life where I am exactly as old as she was. Such is the fate of all moms. And I realized then that everyday is really a bit like living in an imaginary world. Because, ancient people don’t do lunch with new friends. And they definitely don’t join in a on rousing night session of line-dancing with old friends. They don’t make oatmeal in the morning in bare feet and spandex shorts. And ancient people DEFINITELY do not fill their day’s with a slew of other snappy, bodacious activities. See? I’m crazy hip. Whatever are my kids thinking? Ingredients: 4 eggs 1 cup brown sugar 3/4 cup cocoa powder

Watermelon Lime Sorbet Slices A sweet and tangy watermelon lime sorbet is a great way to cool off in the summer. As a bonus, this recipe is frozen back in the watermelon rind and cut off into slices. It’s hot. When your simple syrup is cool and watermelon chunked, blend them together in a food processor or blender until smooth. Cool the liquid completely in the refrigerator for a few hours. This then goes into the freezer. There’s nothing like a slice of watermelon on a warm summer day, especially when your slice happens to be sorbet. Truly, nothing. A few tips if you want to make slices: Use a small, personal size watermelon.Freeze only long enough for the sorbet to set, or if you freeze longer, give it a good amount of time on the counter to soften up.Dip your knife (I used a large chef’s knife) in warm water in between each cut, and try to cut 2″-3″-thick slices off the watermelon. How are you staying cool in the midst of this heat wave? Copyright © Food for My Family.

Decadent Fallen Chocolate Cake | Shine Food Photograph by Michael Graydon and Nikole Herriott Bon Appétit Photograph by Michael Graydon and Nikole HerriottFallen Chocolate Cake The late Richard Sax, celebrated cookbook author and champion of home cooks the world over, inspired this flourless chocolate cake-a riff on his iconic chocolate cloud cake. Recipe by Alison Roman 8-10 servings Read More: 9 Ways to Upgrade Instant Ramen Noodles Ingredients Cake 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces, plus more, room temperature, for pan 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided, plus more for pan 10 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate (61%-72% cacao), coarsely chopped 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 6 large eggs 2 tablespoons natural unsweetened cocoa powder 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt Topping 1 cup chilled heavy cream 1/2 cup mascarpone 3 tablespoons powdered sugar Special Equipment A 9-inch-diameter springform pan Preparation Cake Preheat oven to 350°. More from Bon Appétit:

the best ice cream ever & it’s raw too! | NatureInsider.com I have no idea who invented the raw banana ice cream, but he/she is a genius! I tried to check as many posts as possible about it and decided that the oldest one might be the inventor, or may be not, who knows and does it matter? So, I was able to find a youtube video dating from may 2007, a blog post dating from june 2009, frozen bananas ice cream maker (can you believe that!) and a wikipedia article saying that hundreds of years ago the ancient people used to eat frozen fruits for dessert. As for me, I saw it for the first time a couple of days ago at this bulgarian raw food blog. For the past couple of weeks I experimented a lot with frozen fruits, because I wanted to add an ice cream and sorbets to the book I’m writing, so I ended up with combining both of them. And for everybody interested in gardening, here is how a strawberry is formed… First, there is the blossom: Then, the leaves fall and a strawberry is formed :) raw ice cream Instructions: 1. Time for preparation: 5 min.

S'more Crack Dip Want to know a little fun fact about me? Well I am not sure I'd say it's fun... I do not own a dishwasher. *gasp* I KNOW! Seriously. Well actually let me rephrase that... That's a lot of intellectual down time. So this past Sunday, I was off my feet, laying flat... S'mores in dip form. A dessert DIP. As soon as I was finished taking care of the dishes I emptied my cupboards trying to find the last of my marshmallows and any chocolate I could get my hands on. This dip is so easy, it's stupid really. S'more Crack Dip Ingredients: 1 cup of milk chocolate chips2 tbs of milk1 1/4 cups mini marshmallowsGraham crackers for dipping Directions: In a medium sauce pan add chocolate chips, milk and 1 cup of your mallows. Place dish under you oven broiler for approximately 60 seconds or until the top has started to brown. Dip your graham crackers and enjoy!! Parenting tip of the day. This will happen...... And then this....

Recipe: The Easiest, Healthiest, Most Scrumptious Fudge Ever The temperature has inspired me to post some cold-weather recipes. This fudge recipe fits the bill nicely. 7 reasons I love this fudge 1. This recipe is based on one of Sally Fallon's recipes (she has some brilliant recipe ideas in Nourishing Traditions, by the way). I have adapted it to use coconut oil, cocoa powder, and the low glycemic, oh-so-yummy coconut/palm sugar (though honey works great too!). This truly is one of the easiest recipes to make, and it truly is richly delicious. The Easiest, Healthiest, Most Scrumptious Fudge Ever By the way, you can easily substitute with this recipe. Ingredients 1/2 cup of virgin coconut oil1/2 cup of coconut/palm sugar (the paste-like kind)1/2 cup of cocoa powderA dash of sea salt1/2 teaspoon vanilla Directions In a heat-resistant (Pyrex) glass measuring cup, add the coconut oil.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Squares Be still, my beating heart. Two of my very favorite things combined into one decadent dessert -chocolate chip cookies and cheesecake! Another winner from foodgawker.com - this one came from here. I made it for our small group this past weekend and it was declared fabulous by everyone except the one guy who hates cheesecake. Recipe:Crust:1 & 1/2 c. graham cracker crumbs5 T. butter, melted2/3 c. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips Cookie Dough:5 T. butter, room temp.1/3 c. packed light brown sugar3 T. sugar1/4 t. coarse salt1 ts. vanilla extract3/4 c. flour1 c. chocolate chips Cheesecake Filling:10 oz. cream cheese, room temp.1/4 c. sugar1 egg1 t. vanilla extract Topping:1/3 c. chocolate chips1 t. shortening Preheat oven to 325°. For the crust:Line an 8 x 8 pan with foil and grease it well.Crush graham crackers into crumbs to make 1 & 1/2 cups. For cookie dough:Using mixer and the paddle attachment, mix butter, brown sugar, sugar, salt, and vanilla extract at medium speed until smooth.

Hazelnut Chocolate Cake {Raw/Vegan} Saturday night we had a special dinner with family friends. For one weekend all 8 of us were around before starting vacations and school again; one of is even spending a year studying at Oxford(no, it’s not me; yes, I’m jealous). That called for cake. I actually made this cake for Father’s Day last year and featured it as a guest post on Gena’s blog. Hazelnut Chocolate Cake {Raw/Vegan} Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 0 minutes Ingredients(makes 5 2×3-inch frosted cakes): 2 cups hazelnuts1 cup pitted dates3/4 cup cocoa powder, divided1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons maple syrup, divided1 medium avocadoCrushed hazelnuts for garnish Method: These took from start to finish about 20 minutes to make, maybe a little more than that because I was distracted.

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