Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

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I feel like I need to do a little clearing of the air before I continue with this post.  I’m starting with a disclaimer telling you that this is NOT a healthy cookie…there’s nothing the least bit redeeming about the ingredients in this recipe.  It contains loads of sugar, shortening, sour cream, and all-purpose flour…none of which I typically include in my day to day diet.  But…there is also something to be said for traditions…and this cookie has been a Christmas family tradition for at least 5o years.  I know it’s been at least that long, because I remember helping my mom make them when I was quite young!

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Once I had my first child, my mom passed the baton rolling pin to me (as her mom did to her, and at least another generation back as well), and I’ve been in charge of the Christmas cookie baking for the past 30 years or so.  These cookies are tender, fluffy, sweet, everything a good sugar cookie should be!  They’ve even won a blue ribbon from the Dakota County, Nebraska County Fair!  While the cookies are delicious on their own, the real magic happens when they’re topped with the Freezing Frosting…so named, oddly enough, because it freezes extremely well.  πŸ˜‰  That means you can make these cookies weeks or even months in advance, pull them out to thaw for a few hours, and they’re still as fresh as the day you baked them!

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Because this is a simple recipe that doesn’t require chilling, it’s perfect for making with the kids – the dough is forgiving enough for over zealous pre-schoolers learning to cut shapes with cookie cutters, as well as pre-teens learning to wield a rolling pin!  The recipe makes 5 to 6 dozen cookies, depending on the size and shape of the cutters used.  I most always get at least 5 dozen.  One batch of frosting is enough to frost all the cookies with a generous amount of icing.

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My son making these cookies when he was 3 years old.

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My daughter at age 3.

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Daughter, Anna, age 3 and son, Jake, age 14!

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And today, I’m blessed to have my 11 year old granddaughter, Madison, helping me!

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Here’s my brother helping Anna decorate cookies in 2008.  Honestly I think he enjoys it as much as the kids!

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A few words on a card…sometimes the simplest things that connect one generation to the next!

And of course, for as long as I can remember these were the cookies that were set out for Santa every Christmas Eve!  Good ol’ Santa has probably eaten almost as many of these cookies over the years as I have! πŸ˜‰

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Sour Cream Sugar Cookies | cookeatbehealthy.com

My hope is that you’ll take this recipe as your own and start a new tradition that lasts for generations into the future.  I know that eventually my daughter and my granddaughter will carry on the tradition for our family.  But until then, I’m honored to keep the tradition alive for our family…there’s more to these cookies than the pantry ingredients contained within…the love of many generations of women in my family is the most important ingredient of all!

Sour Cream Sugar Cookies
Serves 60
Tender, soft, sweet...everything you've been looking for in a Sugar Cookie...and frosting too!
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
153 calories
23 g
8 g
6 g
1 g
2 g
38 g
28 g
14 g
1 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
38g
Servings
60
Amount Per Serving
Calories 153
Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g
9%
Saturated Fat 2g
9%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 8mg
3%
Sodium 28mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates 23g
8%
Dietary Fiber 0g
1%
Sugars 14g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
1%
Iron
1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the Sour Cream Sugar Cookies
  1. 1 cup Crisco shortening
  2. 2 cups sugar
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 1 cup sour cream
  5. 2 tsp vanilla
  6. 5-6 cups all purpose flour
  7. 2 tsp baking sofa
  8. 1/2 tsp salt
For the Freezing Frosting
  1. 1 lb. powdered sugar
  2. 1/2 cup Crisco shortening
  3. Speck salt
  4. 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  5. Vanilla to taste
  6. 1/4 cup boiling water
For the cookies
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, or large mixing bowl if mixing by hand, cream shortening, sugar, and eggs.
  3. Add sour cream and vanilla, blend well.
  4. Mix in 2 cup of flour, salt, and baking soda.
  5. Add remaining flour, 1 cup at a time, until dough is tender, and no longer sticky.
  6. Working with 1/3 of the dough at a time, roll it on a floured surface until 1/4 to 3/8 inches thick.
  7. Cut desired shapes and place on ungreased cookie sheet.
  8. Bake in preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes, until the bottoms are lightly browned, and the tops are set, but not browned.
  9. Remove from oven, cool a couple minutes on baking sheet, then remove to cooling rack or foil lined counter to cool completely.
  10. Continue rolling, cutting, and baking in the same manner until all dough is used.
For the frosting
  1. Combine all ingredients and mix well in stand mixer, or with hand mixer.
  2. Add additional water 1/2 tsp at a time if frosting is too dry.
  3. Frost cooled cookies and decorate as desired with colored sugar and sprinkles.
Notes
  1. The key to these cookies turning out perfectly is to not overbake them. The tops should not be browned at all.
  2. These cookies freeze extremely well either before or after frosting. Simply place in plastic freezer safe container, stacking cookies with wax paper in between each layer.
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What are your family’s holiday traditions?  Do you have a favorite recipe that is a must-have for your holiday celebration?  I’d love to hear about your traditions – leave me a comment or a link to your favorite holiday recipe!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Spiced Orange Cranberry Torte

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On Monday I shared a recipe for Crockpot Spiced Orange Cranberry Sauce and I promised a dessert recipe using that most delectable tart and tasty sauce…drum roll please…here she is…Spiced Orange Cranberry Torte!  Isn’t she BEAUTIFUL?!?   Ok…so yeah I’m probably a little biased, but I just get so excited when something turns out exactly even better than I imagined!  And just take a gander at that crust to filling ratio…I love my crust!!! πŸ˜‰

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So not only is this dessert show-stopping gorgeous, and devastatingly delicious, it’s also vegan, sugar-free, and no-bake!  C’mon…it just doesn’t get any better than that!  With a little advance prep work like making the Crockpot Spiced Orange Cranberry Sauce, and the Honeyed Orange Peel, assembling this dessert is a cinch!

Spiced Orange Cranberry Torte | cookeatbehealthy.com

Do you remember eating those orange slice candies that come in a 2 for $1.00 bag?  The kind you get at the farm supply or convenience store?  I loved those candies growing up.  My grandpa always had a bag in the glovebox of his car and every once in a while, my grandma would reach in and hand my brother and I one of those little gummy jewels!  I loved the fresh taste and the way they made my tongue tingle just a little bit!  I wanted to recreate something similar in taste and texture, but since I don’t use sugar I had to find an alternative method to and make “candied” orange peel.  In the end I came up with Honeyed Orange Peel.  It’s a little – ok lot – stickier than the kind made with sugar and water, but the taste is spot on, and even though the peels are sticky, they’re perfect in this recipe!

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Spiced Orange Cranberry Torte | cookeatbehealthy.com

Once the cranberry sauce and orange peel is ready, it’s a pretty simple assembly process.  The crust is made in the food processor by combining pecans, almonds, walnuts, and dates with a little orange juice and zest and a splash of vanilla.  The spiced orange filling is made in the blender from soaked and drained cashews, orange juice and zest, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, vanilla, honey, and our honeyed orange peel!  Since it’s a raw dessert the only real thing you need to keep in mind as far as prep time is that it does need a at least a couple hours to set up in the freezer, and preferably overnight if possible.

