Bacon Wrapped Dates

Have a party, and make these!

I accidentally bought dates with pits – I can assure you that probably won’t ever happen again 😉 IMG_3466

I pitted each date, wrapped it in a 1/3-1/4 strip of bacon (depending on the size of the date), and skewered. I ended up with 3 full skewers, so I flavored each differently: salt and pepper, garlic chili, and maple. I broiled for about 20 minutes flipping half-way through, then baked at 350 degrees (to make sure the bacon was done all the way through) for about 10 minutes. Just keep an eye on them, you’ll be able to tell when they’re done.IMG_3470

One recommendation for the flavorings, be very generous and use more than you’d think you would want, it really helps the flavor stick. Salt and pepper were just fresh ground right on top. For the garlic and chili I used garlic powder, and ground chili pepper (not spicy at all! Again, use more than you’d think). For the maple, I simply drizzled pure maple syrup over the length of the skewer. When I flipped them, I did the same. I loved them all, but preferred the salt and pepper!IMG_3474

Monkey Bars from The Paleo Mom!

Last week I was craving something sweet, and for a couple of days the Monkey Bar recipe from The Paleo Mom kept popping up in my feeds. I don’t bake often anymore because I just don’t like the sugar, but I happened to have everything on hand (especially bananas that needed to be used), so I decided to give them a try! The recipe was very easy to follow, and easy to make.

You can find the recipe here: Paleo Monkey Bars. I made a few adaptations: I did not have crunchy almond butter, so I used smooth (Maranatha Brand), and I used Bob’s Red Mill Almond Meal/Flour. I used about 1/2 cup of Enjoy Life chips in the batter. For the drizzle, I used about 1/4 cup of Enjoy Life Mini Chips melted with grass-fed butter. They turned out fabulous, however, the texture on day 1 is more dry/cakey, and on day 2 they started to get very moist. I’d suggest making them same day or night before, for a party or get together as they do not keep long.IMG_0518[1]

I used one of my favorite drizzle frosting tricks; prepare your melted frosting and then spoon into the corner of a ziploc baggie. Snip the corner of the bag off, and then use as a makeshift pastry drizzler (I’m sure there’s a proper name for this tool…).