The holidays present a quandry. There’s the desire to give gifts from the heart and the absolute time crunch of shopping, cooking, cleaning, and of course partying that dominate this time of year.
What can a well-meaning gift giver do?
Make your own candies! Homemade chocolates are delicious, and because they come from your own hands they are definitely a personal gift. Best of all, homemade chocolates look impressive, but are actually pretty easy to pull off. Keeping the ingredients simple ensures that you can give a tasty gift that even friends with dietary restrictions can enjoy.
These Peppermint Chocolates have a minty ganache filling inside a crisp chocolate exterior.
” We don’t just look like Pumpkins, we’re made with Pumpkin!”
Forget those store-bought, high fructose corn syrup, chemical containing marshmallows. Make your own with organic pumpkin puree, pure maple syrup and grass-fed gelatin!
Halloween is quickly approaching, and I am always on the hook to provide a snack for my kids classroom parties (not that I mind!) In the past, I have made cute Pumpkin Krispy Treats and Chocolate Covered Apple Slices . This year I decided to try and add pumpkin puree and traditional pumpkin pie spices to my homemade marshmallows. It worked perfectly! My kids LOVE them.
I cut out some with a pumpkin-shaped cookie cutter and turned them into pops. I cut out some others with a circle cookie cutter and put a piece of dairy-free dark chocolate in the top for the stem. I think they turned out pretty cute!
Ever since I learned about the health benefits of organic coconut oil back when I was in nutrition school, I’ve loved using it in my recipes. And you know that a healthy food has hit the mainstream when Dr. Oz goes around touting its health-enhancing qualities, too!
Coconut oil, while mostly made of saturated fats, is a medium-chain fatty acid, which means it’s metabolized differently from other saturated fats in the body. As a result, it spares the cardiovascular system any of the usual ill-effects of other saturated fats like those from meats, eggs or dairy products. In fact, coconut oil is actually a boon to your heart health—it can help lower “bad” cholesterol levels, improve heart health, boost thyroid function, and even strengthen the immune system. Recently, some have even reported that eating coconut oil can help reverse Alzheimer’s disease. Not bad for a delicious, versatile, vegetable-based fat!
When it comes to cooking and baking, I love that coconut oil is naturally solid at room temperature, so it makes a great nondairy substitute for butter. If you buy unrefined oil, it will impart a subtle coconut flavor, perfect for baked goods.
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