Spiced Orange Cranberry Torte | cookeatbehealthy.com

This Thanksgiving instead of making 2 separate desserts – one for the vegetarians/vegans at your table, and one for everyone else – simplify your menu by making just one dessert.  This Spiced Orange Cranberry Torte is so delicious that absolutely everyone will be praising your dessert skills!  And unless you tell them – they’ll never even suspect you fed them a raw vegan dessert!  One dessert to please everyone…now there’s something to be thankful for!

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Spiced Orange Cranberry Torte
Serves 14
A Thanksgiving dessert to be especially thankful for as it's sure to please everyone - from the carnivores to the vegans - at your holiday table this year!
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Prep Time
1 hr 30 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Prep Time
1 hr 30 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
464 calories
57 g
0 g
26 g
8 g
4 g
143 g
94 g
43 g
0 g
21 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
143g
Servings
14
Amount Per Serving
Calories 464
Calories from Fat 220
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g
40%
Saturated Fat 4g
18%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 8g
Monounsaturated Fat 13g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 94mg
4%
Total Carbohydrates 57g
19%
Dietary Fiber 5g
22%
Sugars 43g
Protein 8g
Vitamin A
2%
Vitamin C
24%
Calcium
8%
Iron
15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the Honeyed Orange Peel
  1. Peel of 3 Valencia oranges, cut into 1/4" strips
  2. 3/4 cup honey
  3. 1 cup water
For the crust
  1. 1 cup pecans
  2. 1 cup walnuts
  3. 1 cup almonds
  4. 2 cups medjool dates, pitted
  5. Zest of 1 orange
  6. 2 tsp vanilla
  7. 2 tbsp orange juice
  8. 1/4 tsp salt
For the filling
  1. 2 1/2 cups raw cashews, soaked in water at least 2 to 3 hours, then drained
  2. 1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  3. Zest of 1 orange
  4. 1/2 cup chopped Honeyed Orange Peel
  5. 1/3 cup honey
  6. 2 tsp vanilla extract
  7. 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  8. Pinch each of nutmeg & cloves
  9. 1/4 tsp salt
  10. 1/2 cup Spiced Orange Cranberry Sauce ~ link to recipe in body of blog post
For the Honeyed Orange Peel
  1. Place orange peel strips in large saucepan and cover with water.
  2. Bring to a boil over high heat, drain, and repeat 4 more times.
  3. After 5th boiling process return softened peels to the pan, add 3/4 cup honey and 1 cup water and stir to combine and coat the orange peels.
  4. Bring to boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer 1 to 1 1/2 hours until peels are translucent.
  5. Watch closely last 30 minutes of cooking time so as not to simmer away all the liquids in the pan and burn the peels.
  6. When translucent, remove peels from pan to cool, then store in refrigerator.
  7. Reserve any leftover orange honey from the saucepan to include in the torte filling!
For the crust
  1. Combine all crust ingredients in a food processor.
  2. Process until mixture resembles crumbs and sticks together when a small amount is rolled in your hands.
  3. Pour crust mixture into a 9" springform pan lightly greased with coconut oil.
  4. Smooth and compress crust into bottom of pan.
  5. Place in freezer to set up slightly while preparing the filling.
For the filling
  1. Combine all filling ingredients except Cranberry Sauce and Honeyed Orange Peel in the pitcher of a high speed blender.
  2. Blend until completely smooth, adding more orange juice if necessary.
  3. When filling is smooth add chopped honeyed orange peel and pulse just a couple times to incorporate the peel.
  4. Pour filling into chilled crust.
  5. Cover with plastic wrap and return to freezer for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight, to completely firm up.
To serve
  1. Remove from freezer 20 minutes before serving.
  2. Remove rim of springform pan, spread 1/2 cup of cranberry sauce on top and garnish as desired.
  3. Cut into 12 to 16 small pieces with a very sharp knife. It's a very rich dessert - a little goes a long way!
  4. Store leftovers in freezer.
Notes
  1. As an alternative to spreading cranberry sauce over the entire torte, you could dollop a small amount on each individual piece. The leftovers are delicious even with the frozen cranberry sauce, but it stays frozen well after the leftover torte is ready to be served!
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Crockpot Spiced Orange Cranberry Sauce

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Thanksgiving Dinner must-haves for me include the usual suspects…turkey, potatoes, stuffing, Apple Wheat Berry Salad, Green Bean Casserole CEBH Style, some kind of bread, a delicious dessert like the one coming up in my next post, and cranberry sauce.  Unfortunately, in my immediate family I’m the only cranberry sauce aficionado…but that has never stopped me from making it just for myself!  So today I’m sharing my recipe for a simple Crockpot Spiced Orange Cranberry Sauce that you can make days ahead and check at least one item off your to-do meal preparation list!

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When I was growing up my mom made what she called cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving.  In reality what she made was actually a cranberry relish since it wasn’t cooked.  I remember her clamping the old fashioned grinder onto the end of the counter, then cranking the handle like crazy to grind a bag of frozen cranberries and a couple oranges into the bowl which I was tasked with holding.  It was a big responsibility for me to make sure I held that bowl still and didn’t let any of the juices dribble onto the floor!  Then she added sugar – what seemed like mounds of sugar – to sweeten that tart relish.  After that, she’d pop it into the fridge to chill and macerate for a day or two before our Thanksgiving feast.  

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This recipe borrows the basics ~ cranberries and oranges ~ from mom’s cranberry relish, but omits the sugar, and instead, sweetens the sauce with maple syrup and honey.  Then I spiced things up just a little bit with cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg.  And finally to add a little depth of flavor I splash in some vanilla.  The ingredients simmer in a crockpot over low heat for just a couple hours, until the berries are softened.  About 90 minutes into the cooking process I mash the berries with the back of a spoon until they’re somewhat crushed, but still have plenty of texture.  I let it continue to cook about 30 minutes more, transfer the sauce to a storage container, and pop it in the fridge until ready to serve.  The sauce will thicken as it cools and be the perfect texture to accompany your expertly roasted turkey, to top a luscious dessert (subscribe so you don’t miss the next post for just such a dessert), or as a condiment on your leftover turkey sandwiches!

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Whats your favorite food related Thanksgiving memory?  Tell me about it in the comments…I really do love to read them all!!! 

