Homemade Bite Size Energy Bars

These are really quick and easy energy bars. They’re good for an after-workout snack and are better work munchies then the candy bowl.

Homemade Bite Size Energy Bars

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 2/3 cup pitted dates
  • Handful of chocolate chips
  1. In a blender or food processor, grind up the cashews until they’re fine. Place them in a bowl
  2. Process the dates until they become smooth. I added a tablespoon of water to help.
  3. Mix the cashews together with the chocolate chips.
  4. Enjoy!
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What it looks like mashed together.

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Form into mini bars and you’ve got delicious treats!

What have I done!?

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I know this blog is supposed to focus on healthy alternatives and overall good food but every one and a while you have to jump of the other side and make something so sugary and so chocolaty that it doesn’t even have a name. A friend of mine told me of a treat a co-worker … Continue reading

Pseudo Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

This recipe sounded awesome. How can frozen banana and some cocoa powder make an ice cream-like dessert?

I’m glad I tried it because this recipe hit the sweet tooth spot!

Sudo Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

Yum!

Sudo Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

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  • 1 frozen banana peeled and chopped (I missed the chopped part, it would have been helpful)
  • 1tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1tbsp vegetable oil

Blend everything together until smooth. You can eat it by itself or serve over fruit or cake. I added chocolate chips and some more cut up banana!

What’s your variation?

PB Raisin Cookie Balls

Today I had a craving for peanut butter raisin cookie balls.

They’re peanut butter, raisins, and some cocoa powder all blended together to make chewy, chocolaty deliciousness.

The recipe calls for nuts but I didn’t have any so this batch is without them.

PB Raisin Cookie Balls

Delicious!

PB Raisin Cookie Balls

(Adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie’s Fudge Baby recipe)

  • 1/4 + some Raisins
  • 1/4 Natural Peanut Butter
  • Almonds (or your nut of choice)
  • 1-2 teaspoons of Cocoa (sometimes I prefer a scoop of chocolate protein powder)
  • Some Vanilla Extract
  • Chocolate Chips

Blend everything together until smooth. Add in chocolate chips and roll into balls. Enjoy!

This makes about 9 balls, depending on how large you roll them.

If you happen to have any left keep them in the fridge.

Cashew White Chocolate Chip Cookies are a Thing!

My boyfriend loves cashews, chocolate, and chocolate chip cookies. I thought, why not try and make a cookie with cashews? I figured that white chocolate would go better with them. Low and behold cashew white chocolate chip cookies are a thing!

I was able to make some sweet cookies from elsbro.com’s blog for Cocoa Cashew White Chocolate Chip Cookies.

 

I would show you some pictures of what they looked like out of the oven but I forgot to take some before we ate them all.

The recipe calls for salted cashews but I used unsalted. Instead of almond butter I used coconut (that’s what we had).

Cocoa Cashew White Chocolate Chip Cookies

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INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups + 2 Tbsp whole-wheat flour
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup grapeseed oil (veg oil)
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 3 Tbsp creamy almond butter (soften in microwave if needed to stir into dough)
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup salted/roasted cashew nuts
  • 3/4 cup white chocolate chips (vegan)

Bake for 11min at 350 degrees.

My Accidental Refried Black Bean Brownie Creation

This past weekend I made mmmisformommy.com‘s Legendary Black Bean Brownie recipe. Now, I love brownies and trying weird ways to make food so I was excited to give this a go.

My first task was to acquire black beans. I already had some dry ones but the recipe called for 19oz canned. The largest can I could find was 16oz so I figured I could use ½ cup dried beans to make up the 19oz.

I cooked the dried beans, rinsed them and added them to the blender. Next I opened the canned beans and dropped them in the blender but something wasn’t right. It smelled like dog food, was already mushed together, and was brown. I had bought refried black beans instead of regular canned black beans! It was too late. Once in the mood for brownies one has to move forward. I added the rest of the ingredients (minus the chocolate chips), blended it together and poured it in the pan.

I then mixed in the chocolate chips. Although, I realized later that the recipe says to “sprinkle with chocolate chips”. To add my own flair (and to erase some of the dog food smell) I squirted Hershey’s chocolate syrup onto the top in a zig zaggy design. I find where the syrup sit the brownie is more moist and chocolaty.

After 30 minutes I took the brownies out. They smelled like chocolate and faintly of refried beans. They tasted alright but for me not enough like chocolate. It probably would have if I had used normal beans.

My Accidental Refried Black Bean Brownie Creation!

I decided to take them into work and let my co-workers eat them. It would be a blind study; no one knows I used beans.

Turns out, they loved it!

My Legendary Black Bean Brownies (aka Stop or My Mom Will Toot!)
Adapted from Allrecipes

1 19oz (540ml) can black beans, well rinsed and drained
3 large eggs
3 tbsp vegetable or canola oil
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2/3 cup white sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp instant espresso
1/4 cup bittersweet chocolate chips

**Some Hershey’s Syrup on top