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Vegan + Raw Dark Chocolate Mousse & Amaretto Cream Parfait

Winter is, hands down, my favorite time of year to entertain. In fact, nothing brings me greater joy! This time of year in Nashville, the sun makes an early retreat in the late afternoon, tucking itself behind the hills as darkness awakes and the air turns cold and crisp. As the holiday party invitations are mailed off and our mailboxes (and inboxes) fill up, I always look forward to pulling out my favorite tacky, novelty sweater, cranking up the jazzy holiday tunes, and embracing the seasonal madness with open arms. Like most people, I tend to gravitate toward hot foods in the winter months. Though it can sometimes be a challenge when eating raw (nothing may be heated above 118...

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I always end up buying more bananas than I can consume before they get to that mushy spotted brown phase aka banana bread perfection phase. Yes, they look very unappetizing but the darker and more squishy they are the better for baking.On occasion, I'll peel them, wrap them up, and throw them in the freezer for smoothies but let's be honest, I'd rather make this mouth-watering banana bread with chunks of dark chocolate then slathered it with some dairy-free cream cheese for a quick breakfast on-the-go. The texture of this bread is a little different than the traditional cake-like version. It is more dense, less sweet, and very moist with a slight crunch around the edges. I know the word "moist"...

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Who doesn't like eating dessert for breakfast? This recipe can double as both with all the healthy benefits of protein packed chia seeds, fresh coconut milk, and antioxidant rich raw chocolate, you'll be buzzing with energy from this sweet treat. Not only is the recipe delicious, it's really simple to make. Ingredients2 1/2 cups fresh coconut cream (recipe in Wild Plate pg.74) 1/2 cup chia seeds1/4 cup raw cacao powder1 tablespoon maple syrup1 teaspoon liquid stevia1 teaspoon vanilla extract1/4 teaspoon sea saltDirections1. In medium mixing bowl add chia seeds, cacao powder, and sea salt. Mix until all dry ingredients are well combined. 2. Add coconut cream, maple syrup, liquid stevia, and vanilla extract. Whisk for a few minutes until chia...

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