Crockpot Spiced Orange Cranberry Sauce
Serves 24
Here's the easiest, most delicious, make-ahead Cranberry Sauce recipe you've been looking for to round out your Thanksgiving menu!
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
2 hr
Total Time
2 hr 15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
2 hr
Total Time
2 hr 15 min
60 calories
15 g
0 g
0 g
0 g
0 g
61 g
2 g
12 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
61g
Servings
24
Amount Per Serving
Calories 60
Calories from Fat 1
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g
0%
Saturated Fat 0g
0%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 2mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 15g
5%
Dietary Fiber 2g
8%
Sugars 12g
Protein 0g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
20%
Calcium
2%
Iron
1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 8 cups fresh or frozen cranberries, rinsed and drained
  2. 2-3 oranges, zested and juiced for about 1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  3. 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  4. Scant 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  5. Scant 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  6. 2 tsp vanilla extract
  7. 3/4 cup pure maple syrup
  8. 1/4 cup honey
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in crockpot, stir to combine and replace lid.
  2. Set heat to low and simmer for a total of about 2 hours.
  3. After 90 minutes cooking time has elapsed, stir sauce.
  4. Using the back of large stirring spoon, mash the berries until there's a good mixture of textures - including a few whole berries as well.
  5. Replace lid and cook another 30 minutes, then stir again.
  6. Mash the berries more if desired.
  7. Transfer to a covered dish and store in refrigerator for up to 10 days.
Notes
  1. The sauce thickens and the flavors meld as it chills in the fridge. This is one more reason to make it a couple days in advance.
  2. Use as an accompaniment to turkey, as a sandwich condiment, or in desserts as desired
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Cashew Cream Recipe Wrap-Up

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First things first…THANK YOU!!!!  I want every single one of you to know how much I appreciate you stopping by my little itty-bitty corner of the interweb to read my blog!  Whether you’ve read all the posts in the Cashew Cream Series, whether you’ve read just one or two, or whether this is your first read at CEBH….THANKS SO MUCH! 

Here’s  just a few of the fabulous dishes we made with cashew cream!

Cashew Cream Recipe Wrap-Up | cookeatbehealthy.com

Now that I’ve published the final recipe in the series, I thought it’d be a good idea to do a short recap of all the recipes.  Hopefully you’ll remember where it all started….Cashew Cream ~ Dairy Free…this is the base upon which most all the rest of the recipes are based!  By tweaking the cashew cream with different flavors and seasonings we’ve been able to create 14 different recipes from cashew cream!  And trust me when I say…we’ve just scratched the surface…I’m pretty sure that at some point in the future you can expect more recipes using the magical ingredient that is cashew cream!

Cashew Cream | cookeatbehealthy.com

The recipe that started it all…Cashew Cream ~ Dairy Free

Vodka Sauce | cookeatbehealthy.com

Next up was a recipe for Vodka Sauce ~ Vegan  that is truly one of the best vodka sauces I’ve ever eaten!  Simple, delicious, rich and creamy – give it a try on your next bowl of pasta!

Cashew Creamed Peas & Potatoes | cookeatbehealthy.com

The recipe for “Cashew” Creamed Peas & Potaotes was a recipe that took me right back to my childhood…it’s a comfort food that reminds me of my grandparents every time I make it!

Fruit Parfait Lemon Cashew Cream |cookeatbehealthy.com

Fruit Parfaits with Lemon Cashew Cream…sweet, tart, light, refreshing…perfect for a healthy dessert, breakfast, or as a snack!

Spaghetti Squash Creamy Mushroom Garlic Sauce | cookeatbehealthy.com

The recipe for Spaghetti Squash with Creamy Mushroom & Garlic Sauce is perfect as a side dish, or a meatless main dish!  Spaghetti squash was one of the first vegetables I was able to get my son to eat when he was a toddler – needless to say, it’s a favorite of mine!

Roasted Tomato Bisque with Savory Oatmeal Crunch | cookeatbehealthy.com

I love soup!  So much so that we eat it all year round, so it’s no surprise that three different soups made the cut when it came to this series.  The first soup recipe I shared was this one for Roasted Tomato Bisque with Savory Oatmeal Crunch.  Everyone who grew up in the 60’s and 70’s probably fondly recalls tomato soup being served not only at the family dinner table, but also the school cafeteria!  Let’s just say this bisque is a grownup version of that odd-colored gloppy soup from a can that so many of us grew up eating!

Apple Crisp with Maple Cinnamon Cashew Cream | cookeatbehealthy.com

The recipe for Apple Crisp with Maple Cinnamon Cashew Cream was a nod to the days when I was a single mom and my son and I used to visit apple orchards every fall.  He’s grown now, but Apple Crisp is a favorite dessert that never gets old no matter how many times I make it, or how many times I change it up!  The Maple Cinnamon Cream is exactly what this delicious sugar-free crisp needed to take it to the next level!

Butternut & Quinoa Fritters with Horseradish & Sage Cashew Cream | cookeatbehealthy.com

Looking for a unique way to use butternut squash?  How about these Butternut & Quinoa Fritters with Horseradish & Sage Cashew Cream?!?  I seriously love butternut squash so I’m always looking for new ways to incorporate it into our diet.  These fritters were a first for me – but it certainly won’t be the last time I make them!  They were crispy, light, flavorful, and so much fun to make!

3>1 Fruit Dips | cookeatbehealthy.com

Planning a brunch or shower?  Looking for a healthful alternative to the typical cream cheese based fruit dips?  Then I’ve got the perfect solution!  In the 3>1 Cashew Cream Fruit Dip post I shared 3 flavors of fruit dip – Key Lime Coconut, Lemon Poppyseed, and Chocolate Almond.  All 3 so seriously delicious I could not pick a favorite!

Slow Cooker Bison Roast with Bourbon Espresso Gravy | cookeatbehealthy.com

When I first adopted the CEBH Lifestyle I made the decision to cut red meat from my diet, and for the most part, it’s been pretty easy to adhere to my self-imposed ban.  But my poor husband – a real meat & potatoes, farm raised kinda guy…he was missing his big ‘ol hunks of beef! πŸ˜‰  Thankfully we have a source for farm raised organic bison meat that brings their products to our local farmers market.  Bison meat is incredibly healthful – even better for you than salmon – and it’s exactly what I needed to make a delicious roast bison dinner for my husband!  I know it’s not the prettiest meal I’ve ever served – but do not judge a book by its cover!  I guarantee you that this Slowcooker Bison Roast with Bourbon Espresso “Gravy” is one of the most delicious meals I’ve ever made!

Chewy Chocolate Oat Bars | cookeatbehealthy.com

Next up I shared a dessert recipe for some yummy Chewy Chocolate Oat Bars.  Just look at how chewy, gooey, and chocolaty they look!  ‘Nuff said! 

Green Bean Casserole | cookeatbehealthy.com

Thanksgiving is is fast approaching and there are some traditional dishes that just need to be on the holiday table.  But sometimes the old standbys need a makeover – and that’s what I did with this recipe for Green Bean Casserole CEBH Style!  No canned soup, no dairy, no canned fried onions…all healthy and most importantly delicious!  In fact, I happen to think the flavor of this casserole is over and above the original!!!  But you will have to judge that for yourself when you make it!

Dairy Free Potato Leek Soup | cookeatbehealthy.com

The second soup recipe I shared is soooo good you guys!  By using almond milk, and of course, cashew cream I was able to make a potato soup that rivals – dare I say, surpasses – the traditional version that’s full of milk, cream, and butter!  My version of Dairy Free Potato Leek Soup is delicious, rich, satisfying and so good for you.  I hope you love it as much as I do!  For meat eaters – a little ham added in would be spectacular as well!

