Category Archives: chocolate

Copycat Oreos

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Oreos are a cookie my husband and I use to do some serious damage on. Dave would easily eat an entire row. I wasn’t far behind him. Since not eating any processed foods for a few years now, most of them no longer even appeal to me. Even cereal doesn’t tempt me anymore. But oreos and milk is just so good. These cookies are a great oreo substitute, they don’t have any refined sugar, and go great with a glass of milk or crushed on top of ice cream.

Copycat Oreos

makes 15 sandwich cookies

3/4 cup flour (I use whole wheat pastry)

1/4 cup + 2 Tbs cocoa powder

1/4 cup coconut sugar (or organic cane sugar)

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/16 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 cup butter, melted

2 Tbs honey

1 Tbs milk (if needed)

Melt butter. Add vanilla, honey, and sugar. Mix together flour, baking powder, salt. Combine wet and dry. Add milk little at a time if needed to bring dough together. It will depend on which flour you use (older flour is dryer, as is whole wheat flour).

Roll dough into a 1.5 inch long and wrap in cling wrap. Place in freezer for one hour or days until you are ready to bake.

When ready to bake, take off wrap and slice into thin slices with a sharp knife. Bake on a silpat baking sheet for 15-20 minutes (depending on thickness you sliced them) at 325F. Do not let them burn. They will not be hard when you take them out of the oven. They will continue to harden as they cool. You won’t be able to see when they start to burn because the dough is so dark, so don’t just keep cooking them trying to get them to crisp up.

For the cream mix 3 Tbs coconut butter and 1 tsp honey. Or use your favorite buttercream and just make it stiff.

Add cream between 2 sandwich cookies once cookies are completely cooled.

Nutritional Information:

Calories: 99

fat: 5.5 g

Sodium: 35 mg (1%)

Carbohydrates: 13 g

dietary fiber: 1.3 g

sugars: 6 g

Protein: 1.3 g

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Dark Chocolate Brownies

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Its no secret I am all about the chocolate. Long gone are the skittles and starburst days, give me chocolate, and make it dark! I experimented with  brownies in the kitchen last week and found a winner. It makes a relatively small batch which I like for two reasons. One, I don’t have to practice as much self control because if we finished the whole batch in one night, at least it was a small one. And two, I really like my baked goods fresh so I only want them to last a day or two so I can move on and make something else (or make them fresh again)!

I have made a couple of brownie recipes including my Black Bean Brownies. The black bean brownies are more fudgy and these are a little more cake like brownies. These also have the crusty edges more. Both have their place for sure. These brownies were adapted from an Eating Light magazine recipe and they are pretty healthy as far as brownies go. So these are perfect for everyday weeknight indulgences. Its still chocolate, its still dessert, but they are healthy enough to indulge in on a daily basis without breaking the scale or your healthy lifestyle.

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Dark Chocolate Brownies

3 TB coconut oil, melted

1 tsp instant coffee granules

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup honey

3 egg whites

2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup special dark cocoa powder

1/2 cup flour (I used whole wheat)

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

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Mix melted coconut oil with coffee granules and let dissolve. Stir in sugar, honey, egg whites, and vanilla and mix. In a separate bowl mix cocoa powder, flour, baking powder, and salt. Fold dry ingredients into wet.

Pour into greased 8×8 pan and bake at 350 F for 15-20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Cut into 16 pieces. Brownies are small so you can cut into larger pieces if desired.

Try not to eat entire pan.

I made a half batch when I took the pictures so this round pan was all I had to fit the amount of batter. Therefore I had little brownie pie pieces.

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To documenting a dance party…

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And of course that dance party was fueled by a brownie…or two Smile

Chocolate, Chocolate Chip Muffins Recipe

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Throughout my school years, I pretty much always brought my lunch. For middle school and high school  I went to a small, expensive private school on scholarship. Tuition is now over 20 grand per year, so you can imagine how expensive it was to buy lunch! Although it wasn’t your typical school lunch where you go through a line and they slop food on a tray. It was more like a little café with burgers, fries, sandwiches, yogurts, salad bar, etc. Most of the families there had lots of money, mine did not. I didn’t mind at all, I got a great education and I never felt any less because we didn’t have money. We wore uniforms so its not like I was competing with designer clothes or anything. When some kids would buy lunch, they wouldn’t want to carry around their change the rest of the day. This means if their meal was $6.01, they would just leave their 99 cents on the table. Not that I went around searching for spare change or anything but if I saw it sitting there, you better believe I put it in the front pouch of my backpack! I even had friends who would intentionally throw away pennies! Craziness to me. Now I wouldn’t go into the trash to retrieve them (even though I’d want to) but I sure would take them if I saw they were about to be thrown away. Haven’t I told you how frugal I am before? Well on days where I found a dollar or two in change I would go buy either cookies (the insanely gooey undercooked ones) or an Otis Spunkmeyer chocolate chip muffin. I know, not healthy at all, but SO good. I saw a chocolate chip muffin the other day and instantly remembered these delicious muffins and decided I had to recreate them without the 440 calorie dent! When I looked up the calorie count on these it said 220 and I was thinking no way. I then noticed it said “per serving” and there were 2 per muffin…tricky tricky. Well not my muffin…

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Chocolate, Chocolate Chip Muffin

1 3/4 cup flour

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup honey

1/4 cup cocoa powder

2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

3/4 cup milk

1 egg

1/4 cup plain greek yogurt (or butter/coconut oil if they wont be consumed quickly)

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 cup mini chocolate chips + 2 TB for garnish

Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, cocoa, and salt. Add the milk, egg whites, yogurt, and vanilla. Stir until well combined. Alyssa really got at the mixing today, look at that hand go!

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Stir in 1/4 cup of the mini chocolate chips. The mini ones are really important here because you get more bang for your buck. You can add less and still get a little chocolate in each bite. Grease 12 muffin tins and evenly distribute the batter. Top each muffin with some of the remaining chocolate chips.

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Bake at 375F for 14-17 minutes. Don’t overcook. Since there is not any fat (butter or oil) they will dry out if overcooked.

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Let cool for a couple minutes then take them out and enjoy! I ate a couple of them warm straight out of the oven and man were they good. Definitely reminded me of my favorite high school muffin but was actually more of a muffin than straight cake.

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Many people have the misconception that muffins are healthy. Quite the contrary. They are usually one of the highest calorie foods at a bakery! You’d be better off getting a cupcake or donut. At Dunkin Donuts the reduced fat blueberry muffin has 450 calories and 11 g fat where a glazed donut has 260 calories and 14 g fat. The regular blueberry muffin clocks in at 500 calories and 16 g fat. Crazy huh? Its actually like a straight piece of cake!

Well these muffins are actually muffins, light and healthy! We went to a dinner at our church and there are some little old lady’s who make some amazing desserts! Since Alyssa can’t have them (can’t know for sure what’s in them as far as nuts go), I make her a special dessert and bring it with us. She requested pudding and one of these muffins. Random I know, but she is amazing with not complaining about not getting to eat the same dessert as everyone else so I make her what she wants. I made a single serving of homemade vanilla pudding and brought a muffin along. Snack time or dessert time, these muffins are a winner. But honestly, when chocolate is involved, you can’t go wrong!

And I have to add in an Alyssa quote…

We were in the garage doing a circuit workout and she burped.

Me:         Hey, Burpy, how about an excuse me?

Alyssa:    Oo we are doing burpees next? lets go!