Coconut Peanut Butter Stuffed Date Truffles

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My love for chocolate, peanut butter, and dates inspired me to give this recipe a whirl, and all I can say is, “Wowza!” These are AMAZING. I am not even kidding; you need to have made these yesterday. Not only are they delicious, but they are an excellent choice for a treat. Dates are packed with nutrients: fiber, potassium, iron, B vitamins, and vitamins A and K, just to name a few. (See more on the health benefits of dates on Dr. Mercola’s site. )

Before I go any further and give you the directions for these date truffles, I do have to thank Sylvie, from Gourmande in the Kitchen, who is the master behind the original recipe. If you want her original recipe without my modifications, head on over and check out her creation (She has named these treats Chocolate Covered Coconut Dates). Plus, she has some other wonderful recipe inspirations as well! πŸ™‚

Without further ado, here is your tasty treat! πŸ™‚

Ingredients for the Stuffed Dates:
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (Note: If your batter seems a little runny after the stuffing ingredients are mixed, add 1-2 extra tablespoons of shredded coconut.)
2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
2 tablespoons maple syrup, Grade B preferred
4 tablespoons organic, creamy peanut butter (You can also use sunflower seed butter or almond butter as well!)
Pinch of sea salt or pink Himalayan salt
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract (Trader Joe’s sells one that is both alcohol free.)
About 20 large, soft Medjool dates (I actually have found a great deal on dates at Costco!)

Ingredients for Chocolate Dip:
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
1/2 cup cocoa powder
4 tablespoons maple syrup, Grade B preferred
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of sea salt or pink Himalayan salt

Directions:
*In a large mixing bowl, combine the ingredients for the date “stuffing” (mixing by hand). You can also put all of the ingredients in a food processor for a smoother filling.
*Cut each date in half lengthwise one way, and take out the pit.
*Fill each date with the peanut butter stuffing.
*Chill the dates in the freezer. 20 minutes is a good amount of time.
*While the dates are chilling, make the chocolate dip. Place the melted coconut oil in a medium-sized bowl. Add in the remaining ingredients and mix with a whisk.
*Remove the dates from the freezer. Using a toothpick to hold each date, dip one at a time in the chocolate until fully covered. Place them on a parchment lined cookie sheet. If you desire, sprinkle the dates with chopped nuts, coconut, etc., right after dipping so that your sprinkles set with the chocolate. Place back in the freezer until the chocolate sets. Enjoy!! Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.

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*This recipe has been adapted from Gourmande in the Kitchen.

Pumpkin Coconut Patties

As I continue to celebrate fall, I find myself making more pumpkin recipes these days! In the spirit of the season, I want to share a few more fall delights for you so that you have delectable treats to savor. Enjoy this recipe that is simple, yet healthy and completely guilt free. Go ahead. Grab two cookies!

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Ingredients:

2 cups shredded coconut
1 cup pitted mejool dates, packed
2/3 cup organic pumpkin puree
2 tablespoons maple syrup (Grade B is preferable; Trader Joe’s sells it currently)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon sea salt (Do not omit the salt! It brings out your spices in the cookie.)

Instructions:
Preheat the oven to 350.
Place all ingredients in the food processor and blend until smooth. Form into balls and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Press each cookie down slightly with your hand. Bake the cookies for 17 minutes. Cool completely and enjoy! Store in the refrigerator. πŸ™‚

Paleo Upside Down Banana Cake (AIP Friendly)

I had a craving for banana this week but wasn’t satisfied with my normal treat of bananas and sun butter or bananas and chocolate. I wanted a little more flare. πŸ™‚ The result was the following recipe; I loved it, and I think you will find it quite delightful as well! πŸ™‚

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Paleo Upside Down Banana Cake (AIP Friendly)

Banana Cream Layer:
2 bananas, mashed
6 mejool dates
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
Pinch of sea salt
1 banana, sliced (This will NOT go in your processor.)

