Guilt-free treats for the new year


By Gloria Yoder



Editor’s Note: Gloria took a much-deserved break this past week as she visited family in Ohio. She will return next week. So with a new year here and the sweets of the holidays behind us, we wanted to share this recipe to start the year. If you miss the candy and confections of Christmas, but don’t miss the calories, try this unique dessert!

Gloria’s Guilt-Free Fudge

2 cups dried pinto beans (or 2 pounds cooked)

3/4 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup butter, browned

1/2 cup peanut butter (unsweetened)

1/2 cup maple syrup or agave

3/4 cup cocoa powder

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 teaspoon stevia powder

1 teaspoon salt

Instructions:

1. Soak beans overnight.

2. The next day simmer beans over low heat until soft, approximately 105 minutes or until soft. Beat until nice and smooth.

3. Then add remaining ingredients.

4. Pat into 9 x 9 inch pan and chill until set.

5. Or form into balls and roll in coconut or chopped nuts if desired.

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By Gloria Yoder

Gloria Yoder is an Amish mom, writer, and homemaker in rural Illinois. The Yoders travel primarily by horse-drawn buggy and live next to the settlement’s one-room school-house. Readers can write to Gloria at 10510 E. 350th Ave., Flat Rock, IL 62427

Gloria Yoder is an Amish mom, writer, and homemaker in rural Illinois. The Yoders travel primarily by horse-drawn buggy and live next to the settlement’s one-room school-house. Readers can write to Gloria at 10510 E. 350th Ave., Flat Rock, IL 62427