Thursday, December 22, 2011

A little Christmas fun!

Hey everyone! I have a couple things for you today.  What with last-minute homework assignments before Christmas break and such, I haven't had much time to blog.  So...I have a few things today!
First, near the beginning of the month I made a Chocolate Peanut Butter Buckeye Cake, from the amazingly creative Amie Sue of Nouveau Raw! Here's the link and some pictures if you want to make this recipe.
I highly recommend it--the chewy crust and the creamy filling with peanut butter is divine! The only edits I made: I didn't want extra chocolate ganache, so I just made half the recipe.  It blended fine but balled up super quickly into a hardened mass--I later realized this was because I used agave straight from the fridge.  Cold agave mixed with liquefied coconut oil instantly makes whatever you are blending solid! So, take your agave out of the fridge a while before making the ganache!

Amie Sue's photographs do it more justice than mine, so head over to her site to check it out, as well as some of her other amazing recipes!

Secondly, yesterday I had a gift exchange with some friends at school.  We all brought desserts as well, and since I didn't want to sit there lonely while everyone chowed down, I made a new creation that all my friends enjoyed (yes!! :) )--Peanut Butter Brownies!

Peanut Butter Brownies (makes enough for a 9x9 pan)
2 cups pecans
2 cups pitted Medjool dates
1/3 plus 2 tbsp. cocoa/cacao powder
2 tbsp. agave
2 heaping tbsp. organic peanut butter

Process the pecans in a food processor to a fine meal.  Add the other ingredients and blend until mostly smooth.  Dump in your pan and press down the brownies evenly.  These make nice, thick brownies, and I unfortunately didn't catch a picture :(  But if you want to make these, I suggest putting some type of raw frosting on top--it would be divine! For lovely frosting recipes you can always jot on over to blogs like 'Gone Raw,' 'Sunny Raw Kitchen' or, of course, 'Nouveau Raw'. 
That said, I have lots of treat-making planned for Christmas.  I'll post pictures and updates when I get the chance! Have a great Christmas, everyone!