Chocolate Chips with a Twist

May 7, 2012 § Leave a comment

The hubs and I participated in a Half Marathon this past weekend and I had to share the cookies I made for pre and post race energy. They were Ah-Maz-Balls (a little Giuliana shout-out)! I originally started my search for a cookie recipe that called for oat flour, as that was all I had on hand, and I ended up finding a recipe from Eat Drink Better that satisfied my sweet tooth while being gluten free, vegan (depending on any modifications) and healthy. Since oats are gentle on the tummy and a good source of complex carbs to provide energy, I am happy to say these cookies have instantly become my game day go to snack.

*Make sure to check out the original recipe for Vegan cookies

Oat Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 cups oat flour plus 1 cup whole oats (use certified gluten free oats for cookies to be 100% gf)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup vegan margarine
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup canola or sunflower seed oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup vegan chocolate chips
  • Cooking Directions
    1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F and grease a baking tray.
    2.  Mix oat flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda in a bowl. Add margerine and oil and stir until mixed. If the mixture is too dry, add a tablespoon of soy milk. Add chocolate chips last and mix.
    3. Roll tablespoon-sized balls of dough and flatten them with the back of a wet spoon on your baking tray. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until golden brown.

Zucchini Cakes

September 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

Image source: sweettreatsandmore.blogspot.com

My In-laws recently gave me a plethora of zucchini from their garden and I have been experimenting with it on a daily basis. My first instinct was to make a more traditional zucchini bread. I made four loaves (using this recipe). I planned on freezing a few of the loaves for when Baby Baron arrives but only two made it to the freezer, oops! Zucchini bread really hits the spot on a cool fall morning with a big cup of coffee; it’s one of my weaknesses.

Since I still had plenty of zucchini to work with I searched the blogosphere and  came across this recipe for Chocolate Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cake. Now, who doesn’t love an abundance of chocolate in their bread? The cake/bread turned out flavorful, moist and definitely satisfied my chocolate craving. Since zucchini is everywhere right now, what recipes will you be trying out? Next up, I think I’ll try making Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cookies and take them to share with some friends. Let’s be honest, this pregnant girl doesn’t need to be eating ALL the treats she makes.

Image Source: blogs.babble.com/family-kitchen

* I adapted both recipes to be gluten free by using Arrowhead Mills Gluten Free All Purpose flour

Chocolate Kiwi Pops

May 16, 2011 § Leave a comment

My husband makes life real easy for me when it comes to cooking. He will try anything once and is always finding me great recipes to test out. Unfortunately, our palettes part ways in one area, MELON. As a girl who was given huge slices of watermelon in her high chair and served cantaloupe with ice cream growing up, this is a huge disappointment for me. I hate buying melon and letting it go to waste since I’m the only one in the house who will eat it. And I’ll be honest, yes, I have made the purchase and eaten an entire melon alone, then inevitably suffered the consequences of a tummy ache.

Dan came to me the other day and showed me these Chocolate covered Kiwi pops (he saw on theChive.com) and has been begging me to make them ever since. Being a huge kiwi fan, I was game and we made a trip to the farmers market this past Saturday to pick up some kiwi and fresh flowers (because I could not resist, they were so beautiful) and headed home to get started. These were so simple and delicious I had to share them with you all.

Chocolate Covered Kiwi Pops

You will need Kiwi fruit, popsicle sticks and chocolate chips. Peel kiwi and cut into 1/2 inch slices. Dip one end of a popsicle stick into melted chocolate and skewer kiwi. Once all kiwi circles have been skewered, place them in the freezer for 10 minutes to let the chocolate set. Melt remaining chocolate and dip kiwi; place back in freezer for anther 10 minutes and enjoy.

*It is essential to dip popsicle stick in chocolate before skewering fruit, this will insure that the fruit will stay on the stick.

Wishing on Chocolate

January 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

Flourless Chocolate Cake

One of my dearest friends recently celebrated a birthday. The festivities were kept low key and intimate with a dinner at her home organized and partially prepared by her wonderful husband. I was given a special request from the birthday girl to make this amazing Flourless Chocolate Cake. I have made this cake once before at a dinner party I threw. Not only is it rich and decadent it is also Gluten Free (double score for a chocoholic like myself). With this recipe calling for only five ingredients, I am sure it will make everyone’s “go-to” list.

The evening spent celebrating Amy was wonderful; lot’s of good food, great conversation and most importantly, laughter. May this year bring her good health, happiness and any wish she desires. Happy Birthday Amy!

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