No-Bake Chocolate, Quinoa & Fig Bars

 

Indulge yourself, and your guests, with a seemingly decadent and deceptively healthful treat. These fig bars contain antioxidant-rich dark chocolate, Omega-3 packed flax seed, high protein quinoa & chia seeds, and—of course—figs. Wrap in parchment paper, tied off with a ribbon for a party favor or hostess gift this party-packed holiday season.

 

No-Bake Chocolate, Quinoa & Fig Bars

 

ingredients


 
 

method


Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl.

Grease and line a baking dish or sheet pan.  Press the granola mixture into the sheet pan.  Press the reserved slices of fig into the top of the granola mixture.

Cover the bars with plastic wrap, then allow them to chill for at least two hours in the refrigerator.

To serve, cut the bars into 2-3 inch pieces.  Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Store in your refrigerator for up to 10 days.

Holiday Herbed Mashed Potatoes

 

No holiday dinner would be complete without mashed potatoes. The creamy, starchy comfort food is a staple year-round, but we like to add a little something special this time of here. In this recipe we are using organic russet potatoes, organic butter, and a Garlic & Herb Cheddar Cheese—which is not only flavorful, but saves you time, simplifies the preparation & cuts down on total ingredients!

Our Kilchurn Estate® Garlic & Herb Cheddar Cheese is handcrafted in the English countryside using traditional cheddar milling techniques. Garlic & herbs are incorporated into the mild, young cheese for savory flavor and aroma. Save a piece to enjoy on its own as you cook! 

 

Holiday Herbed Mashed Potatoes

 

Ingredients


5 lb Organic Russet Potatoes / peeled / large dice

¼ C Southcoast Farms® Organic Salted Butter

1 pkg Kilchurn Estate® Gerlic & Herb Cheddar / grated

1 C Light Cream

Salt & Pepper / to taste

 
 

Method


Place diced potatoes in a large pot and cover with cold water. Salt the water liberally, then bring to a rolling boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until the potatoes are tender, but still firm. Drain the potatoes, then return to the pot. Add the butter, grated cheese, and cream. Mash the potatoes with a potato masher. Season with salt & pepper. Serve hot.

Chocolate & Chili Dipped Dried Fruit

 

Dress up Jansal Valley® Dried Fruits with dark chocolate, chili peppers & sea salt for a deceptively simple treat. These are excellent for holiday parties, goody bags, or simply keeping around the house to cure any sweet tooth.

 

Chocolate & Chili Dipped Dried Fruit

 

Ingredients


8 oz Jansal Valley® Dried Fruit of Choice / test kitchen favorite: Apricots!

4-6  Jansal Valley® Dried Chili Peppers of Choice / roughly ground / test kitchen favorite: Chili de Arbol!

1 C Dark or Bittersweet Chocolate Chips / or 4.5 oz roughly chopped

Flake Salt / to taste

 
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Method


Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Evenly space dried fruit on the baking sheet in a single layer.

Chop or finely grind chili peppers using a mortar and pestle. Try combining various chilies for your own signature flavor.

To melt the chocolate, place in a microwave-safe bowl and heat in 30 second increments until just melted, stirring throughout. 

Dip each piece of dried fruit halfway into the chocolate, allowing any excess to drip off before placing back on the baking sheet. Once all pieces have been dipped, sprinkle all with the ground chili pepper & flake salt to taste.

Refrigerate until hardened, about 10 minutes, and enjoy!