Sweets have always been a downfall of mine. Maybe it has something to do with growing up a daughter of a vending machine business owner? There were always packages of candy bars, chips, cookies, and soda.
These days I make alternative "desserts" so that I won't be left feeling crazed about whatever else is left in the house. A continual pull to eat whatever sweets seem to be lurking in the house. I am doing much better with this. In fact, I would say that my cravings are usually for green veggies and lean meats, but every once in a while I want to make something dessert like.
So I have this new concoction. I am not sure what to call it. You can make it into a bar or eat it in a lump or roll it into balls. Anyway it certainly hits the spot, but doesn't create a craving for more. One thing with this recipe is that it is always different. If you have noticed one thing about my cooking its that I like to make things up as I go and use what I have got. It doesn't always work, but it isn't usually a complete failure either. Here we go:
- 2 cups shredded coconut - I use tropical traditions brand
- 2 heaping tbsp of dark baking cocoa
- 1/4 cup of Goji Berries
- 1/4 cup of chopped walnuts
- 1/4 cup of slivered almonds
- 1 tbsp of almond extract
- 2 drops of Ocotea essential oil (otherwise use 1 tbsp of ground cinnamon)
- 2 tbsp of maple syrup - grade B
- 3 - 4 tbsp of brown rice syrup
- 2 tbsp of organic peanut butter
- 2 heaping tbsp of coconut oil - I use tropical traditions brand
- Mix dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl
- heat coconut oil and peanut butter if necessary so they are in a liquid state
- add the almond extract, Ocotea oil, maple syrup, brown rice syrup to the heated coconut oil/peanut butter
- Mix wet & dry ingredients
- Now you have a few options you can place the mixture in a small pan and cover & refrigerate for a few hours before you cut into bars Or you scoop out a bit and put into little bowls at room temperature. Whatever you want to do works. These are not typical bars so when you cut them they might not be perfect.
Let me know what you think...