Assorted local treats and sweet ingredients from my pantry. See below for details and links.

Eat Local Challenge #18

Sweet Treat Time

Healthy eating means treating ourselves to dessert every once in awhile, right? We think so.

It’s sweet treat time! Whether you had a long day at work or just can’t get that homemade brownie your co-worker was eating out of your mind, winding down with a delicious dessert might be just what you need. If you’re not big on the sweets, there are plenty of not-so-decadent choices for you. The beauty of dessert is that you can go as simple or as decadent as you want—and we have a few recipes to appease your craving for both, and everything in between. Let the sweetness begin…


Today’s Assignment:


Sweet Treat Time

So far, we’ve treated ourselves to bountiful local meals from both restaurants and our own home cooking. Now it’s time to get a little sweeter…Treat yourself to a homemade dessert today.

If you’ve got a little extra time in the morning, make a simple treat to take to work, or start prepping for the evening. You can take 25 minutes to bake an apple dessert, or set aside more time to bake a cake from scratch. Keep in mind that you may need to get creative when substituting local ingredients while baking, or you might choose to make a few exceptions. And if you have no time to bake, you can at least support a local food artisan who makes delicious treats from scratch.

Here are some ideas and recipes to inspire you:

Baked Apples with raisins, honey, and chopped nuts of your choice. No need for a recipe, simply slice apples and lay them on a baking sheet, drizzle with honey and your choice of chopped nuts. Or, carve out the core of your apples and stuff with some locally made jam or nuts and honey. Bake until soft and golden-brown.


Walnut Caramel Cake: This recipe is for those of you who aren’t afraid to spend a little more time baking. Use Organic Pastures butter and cream (or make your own butter) and use local flour if possible. Make the sauce ahead to save time on a busy weeknight.

If you have an ice cream maker, stir up a persimmon sorbet or pumpkin date ice cream.

Want to pick something up that’s ready to go? Here in Santa Barbara, we love going to Here’s the Scoop for sorbets made from local farmers market fruit. Or appease a chocolate craving with a local bean to bar chocolate producer Twenty-Four Blackbirds or locally made confections by Chocolate Maya.

In the photo at the top of this posting: Jessica Foster Caramelized Almonds, Brown Butter Sea Salt Cookies, Dylan’s Raw Honey, HR Canning Company’s Carrot Cake Jam.

Share your sweet treats with us! #EatLocalChallenge2017

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