Roasted Butternut Chipotle Soup | cookeatbehealthy.com

My next to last recipe in this series as for another soup…this one featuring my favorite fall vegetable… butternut squash!  I’ve made this recipe for years and love it for its flavor profile that includes sweet, savory, and spicy.  And unlike many butternut soup recipes, this one has some ‘chew’ to it!  Read on to see what I mean about this Roasted Butternut Chipotle Soup!

Raw Chocolate Espresso Torte | cookeatbehealthy.com

And finally, last but certainly not least, is perhaps my favorite recipe of the entire Cashew Cream Recipe Series…Raw Chocolate Espresso Torte!  There aren’t enough “yum” words to describe how wonderful this is…that is if you love chocolate and coffee like I do!  The fact that a dessert like this can be made dairy, sugar, and gluten free thrills me!  I hope you serve it at your next dinner party, or perhaps take it to your family Thanksgiving celebration.  You’ll be the MVP of desserts with this winner!

Once again, thank you for reading!  Please remember to pin and bookmark the recipes that appeal to you, and if you would, direct your friends to my blog as well…sharing is caring! πŸ˜‰

Raw Chocolate Espresso Torte

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Every once in a while I get super excited about something I’ve concocted in the kitchen, and this amazingly delicious Raw Chocolate Espresso Torte is one of those times!  This is also the final post in my Cashew Cream Recipe Series, and to be honest, I’m kind of sad about that!  I’ve had so much fun coming up with new and unique ways to use cashew cream that I kind of hate to see it end.  But like Chaucer said…”All good things must come to an end.”  

I’m so happy with the way this torte turned out.  The crust…oh my goodness…the crust is to die for!  I’ve always preferred a nice thick crust on bars, cakes, and tortes, so I made sure this one was extra thick, a little chewy, a little crunchy, a little sweet, and a little salty.  Basically it’s a perfect crust and you’re going to love it as much as I do!  But of course, a torte is not a torte without something luscious to top off that perfect crust!  This filling is so good you guys!  People who know me, know how much I love chocolate and how much I LOVE coffee, so that classic flavor combo was a no-brainer for this fantastic dessert!

Raw Chocolate Espresso Torte | cookeatbehealthy.com

I know you’re wondering how something this gorgeous can possibly adhere to my CEBH Guidelines – and I understand your skepticism!  But this is exactly what gets me so pumped up about cashew cream!  Before I switched up the way we eat I would never have imagined that some ground up nuts and a few other simple ingredients could result in a dessert this luscious and decadent!  The best part though – you could totally serve this to guests and they’d never in a million years guess it was a “healthy” dessert!  

Raw Chocolate Espresso Torte | cookeatbehealthy.com

Dont get me wrong – there are still calories here!  And it’s not something you should eat everyday.  But for the occasional special treat – this would be perfect!  And for those of you who require dairy-free, sugar-free, and/or gluten-free desserts, or for those of you who only eat raw – then this is the perfect recipe!  The crust is made of walnuts, pecans, and almonds – all of which lend to its crunchy texture, while the dates lend a chewy sweetness which is enhanced with a dash of almond extract.  The filling is made of cahsews, maple syrup, organic cacao, a little instant espresso powder, another splash of almond extract, and just for fun – a handful of chocolate covered espresso beans!

Raw Chocolate Espresso Torte |cookeatbehealthy.com

To make the crust, process the nuts, dates, almond extract, and espresso powder until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Raw Chocolate Espresso Torte | cookeatbehealthy.com

Then press the crust mixture into a springform pan lightly greased with coconut oil.

Raw Chocolate Espresso Torte | cookeatbehealthy.com

Flatten and smooth it down into the pan so it’s level and well compacted.

Raw Chocolate Espresso Torte | cookeatbehealthy.com

Then pop it into the freezer to set up while you make the filling.  I used the food processor since it was already dirty from making the crust (remember…I’m lazy), but you’ll get a smoother filling using a high power blender like a Vitamix!  Add the soaked and drained cashews, maple syrup, almond extract, cacao, and espresso powder and blend until smooth and creamy. Stir in espresso beans by hand, then pour filling into the prepared crust.  

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Cover loosely with plastic and return to the freezer to set up for several hours, or preferably, overnight.  Remove from freezer about 20 minutes before serving.  Remove springform ring, cut into 12 slices and serve as desired.

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Raw Chocolate Espresso Torte | cookeatbehealthy.com

Raw Chocolate Espresso Torte
Serves 12
Chocolate with just a hint of coffee in a velvety cashew cream filling, and nuts and dates that combine to make a delectable crust are the perfect union in this raw vegan torte!
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Prep Time
45 min
Prep Time
45 min
422 calories
42 g
0 g
28 g
8 g
4 g
99 g
7 g
28 g
0 g
23 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
99g
Servings
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 422
Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 28g
43%
Saturated Fat 4g
18%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 9g
Monounsaturated Fat 14g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 7mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 42g
14%
Dietary Fiber 5g
20%
Sugars 28g
Protein 8g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
9%
Iron
14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the crust
  1. 2 cups (about 20) pitted Medjool dates
  2. 1 cup pecans
  3. 1 cup walnuts
  4. 1 cup almonds
  5. 1 tsp espresso powder
  6. 1 scant tsp almond extract
  7. 3 tsp water - if needed
For the filling
  1. 2 cups raw cashews, soaked in water at least 3 hours or up to 12, then drained
  2. 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  3. 1/3 cup organic cacao
  4. 2 tsp espresso powder
  5. 1/2 tsp almond extract
  6. 1/4 cup chocolate covered espresso beans ~ optional
Instructions
  1. Very lightly grease a 9" or 10" springform pan with a thin layer of coconut oil.
For the crust
  1. In a large food processor bowl combine dates, nuts, 1 tsp espresso powder, and scant tsp almond extract.
  2. Pulse until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  3. If the crust is too dry, add water, 1 tsp at a time, until you're able to form a ball that holds together when squeezed in your hand.
  4. Press crust into prepared springform pan, smoothing the surface and packing it tightly together in the pan.
  5. Place the pan in the freezer while preparing the filling.
For the filling
  1. In the pitcher of a high speed blender-like a Vitamix or Ninja-place the soaked and drained cashews, maple syrup, cacao, 1/2 tsp almond extract, and 2 tsp espresso powder.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Stir in espresso beans by hand and pour the mixture into the pan with the chilled crust. Spread evenly.
  4. Cover the pan with plastic and freeze several hours, or overnight, until the filling is completely set.
  5. Remove from freezer about 20 minutes before serving to facilitate cutting.
  6. Remove outer pan ring and cut torte into 12 pieces.
  7. Serve as desired.
  8. Store leftovers in the freezer.
Notes
  1. The food processor can be used to make the filling, but you won't get as smooth a consistency as you will with a blender.
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I hope you’ve found at least one or two recipes in this Cashew Cream series that you like and want to try.  I’d love to hear from you if you do…let me know what you think! πŸ‘

Chewy Chocolate Oat Bars

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These bars were a special treat for my husband!  When it comes right down to it, he’s a meat & potatoes kind of guy!  Thankfully he’s also very tolerant and encouraging of my culinary adventures…and let’s just say some of them will never see the pages of my blog! πŸ˜‰  And thankfully he’s also not extremely picky, so for the most part he eats what I prepare without much comment one way or another.  Unless I try serving peas…then I get some grumbling from him!  So while it’s nice that he doesn’t complain, it’s also a little frustrating that he’s rarely complimentary as well.  But the good thing about that is that when he does ooh and ahh, and takes a second serving, and actually comments on how good something I’ve made is…then I know I’ve hit the nail on the head!  And that’s what happened when he tried these bars!  Of course he had a big ol’ scoop (or 3) of ice cream with his!  If you’re an ice cream eater he highly recommends you do the same! Personally I opt for enjoying one of these with a cup of coffee or tea, and I highly recommend that as well!

