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Trick or Treat Almond Butter Bites

As we enter the holiday season, it can be challenging to stick to healthy eating habits with all the temptations around. This healthy treat is free of processed sugar and other additives, making it easy to skip the Halloween candy for good!

With each bite of these holiday treats, invigorate your senses with the decadent taste of pure chocolate, paired with a rich almond butter filling and creamy coconut shell.

Trick or Treat Almond Butter Bites


Serves: 12


1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

½ cup coconut manna

¼ cup pumpkin puree

2 tbs cacao powder

1 tsp coconut oil, melted

¼ cup almond butter

5-6 squares dairy-free, dark chocolate bar (85% or higher)

1 ice cube tray

Step 1

In a food processor, mix together coconut manna, shredded coconut flakes and pumpkin puree.

Step 2

In a bowl, add almond butter. Melt in the microwave for 30 seconds to soften. Then, stir in cacao powder until the mixture is smooth.

Step 3

Grease ice cube trays lightly with melted coconut oil and a paper towel.

Step 4

Take a quarter size amount of the coconut mixture and pack it down into the ice cube tray. With a spoon, add a dime size amount of the almond butter and cacao mixture on top. Next, add another quarter size amount of the coconut mixture and spread until it covers the filling evenly.

Step 5

Repeat this process until all the ice cube trays are filled. Freeze for 1-2 hours.

Step 6

Over a stove top, boil water in a pot. On top, place a small skillet or pot, creating a double boiler. Melt the chocolate for 2-3 minutes over high heat. If easier, use a microwave to melt the dark chocolate bar for 15-20 seconds.

Step 7

Set chocolate aside to cool. Meanwhile, pop out treats from the ice cube trays onto a plate.

Step 8

Drizzle chocolate over the top and enjoy. Store in refrigerator if not eaten right away.

Superbowl Recipe #2. Happy Gut, Crowd-Pleasing Cashew “Cheese” Dip

Happy Gut launch party

Looking for a healthy, crowd-pleasing Superbowl snack? Touchdown!

We have two to share for your hungry football guests. Go here for Lemony Hummus and below for our Cashew “Cheese” Dip.  Both are great for gut health and make for Super Tasty Bowls.

Chef Vivian Ciofi served both at the Happy Gut book launch party to rave reviews.

*Send us your photos of this recipe and the best one wins a signed copy of Dr. Pedre’s Happy Gut book!  Enter before Feb 8! Best photo published on social media!  Send to support@happygutlife.com!

Good Luck!

Cashew Cheese Dip

Delicious garlicky, dairy free “cheese” dip.


Makes about 2 cups
Prep time: 4 hours
Blend time: 30 secs




1 lb. raw cashews, soaked in water for 4 hours and drained

4 ounces of water

The juice of two lemons (approximately 4 ounces), separated

4 ounces of nutritional yeast

2 cloves of garlic

Salt to taste

Fresh chopped parsley to taste


Step 1:

Add the cashews, yeast, garlic, 2 ounces of water, and 2 ounces of lemon juice to a food processor.


Step 2:

Process until blended. Taste and season with salt and additional lemon juice. You can now add more garlic if you like, and add additional water and pulse to attain the consistency you like. The more liquid you add, the creamier it will be.


Step 3:

Pour the “cheese” into a bowl and fold in chopped parsley, and serve.


Contributed by Vivian Cioffi