Turtle Eggs from One Part Plant
I am so happy and honored to be a part of the One Part Plant crew started by cookbook author, podcaster, and OPP movement creator Jessica Murnane. Please check out her blog and podcast to get some wonderfully inspiring ideas for dishes and information about the positive effects of eating healthy.
Jessica has suffered from endometriosis, which she describes in her new cookbook, One Part Plant, as a "disease that occurs when tissue similar to the tissue lining the uterus grows on other parts of the body." So while this book has some amazing, real-food recipes, it also opens the dialogue for those who are looking for help to potentially alleviate symptoms of the disease. And I just love this so much.
When I received her cookbook, I immediately flipped right to the dessert section because I'm a human being with feelings. I was so happy to discover this recipe because I love sweet things, and I especially love making desserts with 3 ingredients (4 if you include salt).
As you can probably deduce from this little blog of mine, I'm the biggest skeptic about everything until proven otherwise. It's really a defense tactic to prevent disappointment, and it also makes me the most pleasantly surprised person out there. Preparing these beauties, I was not convinced they would taste anything like caramel. But here I am now, eating them on the couch, licking my fingers, totally impressed that I made caramel out of dates (but mostly thankful that someone so cool taught me how to do it).
- 2 cups Medjool dates
- pinch of salt (the original recipe actually called for 1/4-1/2 tsp. salt, but as Jessica mentions in her book, she's a "serial non-seasoner". You and me both, sister. So I actually didn't even end up using salt and they still taste DELISH.)
- I cup dairy free, unsweetened dark chocolate (I used about a bar, though melt two bard to be safe.)
- 1 pecan per egg
- Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper.
- Add dates and salt in food processor. Mix until a dough is formed, which could take a few minutes. (Note: Jessica mentions that it's best to get sticky dates. If yours are hard, soak in warm water for ten minutes, drain, then put in food processor).
- Form egg shaped balls with your hands and place on the parchment paper. Stick a pecan inside the egg (or outside if you wish--I did mine on the outside!)
- Freeze eggs for 1/2 hour.
- Melt the chocolate (Note: You can do this in multiple days. I put the pieces in a microwave safe bowl and heated it in ten second intervals. That did the trick perfectly!)
- Roll eggs in melted chocolate and place back on the parchment paper.
- Freeze the eggs again until the chocolate sets.
- Eat and enjoy!
Please go buy One Part Plant for yourself or someone you love or like or even dislike. Everyone needs this kind of information and positivity in their lives.