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Sweet Flowerpots




Get a jump on early spring gardening in the kitchen with sweet flowerpots that bring a whimsical touch of Nature to dessert and snacks. Crispy sweet cups, with an assortment of berries and fruits “planted” in a delicious healthy ganache "soil" – what could be better?

Flowerpots are elegant to present at a luncheon and a creative, fun way to engage kids of all ages to plant their garden and eat fruit, because whatever kids have a hand in making, they'll be sure to relish.

Prep time 20 minutes Bake time 20-25 minutes Makes 12-14 3”x2” pots


Ingredients


Flowerpots

1 cup legume flour (I used chickpea but any will do)

1 cup whole grain flour (I used millet but any will do)

1 ½ cups dates, any variety

½ cup sweet potato pulp, steamed, baked or microwaved

2 Tablespoons arrowroot or tapioca flour

1 Tablespoon golden flaxseed, freshly ground

1 Tablespoon white or black chia seeds, freshly ground

1 teaspoon ground Ceylon cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

½ teaspoon grated nutmeg

Cacao Ganache Soil

2 ⅔ cups date paste from 3 1/2 cups pitted dates, any variety

1 ½ package silken or soft tofu, drained well

3 ¾ teaspoons naturally fermented shoyu (fermented aged soy sauce) or tamari

¾ cup cacao or cocoa powder (natural not Dutch-processed)

2 Tablespoons vanilla extract or seeds scraped from 12” of vanilla bean

⅛ - ¼ teaspoon chipotle powder or other ground chili, or to taste

Fruit Toppings

Take advantage of seasonal fruits for the best flavor and nutrient-density to “plant” in your pots. Mix and match small berries and grapes with larger/longer slices of other fruits to create a panoply of diverse colors, shapes, textures and tastes for the greatest visual and flavor interest, For apples and pears which oxidize quickly once they are cut, soak them before use in water acidified with lemon or lime.

If you like, garnish each flowe