When you need chocolate you NEED chocolate so it’s always a good idea to store some for those days when the craving hits hard. This is one of those recipes born out of desperation, during a particularly fierce chocolate craving I gathered up some baking supplies and whipped this up. To my surprise ( and relief) these bars came out amazing and are now my new favorite treat.
This recipe makes quite a lot especially if you cut them into 2 inch squares. Store them in a bag in the freezer for emergencies but remember to hide them behind the veggies so no one else eats them. What you need
1 c dark chocolate chips ( Or carob to make this vegan!) plus a handful for good luck
1/2 c coconut oil
6 cups rice krispies cereal, you can get it in bulk at Winco for so cheap!
1 heaping tablespoon of fine ground coffee, espresso grind is best
coarse sea salt
How to make it
Melt chocolate and coconut oil together
in a big bowl mix together rice krispies , ground coffee and melted chocolate mix until mostly coated
throw in your handful of chocolate chips for good luck
press into a baking dish lines with wax paper. I used a deep baking pan for bars but you can do a baking dish for thicker slices.
Using a sheet of wax paper, press your bars into the dish gently to help it all stay together
sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt
put into the freezer for half hour to an hour until hardened
I have been on a sweets kick, that and every time I try to photograph my savory dishes I can’t seem to get a good photo. I don’t know why but when ever I try to photograph dinner it just does not look as pretty as it tastes. Perhaps it is the time of day and the light or my family pacing behind me waiting patiently to eat; What ever it is, it stinks and I wish I could have shown you all the salmon, goat cheese and chard tart I made for late lunch but I can’t.
At least I was able to snap a few photos of this pastry before it was devoured by the girl child and the mischievous dog! This pastry was a last-minute sweet tooth concoction and It was so yummy. This is a good quick sweet treat and would be so good with a scoop of yogurt for breakfast or ice cream for dessert… or in bed while watching reruns of project runway in your jammies.
What you need
puff pastry or handmade if you are champ try this recipe
1/4 c figs
2 tbs raspberry jam
2 tbsp honey
1/2 c goat cheese
2 tsp orange zest
1 tbsp orange juice
1 egg white
a few tbsp of raw sugar or regular sugar
How to make it
thaw pastry dough or make your own like a boss…or someone without hungry kids
finely chop figs
mix goat cheese and honey together
add orange zest and juice
mix in jam and figs
cut pastry dough into 4 inch long rectangles
place a heaping spoonful of the mix into center of dough
I know I know, I am a health food junkie, a lover of all things real and pure and good for my body so what the heck am I doing posting a recipe for donuts ? The truth is, even though I love health food sometimes a girl just has to have a donut and no matter how many spoonfuls of honey you eat, you STILL want a friggin’ donut.
I have been craving donuts for days-sweet, sugary and fried bites of clouds. I didn’t want to walk down to topper bakery or fry anything in my house so I skimmed through some recipes and after seeing how long they take I started to feel a bit defeated. Finally when the craving was too much to bear any longer I sucked it up and started my project.
At first I tried a recipe I found on a food blog and it failed miserably. I check the recipe over and over to see where I went wrong, I was substituting whole wheat flour but it shouldn’t have bombed that badly. I had a mound of dense rock hard dough on my counter…useless. I tried the recipe again making some tweaks just in case it was my high elevation that was the problem….rock hard again.
Finally, I tossed the recipe and started from scratch.After a few tantrums and a bit of sobbing and yes begging the flour to produce a donut (just one donut PLEASE! ) I finally came up with a recipe that produced the fluffiest whole wheat donut holes I ever devoured in 3 seconds flat.
