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A Recipe For Sweet Love (Chocolate Covered Dates)


Most of you have heard the news. Maybe from Facebook or maybe when my friend, raw/vegan chef Doug McNish spilled the beans on Twitter. The sweet letters, tweets and comments have been pouring in so how could I not share the sweet love news right here.

It's true what you've heard, or what you may now be guessing. As of last week- my main man and I are engaged.

Exciting? Yes. Very!

Shocking? Yes. Very!

I am not one of those ladies who have dreamed about my wedding since I was five. I haven't a clue what my dress will look like. I don't know if it will be a wedding for two or a wedding for 100. I don't know where it will be, but I do hope the sun will be shining. I also know that even though this whole getting engaged/getting married thing was never something I strived for- I must admit,  it is sweet as can be to know that I get to go through the rest of this AwesomeTown adventure of life, hitched to my very bestest friend in the whole wide world.

It took me a lot of time, a lot of growth, a lot of bad guys, and a lot of getting to know myself to understand what, first and foremost, I truly wanted in my own life. There were things, I learned, that I could not compromise on.

I  believed with a certainty, one that kept me single for the better part of the last 32 years,  that I would rather go through my life solo, keeping to the values I hold to be true and  important- and ensuring I was always doing my best to have a good laugh at whatever life threw my way, than to have to give that up for someone else.

But see- here is where the magic comes in. We always get what we ask for, if we ask for it with the purest of intentions and the tip-top integrity. Once I felt secure, and absolutely content in the life I was living, with a clear idea of how I wanted to live- the most perfect person entered my life... as a dear and special friend.

Never could I have imagined that this most perfect person for me, and I for him, would come into my life just at the right time, just when I was ready. But that's the way it goes. The Universe surely has bigger plans for us than we could fulfill on our own. When it comes to he and I, the whole surely is great than the sum of its parts, and we have both seen amazing things come into fruition since we joined up to take on this world together.

To find someone who loves foraging wild mushrooms, riding bicycles, taking jumping photos,  big trees, starry skies, nature, sunshine and rainbows, great food, even greater health- and all that is needed to achieve that, is a rare and special find.

It is a sweet and blissful thing to find that person, or rather, be put together with that person by the greater powers out there. The thing is- I knew he was a keeper from the start- when I first laid eyes on him five years ago at nutrition school. I would eye his cute little packed snacks and try and strike up conversation over his choice of tea, I would spend my lunch hours telling my girlfriends that I needed to date a guy like him. I don't think he even remembers me being at school with him. He was a little slower to catch on.

My suspicion that he was the one was confirmed when he created the below recipe and made them for dessert to share with my family way back in the early days of our courtship. If anything makes for a 'keeper'- a man who fills medjool dates with almond butter, covers them in chocolate and sprinkles them with sea salt, surely is.

Chocolate Covered Dates

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Yield: 12-15 servings

Where all of the love began.

  • 12 medjool dates, pitted (can do this by hand)
  • ¾ cup almond butter (or nut/seed butter of choice)
  • 1 dark chocolate bar or make your own raw chocolate sauce using this recipe
  • 1-2 Tbs coconut oil (if using the chocolate bar method).
  • Coconut Oil
  • Sea salt to taste

Make It Like So
  1. Remove pits from your dates.
  2. With the tenderest of loving touches, pry open the dates and put it approx 1 Tbs of almond butter for each date. Close’r on up as best you can.
  3. In a double boiler, melt your chocolate.
  4. Using kitchen tongs (or a fork if you don’t have tongs), dip your almond butter filled date into the chocolate.
  5. Place on parchment paper and continue with the rest.
  6. Sprinkle with a dash of sea salt (or use hemp seeds, ground gogi- whatever you like…) and put in the freezer for about 20 mins, or until serving.
  7. Serve straight out of the freezer.

Happy LOVE day to all of you!
Question of the Day: What are your favourite Loooooooove day recipes?
P.S. Is there anything better than a recipe made with love? Nope, didn't think so! So Tweet today's tweetable and share the love!

54 Responses to “A Recipe For Sweet Love (Chocolate Covered Dates)”

  1. Sydney said…
    Congratulations, Meghan & Josh!! So excited for you too! Wishing you tons of love and happiness <3
  2. a recipe for love, sweet love #happy #love #engagement
  3. Kate said…
    Really made my day when I read it in the newsletter!! :D I have to admit I just recently started to suspect he was your 'man'..until then I thought he was just your very best friend, I'd noticed you were together a lot & had tons of respect for each other. A match made in heaven <3 CONRATS you two. Much love! (although you already have it)
  4. Sherry Tompkins said…
    Congratulations!!! It is an amazing time of your life when 2 people share of themselves and become a couple, especially when they are destined to be a couple like you both are!! I wish you all the happiness in the world...and may your love grow stronger with each passing year as mine has with my hubby...32 Big Ones this year!! Goes very fast too! May you enjoy each and every moment of your lives and may life always bring you back two fold what you give so freely to others. Congrats!!
  5. Five Seed said…
  6. samasamad said…
    A Great Chilled Fresh Vegetable Soup Salad. From the Tropical Islands of the Pacific Oceania. Take these vegetables: an inch of ginger and grate it, a half round onion, a stick of carrot, a stick of cucumber, one tomato, and chop all the vegetables to a very small pieces (or you can add more any vegetable you want).. a cup of uncooked or roasted peanuts or any nuts and have 'em crushed to small pieces, and a about 1/4 of tspn. salt.. add to it, all in a large bowl and a bundle of 'Kankong'; these are Asian water spinach and are the best for this salad. But if you didn't have 'em, you can use US spinach or lettuces or any edible leafy vegetable. take a about a 4inches, bundle of that vegetable and cut it at 1/2 inch. or smaller, and add to all the rest in the larger bowl.. now, pour one 1/2 cup. coconut cream milk and one whole 11.5 fl.oz V8 juice or more of it.. until all the ingredients in the bowl are soupy... and now is ready to be served; all are eaten fresh.. It's good for four servings.. very good with thin wheat crackers or any of your choice... . I tell you, this one would give your body enough energy fuel for more than six hours.. it's crazy.... but it's true and that's what I had this morning and now it's about 10 pm., and I'm not feeling hunger yet and of course I take a whole lot of water after about an hour eating it.. You can also have this soup salad as a regular salad; not as soupy, and such you need not the coconut cream milk but a canned of regular coconut milk, just don't make it soupy.,, but now I like this soup better.. enjoy and please comment, how you liked it... joy for you big time.. bye.
  7. Josi said…
    This looks so good! I make something similar. If I only have a minute and want a sweet treat, I pit a date, and stick a couple pecans in it! :)

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