15 Reason Why You NEED the Christmas Dessert Freedom e-book (+ a recipe for cocoa caramel bars)

Christmas Dessert Freedom cookbook #Vegan #Glutenfree and #PaleoIs it too early to start talking about Christmas? I know it’s not even December yet, but this is so good that I just had to share it with you now!  I know a good thing when I see it. My friend Leanne over at Healthful Pursuit has written a fabulous dessert-focussed cookbook and all of the recipes are vegan, gluten-free, and paleo! Oh, and did I mention delicious? Have we got you covered, or what? If you’re looking to maintain the balance between celebrating and still feeling great this holiday season, then this book is for you. And if that isn’t reason enough, I’ve made a list of 15 reasons why you need to buy the Christmas Dessert Freedom book:

  1. You have a friend, sister, mom, cousin, dad, or co-worker who would LOVE to receive it as a gift. Sneak onto their iPad and download it for them. Surprise!
  2. Um, you would like this book as a gift. Duh. #Treatyoself Do you do the old “one for you, one for me trick” when I buy presents? Totally guilty.
  3. You are hosting a party and you have some family or friends who have food allergies or dietary preferences and you want to wow them! Guys, the tiramisu!
  4. You have food allergies or dietary preferences and you want to be wowed!
  5. You are attending a party or two and want to make sure there’s at least something healthy there. (Psst, don’t worry. No one will be the wiser.)Christmas Dessert Freedom cookbook #Vegan #Glutenfree and #Paleo
  6. You love to bake vegan, gluten-free, and paleo sweet treats.
  7. You love to eat vegan, gluten-free, and paleo sweet treats.
  8. You’re trying to be a little healthier this holiday season, but you don’t want to miss out.
  9. You’re one of those people who participates in a cookie exchange and you’re looking for some new additions to your repertoire.
  10. You’re in charge of dessert for the annual holiday meal and after all that stuffing, you know you’re gonna want something a little healthier.Christmas Dessert Freedom cookbook #Vegan #Glutenfree and #Paleo
  11. You love sweets. Period.
  12. You are a naturopathic doctor/medical student or holistic nutritionist/student and you live for this kind of stuff. Guys, it’s good!
  13. You don’t wanna wait until January 1st to turn over a new leaf.
  14. You are sick of refined sugar, white flour based treats and you’re looking for something new.
  15. You want to feel energized and radiant this holiday season, not weighed down.

If you’re still skeptical, trust me when I say that this book is worth it. From egg-free, to soy-free, to dairy-free, to grain-free, to corn-free, to nut-free, to gluten-free, to wheat-free, and everything in between, this book STILL has something amazing for everyone. It’s ok if you’re still skeptical. Don’t take my word for it. Learn a little more about Leanne and her book here, try this recipe for Cocoa Caramel bars yourself, or take a peek inside:But if you’re already convinced, just head on over here to buy yourself (or your sister, or both) a copy! We could use a head start on Christmas-y desserts when they’re like this, don’t ya think?

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Cocoa Caramel Bars
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Recipe type: Gluten-free, vegan, paleo, dessert
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Serves: 16
 
Give the gift of dairy-free caramel this season with a batch of these super-indulgent dessert bars. Chocolate, caramel... you can’t go wrong!
Ingredients
  • 1?4 cup extra-virgin coconut oil, melted 1?3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1?4 cup coconut nectar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup finely shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1?2 cup hulled hemp seeds
  • 1 cup tahini or sunflower seed butter
  • 1?2 cup coconut nectar
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 ounce semi-sweet dairy-free chocolate (* I used 2 ounces)
Instructions
  1. Line a 8×8 pan with parchment paper across both sides for easy lifting. Set aside.
  2. For the bottom layer, add coconut oil to a large bowl. Slowly drop in cacao powder, whisking as you go. When all is added and clumps are gone, add coconut nectar and vanilla. Whisk until incorporated. Add shredded coconut and hemp seeds. Mix with a spoon, or your hands, until every- thing is covered in chocolate. Press mixture evenly into prepared pan and transfer to the freezer to cool.
  3. Then, prepare the caramel layer by adding the tahini, coconut nectar and vanilla to a saucepan and heating on low heat for 1-2 minutes, just until incorporated. You do not want the mix to boil, just get it hot and continue to stir until the mixture begins to hold together slightly. Remove the pan from the freezer; top the base with caramel and even out with a spoon. Place back in the freezer.
  4. To prepare the top layer, add water to a large saucepan, cover and bring to a boil. Add chocolate to a heatproof bowl and set the bowl over top of the saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low. Keep the bowl over top of the saucepan until all chocolate is melted, about 5 minutes. Once melted, take the bars out from the freezer and drizzle the melted chocolate over top.
  5. Cover pan and freeze for at least 12 hours. You could try to eat them sooner (and they'll still be good), but after they've frozen for at least 12 hours is when they'll be amazing. Just speaking from experience here.
  6. The bars can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days, or freezer for up to 1 month.

 

 

10 Comments

  • Reply November 12, 2013

    Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit

    Whoa! Look at you. Wow, you did such a great job with those bars. Wow! Thanks so much for the feature, Kris ;) (Will definitely be sharing your 15 reasons why! BRILLIANT!)

    • Reply November 13, 2013

      Kris

      Thanks, lady! The magic is in the book. I take very little credit. :)

  • Reply November 12, 2013

    Kathryn

    I was having a conversation with my mum only this evening about what to make for our (gluten free) christmas dessert so this sounds like it will be great inspiration!

    • Reply November 13, 2013

      Kris

      Wheee! So glad to hear it, Kathryn! :)

  • Reply November 13, 2013

    Amanda

    HOW COULD THESE EVER STAY IN THE FREEZER FOR ONE MONTH!!!!! I can’t wait to try these out. :)

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  • Reply November 14, 2013

    Ali @ Inspiralized

    I’m so glad I found your blog! This dish looks absolutely amazing!! You have great recipes, you’re so creative!

    • Reply November 14, 2013

      Kris

      Ali, You just made my day! I have been following you for awhile and I feel the same way about you. :)

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