dessert recipes

Fig Chocolate Balls

Remove stems from figs. Place figs in glass or metal bowl and soak in hot water, covered, for about 10 minutes or until figs are soft. Drain figs, reserving water. Cut figs into small pieces. Place in food processor or blender, with reserved water as needed. Process until smooth. Place in bowl. Add oats, cocoa powder, almond meal and cinnamon. Mix until smooth and not too sticky. Place in refrigerator, covered, for up to a day. Form mixture into about 10 balls, using a spoon to scoop out the fig mixture for each ball. Keep refrigerated or frozen.
makes about 10 balls.

*NOTE: Brand names are available at Sunflower Natural Foods.
  • 5 organic Turkish figs
  • 3 tablespoons organic rolled oats
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons almond meal
  • dash cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease small square baking pan. In crock pot or double boiler, gently heat together almond butter with Maple syrup. Cool mixture. In mixing bowl, combine all ingredients, adding chocolate chips to taste. Spread mixture into baking pan. Add some chocolate chips to the top of the brownies if desired. Bake for about 20 minutes.
makes 6-8 brownies.


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  • ½ cup WOODSTOCK all natural or BLUE MOUNTAIN ORGANICS almond butter
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons EASTY LONG Vermont Maple syrup
  • 1 cup STAHLBUSH all natural frozen sweet potatoes, thawed and at room temperature
  • ¼ cup EQUAL EXCHANGE organic fair trade unsweetened cocoa
  • ¼ cup leftover cooled hot cereal
  • TERRA FARM organic dark chocolate chips, to taste
Date Oat Bars

Preheat oven to 375F. Grease 8" by 8" pan. In crock pot or sauce pan, slowly heat together dried fruit and apple juice until the fruit is soft. Mash together to a uniform consistency. Set aside to cool. Blend in egg. Mix together oats, whole wheat flour, cinnamon and baking powder. Add dry mixture to fruit mixture, adding more apple juice if the mixture is too dry. Add chocolate chips as desired. Spread mixture into pan. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until an inserted knife comes out dry.
makes about 12 bars.

date oat bars

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  • about ⅔ cup dried dates, coarsely chopped (use part raisins, figs, as desired)
  • ½ cup KNUDSEN organic apple juice
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1¼ cup BOB'S RED MILL organic oats
  • ½ cup BOB'S RED MILL organic whole wheat flour
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅜ teaspoon baking powder
  • TIERRA FARM organic dark chocolate chips, as desired
Fig Chocolate Cookies

In saucepan, combine figs, raisins, apple, and half cup of apple cider. Bring to gentle boil. Reduce heat and cook at low temperature, covered, for about 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Let sit covered until cooled. Place mixture into bowl.

Combine flour, cinnamon, and baking soda. Add to fruit mixture. Mix well.

Combine eggs and 1 teaspoon cider. Add to batter. Also add chocolate. Mix well. Drop by tablespoon full onto oiled baking sheet. Bake at 350F for about 15 minutes, or until light golden.
makes 24 cookies.

fig chocolate cookies

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  • ¾ cup dried figs, chopped
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup apple, chopped, with skins intact
  • ½ cup MILLER ORCHARDS (Vermont) organic apple cider
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon BOB'S RED MILL organic unbleached white flour
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ARM & HAMMER baking soda
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider
  • good dark chocolate, chopped, to taste
Vermont Autumn Apple

In bowl, combine first four ingredients for apple mixture, and toss gently. In another bowl, mix last four ingredients for topping. Add more oats or juice, as needed. The topping should not be too wet. Butter and flour a 7" to 8" square baking pan. Add apple mixture, topped with oat mixture. Bake at 350F for 30 minutes or until the topping is gently browned.
Serves 4-6

apple cinnamon crisp

*NOTE: Brand names are available at Sunflower Natural Foods.
  • 3-4 red Autumn apples, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider or fruit juice
  • ½ teaspoon ground Cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup BOB'S RED MILL organic rolled oats
  • ½ cup mixed grains of choice
  • ½ teaspoon ground Cinnamon
  • 1 cup apple cider or fruit juice
Muesli Dark Chocolate Ginger Bars

Heat apple juice and water to a gentle boil. Soak Muesli in this mixture for 30 minutes or up to overnight, covered. Make sure it is cooled. Add chopped ginger and chocolate. Stir well. Add beaten egg. Gently add flour until a thick batter forms. Oil a 7" to 8" square baking pan. Spread batter in pan. Bake at 350F until done, around half an hour.
Serves 6-8

muesli dark chocolate ginger bars

*NOTE: Brand names are available at Sunflower Natural Foods.
  • ½ cup BOB'S RED MILL Muesli
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup apple juice
  • 1¼ cups good water
  • ¼ cup candied ginger, chopped
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup flour (wheat, rice, or as desired-can be gluten-free)
  • butter or oil to grease pan