Happy, Healthy, Holiday Cocktail Party – Part III

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Happy Holidays!  I feel as if it’s officially appropriate to say that, even though I’ve been embracing the season for what feels like weeks now.  Case in point: This post marks the 3rd – and my personal favorite – installment of the cocktail party put on by my sister, Jamie.  And today, we’re talking dessert!  I am a ‘chocolate girl’ myself – unless there’s carrot cake, then I am a ‘carrot cake girl’ – and while I love sinfully rich chocolate creations, I am equally smitten with the cookies pictured here.  They pair perfectly with a creamy glass of cashew milk.  If you would prefer something more savory, try the Macadamia Nut Cheese Wheel, which takes advantage of the same base as the Herbed Cheese Spread, and the filling in the Rawvioli.  It’s always a beautiful thing when you can use one recipe to make multiple, uniquely flavored, items!

You can find Part I of the party here, and part II here.

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Raw Chocolate Cookies
 
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Recipe type: Nibbles
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • ½ Cup Tahini
  • ½ Cup Pumpkin Seeds, Ground
  • 4 Teaspoons Cacao or Carob Powder
  • ½ Cup Coconut Flakes, Plus Extra to Dust
  • ½ Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • ¼ Teaspoon Nutmeg
  • ¼ Teaspoon Salt
Instructions
  1. Using a coffee grinder, dry blade blender or food processor, grind pumpkin seeds to a powder consistency.
  2. Mix in tahini, cacao or carob powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
  3. Fold in coconut flakes.
  4. Using a tablespoon measure, scoop out, roll into a ball and gently flatten.
  5. Place on a dehydrator (or baking) sheet.
  6. Dust with additional coconut flakes.
  7. Dehydrate for 4-6 hours at 120-degrees until slightly firm. Alternatively, bake for 1-2 hours at the lowest oven setting.

 

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Cashew Milk
 
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Recipe type: Sips
Serves: 16 ounces
Ingredients
  • ¼ Cup Cashews, Preferably Soaked
  • 1-2 Cups Water
  • 10 Drops Vanilla Creme Stevia
Instructions
  1. Place cashews, 1 cup water and stevia in high speed blender.
  2. Blend until smooth and creamy, adding more water to create a thinner milk, as desired.
  3. Serve, or keep refrigerated for up to 3 days.
  4. Note: a pinch of salt will help preserve freshness. Alternatives to stevia include: 1 medjool date, 1 tablespoon raw honey or coconut sugar.
Notes
It's pretty common to hear about unsaturated fats and their ability to promote heart health, but did you know that these fats also encourage restful sleep? Nuts and seeds contain tryptophan and magnesium, which both help to steady the heart's rhythm, while also reducing muscle and nerve function, naturally.

 

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Macadamia Nut Cheese Wheel
 
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Recipe type: Nibbles
Serves: 6
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  1. Blend macadamia nuts, water and probiotics until smooth.
  2. Scoop out and place in a strainer, lined with cheesecloth. Set weight on top. Leave to culture at room temperature for 24-48 hours.
  3. Once cultured, stir in nutritional yeast, lemon juice and salt.
  4. Roll nut cheese into a ball and flatten to form a small disk shape.
  5. Place in dehydrator for 1-2 hours, at 120-degrees.
  6. The wheel is ready when the color turns to a golden yellow and feels slightly firm to touch.
  7. Serve with raw honey and crackers.
Notes
Probiotics are microorganisms, which can be found in various foods, either naturally or when added and left to culture. By helping to balance intestinal flora, probiotics play an important role in regulating proper intestinal function and digestion.

 

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6 Responses to Happy, Healthy, Holiday Cocktail Party – Part III

  1. toniegirl says:

    Delicious holiday party ideas!

  2. ravenjanedoh says:

    All beautiful pics and wonderful recipe ideas! I’ll have to try some of these this season1

  3. danube66 says:

    lovely photos, and the raw chocolate cookies sound delicious!

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