Posts Tagged ‘chocolate’

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth: Vegan Chocolate Truffles

vegan chocolate truffles

My chocolate cravings are nothing compared to the profound choco-lust of lifelong chocoholics. I tend to prefer sweets with lots of cinnamon or vanilla. Every once in a while though, nothing else will do. Sometimes a body just needs chocolate, you know? Unfortunately, there’s nothing in the US Constitution about an inalienable right to chocolate.

…I assume that’s just an oversight.

Anyway, when the cravings strike, these vegan chocolate truffles are a good way to satisfy them. I first encountered them as an assistant in someone else’s kitchen and was an instant fan.

The truffles are intensely chocolatey: sweet but not cloying, rich but not overwhelming. Though you won’t want to stop eating these truffles once you start, they are satisfying enough that you really only need one or two. Read more…

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Recovery Meal: Chocolate-Banana Protein Shake

Chocolate-Banana Protein Shake

There are a few things I absolutely must have after a workout:
     - a shower
     - a playlist appropriate for chilling out, maxing, and relaxing all cool
     - many, many ounces of water
     - an easily digestible protein source

This chocolate-banana protein shake is one of my favorite ways to achieve that last item. Normally, it doesn’t make much sense to indulge in something chocolatey after you’ve killed yourself at the gym. Why undo all that hard work? However, in this case, chocolate is not only permissible, but necessary. It makes downing that shot of post-workout protein (so important to muscle growth) much easier.  Read more…

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Cheap Eats: Crunchy Dark Chocolate Homemade Granola Bars

Crunchy, Nutty Dark Chocolate Granola Bars

Ring-ring! “Hey girl, can I call you back? I’m making chocolate-dipped granola bars.”

“…oh my God, who ARE you???”

Apparently, I am a girl that bakes homemade granola bars in her spare time. Don’t be too impressed; it’s honestly not that big of a deal. Anyone who’s made their own granola before can tell you how cheap and easy it is. Turning that granola into convenient, portable bars takes just a few more steps:

1. Add something sticky and gooey to the granola.
2. Bake said granola.
3. Cut said granola into bars.
4. Dip bars into high quality chocolate.

Done.

The one trick is waiting for the granola to cool before you cut it — if you’re impatient and try to cut too early, you risk ending up with a (delicious) heap of crumbly clusters instead of the handy bars you intended.

Granola is especially substitution-friendly, so use whatever ingredients make sense to you. I used a mix of almond, pecans, and blueberry craisins here, but any another combination of nuts and dried fruit would work just as well. I used agave nectar to bind everything together; honey and maple syrup are great alternatives.

These sweet, nutty granola bars are the perfect energy-packed snack get you through a long afternoon. Recipe after the jump!

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Holiday Treat! Gluten-Free Mint-Fudge Cookies

Gluten-Free Mint-Fudge Cookies

I am wayyy past due for my first cookie recipe for the holidays. I clearly need to get my priorities in order.

To kick off Baking Season 2012, I made these mint-fudge cookies. Mint + chocolate = CHRISTMAS, and I love it. These cookies are a nice, light take on the classic combination. It’s like a meringue and a normal cookie got together to have a minty, chocolatey baby. The tops are slightly crisp, but on the bottom they’re fudgy and soft. Made with a mix of dark cocoa and regular cocoa, the cookies are satisfyingly chocolatey without being overwhelming.

Did I mention that it only takes about 30 minutes from start to finish to make an enormous batch? And they’re only 25 calories each? Awesome. Plus, since there isn’t any flour in this recipe, these mint-fudge cookies are perfect for the gluten-free guy or gal in your life. Just make sure that your flavor extracts are gluten-free too (like the ones from McCormick).

Here’s the recipe! Read more…

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Low-Fat Chocolate Muffins

I made these chocolate muffins late last night, and despite how incredible they smelled coming out of the oven, I somehow managed to go to bed without tasting them.

I cannot believe I deprived myself of chocolate muffins for a whole day! Let me tell you, these things are good. I mean, they are REALLY good. They’re chocolatey and dense, but not overly sweet. You could have one for breakfast if you wanted, but you could just as easily have one for dessert. And they’re low-fat! Whole wheat flour and nonfat yogurt definitely make these muffins much more nutritious than your average chocolate treat.

Honestly, they’re chocolate muffins. Do you really need me to sell you on the idea? Read more…

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