These donuts are heavenly and perfect and so good it hurts…especially if you eat 7 in a row. They do take a little while to make but the end result is so worth the wait. I made these with both cinnamon and sugar and for the adventurous foodie – cinnamon , sugar, cocoa and a pinch of cayenne. They are best hot and fresh but I certainly would not say no to cold ones later in the day.
cocoa and cinnamon donut
What you need
1 c warm milk
3 tbsp active dry yeast
1 1/2- 2 cups whole wheat flour
3 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp vanilla
1/4 c melted butter
pinch of salt
cinnamon sugar & melted butter for topping
How to make it
Whisk warm milk and yeast in a standing mixer until dissolved
whisk in 1/2 c of the flour
let sit for 10 minutes
whisk in eggs, vanilla, salt and sugar
whisk in butter
slowly add the remaining flour little by little until the dough comes together and pulls away from the sides
the dough will be a bit sticky, as long as it forms a ball this is ok
put in a greased bowl and let rise for 1 hour or until doubled in size
put in the fridge or freezer if it is too sticky to handle, I found that 20 minutes in the freezer worked wonders
Roll of on a floured surface 1/4 inch thick
use a cookie cutter or measuring cup ( like me) to cut into small circles about 1.5 inches
place on a cookie sheet and let sit for about half hour until it double in sizes again
bake at 350 for about 10 minutes, do not over cook, these cook quickly and only need a bit of baking to retain their fluffy insides.
Melt butter in a bowl and put cinnamon sugar in another bowl
brush donut holes with butter and drop in cinnamon sugar bowl until coated
The other day I went to a “meet the producers” event to learn more about local farmers, ranchers and foodie companies around me. The e co center was packed full of people and I got to try tons of amazing cheeses, soups, desserts, breads, produce and jams.
One of the companies at the event was one I have had a foodie crush on for a while. Butcher’s bunches is a great company and not just because of their delicious jams and cool flavor combos. Butcher’s uses only local and sustainably grown produce and absolutely no sugar or yucky sugar substitutes.
While I was at the ‘meet the producers’ event I got to meet the founder and she gave me 2 of their jams to try and best off all they are going to give one of you readers a jar as well (giveaway at end of post). I have been wanting to make a peanut butter and jam cookie sandwich for a while but was waiting for the perfect jam, after trying a spoonful of each I knew Butcher’s was a match.
These jams are naturally sweet and taste just like fresh picked fruit. I tried the raspberry and blackberry jams and both were like jars of fresh berries both tart and sweet and oh so addicting. This recipe is a classic childhood favorite disguised as a guilty treat and if you use organic protein powder it becomes a healthy protein rich power food. I hope you enjoy it!
As a nursing mama it is super important to have a quick and easy protein snack on hand. I spend a lot of time nursing and a most of that time is in a rocking chair far away from the kitchen. I made this recipe to keep on the table next to me for when I inevitably become ravenously hungry and no one is around to fetch me a snack and I am just to tired to try myself.
Of course the kiddo, the dog and the husband saw my tasty treat and snagged a few and it quickly became a house favorite. Packed full of protein and yummy raw honey sweetness, it really does taste like candy but I assure you it is powerful protein magic. These are quick to make so if you are juggling kids and dishes and giant dogs you can whip these up in no time, hand over a few to everyone and get a few moments of peace.
They are great for hikes or post workout , snacking while nursing or silencing the brood. They will stay fresh in the fridge for weeks (or freezer for a cold snack) so go ahead and double or triple the recipe!
I love sweet treats but I hate sugar, a real dilemma I know. It isn’t that I think sugar is terrible to eat, it’s that I know if I do eat it I will have to share with my daughter and one bite of sugar in her system and she’s bouncing off the walls for days. Today my chocolate craving hit HARD and I needed a sweet treat to get me through.
I found a few sugar-free chocolate recipes on pinterest but I wanted something more than just chocolate. I thought it would be fun to add a surprise inside chocolate peanut butter treats and my daughter agreed it was an awesome idea. I had sunflower seeds, raisins, dried cranberries, frozen banana and apple slices on hand and some cute mini cupcake liners to make this fun recipe.
This is a great late night sugar craving snack, a good treat to reward a kiddo or a fun treat for a picnic or party. Let me know what you think and show me your results!