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! ๐Ÿ™‚

Without further ado, here is your tasty treat! ๐Ÿ™‚

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.

Homemade, Nutrient Rich Bone Broth

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I wish I could take credit for this amazing recipe, but it is quickly becoming a more popular recipe amongst health circles. Known for its amazing health benefits, homemade bone broth is full of calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and collagen. It is extremely beneficial for a strong immune and digestive system, as well as excellent for the joints, skin, nails, and hair. It is great for both children and adults, can be used in place of store bought broth in a recipe (with much higher nutrient quality!), and is super easy to make! I actually have been giving it to my one-year-old son in his sippy cup, and he loves it! Being that I am weaning him currently, I personally feel good knowing that, in addition to the rest of his diet, he is getting valuable nutrients from this broth. If you haven’t made this recipe before, I would really encourage you to start. It helps our family stay healthy during flu/cold seasons, gives the kiddos extra nutrients that I feel are far richer than standard milk, and is so versatile! I order my bones from Northstar Bison, or I save bones from whole chickens that I roast. I follow the recipe on the Wellness Mama blog, and you can find it by clicking on this link. She does an excellent job discussing the “why” and “how” of bone broth. Enjoy, knowing that you are adding a great staple to your family’s diet. ๐Ÿ™‚
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