Tag Archives: chocolate

Don’t Like Zucchini? You Don’t Need to With This Sneaky Black Forest Smoothie

Chocolate Cherry Smoothie With Zucchini

Smoothies are ubiquitous these days. Really, everyone’s drinking them (yup, including me). I can see why; as long as you make them right, they’re a great way to get a double dose of fruits and veggies for breakfast or a snack. Of course, when you look at the ingredient list of some smoothie recipes, they’re more like dessert: loaded with fruit and then even more sweeteners. Really, you should not need to add honey, no matter how healthy you think honey is, to your smoothie if you have at least some fruit in it.

I have my go-to green smoothie recipe, which I’ll share one of these days, but recently I’ve been experimenting with other fruits, veggies, and flavors. Inspired by a sale on cherries and some leftover zucchini just about to go bad, today I thought a sneaky black forest smoothie might hit the spot. And sure enough it did. Continue reading

The Secret to This No-Dairy-and-Sugar Ice Cream? Shhh . . . It’s Bananas

Chocolate Almond Banana Ice Cream

Guys.

I am such a bad food blogger. I’ve been enjoying this ice cream all summer long and I haven’t shared it with you until now. The biggest reason why? I can’t stop eating it long enough to take a picture.

But that’s okay, because there’s nothing bad in here at all. It’s literally just bananas, cocoa powder, and a hint of almond butter and vanilla. No dairy or sugar for those of us on anti-inflammatory diets, yet you’d never in your life know it. Technically, that makes it a banana sorbet, not ice cream, but who’s really counting? Whatever it is, it’s delicious and healthy yet feels like you’re indulging. Continue reading

My Favorite Thing to Eat at Walt Disney World Is a Simple Chocolate Muffin

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffin at WDW Main Street Bakery

This one’s all about nostalgia; I won’t try to convince you otherwise. When I was a kid, we went to Disneyland in Anaheim every couple of years when we were out on the West Coast visiting my grandfather. Every trip, we’d stop at the Main Street Bake Shop for a special treat. For some reason, I’d pass up cookies, brownies, and cakes in favor of a giant chocolate chocolate chip muffin. Every time. Continue reading

Beets and Chocolate Are Starting to Be a Classic Combination

Roasted Beet Lava Cake

I’ve made beet cake. I’ve made chocolate lava cakes (but I have yet to share that recipe on this blog). What I haven’t done is combine them together. But one blogger has. I found the recipe on Pinterest, I think through my friend Diane, but it’s been so long since I’ve pinned it that I honestly don’t remember.

Unlike the beet cake I tried before, I couldn’t taste the beets at all in this recipe, probably because the ratio of beet to chocolate was pretty small. For some this would be an advantage, but I found it a little disappointing.

You see, I’m not a fan of hiding vegetables or other healthy things (black beans, anyone?) in foods in order to trick yourself or your family into eating them. I know I’ve blogged about a few recipes that may have given the wrong impression, but my intention has always been to see how an unexpected food combination, like beets and ice cream, can result in a new and unusual yet delicious flavor. Continue reading

Looking for the Chocolatiest Chocolate Cookies? Look No Further

chocolate crinkle cookies

Fellow dark chocolate lovers, these cookies are for you. If you’re more a fan of mild, creamy milk chocolate, stop right here; you’ll probably hate these. But if you’re like me and can’t get enough deep, rich, bittersweet dark chocolate, you’ll want to always have a batch of these cookies on hand. Continue reading

Food Trend: Black Bean Desserts

Copyright cookbookman17, Flickr.com

You know how I’m obsessed with desserts that feature unusual ingredients, like beet cake or beet ice cream? Well, now I’ve gone and taken it a step further. I’m trying to join the craze around black bean desserts.

Never heard of them? You’re probably not alone. I vaguely remember reading something about black bean brownies on Twitter over the summer, but at the time I was obsessed with beets and paid those brownies no mind.

But during a recent visit to my mother’s home, I stumbled across a tiny blurb in one of her issues of Family Circle, claiming that all you had to do to prepare a healthy dessert was puree a can of black beans, add it to a box of brownie mix in lieu of oil and eggs, and then bake according to package directions. No one will be able to tell the difference, the page proclaimed.

Challenge accepted. Continue reading

World Nutella Day 2012: Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies

World Nutella Day
If you haven’t noticed by now, if there’s one thing I love, it’s a great chocolate chip cookie. And Nutella. A recipe that combines the two? Be still my heart.

So, for today, World Nutella Day 2012 (hosted by Ms Adventures in Italy and Bleeding Espresso), I bring you Nutella chocolate chip cookies. Continue reading