Usually, I would never have given a second thought to making energy bars or protein bars at home, it’s not something I think of replicating in my kitchen. I got the idea for making protein packed energy bars from our friend Aaron H. One day we were talking healthy snacks when he told me he had been trying unsuccessfully to make an energy bar at home. Energy bar at home? And that to Aaron making it? I did a double take.
Aaron said he had been trying to make an energy bar of sorts with almond meal, raisins, and cocoa powder and he was still figuring out how to get the texture right. You see his “energy bar” was very sticky in the mouth – almost like a peanut butter. He said he added water but that didn’t help. He even tried baking the mixture but it turned out too hard and not edible. We got to talk about how we could make the texture better and bounced around ideas such as adding applesauce and bananas, or coconut oil. But in the end I promised him I would try and make an energy bar at home, and if it turned out good, share the recipe with him.
Guess what folks? I made nut energy bars in my home kitchen and they turned out great 😋. I shaped them into truffles hence the name energy bar truffles. Continue reading Cocoa & Nut Super Seeds & Cardamom Protein-bar Truffles
Our family loves Mexican hot chocolate. That creamy hot chocolate with cinnamon and a hint of cayenne pepper – yummy 😋! So when I came upon a hot chocolate recipe in the May issue of Martha Stewart Living Magazine that took the flavors of Mexican hot chocolate and transformed it into a cookie, I had to try it. An added bonus is that the ingredients for these cookies are ingredients I usually have in my pantry.
Continue reading Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies with Chrysanthemum Petals
There is something about cherries and chocolate that is a marriage made in heaven. Both are deep, dark, beautiful, and delicious, and their flavors blend together perfectly.
Continue reading Sweet and Tart Sun-dried Cherries Dark Chocolate Bites with Fuchsia Blossoms & Rose Petals
One of my twins Rani got in the mood to make some chocolate cupcakes a few weekends ago. But Rani is a picky one; she likes dark chocolate, even in her cupcakes. YES! I thought. I am going to be treated to an adult cupcake made with dark chocolate!
Now as you may know, there are countless chocolate cupcake recipes out there, hundreds of recipes actually. Yet somehow Rani was able to narrow down her search to this one recipe from Gimmesomeoven.com. She asked me to take a look at the recipe for 1: do we have the ingredients and 2: for approval – i.e. is this an easy recipe to follow. I gave her the thumbs up 👍. This is how Rani’s chocolate cupcakes turned out. Pretty cool!
Continue reading Salted Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Salted Caramel
Chocolate truffles are the perfect dessert for times when we are craving something chocolaty. This recipe uses dark chocolate so we can eat our chocolate and feel good about it too 😄, especially when you consider that dark chocolate is good for you. Here is a recipe for homemade Dark Chocolate Orange Truffles.
Continue reading Dark Chocolate Orange Truffles
Looking for inspiration for a gorgeous dessert for Valentine’s Day? Try making this super easy Dark Chocolate Raspberry Bark with Candied Ginger.
Continue reading Raspberry Ginger Chocolate Bark
I don’t recall how I came upon this book really, maybe I was browsing Amazon’s book selection, or maybe I saw it in a bookstore. The title got me interested. Flourless? Really? Continue reading Flourless. Recipes for Naturally Gluten-Free Desserts by Nicole Spiridakis
Have you heard of FIKA? I hadn’t. Not until a few months ago that is, when I was catching up on my daily world news on BBC.com. I came across an article that read Why Are Swedish Workers So Happy?. This article was about FIKA, the Swedish workplace tradition of taking a coffee break with sweet treats and chatting. In many companies in Sweden this coffee break is not only encouraged but in some offices it is actually mandatory. Research has shown that taking a work-place coffee break leads to happier and more productive employees.
I know it’s silly of me, but when I read that people take a coffee break every day with a sweet pastry or two, all I could think of is, “Why aren’t Swedish people overweight?” Eating that much sweet treats every day must have some negative impact on the body. Right?
The quest for the answer to this question is how I came upon this cookbook Scandinavian Baking by Trine Hahnemann. Continue reading Scandinavian Baking by Trine Hahnemann
My friend Rose made these outstanding dark chocolate brownies a while back, and they were perfect little bites of pure chocolate joy. These brownies were gooey, chocolaty, and moist with a hint of espresso and they were not teeth-tingling sweet. Why am I surprised these brownies were so good? Rose is an amazing baker – just amazing. Her baked goods can win awards. If only she would open a bakeshop, her goodies would sell out for sure. Rose shared her recipe for these gooey brownies, which she got from trEATs by April Carter. Here is the recipe with a few of Rose’s own tweaks. Continue reading Dark Chocolate Brownies With Salted Carmel
I love Cadbury’s Fruit and Nut Bar. It’s my favorite chocolate. I thought about making some at home but decided it was best to leave it to Cadbury’s to make it the way they do – just perfect. Instead I decided to make a more adult fruit and nut bar with dark chocolate and some of my favorite dried fruits and nuts like apricots, pistachios, and candied ginger. I also added saffron to give the chocolate an exotic flavor. Here is the recipe. Continue reading Dark Chocolate Fruit & Nut Bark with Apricots and Candied Ginger