Monday, November 12, 2012

Chocolate Peanut Butter Babies


"Fall, leaves, fall; die, flowers away; 
Lengthen night and shorten day
Every leaf speaks bliss to me
Flattering from the autumn tree."
Emily Bronte




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Sometimes on a Saturday when I'm home I like to tramp around the woods and fields that surround the little brick house. I think it's especially pretty in the autumn, when the leaves cover the ground no matter how often Witt gets them up and the bright fall colors paint a picture just for us. The smokey haze in the air makes me think that our little world around here is about to go into a sleepy hibernation, one where Witt no longer spends his Saturdays and evenings working in the yard. I love having my week-ends and evenings back. No matter how busy the season, it's never as busy as when that green grass grows. And grows.




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From my Etsy shop



The frost took the last of my Zinnias this week and I had gotten so used to going out to the garden behind the house to pick the bright reds, oranges and yellows, the round bobbing heads big as a salad plate. I loved our garden this summer and spring; the tomatoes, cucumbers, abundance of lettuce, my wildflowers, lilies and mums. But November is whizzing by my ears and I can hardly keep up. I can't believe Thanksgiving will be here in just over a week. And I can't believe that tiny Piper will arrive by Thursday and I will get to meet my new niece  And so spring is really just around the corner. Meanwhile I am going to soak in all the crisp air and wood burning smells I can get while this season still feels like a cozy dimly lit room, the sun half out and the possibilities endless.

When it's chilly and rainy and you have a day off, the best thing to do is stay in your robe for several hours and make something chocolate. Sip some coffee with cream and nibble on your treat, crank up the heat and enjoy the moments of alone time, maybe while your devotions await and your prayer journal is sitting open. 




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I am always so impressed with my little sisters' abilities to make amazing desserts out of ingredients like dates and dates, and well, dates. Dates are magical little creatures, sweet and gooey but they just don't scream dessert to me. I have been proved over and over that they are, first with Cathy's chocolate date truffles, a fun surprise one night when we were over for dinner, and then with Cate's date and bean pie (I know, what? but it was...magical). They allow sugarless people like me to make all-natural desserts with no added sugar. My bag of dates has been sitting in the cupboard for a few weeks and I decided today was the day to give them a go. I picked probably the easiest recipe from Cate's favorite site and lo and behold, they were indeed divine. 




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Chocolate Peanut Butter Babies. Ooey and chocolatey and delicious. While making these, I was listening to this song, over and over probably. It gives me goosebumps.




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Her recipe calls for unsalted peanuts instead of peanut butter but my food processor can barely blend herbs so I didn't trust it to cream peanuts. So I used all natural peanut butter (the kind with the oil on top) because it's coarse and has no added sugar. If you use regular peanut butter it will probably be too creamy to hold everything together but you could always tweak and try. I also added a tablespoon of cocoa to help soak up the natural oils from my peanut butter and to give an added chocolate kick.


Chocolate Peanut Butter Babies

1 cup pitted dates, no sugar added
1/3 cup all-natural peanut butter
2 tablespoons dark chocolate chips
1 tablespoon cocoa powder

Blend in the food processor until sticky consistency. You want the mixture to form balls easily, without sticking to your hands so if the mixture is too sticky, add more dates or cocoa powder until you reach the gooeyness you want.

Makes about 11 small balls.




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