If you want a really chocolatey dessert (or snack) that makes you feel really healthy, this no-cook plant-based cocoa mousse is my favorite pick right now. It’s based on chickpeas which provide so much nutritional goodness along with velvety creaminess. And the sweetness in this mousse is from dates—making it a no-sugar-added treat. The result is 100% yum.
Tortilla roll ups – or pinwheels – were a 90s favorite snack. You may have enjoyed them filled with honey ham spread, cream cheese, and crushed pineapple – or with cream cheese and salsa. This upgraded, sweet-and-savory version — strawberry-walnut pinwheel snacks — features juicy California strawberries and crunchy California walnuts, along with Neufchatel, balsamic vinegar, fresh basil, and microgreens. It’s simple to fix, yet looks kind of fancy.
Biting into this inspired, nutrient-rich twist on “Tootsie Pops” will bring back sweet childhood memories. These Chocolaty Strawberry-Walnut Lollipops showcase fresh California strawberries filled with a delicious desserty center that’s based on a blend of California walnuts, cocoa, dates, vanilla, and a pinch of orange zest. And then, of course, it’s all enjoyed on lollipop sticks.
Loosely inspired by the candy version of peppermint patties, these cocoa-peppermint power patties give you all of the chocolatey and pepperminty flavors you desire. Plus, you can feel good about indulging in them!
All the way from Ireland, my friend John sent me a recipe for salted miso brownies to try. Of course, I needed to Americanize the recipe measurements … because that’s still what we do here in the states. And, I added my own twists … because that’s what I do. For some reason, I can’t simply make a recipe the way the recipe is written. My creative side can’t seem to contain itself!