Mini Raspberry Parfait

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Parfaits are a perfect healthy treat. With Thanksgiving in a few days, it is nice to have a few easy nibbles on hand for the madness of friends and family. Even with the massive amounts of food being prepared for meals, having snacks allows guests to freely grab a bite in between scheduled mealtimes. If your guests are anything like me, a hungry belly usually leads to an angry grouch. Snacks are always a welcome remedy.

These mini raspberry parfaits are incredibly easy to make and are the perfect size. Fill them in cute disposable cups like these to avoid extra dishes in the sink.

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Mini Raspberry Parfait

Greek Yogurt

Granola

Raspberry Pie Filling

Cinnamon

Honey

Scoop the pie filling with a spoon into the bottom of the glass. Add the Greek yogurt on top. Drizzle with honey and cinnamon. Layer the granola on top of the yogurt. Drizzle with honey and cinnamon. Continue as needed.

Pie Filling

3 pints fresh raspberries

1/4 cup white sugar

1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger

A pinch of nutmeg

1/4 cup of water

2 tablespoons cold butter, cut into pieces

1 pint fresh raspberries

Cook and stir the 3 pints raspberries, sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg in a saucepan with the water over medium-low heat until the sugar is dissolved and mixture is thickened. This will take about 10 to 15 minutes. Remove the saucepan from the heat and add the butter and remaining 1 pint of raspberries. Stir gently so as to make sure the raspberries do not disintegrate into pulp. Allow to cool. If putting in the fridge, make sure and cover them with a cake cover to prevent the granola from going stale.

Serve and enjoy!

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Munchies: Homemade Dark Chocolate and Almond Bites

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Today, my friend and roommate made these delicious dark chocolate and almond bites using two simple ingredients. They make for the perfect dessert: sweet and rich enough to satisfy a craving without overloading on sugar. We no longer feel the need to run out to the store at 1 a.m. to satisfy our chocolate craving (yes, this has happened on more than one occasion). These little bites are richer than any chocolate bar we have tried, mostly due to the amazing féves we used from Whole Foods. I had never used these chocolate discs before, but the quality is apparent. I may never use chocolate chips again. IMG_2613

Dark Chocolate and Almond Bites

1 pound 72 percent cacao chocolate féves

1 1/4 cups roasted whole almonds

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Microwave the chocolate féves in a bowl for 20 seconds on the lowest power. Stir and continue microwaving in 10 second increments on the lowest power setting until melted. You could also melt them over the stove, but in an attempt to make it quick and easy, we used the microwave.

Stir the almonds into the melted chocolate and spread onto the prepared baking sheet in a 1/2-inch-thick circles. Make sure the nuts are completely covered in the chocolate. We made our first batch in about 2 inch bites. We made the second batch slightly smaller in 1 inch bites. Refrigerate the chocolate bites for about 10 minutes or until hardened.

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