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Valentine’s Day Chocolate Dessert Recipes!

February14

Exclusive organic recipes from Kirstie’s Kitchen!


Valentine’s Day is for love and indulgence – especially chocolate. This year, cozy up with these warm, delectable (and low-cal) desserts.

Note: All 3 recipes are included in the Organic Liaison Recipe collection, accessible to Organic Liaison members. Learn more about how to begin your Organic Liaison weight loss journey today.

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1. Chewy Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

Preparation Time: 30 minutes

Cooking Time: 12 minutes

Servings: 24. Each serving: 1 cookie.

Ingredients:

8 tablespoons organic whipped buttery spread (e.g., Earth Balance brand, no hydrogenated oils)
1 tablespoon grated organic ginger root
1/2 cup organic dark brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup raw agave nectar
1/2 cup unsulfured organic molasses
1 1/2 cups plus 1 tablespoon organic, unbleached all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon organic cocoa powder (non-alkaline)
1 teaspoon baking soda
7 ounces semisweet chocolate chips

Nutritional Information 146 calories per serving
Fat: 6.8
SatFat: 4.1
FatPercent: 0
Cholesterol: 10
Carbs: 21.1
Sugars: 12.9
Sodium: 56
Protein: 1.5
Fiber: 0.9
Vitamin A: 125
Vitamin C: 0
Iron: 1.2
Calcium: 19.5

Directions:

n the bowl of an electric mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, beat margarine, ginger, and sugars until whitened, about 4 minutes.

Add molasses and dry ingredients; scrape bowl and mix well. Mix in chocolate; turn out onto a piece of plastic wrap. Pat dough out to about 1 inch thick; seal with wrap; refrigerate or freeze until firm, 2 hours or more.
Heat oven to 300°F.
Roll dough into 1 1/2 inch balls; place 2 inches apart on baking sheets. Refrigerate 20 minutes. roll in granulated sugar. Bake until the surfaces crack slightly, 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes; transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

2. Chocolate Banana Cream Pie

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Servings: 8. Each serving: 1/8 pie.

Ingredients:

1 box (12 oz) firm organic silken tofu
1/2 cup organic cocoa powder (non-alkaline)
1/3 cup raw agave nectar
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
3 ripe organic bananas
1 graham pie crust or 1 cup organic graham crumbs and
1 organic cereal bar

Nutritional Information: 184 calories per serving
Fat: 3
SatFat: 0.5
Trans Fat: 0
Cholesterol: 0
Carbs: 33
Sugars: 17
Sodium: 145
Protein: 6
Fiber: 3.2
Vitamin A: 337
Vitamin C: 79
Iron: 0.5
Calcium: 33

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 325ºF. Place the tofu, cocoa powder, agave nectar, vanilla and bananas into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Pour into the graham crust and place in the center of the oven. Bake until firm in the center, about 30 minutes. Chill thoroughly before serving, about 3 hours.

Graham pie crust:
1 cup organic graham crumbs

1 organic cereal bar
Grind crumbs and cereal bar together in food processor. Spray pie pan with cooking oil then pack crumbs into pan.

Serving suggestion: Serve with a few slices of banana and a dollop of organic whipping cream on top.

3. Chocolate Pudding

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Servings: 4. Each serving: 1 cups.

Ingredients:

1 box organic firm silken tofu (12 ounces)
1/3 cup fortified organic soymilk
1/3 cup raw agave nectar
1/4 cup organic cocoa powder (non-alkaline)

Nutritional Information: 151 calories per serving
Fat: 2.7
SatFat: 0.2
FatPercent: 0
Trans Fat: 0
Cholesterol: 0
Carbs: 25.1
Sugars: 21.7
Sodium: 79
Protein: 9.4
Fiber: 0.3
Vitamin A: 7.2
Vitamin C: 0
Iron: 3.6
Calcium: 52.5

Directions:

Place tofu, agave nectar and cocoa powder in a blender. Start blending while adding the milk slowly. Blend until smooth. Place chocolate pudding into four individual serving dishes (about 2/3 cup per serving).

Chill for at least 20 minutes before serving. If you plan to make this pudding a day ahead of time, refrigerate it in one large batch then place in serving dishes at service time. Optional suggestion: we like to serve the pudding garnished with a few chocolate chips and fresh organic fruit.

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