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I used to make a bar similar to this a few years ago, but there’s absolutely no way that old recipe was going to work into my CEBH Lifestyle!  It had butter, flour, sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips, brown sugar, even toffee bits in the recipe.  Sooo…wow….that’s a hard recipe to try to “healthify”!  I kept the oats from the original recipe, but pretty much everything else went out the window and I started from scratch!  I managed to nix the flour, refined sugar, and dairy, yet still turn out what we thought was a super delicious dessert that satisfied our sweet tooth without feeling like we’d sacrificed anything – most certainly not flavor!  Because these are not only chewy, but also gooey and delicious!!!

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Chewy Chocolate Oat Bars | cookeatbehealthy.com

Yet here’s the thing…if you take out butter, and sweetened condensed milk, and sugar…something’s gotta go back in!  The crust is made from oats, cashew butter, eggs, maple syrup, applesauce, coconut oil, vanilla, and a little baking soda.  The gooey chocolate layer is made from more of our cashew cream, cacao, vanilla, maple syrup, and the secret ingredient – espresso powder – which really serves only to enhance the chocolate flavor of these bars!

Tip: Making your own nut butter is a simple process, though you’ll need a high speed blender like a Vitamix or a Ninja, and a fair amount of patience!  For cashew butter: Put 2 cups of lightly roasted (unsalted if you can get them) cashews in the blender and turn it on low until the nuts are ground into very small pieces, then gradually increase the speed, stopping to scrape the sides as necessary.  Continue blending on medium high to high speed about 10 more minutes, until nut butter is smooth and creamy.  It may be rather melty and hot by the time this is achieved.  At this point you’ll want to taste it and add salt as desired.  Transfer it to a jar and store it in the fridge.  Voila!  You’ve just made homemade cashew butter!  And the best part is – you can do this with almonds or peanuts too!  

For the chewy oat layer I ground 1 cup of the oats in the blender until it resembled coarse flour, then combined it with all the rest of the oat layer ingredients.  Press 2/3 of the mixture into a greased 11″ x 7″ baking dish, reserving the other 1/3 for the topping.  The bottom layer of the oat bars then gets baked 10 minutes while preparing the chocolate layer.  

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The cashew cream in this recipe is prepared slightly differently than in our previous recipes.  For these bars, the cashew cream must be smooth and creamy, but not too thin.  To start, I added the organic cacao, vanilla, espresso powder, and maple syrup to the soaked and drained cashews.  Then I blended it all on high, adding water 1 tbsp at a time until the chocolate filling is smooth and creamy and has a consistency similar to pudding.

Once the bottom oat layer has baked 10 minutes, remove it from the oven, carefully spread on the chocolate cashew cream layer, evenly distribute the remaining 1/3 oat mixture over the chocolate layer, and return it to the oven to bake an additional 20-25 minutes.

Chewy Chocolate Oat Bars | cookeatbehealthy.com

Chewy Chocolate Oat Bars | cookeatbehealthy.com

Chewy Chocolate Oat Bars | cookeatbehealthy.com

When the Chewy Chocolate Oat Bars come out of the oven they’ll look wonderful, and they’ll smell wonderful, and you’ll have to force yourself to be patient once again while they cool.  First cool them to room temperature, then store them in the refrigerator.  Ours have been in the fridge for a week and they’re still good as the day they were baked!  

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Chewy Chocolate Oat Bars
Serves 24
Chewy Chocolate Oat Bars....'nuff said!
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Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
1 hr
255 calories
29 g
16 g
13 g
8 g
5 g
74 g
35 g
6 g
0 g
8 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
74g
Servings
24
Amount Per Serving
Calories 255
Calories from Fat 111
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g
20%
Saturated Fat 5g
23%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 16mg
5%
Sodium 35mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates 29g
10%
Dietary Fiber 3g
13%
Sugars 6g
Protein 8g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
3%
Iron
12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the Oat Mixture
  1. 4 cups whole oats, divided
  2. 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  3. 1 cup cashew butter ~ substitute peanut or almond butter if preferred
  4. 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  5. 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  6. 1/3 cup coconut oil
  7. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  8. 1 1/2 tsp baking sofa
  9. 1/4 tsp salt
For the Chocolate Layer
  1. 1 cup raw cashews, soaked in water at least 2-3 hours, then drained
  2. 1/3 cup cacao powder
  3. 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  4. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  5. 1 tsp instant espresso powder
  6. Water as needed
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Lightly grease an 11" x 7" baking dish and set aside.
  3. Grind 1 cup of oats in blender until they resemble coarse flour.
  4. In a large mixing bowl add ground oats, whole oats, eggs, cashew butter, applesauce, 1/3 cup maple syrup, coconut oil, 1 tsp vanilla, baking soda, and 1/4 tsp salt, and stir to combine.
  5. Press 2/3 of the oat mixture into prepared baking dish and set the remaining 1/3 aside.
  6. Place baking dish in preheated oven and bake 10 minutes, then remove from the oven.
  7. Meanwhile, in a blender, combine raw cashews, cacao, 1/3 cup maple syrup, 1 tsp vanilla, and espresso powder.
  8. Blend on high, stopping to scrape the sides as needed, and adding water 1 tbsp at a time until the chocolate mixture resembles the consistency of pudding.
  9. Carefully spread chocolate over pre-baked oat layer, then evenly distribute remaining 1/3 of oat mixture over the chocolate layer and return to the oven.
  10. Bake an additional 20-25 minutes, watching closely the last 5 minutes, until the top is lightly browned.
  11. Remove from oven and cool to room temperature. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before cutting into 24 pieces.
Notes
  1. Store covered, in refrigerator. Bars stay fresh for at least 7 days.
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I hope you’re able to try these Chewy Chocolate Oat Bars soon – I think they’d be a perfect dessert for a potluck!  And really – chocolate and oats – is there anyone who doesn’t like those?!?  Do you have a favorite “healthified” dessert recipe?  I’d love to see it – share the link in the comments!