Cake Topping:
2 tablespoons coconut oil, plus more for greasing
3 tablespoons water
4 tablespoons raw honey
4 tablespoons coconut flour
4 tablespoons arrowroot flour
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

Directions:
*Preheat the oven to 350. Grease a 1 1/2 quart casserole dish and set aside.
*Prepare the banana cream: Place the first 6 ingredients, except the 1 sliced banana, in the food processor. Blend until creamy. Spread it on the bottom of your greased casserole dish.
*Slice the one banana and lay it in a single layer on top of your banana cream. Set the casserole dish aside while you prepare your cake topping.
*Prepare the cake topping: Place all ingredients for the topping in a medium mixing bowl. Beat on medium until the ingredients are combined. Carefully spread the batter on top of your cream and sliced bananas.
*Bake for 18 minutes or until golden brown.
*Let the dish cool to set. Enjoy with a dollop of whipped coconut cream! πŸ™‚
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Oatmeal Creme Pies (Without the Oatmeal-AIP Friendly)

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I am so excited about these! I ran to the store last night to pick up more ingredients for…um…my third batch in one week. πŸ™‚ Hey…let’s be honest. We have all had those treats that we have made multiple times in a week, right?! πŸ™‚ These are so tasty. Plus, they are great for anyone following the autoimmune protocol. πŸ™‚ Read more about the autoimmune protocol here. Enjoy! πŸ™‚

“No” Oatmeal Creme Pies

Ingredients
For the Cookies:

1 cup mashed sweet potato, cooked
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 gelatin egg substitute (gelatin egg substitute ingredients below)
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup mejool dates, gently packed (3 oz)
1 1/2 tsp lemon juice
1/3 cup coconut flour
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

For gelatin egg substitute:

1 tbsp gelatin (I like to use this brand. It has excellent health benefits and is a great protein
source.
1 tbsp room-temp water
2 tbsp boiling water

For Creme Filling

6 tbsp water, divided
1 tbsp gelatin
1/3 cup honey. Use raw if at all possible. This will provide extra health benefits as well.
pinch sea salt

Directions
For Cookies:

Preheat oven to 350. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
Make gelatin egg substitute: In small bowl, whisk 1 tbsp gelatin into 1 tbsp room-temp water. Add 2 tbsp boiling water. Whisk vigorously until combined and frothy. This is used in place of an egg.
In food processor, add first six ingredients: sweet potato, coconut oil, gelatin egg substitute, vanilla, dates and lemon juice. Process until smooth.
Add all remaining ingredients except for shredded coconut: coconut flour, cinnamon, salt, baking soda. Process again until smooth.
Add coconut and pulse to incorporate (or stir it in by hand).
Let sit 4-5 minutes to let coconut flour expand.
Spacing evenly apart, drop approximately 10 generous tablespoonfuls of cookie dough onto each parchment-lined cookie sheet. I am usually able to get 10 per sheet; you may find you get more depending upon the size you decide to make them. πŸ™‚
Press each cookie to 1/4″ thickness, gently rubbing each cookie into circles.
Bake for 16 minutes, until slightly firm to the touch.
Cool on wire rack. While cooling, prepare the filling.

For Creme Filling:

In a mixing bowl, whisk gelatin into 3 tbsp water. Set aside.
In small sauce pan set over medium heat, whisk together remaining 3 tbsp water, honey and salt. Bring to boil and boil exactly 5 minutes.
Carefully transfer boiling honey mixture into mixing bowl, pouring over rubbery gelatin. Mix on low. Then carefully and gradually increase speed to high, making sure the hot liquid doesn’t splatter out of the bowl. Beat on high for 5 minutes, until the mixture becomes a thick, white marshmallow-y creme.

Assembling the pies:

Right after the creme filling is finished whipping, use a regular dining spoon and spoon dollops of filling onto the back of one cookie. Pick up another cookie and gently press both cookies back-to-back to squish the creme filling to the outsides. Repeat with all cookies.
Serve and enjoy!

This recipe comes from He Won’t Know It’s Paleo.