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Two-Ingredient Chocolate Mint Pie

Two-Ingredient Chocolate Mint Pie

Here we are in the thick of the holiday season! What a year it has been… We hope you’ll bring Sugar Plum into your holiday celebrations.

For this crazy time of year, it can be hard to arrange dinners, gifts, and parties. Things can be forgotten easily, and you simply might not have time to bring a dish to your friend’s party. We have a sweet solution right here! It only requires a bit of forethought – at least 4 hours, but putting this pie together will only take about 5 minutes! Try adding some of our Sugar Plum Peppermint Bark for an even better dessert!

Ingredients:

1 chocolate pie or cookie crust (can be yours, store bought, or even puff pastry!)

1 pint of vanilla or chocolate mint or peppermint ice cream

1 container of whipped cream

2 teaspoons peppermint extract

Chocolate shavings for decorating

  1. Bake and cool your pie crust if it is not already baked.
  2. Leave the ice cream out on the counter to melt. This will make it much easier to mix all of your ingredients. You don’t want it fully melted, but you do want to be able to mix it into the whipped cream very easily.
  3. Combine whipped cream, ice cream, and peppermint extract in a big bowl. Mix well. Add green food coloring if you like!
  4. Make sure your crust is cool. All you have to do now is pour in the ice cream mixture and place it in the freezer until it completely refreezes.
  5. Slice and serve! If it’s really frozen you can let it sit out for a minute or two so it will be easier to cut!

Wasn’t that easy? We think so. Stay tuned to our blog, Instagram, and Facebook for more easy and fun recipes!

 

 Two-Ingredient Chocolate Mint Pie

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Cherry Almond Granola

Cherry Almond Granola

It's hard to find a balance between a quick breakfast and a healthy breakfast. Eggs are always an easy go to, but sometimes it's easy to get tired of eggs every day. Try our Cherry Almond Granola, which you can prepare ahead of time for the whole week!

We like to use our Sugar Plum Cherry Almonds combined with some more dried cherries, a bit of honey and sunflower seeds. This recipe is very easy and only takes about 5-10 minutes of active time, then about 20 minutes in the oven. Take half an hour to make this recipe and you can enjoy the granola all week long, or gift it to a friend! Who wouldn't be happy with homemade granola?

Preheat Oven to 325 degrees Ingredients:
1.5 cups quick oats
1/2 cup dried cherries (set aside until end of recipe)
1/2 cup Sugar Plum Cherry Almonds
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
4 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt

1. Melt butter, honey, and vanilla extract in microwave or on stovetop completely. Stir to combine.
2. Combine all of the dry ingredients (oats, seeds, almonds) in a medium sized bowl. Do *not* add the cherries yet! If they go into the oven they will become hard rocks instead of delicious dried cherries.
3. Pour the melted butter and honey mixture over the dry ingredients. Using a spatula, fold the ingredients until they are all wet with honey and butter.
4. Spread your granola mixture onto a sheet pan. Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until golden brown. Stir it at least three times while baking so it doesn't burn on one side! Allow it to cool completely before touching. It will become crunchy once cooled!

 

Cherry Almond Granola

 

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Pumpkin Hummus Recipe

Pumpkin Hummus Recipe

With the holidays this year approaching fast, our stomachs are going to be in for it. In preparation, we like to give them a break with this healthy hummus dip. It's great for sandwiches, dipping veggies, and on pita or with chips. It's also very easy to make with a food processor or high powered blender. You can use any squash, or even something like sweet potatoes.

Ingredients
1 small squash or pumpkin
1 cup of chickpeas
1/2 cup of olive oil (possibly more)
1/2 clove garlic
3 tablespoons Tahini
2 teaspoons salt
1 lemon (zest + juice)

1. Roast peeled squash in oven until fully cooked.
2. Combine squash, chickpeas, lemon juice, tahini, salt and garlic in food processor. Process for 3-5 minutes.
3. Slowly begin drizzling in the olive oil while the machine is running. If you want a chunky texture, don't process as much. For a really smooth hummus, add more oil and run the machine until it's as smooth as you prefer.
4. Garnish with herbs, fresh spices, and olive oil.

 

 Pumpkin Hummus Recipe

 

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Sugar Plum Hot Chocolate

Sugar Plum Hot Chocolate

Sugar Plum Hot Chocolate

There's nothing quite like a good cup of hot chocolate when it's chilly out. Just a sip can take you back to your childhood, to when hot chocolate was basically your coffee. You didn't need the caffeine boost you need today as an adult, but you wanted to feel cool drink a hot drink in the wintertime. Don't you miss those days?

More often than not hot chocolate is made with some cocoa powder and milk, but our hot chocolate is the real deal. If you enjoy a thick, creamy cup of chocolate, this is the recipe for you. Make a pot of this for your friends or family and snuggle up with a nice movie, or try pairing it with our recipe for Pumpkin Spice Cake!

Ingredients:
6 cups milk
8oz dark chocolate
1t cinnamon, cayenne, or Sugar Plum Sriracha Powder (try it!)
1t vanilla extract

1. Chop the chocolate finely, and place it in a metal bowl over a double boiler. Melt it slowly so you don't scorch it!
2. Heat the milk over low heat in a small pot. Add spices and vanilla.
3. When the chocolate is fully melted, whisk it into the warm milk until it's completely dissolved.
4. Serve hot! Top with whipped cream or marshmallows like we did. This recipe prepares 4 servings.

 

Sugar Plum Hot Chocolate

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