Caramel chewies — aka nut butter-stuffed dates with chocolate drizzle taste like mini candy bars, yet they take minutes to make, need only 5 ingredients, and are actually good for you! This super-easy, good-for you treat for the sweet tooth is from Andrea Hannemann’s Plant Over Processed.
Andrea writes: “Dates are nature’s candy, full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber! I love them for baking, smoothies, and just on their own. But more than anything, I love them in these decadent, all-natural Caramel Chewies!”
I loved making and serving these! At first, I didn’t think a dozen would do in my hungry household — and they did go fast. But each one is surprisingly intense and filling. If this treat is any indication of the ease and flavor of this book’s recipes, then it bodes well!
You might find ways to vary these simple treats each time you make them — for example, roll them in sesame seeds instead of crushed nuts, finish them with cacao instead of salt, etc.
Reprinted from Plant Over Processed: 75 Simple and Delicious Plant-Based Recipes for Nourishing Your Body and Eating from the Earth by Andrea Hannemann © 2020, HarperCollins. Reprinted by permission.
- 12 Medjool dates
- 1/4 cup natural peanut butter or almond butter
- 1/4 cup vegan chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup crushed peanuts or slivered almonds (optional)
- Sea salt for sprinkling
- Slice each date open enough to remove the pit. Fill each date with 1 teaspoon of the peanut butter or almond butter. Arrange the dates on a baking sheet or plate.
- In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips for 30 seconds to 1 minute, stir to create a smooth chocolate sauce, and drizzle over each date.
- Sprinkle each date with the crushed peanuts or slivered almonds, if using, and a tiny bit of salt.
- Freeze the dates for at least 1 hour for the best texture before serving. The dates can be stored in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 30 days.
More about Plant Over Processed
by Andrea Hannemann
Trust in nature. Believe in balance. Eat the rainbow! Andrea Hannemann, aka Earthy Andy, presents a guide to plant-based eating that is simple, delicious, and fun.
Andrea Hannemann, known as Earthy Andy to her more than one million Instagram followers, believes that food is the fuel of life, and that consuming a nourishing, plant-based diet is the gateway to ultimate health. Andy’s mantra, “plant over processed,” embodies the way she eats and feeds her family of five in their home in Oahu, Hawaii.
But it wasn’t always this way. Andy was once addicted to sugar and convenience foods and suffered from a host of health issues that included IBS, Celiac disease, hypothyroidism, asthma, brain fog, and chronic fatigue. Fed up with spending time and money on specialists, supplements, and fad diets, she quit animal products and processed foods cold turkey, and embarked on a new way of eating that transformed her health and her body.
In Plant Over Processed, Andy invites readers to join her on a “30-Day Plant Over Processed Challenge” that will detox the body, followed by a long-term plan for going plant-based without giving up your favorite dishes. Packed with gorgeous photography and mouth-watering recipes—from smoothies and bliss bowls to plant-based comforts and decadent desserts—this life-changing guide takes you to the North Shore of Hawaii and back, showing you how easy it is to eat plant-based, wherever you are.
All of this is coupled with incredibly gorgeous photographs that take you to the North Shore of Hawaii and back. You’ll find:
My plant-based path—and yours!
The power of plants
The 30-day plant over processed challenge
Eat the rainbow: plant-based recipes
SMOOTHIES AND SMOOTHIE BOWLS
PLANT-BASED BREAKFASTS AND HOT DRINKS
EARTH BOWLS AND SALADS
PLANT-BASED LUNCHES AND DINNERS
SOUPS, STEWS, AND CURRIES
SIDES, DIPS, AND SAUCES
PLANT OVER PROCESSED SNACKS
A whole new way of eating and living
About Andrea Hannemann
Health and wellness influencer Andrea Hannemann, aka Earthy Andy, is the creator of the popular Earthy Andy blog and Instagram account. After years of battling IBS, Celiac disease, hypothyroidism, asthma, brain fog, and chronic fatigue, she healed her chronic health issues by embracing a plant-based diet. Surfer, free spirit, and mother of three, she lives in Oahu, Hawaii with her family. Find her at EarthyAndy.com, and on Instagram at @EarthyAndy.
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