‘Tis year, as your attention turns to matters of the heart in celebrating Valentine’s Day, think about the heart health of those you love. When you combine soy and chocolate, you can feel good about offering chocolate-rich Valentine’s Day desserts. Soyfoods are not only part of a healthy lifestyle, they are also part of a heart-healthy diet and may lower heart disease risk in three ways. In addition, soy is higher in protein than all other legumes, deriving 35 to 38 percent of its calories from protein (compared to approximately 20 to 30 percent in other legumes). The protein quality of soy is comparable to animal protein. When you discover how soyfoods such as tofu complement chocolate, you may find yourself looking at romantic desserts in a whole new way….
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- 1 lb silken tofu, drained
- 1 (15oz) can pure pumpkin *NOT pumpkin pie filling
- 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup (Please, use the real stuff. No Mrs Buttersworth in this recipe!)
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
- Graham crackers or Graham "sticks" as pictured
- Add all of the ingredients to a food processor and puree until smooth.
- Next, in a clear glass bowl or cup, crush graham crackers or "sticks".
- Then, begin to layer pumpkin filling and graham crackers into a glass. Note: one serving of these Honey Graham Sticks was 14 Sticks, I used 5 in the bottom of the glass, 5 in the middle layer and 4 crushed on top. You can use your favorite variety of graham crackers, but for portion control- stick to one serving or less.