 

 

 

3>1 Cashew Cream Fruit Dips

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I really struggle when it comes to naming my posts sometimes….I tend to be a little lot wordy so I often end up with titles that are waaaaaay too long.  And sometimes  it’s just too complicated.  Like today for example : Lemon Poppyseed, Key Lime Coconut, and Chocolate Almond Cashew Cream Fruit Dip.  That’s a ridiculously long title!  So then I’m forced to try and be clever…there’s a challenge that I’m not always up to meeting!  So finally on days like today I just distill it down to the simplest terms…because three really is greater than one when you’re talking delicious, creamy, ahhhh-mazing fruit dips made from cashew cream!

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I happen to really like fruit of almost all kinds (not a huge melon fan for some reason), and mostly I enjoy it just as Mother Nature intended….fresh and juicy and unadulterated!  I put it on cereal, I mix it into plain yogurt, I eat it out of hand, I occasionally bake with it, and I eat fruit most every morning in my breakfast smoothie.  But other than baking with it – it’s all pretty much just straight up fruit.  

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Every once in a while though, I want something a little more special.  I’m talking for birthday and graduation parties, bridal and baby showers, family reunions and holidays, and Mondays…yeah…for sure Mondays call for something special! πŸ˜‰  So for those times, I’m happy to share with you three different variations of fruit dip made from the very same basic cashew cream base…which consists of raw cashews and honey!

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The Lemon Poppyseed Fruit dip also contains freshly squeezed lemon juice, lemon zest, and poppyseeds.

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Lemon Poppyseed Cashew Cream Fruit Dip | cookeatbehealthy.com

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The Key Lime Coconut Fruit Dip takes the juice of 26 itty bitty cute-as-can-be key limes, the zest of about 8 or 10 of the little cuties, and coconut.

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Ranking right up there with baby’s feet and kittens on the cuteness scale is this adorable little key lime slice! πŸ’š

Key Lime Coconut Cashew Cream Fruit Dip | cookeatbehealthy.com

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And oddly enough, the Chocolate Almond Fruit Dip takes organic cacao, chopped almonds, and a splash of almond extract!

Chocolate Almond Cashew Cream Fruit Dip | cookeatbehealthy.com

I’m not even kidding when I say this chocolate almond dip tastes exactly like brownie batter!  It’s really sinfully delicious and would also make a pretty fantastic frosting if you’re looking for a healthier sugar free option! πŸ‘

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3>1 Cashew Cream Fruit Dip | cookeatbehealthy.com

Looks good…right?  Lucky for all of us, it couldn’t be easier to make!  Just like with all our previous Cashew Cream recipes it begins by soaking the raw cashews for at least 2 or 3 hours, or as much as overnight.  Then drain the water, put the cashews and honey in a blender pitcher, add the remaining ingredients for whichever flavor of fruit dip you’re making, and whizz it up!  You will most likely need to add a little to water to the mixture to get it smooth and creamy enough to dip into.  I added water just a tablespoon at a time until I reached my desired consistency.  The exact amount varied for each flavor.  By patiently adding the water a spoonful at a time you’ll get the perfect results every time.  Also keep in mind that the dips will set up in the refrigerator a little bit, so you’ll want to set them out for about 30 minutes before serving!

3>1 Cashew Cream Fruit Dip
Serves 12
Lemon Poppyseed, Key Lime Coconut, and Chocolate Almond Cashew Cream Fruit Dips...3 variations of 1 basic sugar-free and dairy-free recipe!
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Total Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
169 calories
27 g
0 g
9 g
4 g
2 g
208 g
7 g
8 g
0 g
6 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
208g
Servings
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 169
Calories from Fat 76
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g
14%
Saturated Fat 2g
12%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 7mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 27g
9%
Dietary Fiber 6g
23%
Sugars 8g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A
2%
Vitamin C
86%
Calcium
8%
Iron
11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For all 3 Fruit Dips
  1. 1 cup raw cashews, soaked in water at least 2-3 hours, then drained
  2. 3 tbsp raw honey
  3. Water as needed
For the Lemon Poppyseed
  1. 2 lemons, zested and juiced
  2. 2 tsp poppyseeds
For the Key Lime Coconut
  1. 26-28 key limes, juiced
  2. 1 tsp key lime zest
  3. 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut
For the Chocolate Almond
  1. 1/3 cup organic cacao
  2. 1/2 tsp almond extract
  3. 1/3 cup finely chopped almonds
Instructions
  1. For each dip, mix the drained cashews and honey in a blender for 30-40 seconds until the nuts and honey are starting to blend together.
  2. Add remaining ingredients for desired flavor of fruit dip, and continue blending until all ingredients are well combined and the dip is smooth and creamy, adding water 1 tbsp at a time until desired consistency is reached, remembering that the dip will stiffen in the refrigerator.
  3. Adjust for flavor, adding more honey, juice, or almond extract as desired.
  4. Place in covered dish and refrigerate until 30 minutes prior to serving.
  5. Stir well and serve with fresh fruit, graham crackers, or cookies.
Notes
  1. This dip lasts for up to 10 days in the refrigerator.
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So next time you’re hosting a party or asked to bring something to a get-together consider making one or two, or maybe even all three of these delicious and healthful Fruit Dips!  Or if Monday is getting you down…go ahead and make some for yourself….you deserve it!  

 

Apple Crisp with Maple Cinnamon Cashew Cream

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To me, nothing says autumn like a trip to the apple orchard!  When my son was a toddler and I was a single mom working at a tiny little hospital in northeast Iowa, we used to make a road trip to Gays Mills, Wisconsin at least twice every fall to get apples and fresh cider.  We loved walking through the different orchards’ stores and sampling the goodies they always had available to try.  We might have definitely always got a fresh, piping hot, apple cider donut coated with cinnamon sugar!  Those donuts alone were worth the 90 minute drive each way!  Of course, I always bought more apples than the two of us could possibly eat, but thankfully, I’ve always enjoyed spending time in my kitchen, so I made many desserts and other treats featuring apples.  And thankfully, health care workers are known for their love of homemade baked goods, so I could take my creations to work where I could be certain they’d be enjoyed and nothing would go to waste…or to waist…if I had kept all those baked goods at home!  πŸ˜‰ 

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Of all the different apple recipes, one of my all time favorites is apple crisp.  I remember my mom teaching me me how to make one when I was about 10 years old.  I used to experiment with different combinations of topping ingredients and spices, and by gosh, my dad ate them all!  Whether he really liked them is a different thing, but he ate them, and at least pretended to like them all!  I’ve chosen to make an apple crisp today, not only because it’s always been a favorite of mine, but also because it’s a recipe that lends itself quite easily to be adapted to meet my CEBH lifestyle!

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Sometimes the old stand-by recipes are the best for a reason!  They’ve stood the test of time, being passed down from generation to generation.  But there’s nothing that says we can’t take those traditional old recipes and stand them on their ear!  And that’s kind of what I’ve done with this apple crisp!  It’s got all the traditional flavors and most the original ingredients in the crisp itself.  And then, I’ve topped it with a traditionally flavored sauce made from a very non-traditional ingredient!  It’s an apple crisp for the ages – with a new age twist!

