Posts Tagged ‘chocolate’

Banana Bliss x 2

A quick snack yesterday that made me really happy:

Bananas + Chocolate Coconut Butter

And today, in the frozen version:

Banana Soft Serve mixed with Chocolate Coconut Butter

My little guy enjoyed this two.  I had to make two batches since he ate almost the whole first batch before I could get a bite.  I love that it’s a food I can serve him guilt free – bananas, coconut and a bit of dark chocolate – all great stuff!  And, yes, he is wearing a Barbie Band-aid.  It’s all the rage in the 2 year old boy scene.

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Chocolate Coconut Butter

I made this chocolate-coconut butter (not raw since I used a regular chocolate bar, not raw cacoa).  It’s chilling in the fridge and will be used atop steel cut oats and banana flax crepes.

Chocolate and Coconut? Bliss…….

Want to see something that doesn’t combine as well as chocolate and cocount?  How about my son after his big sister talked him into dressing up like a fairy?  He’s going to kill me for this someday:

Pssst, I used my stove….

to make some yummy Steel Cut Oats this week for breakfast. It is finally feeling like fall in Texas. Well, not really fall, but less like summer.  Texans who have never lived elsewhere think this is fall, but as someone who has lived in places that have 4 distinct seasons, I would call this weather pseudo-fall.

I made some cooked oatmeal this week to celebrate the nice, less-hot weather.

Apple Cinnamon with Walnuts – I like to cook some of the apples with the oatmeal and then top it with raw apples.  Nice texture variation.

 

Banana Chocolate Chip with Walnuts –(the ripe banana is cooked into the oatmeal as it simmers, giving it a really rich taste)

 

Apple Cinnamon with Pecan Butter – next to my daughter’s plain oatmeal (she likes a small sprinkle of cinnamon but nothing else, thank you very much)


Pumpkin Oatmeal with Sliced Almonds – stirred in about 1/2 c canned pumpkin and some cinnamon and a small sprinkle of sugar – like fall in a bowl

I soak my oats the night before and then finish them up on the stovetop for about 10 minutes.  How do you top your oats?

Rainy Day Eats

It’s raining and raining here in my world today.  In my pre-kids days, I’d be at work drinking lots and lots of hot tea on these kinds of days, unless of course it was a weekend in which case I’d be in my pjs sleeping, reading or watching either Lifetime movies, House, CSI or NCIS.  I have strange taste in TV, no?  What do “Mother May I Sleep With Danger” and CSI have in common?  Not much.

Rainy days at home with two small kids does not allow for shameless and thoroughly enjoyable marathon TV watching.  We did watch 3 episodes of Little Bear, but it was nowhere near as satisfying as Dr. House or Gil Grishom.  Sorry Little Bear.

My rainy day enjoyment today was limited to watching my kids play in the rain while sipping a cup of hot tea (way better than sipping hot tea at work) and a nice bowl of choco-avocado-banana pudding while the kids watched their 3rd TV show.I love this stuff and eat it a couple of times a week.

This pudding + Dr. House = pure bliss….

What is your favorite way to spend a rainy day?

Cookie Dough Bars

I read this recipe over at Peas and Thank You and knew I had to try it.  It isn’t that different from the fudge babies I generally make, but I haven’t used almonds yet in a bar.

I made them as bars:

And added in some peanut butter (since I seems to be adding peanut butter to everything these days) and rolled them into balls.

They were good with and without the peanut butter, but I did have trouble with keeping the non-peanut butter bars together.  The dates I used were a bit try, so I’ll try it again with the Costco dates that seem to have more moisture and work really well in the fudge babies.

Second Chance Choco- Avocado Pudding

I’ve tried the avocado/cocoa blend before and wasn’t too impressed.  But, after reading this post, I decided to give it a try again.  I know, never get a second chance to make a first impression, right?  But, I believe in second chances.  Oh the cliches….  🙂

Hooray for second chances.  This was much better!  I’ve had it twice already.  The texture is light and creamy and it’s only slightly sweet, so it’s a great snack.  For a rich dessert, I’d go with this chocolate pudding.  For a nice mid-afternoon snack, this banana/avocado/cocoa blend is perfect.  This week I plan on making it again and letting my kids use it as a dip for fruit and graham crackers.

topped with shredded coconut and cocoa nibs

Here is my modified version:

Chocolate Avocado Banana Pudding

  • 1 avocado
  • 4T rounded cocoa powder
  • 1/4c almond milk
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1-2T honey or 1 packet stevia or sweetener of choice
  1. Combine all in blender (I used the magic bullet)
  2. Process and scrape bowl a few times until thoroughly combined and fluffy.

Chocolate Pudding-ish

I have yet to even try to conquer hacking into a whole coconut.  I don’t even know if you can buy them here in San Antonio, but I haven’t exactly looked.  I eat coconut almost daily, but it’s either already shredded or in the form of coconut oil/butter.  Anway, many of the pudding type recipes I see in Raw Food cookbooks involve fresh coconut, so they are filed away in my ‘Someday’ file in my head.  Along with many, many other things.

I came across a chocolate pudding recipe that was pretty much cocoa, avocado and vanilla.  Tried it and had to choke it down.  Tasted like it sounds.  Love chocolate and love avocados, but together, not so much.  There are other iterations out there like this and this that I may try someday.  I think the addition of coconut milk, bananas and/or dates could help the flavors blend a bit better.

I recently tried another chocolate pudding recipe that I based off of a chocolate pie type recipe from Everyday Raw.  Jackpot!!  It is so very good.  Very rich, in that I can’t finish the entire dish.  The husband also really liked it and said I should serve it to friends sometime as a ‘can you believe this is raw?’ kind of dessert.  Maybe, but maybe I’ll just eat it all myself….

  • 3/4 c cashews, soaked 4-6 hrs
  • 1/3-1/2 c water
  • 1/3 c agave syrup
  • 1/4 c cocount oil/butter
  • 1/4 t vanilla
  • dash sea salt
  • 1/2 c cocoa (raw is best, but I used regular)

Blend all ingredients together until creamy and smooth and freeze.

I liked it best chilled (not frozen), so I took it out of the freezer and put it into the fridge about 8 hrs before eating.  It ends up with a texture like cold cheesecake.  Not really pudding like, but I’m not sure what else to call it.  Any suggestions?

I’d rank this up there with the chocolate coconut crack drops in terms of deliciousness.