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Dark Chocolate Dipped Apricots with Pistachios & Salt.

This simple 4-ingredient plant-based dessert is composed of nutritious ingredients, and is quick and easy to prepare. These apricots make a wonderful edible gift – a real crowd-pleaser! Inspired by middle-eastern flavors, which often feature pistachios and dried fruit – I wanted to create a sweet and salty bite, with multiple textures. Naturally ‘packaged’ in individual bites, you can enjoy 2 or 3 chocolate-dipped apricots and feel satisfied!

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Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups with Salt. 3-Ingredient Dessert.

This sweet and salty single-serving dessert, is my healthier take on a childhood classic. Created for a PB and dark chocolate-loving friend, on her birthday – this is a fun and special edible gift to make for your loved ones! While store-bought peanut butter cups have plenty of added refined sugars, processed milk products, and chemical preservatives – this recipe is made from just three ingredients – dark chocolate, pure peanut butter, and a touch of salt. Peanuts are a great source of protein and healthy unsaturated fats, Vitamin E, B vitamins, calcium, magnesium, and fiber. While dark chocolate is not a ‘health food’, it does contain nutrients in the form of iron, magnesium, calcium, zinc, Vitamins K, B vitamins, and fiber.

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Dark Chocolate Dipped Almond-Stuffed Dates with Pistachio & Orange.

Sweet and sticky dates are nature’s ultimate candy! Wonderful on their own, and even more delicious when jazzed up like this. Stuffed with crunchy toasted almonds, dipped in slightly bitter dark chocolate, coated in nutty pistachios, bright orange zest, and sea salt – this plant-based recipe is rich in flavor and nutrients. Naturally ‘packaged’ in individual-sized portions, these stuffed dates are a small, yet satisfying treat – composed of wholesome ingredients. To me, it is perfectly healthy to enjoy a homemade plant-based dessert like this on occasion – as part of a balanced diet!

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Toasted Almond, Sticky Date, Dark Chocolate & Orange Bars.

This delicious and nutritious vegan dessert is made from whole food ingredients, with no added refined sugars or fats. To make this recipe an everyday snack, simply minus the chocolate, adding citrus zest to the date paste layer instead. Enjoying a sweet treat on occasion, is part of a healthy and balanced diet/lifestyle (moderation is key!), and by making your own from scratch, using un-processed, wholesome foods, you can feel good both psychologically and physiologically about indulging!

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Dark Chocolate Blood Orange Tart with Avocado Ganache.

This raw recipe is a nutritious dessert, that you can feel good about enjoying and making for your loved ones! Avocado may seem like an unusual ingredient to use for sweet items, but being a neutral flavoured fruit – it serves as a wonderful creamy base for a chocolate ‘ganache’. The traditional ingredients used in conventional ‘ganache’ ex: butter/cream, are high in saturated fat and cholesterol. However, avocados provide unsaturated fats (monounsaturated, omega 3/6 fats), with zero cholesterol – and offer vitamins C, E, K, B vitamins, magnesium, potassium, protein and fiber. I sweetened the avocado with maple syrup, which is lower glycemic than agave or honey, and added enough cacao to mask the flavor of avocado – giving this tart its rich chocolate taste. Finally, the crust is made with almonds, dates, orange zest, cinnamon and a little dark chocolate! Offering protein, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber.

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