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Apple and seed meal with cocoa and peanuts:
3 tablespoons apple fiber powder
  or 2 tablespoons whole apple powder 
2 teaspoon unsweetened, no milk, cocoa powder
2 teaspoons 30 percent oil non roasted boiled sunflower seed
     butter (see note below *)
  or 2 teaspoon 30 percent oil non roasted sunflower seed butter
  or 2 teaspoons 30 percent oil roasted sunflower seed butter
2 teaspoons sugar (use 1 tablespoon if apple is tart)
1 eighth cup very lightly roasted peanuts
Put 1 eighth cup raw peanuts into a hot air popcorn maker and run 50 seconds if starting from a cold start, if popper is preheated run 40 seconds.

Put the peanuts into a metal bowl to cool for a couple of minutes.

Put into a mixing and/or portion bowl:
3 tablespoons apple fiber powder, 2 teaspoon sunflower seed butter and 2 teaspoon sugar, and 2 teaspoons cocoa powder.


Remove the skins from the peanuts by pinching between two fingers. Peanut skins sometimes have a bitter flavor.

Add the peanuts to the apple/cocoa mixture and mix.

Interesting and unique flavor, a bit like raisins, the apple and chocolate combination dominates as a synergistic new flavor duality rather than 2 individually distinguishable flavors. The usual chocolate/ abundantly-sweet combination that is the norm for chocolate flavored foods, may predispose you to crave more sugar with this recipe. Resist or ignore the urge to add more sugar, this has its own merits that are adequately rewarding to more than compensate for the self denial effort.

* Boiled sunflower seed butter: A convenient way to make sunflower seed butter is to use a blender that is made with a blender jar being a lidded storage container. If the blender jar is 1 cup or so it takes up little space in the fridge. The seed butter can be made in a batch and used as needed for, I suppose, a month or so.

Fill a high speed processor or blender perhaps one-half full with non roasted sunflower seeds. Add enough canola oil to fill about 2 thirds of the air space in the seeds. Process until smooth.

Put 2 tablespoons of the butter into a small bowl and microwave until fully boiling, about 2 minutes in a 1000 watt microwave. The heating removes bitterness.

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