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January - Sweet Potato for your Sweetheart

One of the most loving things you can do for your sweetheart is to make them a special sweet treat. And if that treat has health benefits you are helping keep your significant other feeling better. For Valentine's day, you can make a wonderfully, delicious, sweet treat and still have it be healthy. With the addition of sweet potato in your treats it adds another layer of sweetness and rich taste.

Native to South America, the sweet potato is high in fiber, vitamin C, calcium, manganese, riboflavin, panthothenic acid, and vitamin A. Known for feeding and nurturing your spleen, pancreas. and stomach, their natural sweet taste and creamy texture make them anti-stress food. Sweet potatoes are orange, reddish, or yellow in color. Sometimes confused for a yam, which is white, ivory, cream, pink, or purple, they are completely different vegetables. And sweet potatoes are not related to the white potato either. Here is a rich, sweet, dessert you can make for your sweetheart. It is gluten-free, sugar-free, and flour-less.

Recipe of the month:

Sweet Potato Brownies with Pecan Caramel Sauce

1 cup cooked mashed sweet potato
1/2 cup peanut butter (or almond butter)
1/4 cup brown rice syrup
1/3 cup baking cocoa
pinch sea salt

Pecan Caramel Sauce
1/3 cup brown rice syrup
1/2 cup chopped pecans
2 T. rice milk
1 T. peanut butter
pinch sea salt

Put in food processor the sweet potato, peanut butter, brown rice syrup, baking cocoa, and sea salt. Puree until smooth. (It will be a thick batter.) Pour in to an oiled baking pan, bake at 350° for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, put in a sauce pan the Pecan Caramel Sauce ingredients. Simmer for 10 minutes. Pour the caramel sauce over the brownies, continue baking at 350° for 10 more minutes. Let cool completely before cutting and serving.

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