chocolate

Fudgy Cacao-Coconut Cookies

coo 035                     It is with wide open arms that I welcome back my chocolate addiction. After my guiltless Christmas blitz of lindor’s for breakfast, lunch and dinner I said tootleoo to chocolate for a little while. (Terrible decision, I know).

Although the separation brought on initial anxiety and withdrawal, I was able to push through a month or so without calling on my dark, rich and tasty friend for comfort. I had less cravings, slept easier and my tummy felt great. Life was good. But I missed my dear friend. (more…)

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Apple Nachos + Raw Salted Caramel Sauce

161141144An all natural, plant based, and mouthwatering caramel sauce to smother your apples with morning noon and night

“Expect Nothing, Experience Everything” – My motto for the beautiful month of February! Monday evening here, coming off a sugar high from the most rad birthday weekend a gal could ask for. This past Sunday I turned 24 and was elated to spend the weekend being pampered with gifts, love and attention by family and friends. (more…)

Raw Peanut butter Cookie Dough Bites

022013Naturally sweet and chewy, dabbled with chunks of choc chips and kissed with peanut butter… These taste just like the real deal.

I’m a second stomach kinda gal. I may have polished off 3 bowls of chilli for dinner but that does stop the pangs of ‘I WANT CHOCOLATE’ coming from my brain.

Key-word; Brain. The brain tricks us eating into sugar when we are sad, lonely and bored all the time. Admittedly I usually decide its easier to go with the flow and indulge instead of letting it taunt me all night. But post Christmas sugar blitz I have been trying to break the cycle with some faux-sweet treats:

  • I have found the perfect chocolate-mint tea that sometimes satisfies (when paired with 3 squares 90% dark chocolate)
  • Berry smoothies work
  • Bananas dipped in peanut butter (for the peanut butta lova’s)
  • Banana ‘icecream’ (but I may or may not have broke my food processor blending dates)

And then there is these…. cookie dough balls….um yeah. Packed to the brim with energizing and satisfying nuts, sweetened with dates, and flavoured with peanut butter. h e l l y e a h (more…)

Irresistably Chewy Protein Cookies {with Everything But The Kitchen Sink}

011023Oats, Quinoa, Peanut butter, Banana, Sunflower Seeds, Dates, Cranberries, Protein Powder, Chocolate Chips and sweetened with maple syrup.

I have an entertaining/dangerous habit of haphazardly throwing everything iv ever enjoyed into a bowl when baking sans recipe. Many a time it results in a creation where the batter tastes amazing but the finished product somewhat…confusing. Regardless, there is something very meditative about baking your own dream creation– especially when it turns out like these guys! I have been craving cookies like nobody’s business lately, but I wanted a variety that rather than making you eat 9 in a row, satisfied your tummy growls for more than a second.

Enter these gluten free, high fiber, protein PACKED monster cookies. They are addictively tasty in the way you love the average peanut butter choco chip. But these will make you feel amazing and keep you high energy between meals. (more…)

Pomegranate Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies {vegan}

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Rich dark chocolate chunks amidst an oatmeal cookie base dabbled with tangy bursts of POM! Wowee now that’s a cookie I can get down with.

I have been romantic with pomegranates TOO long to not have enjoyed them with dark chocolate. They practically get married in these cookies. Every bite gets a taste of the dazzling combo. (more…)

Skinny Mini Banana Brownie Muffins {GF}

IMG_9219 IMG_9269IMG_9259These mini chocolate bombs taste like a dark rich brownie, but eat like a muffin- ya got me?

The dark rich chocolate flavour is definitly satisfactory for every brownie fan but the dense crumby interior is what makes them muffin territory. I had every intention of creating a healthy two- bite brownie today. But the baking gods had other plans. The banana that was initially used as a natural sweetener, gave the brownies the most delightful banana chocolate muffin taste that cant be ignored. (more…)

Roasted Banana Loaf with Quinoa & Dark Chocolate

IMG_9056IMG_9094IMG_9082Warm and aromatic banana loaf lightly sweetened with maple syrup and roasted bananas. The nuttyness from the quinoa pairs perfectly with the roasty banana flavour and intense dark chocolate.

This banana bread tastes like the ultimate decadence, but is lower fat than the usual, and packs a protein punch with greek yogurt and quinoa. You probably wouldn’t think quinoa would improve the texture of your baked good, but in this case its the shining star. Each itty bitty seed provides surprise moisture and tenderness. (more…)