Candy Balls

My friend, Julie, incorporates a lot of raw foods into her diet. When I asked her what she eats for fun, she shared the idea of these little energy bites. I was, quite honestly, astounded at how fast they are to make and how good the results are. It’s like candy! I like to keep a stash in my fridge for a late afternoon pick-me-up or an after-dinner treat. –Mellyn

  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup flax seed (I like it best when it’s blended up)
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut (optional)
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans or almonds
  1. Mix together.
  2. Drop by teaspoonfuls on a small cookie sheet.
  3. Put in the refrigerator until balls are firm enough to be moved to a bag.

Chocolate Food Storage Cake

I stopped buying chocolate cake mixes after discovering this recipe more than 10 years ago. It’s one of my all-time favorites! Because it doesn’t use any dairy, it’s still an option if we’re out of eggs or milk (and don’t want to break into our supply!). I have no idea whom to credit with its creation, but I’ve seen versions of it in many different places. This delicious frosting is an adaptation of a traditional cocoa frosting — I just subbed table cream for the butter. It isn’t as fluffy, but it had a rich, smooth flavor we all loved! –Mellyn 

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Grandma’s Applesauce Cake

From the recipes of Grandma L.

Grandpa loved applesauce cake, and I remember Grandma serving it for all of his birthday dinners. I was trying to remember why this is such a vivid memory, and then it dawned on me — I don’t think I ever ate applesauce cake on Grandpa’s birthday because I hate raisins! At my house, it’ll be served raisinless…or maybe with nuts and chocolate chips?! –Mellyn

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Peanut Butter Bars

–From Kristen K.

Perfect for picnics and potlucks, these peanut butter bars are sure to please! Kristen used to bring them to all of our big gatherings and whenever our family makes them now, we think of her.
I couldn’t resist playing with the recipe just a little. I had good results cutting back the sugar and replacing some of the butter with (surprise!) beans. With the sweet, creamy frosting on top, my family didn’t even notice! –Mellyn

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