I would say that the majority of the treats I have posted for this 31 day challenge have been simple. Today's is as basic as it comes, a dessert my family has enjoyed for years (probably at least the last 20 years), with just two ingredients (I add a third ingredient but it is completely optional).
I am going to ask you to stretch with me here. Most people consider butternut squash to be a fairly sweet vegetable. I have used it as the base of desserts before. But this is a little different. Butternut Squash Fries are usually a side dish, replacing traditional french fries for people limiting starches, carbs or tubers. In this case I am going to give directions for both a dessert butternut fry and savory butternut fry. The best part is that these fries are actually fried, battered and fried to be precise. They also happen to be grain free. They are soft and butternutty sweet inside, with a light crispy crunch on the outside and absolutely scrumptious when dipped into Cinnamon Whipped Cream. Were you able to stretch with me? Can you see this as an amazing sweet treat, snack or dessert? It is, of course, yummy!
Sometimes less really is more. At least that is how I feel about Apple Crisp. I am not a huge fan of nuts, raisins, or coconut in an apple crisp and I especially don't like oats in my apple crisp. I love oatmeal, I love fresh baked oatmeal cookies, but I don't like the texture of oats when they haven't been baked with enough moisture (don't even get me started on the yuck factor of no-bake oatmeal cookies). I thought about making this recipe over with coconut flour for a grain free treat, but I couldn't do it, I love the simplicity of apples and spices topped with flour (sprouted flour), sugar (coconut sugar), and butter (grass-fed, of course). This has a little more sugar in it than I normally serve for breakfast, but on occasion (such as this morning) I love to serve this with plain homemade yogurt. For dessert it gets a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream if we are having guests over. Honestly though it needs none of that, just a dish and spoon and a chance to savor each bite.
I have been making this for years. Although my original version used peanut butter exclusively, I subbed sunbutter when my boys were going to a nut free preschool, and we loved the results. It is because of this super simple dip that I have never tried to make homemade nutella. Maybe someday, but until then we enjoy this treat with fresh fruit, mixed into homemade yogurt, and once in a while just off of a spoon.
When I drink Chocolate Coconut Water I think of a yoo-hoo for grown-ups, actually for kids too since I would never choose yoo-hoo as a drink for my children, too many chemicals and manmade yuck for my taste. I do realize that you can buy chocolate coconut water already mixed without any real additional cost, just not where I live. I suppose I could order it online, but I don't drink it that often to make it worthwhile. Besides one of the benefits of making this stuff at home is that I don't waste the last bit of chocolate syrup that is stuck to the inside of the bottle I store it in. I just pour some cold plain coconut water into my almost empty chocolate syrup bottle and shake it up, then shake it some more, and then I have a yummy treat to enjoy and no waste!