Motivation Monday: “You are always stronger than you think you are.”

Today and tomorrow are super busy days for me as I am trying to get together a new part of my blog, Sam’s brother is here visiting, and two of my best friends are moving to Denver! It’s been kind of bittersweet this week… but I do have some really sweet giveaways and recipes coming up for you guys, yayyy!

If you didn’t get a chance to see my guest post on Wonder Forest a couple of weeks ago, you can read my original guest post on here! The author, Dana is an incredible artist with a gorgeous blog full of pretty type and imagery that you will just adore!

Here is the recipe for my Campfire Kisses from my guest post! The perfect healthy alternative to S’mores for your summer camping, hiking, or backpacking adventure!

Campfire Kisses

Makes 10 kisses

2 graham crackers + 1 for outer “crust”
1/2 cup unsalted cashews
1 cup Medjool dates – pitted
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 tbsp mini chocolate chips (or carob chips for a vegan option)
Optional: 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed for a boost of healthy omega-3s

Place 1 graham cracker in a food processor or blender and process until finely ground. Empty the graham cracker contents into a bowl and set aside, as it will be used to roll the kisses in later. Combine cashews and 2 graham crackers (and flaxseed if desired) in a food processor and grind until they become very finely ground, but not a butter. Remove pits from dates. Once pits have been removed, add the dates and vanilla into the food processor. Process until the contents are evenly chopped/combined and form a sticky dough. Remove dough from the food processor and fold in chocolate chips by hand or mixing spoon. Using a 1tbsp measuring spoon, scoop the dough into balls and roll evenly in your hands. Roll the ball through the bowl of ground graham cracker, coating it evenly (this will add flavor and prevent the kisses from sticking to the foil!). Wrap each ball separately in a 4x4in piece of tinfoil and twist off the tops like Hershey Kisses.

Take your Campfire Kisses on your next hiking trip or store in the refrigerator for 1 week, or freezer for up to 1 month.

18 Comments on Campfire Kisses

  1. Keshia
    July 30, 2012 at 12:23 pm (12 years ago)

    These look amazing! Best wishes to you during your busy week!!

  2. Jentry Nielsen
    July 30, 2012 at 12:37 pm (12 years ago)

    Oh my goodness these sound so delicious! This snacks are not only great for camping, but even just sitting around the house! ha
    Glad you have the laptop back up and running 🙂 Good luck with your busy week!

  3. Sonia
    July 30, 2012 at 7:24 pm (12 years ago)

    Nice and easy recipe. Love all kind of kisses. 😀 Will try soon.

  4. Rachel Force
    July 30, 2012 at 7:58 pm (12 years ago)

    These treats look great!

    I love all the recipes on here but the dessert/snack recipes are my favorite because those are my weaknesses!

  5. Kit
    July 31, 2012 at 10:30 am (12 years ago)

    I first found your blog through that guest post and have enjoyed reading it ever since! This recipe looks super yummy and I can’t wait to try it out!

    • Catherine
      July 31, 2012 at 10:35 am (12 years ago)

      Awww thank you so much Kit! I am so happy you found me 🙂 xo

  6. Janelle
    August 1, 2012 at 6:15 am (12 years ago)

    Hey Catherine!

    Let me start off by saying that I’m IN LOVE with your blog! So many great recipes and you are so inspirational! I had a question in regards to using Medjool dates in recipes : can you substitute them for regular dates? And what is the difference between the two? Thanks 🙂

    • Catherine
      August 1, 2012 at 12:50 pm (12 years ago)

      HI Janelle! I’m not sure if there is much of a difference between the two nutritionally, but Medjool dates are much larger than other types of dates. Medjool dates are always available at my local grocery store, so I always buy them. You could definitely substitute with regular dates but since they are much smaller, you will probably need to double the amount! I hope this helps! Health & Happiness xo

  7. Annie
    August 1, 2012 at 5:27 pm (12 years ago)

    I made these for my boyfriend’s upcoming backpacking trip this weekend and just let me say “WOW!” I used almonds instead of cashews and chocolate Graham crackers and they were ah-mazing. Thanks for sharing!

    • Catherine
      August 1, 2012 at 8:51 pm (12 years ago)

      Yummm! So glad you loved them! xo

  8. Hannah Wascom
    August 14, 2012 at 12:08 pm (12 years ago)

    Hi. I am considering trying these. I have no idea what dates are or where to find them. ;( Is there another option, or something that is similar to them?

    • Catherine
      August 14, 2012 at 4:05 pm (12 years ago)

      Hi Hannah! Dates can usually be found in the produce section of your grocery store. You could try asking your local grocer if they can order Medjool Dates for you! If they are completely unavailable, you can use raisins instead!

  9. Stacey
    August 24, 2012 at 11:13 am (12 years ago)

    Just finally made these today! I substituted an almond/walnut blend since I didn’t have any cashews on hand, and they turned out delicious. Thanks for the great recipe!

    • Catherine
      August 24, 2012 at 1:20 pm (12 years ago)

      So happy you enjoyed them! xo

  10. Amelea
    August 25, 2012 at 9:38 pm (12 years ago)

    I have made this recipe about 3 different times now and I am still obsessed! They remind me of mini lara bars. I think this time I’m going to add coconut 🙂

    Thanks for the recipe Catherine!

    • Catherine
      August 27, 2012 at 8:45 pm (12 years ago)

      LOVE IT! You should try making Raw Bites!

  11. Chris
    January 2, 2014 at 1:57 pm (10 years ago)

    Hi! I’m thinking of making these for a campfire cookout and I was wondering if these are meant to be heated over fire in the foil or not?

    • Catherine
      January 3, 2014 at 4:45 pm (10 years ago)

      Hi Chris! These are meant to be eaten as it, the foil is just the wrapper! I wonder what they would be like cooked over the fire! Let me know if you give it a try!


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