chocolate tagged posts

Zucchini Brownies

zucchini brownies

I recently tried out a local produce delivery service (which was pretty fantastic, but to be honest they gave me way more than I could handle!) and my box came with a few zucchinis. So of course I had to think of some way to add sugar to them and bake a delicious treat. Zucchini bread has been done, so I found this zucchini brownies recipe instead. 

The reviews claimed that these brownies are fudgy and delicious. However, because I made a few alterations, mine came out more like a very moist cake (still delicious though!). I did a small grate for the zucchini so I’m not sure if it was that using more zucchini and less “air” in my measuring cup) or the fact that I subbed out the 1/2 vegetable oil for 1/4 cup avocado oil and 1/4 cup applesauce...

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Clean Chocolate Chip Cookies with Dates

Several months ago, I discovered this incredible recipe for date-sweetened chocolate chip cookies via Pinterest. I love browsing Pinterest and saving recipes and still have probably over 100 recipes saved that I still need to try. But my favorite recipes always get a blog post here because I want to share my stamp of approval, and also for easy reference for myself.

If you make these cookies just right, the texture comes very close to a classic chocolate chip cookie but without the guilt. These cookies do not contain any butter (or added oils), processed sugar, or flour– how great is that?! Plus, I’ve had many friends and a few of their kids taste-test and they all approve.

After making them several times, I’ve come up with a few tips to get the optimal cookie:

  • Use a high-speed blender or...
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Flourless Chocolate Brownie Cookies

chocolate brownie cookies

I’m SO excited to share this recipe because it’s:

  • flourless, which means gluten-free,
  • very quick and easy to make,
  • low calorie, and
  • ridiculously yummy!

I tested this recipe back in the summer when I wanted to find some type of brownie-cookie to bring to my friend’s housewarming party. I wasn’t quite sure this was what I was looking for until I tasted one out of the oven. Oh. Em. Gee. They are so delicious. And the best part? Low calorie (about 60-80 calories per cookie, depending how big you make them)!!!

Not knowing what cookies to make for The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap this year, my husband suggested I make these (because he loved them so much too) so I decided to toss crushed candy canes on top for a nice holiday twist. 

Flourless Chocolate Brownie Cookies
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Chocolate Protein Hazelnut (Nutella) Spread

protein nutella crepes

A few days ago, I [somewhat] impulsively bought some hazelnuts because I love the flavor and wanted to experiment with them. I looked around online for recipes but ended up wanting to try homemade Nutella, but with a catch– I’d use protein powder instead of chocolate chips.

It was very quick and easy to make (though skinning the hazelnuts was a slight hassle) and the flavor turned out great! The consistency is obviously a little thicker and not as smooth as Nutella due to the protein powder. Enjoy! 

Chocolate Hazelnut Protein Spread
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup hazelnuts
  2. 1 scoop (30 g) chocolate protein powder
  3. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  4. 2 tablespoons coconut oil, me...
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Chocolate Cupcakes with Caramel Drizzle

chocolate cupcakes with caramel drizzle

Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve baked cupcakes! But it felt so good and put me in such a good mood last night! 🙂 It’s my amazing coworker Michelle’s last day at work today and we are going to miss her dearly, so I thought I’d send her off with one last taste of my baked goods. Because my chocolate cupcakes are always a hit (not trying to toot my own horn) I chose that flavor to make. To add a little twist, I wanted to drizzle some homemade caramel sauce over the top.

So I baked my classic chocolate cake recipe:

Chocolate cupcakes
Yields 12
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup white sugar
  2. 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  3. 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  4. 3/4 teaspoon baking powde...
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Cure-Your-Appetite No-Bake Cookies

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After altering the traditional “no-bake cookie” recipe several times, I have finally settled on one that I really like! I’ve gone through cookies that are way too sweet, not enough protein, enough protein but too dry, and now these. They are probably slightly not sweet enough, but the purpose of these cookies is to give you a little boost of protein and keep you full with healthy fat.

What I love about coconut oil is that completely curbs my appetite. And what better way to curb it than with cookies?!

Appetite No-Bake Cookies

   Serves 24
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Hostess Cupcakes

chocolate hostess cupcakes

I must admit, it has been quite some time since I’ve baked cupcakes. I have been baking a little here and there. My sister and I made this chocolate chip cookie cake we found on Pinterest and it is to die for. I will definitely be making it again!

My coworker’s birthday was over the weekend and I took it as an excuse to bake so that he could be surprised with some delicious treats come Monday (today). I have been wanting to bake these so I thought I may as well do it now!

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220 Wedding Cucpakes

chocolate wedding cupcakes

Several months ago, a friend asked if I might consider baking cupcakes for her wedding. This is something I have never done before (mass quantities) so I was very hesitant and told her I needed to think about it a bit.

After returning to her with a ‘yes’, I began calculating required quantities of ingredients and costs (and was pretty spot-on with pricing, by the way!). The only part I was unsure of was how long this would take. I gave myself an entire Saturday, the day before her wedding, for baking. Due to deposits and insurance and fees, I opted not to rent a kitchen and bake at the bride’s mother’s house instead because she has two ovens. I really would have liked to have two mixers!

Five hours of baking, four hours of frosting, and two shaky arms later, I had completed my task! I mad...

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Gluten-free Chocolate Wedding Cupcakes

chocolate wedding cupcakes white roses

My step sister does not eat gluten and asked if I could make a small batch of gluten-free cupcakes for her wedding (there would be gluten-filled cupcakes for the rest of the guests) and of course I agreed!

She didn’t want plain vanilla so I decided to do chocolate because they are always a favorite. I’d still use vanilla frosting and decorative pearls to make them wedding-worthy. So fancy!

I took my classic chocolate cupcake recipe and made it gluten-free:

Gluten-free Chocolate Cupcakes

  
Ingredients
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup Bob's Red Mill gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 teaspoon xanthan...
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Chocolate Cupcakes with Lemon Frosting

yellow sprinkle cupcake frosting chocolate

Chris loves lemon and tart flavors and he’s also said on multiple occasions that my chocolate cupcakes are his favorite. So for his birthday, I combined the two!

I used this chocolate cake recipe and added 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to my vanilla frosting recipe (omitted the vanilla bean paste).

yellow sprinkle cupcake frosting chocolate

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