Saturday, September 14, 2013

Melt In Your Mouth Carob Sunbutter Fudge – and pictures of gorgeous sunflower fields

This carob fudge came about when I was experimenting with my nut-free nutella.  One batch became very fudge-like after a few hours in the fridge.  I shared a little teaser about this recipe on Facebook last week.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t do a lot of chocolate for my kiddos.  It’s highly stimulating.  For us, chocolate is really a once in a while treat.  But carobcarob we eat often.  And I like that I can give a “chocolate” treat after dinner for dessert.  This recipe really does melt in your mouth and actually tastes (I kid you not) like chocolate.  Give it a try and let me know what you think.

  Melt In Your Mouth Carob Sunbutter Fudge 

Ingredients
-1/2 cup room temp homemade sunflower seed butter
-1/4 melted cup coconut oil
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-2 tablespoons honey (vegans use grade B maple syrup)
-5 drops stevia
-3 tablespoons raw carob poweder  
-Pinch of salt 

How To:
1.  To a food processor add the sunflower seed butter, coconut oil, vanilla extract, honey, stevia and blend until smooth.  Add in the carob and blend until well incorporated.  
2.  Set some wax paper into an 8×8 Pytex dish and spoon the mixture in.  Don’t spread it around to all sides too thin, just give it little smooth over.  Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
3.  Cut into pieces and enjoy.  Store in fridge.  

I freaking LOVE sunflowers.  Love, love, LOVE them.  I love them so much, I had one tattooed on my back!  Sunflowers are my happy place.  They are my go-to calming visual.  I wanted to share these gorgeous pictures with you.  I took them back in June (on Father’s Day actually) after a trip from those there hills you see in the background (went for a hike with the kiddos).  We are surrounded by sunflower fields here in Davis.  This field pictured below is like two miles from my house.  If you’re not familiar with whereabouts we are located, we are roughly 15 minutes west of Sacramento (the capital of California), and about an hour away from San Francisco.  Even though we are only 15 minutes from Sacramento, we are quite isolated here in Davis and surrounded by agriculture.  It’s sorta nice.  Like best of both worlds.  When I want to meet up with my girlfriends for some city action, they are just a few minutes away.  Anyway, very rural here in our smallish town.  It may be rural, but proudly liberal/progressive (thankfully), and houses one of the finest Universities in the State (UC Davis).  And might I add, we are surrounded by some of the best organic farms around.  Damn, I am such a Northern California snob,  My husband and I worked so, SO very hard to land here in this wonderful town, so yes, I am proud.  And I could not be happier with all these comforting, warm and lovely sunflower fields embracing me every summer.  
Swoon.  
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