sweet tooth fix

Every now and then I get a mighty strong hankering to curb my sweet tooth.

Yes, even folks that don’t eat sugar get a hankering for something sinful and sweet.

These little beauties fill the bill.  Easy, quick, makes enough for another few days, no baking, zero guilt and SO GOOD, you lick the spatula clean!

20151015_163635I call them Penny Blossoms.  Get out your favorite big bowl and magic wand (wooden spoon will work).

Combine 1 cup of gluten-free oats, 1/4 cup chopped almonds, 1/4 cup ground flax seeds, 2 tablespoons chia seeds, 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder (I use Fry’s) and some sea salt. (side note:  I have been know to add a teaspoon of espresso powder as well.)  Swirl together.

Melt 1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons almond butter over medium heat.  Once all melty (yes, that is a fancy word) remove from heat and 1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract &  1/4 cup + 1 Tablespoon raw honey.  I happen to have the good fortune of using Befuddled Farms Honey.  So sweet and smooth and lovely.  I am so grateful to use such a fine quality product.   Here is a word to the wise, (seek out a local bee farmer, your world just got instantly sweeter.)

I encourage you to check out Befuddled Farms face book page.  You will “bee” happy that you did!https://www.facebook.com/beefuddledFarms

Okay, back to the “how to”.   Once the mixture has cooled slightly, pour it over the oat mixture & mix well with a spoon.  At this point you can toss in raisins, dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds or chocolate chips etc..  Totally up to you.  Roll the mixture into small bite-sized balls. Please make a couple big, fat, lovely ones.  One of these gems will be perfect on your way to a bubble bath, when you really need a sweet tooth fix.20151015_165425-1

Keep in a covered glass container in the refrigerator.

Save for dessert or grab one on your way to fold laundry. Or grab one on your way to work.  You might consider nibbling one while studying.  Pick out the perfect one to sample while you go to face book and look up Befuddled Farms.   There is somethings really satisfying about eating a Penny Blossom while riding your stationary bike while reading a murder mystery.   Certainly all good choices.

Ah, fancy gold star for me, the sweet tooth is conquered, for today.

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