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As for ingredients – I chose to use Granny Smith apples – they are slightly tart and perfect for baking.  In addition to the apples, I used a few oats, cinnamon, a pinch of salt, maple syrup for sweetness, and a handful of craisins for another little bit of sweetness and burst of flavor.  The crisp topping is whole rolled oats, walnuts, coconut oil, cinnamon, maple syrup, and a splash of vanilla – pretty straightforward!  For the cashew cream drizzle I used soaked raw cashews (just as we have for our other cashew cream recipes), maple syrup for sweetness and flavor, a splash of maple flavoring, a little vanilla, and a pinch of cinnamon to tie all the components together!  

Apple Crisp with Maple Cinnamon Cashew Cream | cookeatbehealthy.com

I diced the apples pretty small, then mixed them with a some of the oats I ground up a little in the blender – this helped act as thickener without having to add flour or cornstarch.  Then I tossed in the craisins, cinnamon, and salt, stirred in the maple syrup, and mixed it all together.  To make it a little more special I used individual ramekins to make this apple crisp – something about individual servings automatically makes any dish feel more special!

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Apple Crisp with Maple Cinnamon Cashew Cream | cookeatbehealthy.com

Apple Crisp with Maple Cinnamon Cashew Cream | cookeatbehealthy.com

After I had the apple filling in the dishes, I mixed up the crispy topping ingredients and sprinkled that over the apples.

Apple Crisp with Maple Cinnamon Cashew Cream | cookeatbehealthy.com

Then I popped them into the oven to bake about 40 minutes at 350 degrees.  While they were baking I blended the maple cinnamon cashew cream ingredients in the blender and placed it the refrigerator until I was ready to serve the apple crisp!  I prefer it still slightly warm from the oven and generously drizzled with the maple cinnamon cashew cream.  Or I could definitely go for just a big ol’ gob of cashew cream on top too…either way it tastes scrumptious!

Apple Crisp with Maple Cinnamon Cashew Cream | cookeatbehealthy.com

The end result…oh my gosh you guys!  It’s just as flavorful and delicious as a traditional apple crisp – only better!  The maple cinnamon cashew cream takes this recipe from really good to REALLY GREAT!  Forget ice cream – you won’t even miss it in this recipe….seriously we mmmmm’d and yummmmed and oooohhhhed the whole time we were eating it! πŸ˜‰  

Apple Crisp with Maple Cinnamon Cashew Cream
Serves 6
Nothing says fall like a warm cinnamon spiced apple crisp topped with maple cinnamon cashew cream!
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr
433 calories
66 g
0 g
18 g
7 g
4 g
164 g
37 g
42 g
0 g
13 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
164g
Servings
6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 433
Calories from Fat 154
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g
28%
Saturated Fat 4g
19%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 37mg
2%
Total Carbohydrates 66g
22%
Dietary Fiber 5g
19%
Sugars 42g
Protein 7g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
5%
Calcium
8%
Iron
13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 Granny Smith apples, diced but not peeled
  2. 1 cup raw cashews, soaked 2 to 12 hours, drained
  3. 1 cup whole rolled oats, divided
  4. 1/2 cup craisins
  5. 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  6. 6 tbsp pure maple syrup, divided
  7. 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  8. 1 tsp cinnamon, divided
  9. 1 tsp plus a splash of vanilla
  10. 1/2 tsp maple flavoring
  11. 1 1/2 tsp coconut oil plus extra for greasing the ramekins
  12. A few dashes of salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Prepare 6 ramekin dishes by lightly brushing the inside of the dishes with coconut oil and set aside.
For the Apple Filling
  1. In the same blender you will be using to make the cashew cream, coarse grind 1/4 cup oats by pulsing a few times.
  2. In a mixing bowl combine the diced apples, coarse ground oats, craisins, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 4 tbsp maple syrup, and a pinch of salt.
  3. Stir well, then divide evenly among individual ramekins and set aside while making crisp topping.
For the Crisp Topping
  1. In a bowl combine 1 1/2 tsp coconut oil, chopped walnuts, 3/4 cup oats, 2 tbsp maple syrup, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, a splash of vanilla, and a dash of salt.
  2. Mix well until all ingredients are well incorporated and the coconut oil is dispersed.
  3. Evenly divide the topping mixture, sprinkling over the apples in the ramekins.
  4. Place all 6 dishes on a sheet pan and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes, or until bubbly and golden brown.
  5. Remove from oven and set aside until serving. Refrigerator if not serving until the next day.
For the Maple Cinnamon Cashew Cream
  1. In a blender combine the soaked and drained cashews, 1/2 cup maple syrup, 1 tsp vanilla, the maple flavoring, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, and a pinch of salt.
  2. Blend on high until smooth and creamy.
  3. Place in a covered container and refrigerate until serving time.
To serve the Apple Crisp with Maple Cinnamon Cashew Cream
  1. Top each apple crisp with a generous drizzle or dollop of Maple Cinnamon Cashew Cream.
  2. Garnish as desired with chopped walnuts, craisins, and fresh apple slice.
  3. Enjoy!
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Fall is here – make the most of the apples I know you’re bound to have on hand and treat yourself and your guests to a special fall dessert!  You don’t even have to tell them it’s healthy – they wouldn’t believe you anyway!!!

Fruit Parfaits with Lemon Cashew Cream

Fruit Parfaits Lemon Cashew Cream | cookeatbehealthy.com

Here we are at our 4th installment of the CEBH Cashew Cream Recipe Series already!  For today’s recipe I decided to switch things up just a bit and go with a non-savory version of cashew cream.  I’ll be making a tart Lemon Cashew Cream that complements fresh berries perfectly, and is just the ticket for making a simple, yet elegant and delicious, light dessert that is sure to please your entire family as well as your guests!

Fruit Parfait Lemon Cashew Cream | cookeatbehealthy.com

I confess I used to automatically go straight to the chocolate flavored desserts on the menu, the chocolate desserts at social functions, and the chocolate candies in the confectionary section of the store.  But lately I find myself drawn ever increasingly toward the lighter fruitier options, and anything (EVERYTHING) lemon is always on my radar!  I guess maybe my palate finally matured at the ripe old age of 50!  πŸ™ƒ

Fruit Parfait Lemon Cashew Cream | cookeatbehealthy.com

And obviously now that I’m living the COOK EAT BE HEALTHY lifestyle, fruit desserts are much more in keeping with how I’ve chosen to satisfy my sweet tooth cravings!  For today’s recipe the cashew cream starts exactly as for the savory option only we’ll obviously omit the salt, pepper, garlic, and any other spices, and instead we will flavor the cashew cream with lemon zest and juice, and sweeten it naturally with honey.

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The ingredients are so simple, yet the results are so deliciously amazing!  All you need is fresh fruit – I’ve chosen to use some of my favorites – cherries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries.  Not only do they taste delicious, but they are beautiful as well!  I tend to vary my fruit in desserts according to whatever is fresh and readily available, so feel free to make any substitutions according to your personal preferences and the seasonal availability of fruits at your grocer’s.

