I thought it might be time to let you know the answer to one of my favorite questions…
What sweets and treats do you eat?
Do I LOVE sweets…
Healthy sweets, that is!
Here are a few of my new favorites, and my all time favorites!
Dark Chocolate Covered Ginger (Trader Joes)
Cherries and almonds in dark chocolate bar (chocolove xoxox)
Yogurt covered almonds (trader joes)
Raisins and pecans in dark chocolate bar (trader joes)
Sunny bears! (the vegan and real fruit version of fruit snacks)- (whole foods)
Twisty fruit, aka: cliff twists (Cliff)
Dark chocolate covered espresso beans (Trader joes)
Dark Chocolate covered Orange peels (grandma’s house!)
Oh boy, good thing there’s still some dark chocolate left in the pantry!
And a little song to go along, since by now we all associate this song to chocolate-thanks to Hershey’s! :
Oh cacao bliss, I have only ever dreamed of you when walking by the store. With your fancy label, and expensive price tag.. But wait! You can make your own!
Oh joy to the world!
Homemade Artisana Cacao Bliss: (recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie)
-4 tablespoons Organic Coconut oil
-1/2 cup Raw cacao powder/ or dutch processed cocoa
-1/4 cup Honey
Mix, and stir stir stir untill it thickens!
This is perfect just like this to ice a cake, taste it, try it, it’s just like icing, but healthy! ahh!
This is by far the best way to have oatmeal I’ve ever tried! I would like to add a few strawberries, or raspberries when they are in season, I bet those would make a great addition!
Healthy Vegan Chocolate Oatmeal: (Recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie)
-1/2 cups Rolled Oats
-3/4 cup Almond milk (make yours homemade with ida-the-vita)
-2 tablespoons raw Cacao powder (cocoa will work too)
-1 tablespoon Honey
In a small sauce pan, mash the banana in the almond milk, and add all the other ingredients. Cook for 5 minutes on medium high heat, stirring with a fork often when it starts to bubble! Enjoy!
Chocolate, and whole grains… What a great way to start the day!
Cocoa and Banana milkshakes
-2 ripe Bananas
-one cup Milk
-one teaspoon Cocoa
-1/2 teaspoon Castor super fine sugar
-1/2 teaspoon Almond extract
-(2-5) ice cubes
Brownie Batter Pancakes with tree trunk appeal
Making simple pancakes look like tree trunks and taste like brownies is just what I set out to do this morning!
-2 cups flour
-5 tablespoons milk
-two teaspoons sugar
-one teaspoon dutch-processed cocoa
-3 teaspoons of canola oil, or apple sauce
-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Mix all ingredients, and to make the tree trunk “ages” design.. spoon the batter in a circular motion on a higher cooking setting, once the design is achieved and brown’ed turn stove top down to medium heat.
Brownie batter pancake recipe adapted from “chocolate covered Katie” chocolatecoveredkatie.com
Vanilla Almond pancakes with Flax seed meal
These pancakes are a little harder to make since the almonds and the flax seed meal replace most of the flour, however when acheived are yummy!
I created this recipe this morning when I found my bag of almonds sitting on the counter, just waiting for me to cook it into breakfast. I decided It must be used, and came up with this recipe, which compliments the Brownie Batter pancakes well.
-one and 1/2 cup of flour (all purpose)
-1/2 cup of flax seed meal/flour
-one cup ground almonds
-one teaspoon natural vanilla extract
-1/2 teaspoon baking soda