Raw Caramel Nut Frosted Fudge

One of my favorite holiday treats is freezer fudge. My grandmother’s freezer was always stocked with tins and tins of homemade fudge and assorted goodies. I blame her for my raging sweet tooth. I can’t tell you how many times in my youth (and adulthood) that I snuck out to the deep freeze to pop a piece of rich chocolatey goodness in my mouth and let it melt slowly on my tongue.

I’ve created this raw fudge recipe in honor of my grandmother this holiday season. It’s vegan, grain-free, refined sugar-free, and very easy to make. All you need is a food processor and a loaf pan.

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Easy Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

It’s October! That means I’m already dreaming of delicious pumpkin treats. I can’t wait for the pumpkin breads, muffins, cookies, pies, and pancakes that will soon be coming my way! But before we let go of Summer completely, let me offer a healthy pumpkin-inspired transitional treat that will help you move from short sleeve days to sweater and corduroy days.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Ice Cream! My version is dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, far healthier than traditional ice cream, and it doesn’t require an ice cream maker.

Simply mix the ingredients together in a food processor and freeze it in a bread loaf pan lined with waxed paper.

Just before you are ready to serve, leave the pan on the counter to soften slightly. Then scoop it up!
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The Balanced Platter in July

TBP July

 July has come to an end. It seems as if the summer is passing all too quickly. This past month, we had some tremendous recipes full of summer flavor here at The Balanced Platter. In case you were busy having fun in the sun and missed a post or two, here’s what we had from our wonderful contributors in July:

Appetizers & Beverages


Side Dishes

Have you tried any of the recipes from TBP this month? Have a favorite?

Beat the Heat with 20 Frozen Treats

So it’s been over 90 degrees the past three days in Vermont. That’s not normal. While many of you may be used to a steady summer temp of 100 degrees +, for us Northeasteners it’s hard to beat the heat. Especially since it’s so humid. I think “ugh” is the most common word out of my mouth these days.

When it’s this hot, there’s only one thing (well maybe a few others) that I’m dying for and that’s ice cream. I love ice cream. Every single thing about it is spectacular. It’s cool, creamy, rich and delicious. It’s sweet and brings a smile a smile to my face with every bite. It’s just…yummy.

So instead of sharing just one frozen treat with you today, I’d thought I’d take a moment and bring you a bunch of different recipes that will let you break free of this awful heat wave and stay cool in the July sunshine.

Sit back, relax and enjoy!
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