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You’ll  begin by soaking the cashews in warm water for at least 2 hours just as we did in previous recipes.  When making the cashew cream we’ll be blending the drained cashews with lemon juice instead of water, and adding honey to sweeten the sauce, and blending in a little lemon zest to intensify the lemony flavor!  I also toasted a little unsweetened coconut on the stove in a small pan for just a couple minutes until it turned golden, and used the toasted coconut to garnish the parfaits.

Once the Lemon Cashew Cream is made, assemble the individual parfaits in small glasses or bowls by layering fruit and lemon cream as desired.  The parfaits can be made ahead and refrigerated, and garnished with the toasted coconut just before serving.  Delicious βœ”οΈ Beautiful βœ”οΈ Simple βœ”οΈ Healthyβœ”οΈ  What we have here is the perfect dessert!

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Fruit Parfaits with Lemon Cashew Cream
Serves 8
A simple yet elegant dessert of fresh berries complemented by a perfectly tart and sweet lemon cashew cream!
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178 calories
33 g
0 g
6 g
3 g
2 g
201 g
6 g
20 g
0 g
3 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
201g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 178
Calories from Fat 49
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g
9%
Saturated Fat 2g
9%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 6mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 33g
11%
Dietary Fiber 7g
27%
Sugars 20g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
12%
Vitamin C
71%
Calcium
4%
Iron
8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups fresh cherries, pitted
  2. 2 cups fresh blueberries
  3. 2 cups fresh raspberries
  4. 2 cups fresh blackberries
  5. 3-4 lemons
  6. 4 tbsp honey
  7. 1/2 cup raw cashews
  8. 4 tbsp coconut, toasted - optional
For the Lemon Cashew Cream
  1. Soak the cashews in warm water for at least 2 hours, or up to 12 hours, then drain the water.
  2. Zest 2 lemons, and juice 3 or 4 lemons as needed to yield 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice.
  3. Combine drained cashews, lemon juice and zest, and honey in pitcher of blender. Blend on medium high speed until smooth and creamy.
  4. Adjust sweetening as necessary by adding more honey if desired.
To assemble the Parfaits
  1. Layer assorted fruits with the lemon cashew cream in small glasses or bowls.
  2. Top with toasted coconut if desired and serve immediately.
Notes
  1. Parfaits can be made ahead and refrigerated until ready to serve, reserving toasted coconut to be placed as garnish immediately before presentation.
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calories
178
fat
6g
protein
3g
carbs
33g
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I hope your family and friends find these as tasty as we did!  Summer may be drawing to a close soon, but this dessert lets us hold on to those favorite summer flavors just a little while longer!

 

Mini Chocolate Almond Cherry Truffle Bites

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One of my very first recipes when I started blogging a couple months ago was Toasted Coconut & Almond Truffle Bites. I must confess that I’ve been thinking about them ever since.  I mean, they were good….really good!  And we all enjoyed them, eating only one little truffle bite per day.  I gave away quite a few too…..to me that’s part of the fun of cooking.  Plus I really encourage and appreciate feedback from my Guinea pigs friends and family who sample my recipes.  It’s not easy to be my own judge when it comes to whether something is going to be pleasing to a wide variety of palates.  But I think we’re probably all a bit like that.  We like what we like and there’s no real rhyme nor reason to it sometimes!  And let’s face it – husbands and kids – are not always 100% honest with their feedback.  At least not mine anyway….I think they’re afraid I might never cook again if they get too negative!  Honestly I would never do that, well…not forever anyway!  πŸ˜œ

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So today’s recipe is a sort of high-jacked version of my original truffle bites, but I changed them up a little bit, added some different flavors, and because tiny things are the cutest things – I made them Mini Chocolate Almond Cherry Truffle Bites.  Am I right about tiny things being the best, though?!?  Think Mini Mouse, Mini Cooper cars, mini muffins…you get the idea!

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Making these these little cuties is a cinch!  With just a few simple ingredients you’ll be able to wow your family and friends with these mini delicacies and they’ll never-in-a-million-years guess they’re sugar free….unless you choose to tell them, of course!

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As you can see you only need 6 very simple ingredients: dates, walnuts, organic cacao powder, dried cherries, almond extract, and almonds!  The very first thing I do is grind up the almonds in the food processor until they resemble coarse crumbs then set them aside.  Making the mini truffle bites is a simple process of whirring the dates, walnuts, cacao, and almond extract in the food processor until it’s well blended.  Then I add the cherries and process just a few more pulses until they’re slightly chopped up, and evenly distributed in the mixture.  After that I scrape every little bit into a bowl and put it in the fridge to set up for 30-60 minutes.  And by every little bit, I mean all except for the morsels I sample – you know- for quality control purposes!  πŸ˜‰

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After the truffle mixture has chilled it’s a simple matter of rolling the mini truffles into balls, and then rolling the balls in the ground almonds to coat.  Then comes the best part…sharing them and eating them!  I love the pop-ability of these mini truffle bites, and sometimes when I’m craving a sweet treat it turns out just one of these is enough to satisfy me!  I just pop one in my mouth and go on with my day…all happy and satisfied.  Life is good with Mini Chocolate Almond Cherry Truffle Bites chillin’ in my fridge!  πŸ˜‰

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Serves 60

Mini Chocolate Almond Cherry Truffle Bites

Tiny little Mini Chocolate Almond Cherry Truffle Bites are just the right size to satisfy your sweet tooth without compromising your Cook Eat Be Healthy standards! They're the perfect pop-in-your-mouth treat!

1 hr, 30 Total Time

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 3/4 cups walnuts
  • 6 tbsp organic cacao powder
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • 1 tsp pure almond extract (not flavoring)
  • 1/2 cups roasted, unsalted almonds

Instructions

  1. In bowl of 8-10 cup food processor, place almonds, and process on low until almonds resemble coarse crumbs.
  2. Pour ground almonds into a separate bowl and set aside.
  3. Place pitted dates, walnuts, cacao, and almond extract in bowl of food processor and process until completely blended and smooth, stopping to scrape the sides of the bowl as needed. It took mine almost 5 minutes.
  4. If you're having trouble getting the mixture to come together, you may need to add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until a stiff 'dough' is formed.
  5. Toss in dried cherries and pulse a few times until the cherries are slightly chopped and well incorporated.
  6. Scrape the truffle mixture into another bowl and refrigerate 30-60 minutes until the mixture is fully chilled and easily formed into small balls.
  7. Roll each mini truffle bite in ground almonds to coat.
  8. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 10 to 14 days.
  9. HAHAHA...like there's any chance they'll last that long!
Recipe Type: Desserts, Sugar-Free Treats

Notes

If your dates are quite dry you may want to soak them in hot water for about 5 minutes just to soften them a bit. Do not soak them too long though, or your truffle mixture will be too soft to roll into balls. If that happens, I recommend making Chocolate Almond Cherry bars instead!

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Calories
32 cal
Fat
3 g
Carbs
1 g
Protein
1 g


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