RECIPE: Raccoon Eyes

You’ve heard of “Ants on a Log”?  Well now you can add these, silly, tasty treats to your nutritious but fun snack repertoire.  Raccoon eyes are a healthy dessert for you or your kiddos!  Simple to make and yummy to eat.

[Insert joke about a “not-so-blind-date” here]

Racoon Eyes


Medjool Dates, pitted and halved

Almond or peanut butter

Chocolate Chips


Select 3-10 Medjool dates, cut them in half, remove pits.

Smear nut butter onto each half.

Place chocolate chip or nut or seed on top.


If you have an aversion to raccoons, make it a pinwheel!

Racoon Eye 2


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Madeleine Vanstory attended Duke University and began her post-graduate journey at The Elaine Clark Center working with special needs children. She went on to work as a Clinical Research Scientist running clinical trials for the CDC and developing medical devices for Welsh Allen, Abbot Labs, Roche and Johnson & Jonhson Her work included non-invansive cervical cancer detection, continuous diabetic glucose monitoring, non-harmful infant bilirubin level detection and studying Vitamin C's anti-aging effects on the skin. Madeleine attended Medical school at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro NC. Dr. Madeleine Vanstory is a board certified Family Physician who has practiced all over the world. She has lead medical missions in Kenya and Honduras. She has participated with Operation Smile in Russia, she has patients in North Carolina, Maine, Oregon and New Zealand. Dr. Vanstory has worked the medical tents in the Marine Corps marathon in Washington DC and at the Kona Ironman World Championships. And Dr. Vanstory has marched with the Surgeon General promoting "Exercise is Medicine" at the World Congress Sports Medicine Conference. Disillusioned by the current health care system and armed with the realization that culture, nutrition and emotional well-being have a profound impact on health, Dr. Vanstory now motivates clients and patients to discover the healthiest versions of themselves through humor, counseling in her "Upgrade Your Health" Wellness Program.

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