Here’s a Thanksgiving treat for you…Chocolate-Cherry Cranberry Squares!
-Require no baking;
-come together easily and quickly;
-promote melatonin production for a sound sleep later;
-are nutritious, and packed with protein, fiber, and greens;
-are vegan and gluten-free*.
This recipe looks like a dessert square but requires no baking. Additionally, they are sweet, fudgy, and nutrient-dense. Also, they come together quickly with simple equipment, such as the kind of mini chopper found in even the most poorly appointed kitchen, and without shortcuts like packaged mix or GMO candy. If eating clean has left your cupboards without white flour or sugar—fear not!
The chocolate top layer provides lots of sweetness, balanced by a soft and earthy base layer full of subdued chocolate, spicy cinnamon, and salty pumpkin seeds, and pops of sweet-tart flavor from the cranberry sauce and cherries throughout. Furthermore, the protein and fiber reduces the sugar rush, and of course with the greens powder in them, even the pickiest of health nuts, like myself, feel content serving them.
I added these great Montmorency sour cherries that help to promote a sound sleep, great if you tend to feel wired and tired over the holidays! However, you can use other dried fruit found in your home, such as cranberries, to make a double-cranberry Thanksgiving square. As a bonus, the zinc in the pumpkin seeds helps to fend off infections, and the sweetness of these squares is balanced with protein and a serving of (undetectable) greens, in case you end up eating them all. Enjoy!
Dana Green Remedios RHN, RNCP