This week I was so fortunate to guest post on Paleo Parents! As soon as I found out about the opportunity, I wrote down 100 different ideas for the recipe that I could create. Well, after I first freaked out and did an embarrassing little excited dance if I’m being honest. It’s true. I knew I wanted a fruit sweetened and nut free sweet, and I set my mind on s’mores. Go big or go home, I guess. Although the exact recipe changed several times, per my usual recipe development process, the general idea never shifted. I didn’t know how it would come together, but I was determined.
Honestly, the most challenging piece of this recipe for me to develop was the graham crackers. Now they are a cinch to prepare, but I had to toss quite a few batches into the trash to get there. I think that’s karma for assuming they’d be the least challenging piece to develop. To my surprise, the marshmallow whip came together simply. I don’t really know if a fruit-sweetened marshmallow fluff recipe already exists, and that fact both motivated and scared me. You know that excited, giddy dance that happened when Stacy and Matt invited me to share a recipe? It came back when I realized that a fruit-sweetened marshmallow whip actually is possible. I call this recipe a ‘marshmallow whip’ because it is so light and airy. Its like marshmallow meets meringue meets cool whip. And its delicious!
To make s’mores pudding jars fruit-sweetened I used my lasted obsession, date paste. Date paste is simple, flavor neutral and a real, whole food source sweetener that you can have ready in your fridge for whenever you want to make a healthier sweet treat. This is the recipe I mentioned on my how-to post for date paste, and I’m so glad I can finally share it with you guys!
One thing that needs to be said about s’mores pudding jars is to not be intimidated! There are three pieces to this recipe, but a lot of the ingredients are the same for all three, and they really are simple! If you really don’t want to put the pudding jars together (hopefully a big ‘if’) then you will at least find three recipe in one post that are delicious. All three aspects- the creamy chocolate pudding, light and fluffy marshmallow whip and cinnamon vanilla graham crackers- taste just as good by themselves.
So, whether you want a fully layered s’more pudding jar or just a new, fruit-sweetened graham cracker recipe, check out my guest post on Paleo Parents. I hope you are excited about this recipe as I am!