I have a couple of yummy but simple recipes for you, which are great to bring to a gathering or put out if you have people over!

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Prosciutto Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

We find these slightly addictive! They may be too hot for smaller eaters, but oh so good for grown-ups! For a sweeter prosciutto-cheese treat, try our Prosciutto Wrapped Dates!

Ingredients:

6 jalapenos

½ cup cream cheese

½ cup grated old cheddar

6 large or 12 small thin slices prosciutto (or bacon if you prefer)

Preparation:

1 Preheat oven to 400°F.

2 Line a baking tray with foil.

3 Cut jalapenos in half lengthwise and carefully remove seeds and ribs – careful NOT to touch any sensitive skin after doing this as it will burn! To remove some heat you can soak the cut jalapenos for 30 min if desired.

4 In a bowl mix together cheeses.

5 Fill jalapeno halves with cheese and wrap each in a slice of prosciutto.

6 Place on baking tray and cook in the oven for approx. 15 min.

7 Let cool, dig in and enjoy!

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Natural “Caramels”

These are so easy and so tasty! My kids came by when I was making them once, popped one (without chocolate) into their mouth and immediately exclaimed “Mmmm caramel, I love caramel!” Yes to a healthier treat!

Ingredients:

1 cup pitted dates

½ Tbsp peanut (or other nut or seed) butter

½ cup dark chocolate chips or chopped chocolate.

Preparation:

1 Place pitted dates and peanut butter in a food processor and process until smooth.

2 Take mixture out and roll into small balls. You should get approx. 15 balls. Put in the fridge or freezer for 10-15 min to harden.

3 In a small bowl gently heat chocolate (either over a water bath or in the microwave)*.

4 Dip caramels in the chocolate and place on parchment paper to harden.

5 Optional: You can sprinkle with caramels with either some sea salt, chopped nuts, fancy sugar etc!

6 Let cool so chocolate sets.

7 Enjoy!

*If you melt the chocolate over a water bath be careful not to get water into the chocolate. Also, the smaller the bowl, the better for this purpose!

If microwaving the chocolate, do it in increments of 25-30 seconds and stir between so you don’t burn the chocolate and it gets dry.

I hope you enjoy these recipes and have a wonderful holiday!