Looking for an easy no-bake snack that is full of iron and other goodness? Let me introduce you to these Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Squares. Continue reading
Last week, the food blogging world lost one of it’s brightest stars, Joan Hayes of Chocolate, Chocolate and More. Today is National Chocolate Day, so in honor of Joan, many of us are posting chocolate recipes.
- 1½ cups gluten-free all-purpose blend
- ¼ cup cocoa
- ¼ cup coconut palm sugar
- 1 tsp xanthan gum
- 1 tsp gluten-free baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp salt
- 3 Tbsp butter
- ½ cup milk
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 egg
- 1 cup chocolate chips (mini chips would work really well)
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together the first seven ingredients (dry).
- With a pastry blender, cut in the butter.
- (You can also put this in a food processor to mix)
- Add the milk, vanilla, and egg.
- Stir in the chocolate chips.
- Divide the dough out onto two balls.
- Pat each into mounded circles on a gluten-free floured work surface.
- Cut each circle into four wedges.
- Place on a rimmed baking sheet.
- Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 12-14 minutes.
Chocolate French Toast is a delicious way to get chocolate into your breakfast without any guilt.
I found chestnut flakes at Whole Foods and knew exactly what I wanted to do with them. Grain-free granola bars! These are similar to an energy bar, but no refined sugar, no gluten, no dairy.
Well, I tried and I failed. That is my story and I am sticking with it. About a year ago, I decided to divide my blogging time with two blogs: one just for gluten free foods and this one for everything else. I found that I wasn’t cut out for that much online time. So, I am back to just one blog and you will find that there is a mix of gluten-free and regular food here from now on. As a “welcome back to sanity” celebration, I am starting this week off with Gluten Free Peanut Butter Brownie Bites (I’m using the term “sanity” lightly, of course).
Chocolate Cutout Cookies make a fun holiday treat any time of the year.
So I am just going to keep it real here and tell you up front that I am NOT good with frosting. I have worked many, many years just to be able to frost a two layer cake without crumbs appearing all over the outside of it. Don’t be surprised, therefore, that these little chocolate cutout cookies look less than beautiful. I. Just. Cannot. Do. Frosting. My daughter and I had a great time making them, though. The whole family didn’t have any trouble eating them, either. Continue reading
Picture cookie dough sandwiched between two baked cookies; that’s how this chocolate chip pie tastes.
No one in my family is complaining that I am on a chocolate baking spree. We had a little break in the “monotony” while we celebrated Third Son’s 16th birthday. He asked for a strawberry cheesecake. Now we are back to one more week of chocolate before Valentine’s Day. I am actually making recipes that I marked, copied or saved years ago. It feels good to make my way through the list. It almost validates my 6 X 4 foot bookshelf crammed with cookbooks. Continue reading
This Easy Fudge Pie is a perfect way to end a nice meal.
I am all about easy desserts. When I am bustling around the kitchen making dinner, dessert is often an after-thought. I often get out my ingredients for dinner and while I am chopping vegetables I realize that I haven’t planned a sweet for the family. That is the time that I go into panic mode and start opening cupboards to see what I can come up with in 20 minutes of less without dirtying a sink load of dishes. Pies like this Easy Fudge Pie have saved my husband and children from moping around all evening bemoaning the lack of dessert. Continue reading
S’mores Oatmeal Cookies are filled with chocolate and little marshmallow bits for a special treat.
We love oatmeal cookies in our house. Some of the family likes them with raisins and cinnamon, others enjoy them with butterscotch, but everyone agrees that chocolate is by far their favorite addition. Adding marshmallow bits made them just that much better and turned them into S’mores Oatmeal Cookies! Continue reading
These Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies are made with mini sized chips so there is chocolate in every bite!
There are so many chocolate chip cookie recipes. I think I have at least five here on this blog. No matter how many different ones I try, though, I almost always go back to this one. It’s simply a classic soft and chewy chocolate chip cookie. And, it’s in my recipe notebook marked with over twenty five years of drips, spills and splotches from making the recipes it contains. I know I can grab that book and find all of my favorite, tried and true recipes. Perhaps that, more than anything ensures that I keep making this recipe. I don’t have to turn on the computer or get out a lot of books to find what I am looking for. Continue reading
It’s a new week and my calendar is blessedly empty. I still have regular things like teaching piano lessons, volunteering at my daughter’s school and church activities, but there are no extra appointments, no company coming, nothing!! I feel so free! I am sure that by tomorrow the kids will mention a few extra things they need me to do, but for now, in this moment, I have an easy week ahead of me. So how do I celebrate? I make easy meals and easy desserts. These Fudgy Peanut Butter Bars qualify! Continue reading
My family loves pie, but it’s gotten to be a bit of a chore for me to turn on the oven. You know, summer, heat, discomfort; I don’t care to mix the oven with the weather at all. However, once in a while, a storm blows through and the temperature doesn’t get up to the 90s. Then, I hurry to the kitchen and turn on the oven. After all, we might freeze with the AC cranked up and the wind howling outside. This last storm resulted in a Chocolate Cream Pie for the fam.
It’s Improv Cooking Challenge time again. I missed last month because I was on vacation sans computer or anything internet oriented. It was a glorious ten days of unplugging which gave me a chance to recharge and reorganize my life. I am back and rolling with this month’s theme, which is Peanuts and Popcorn. It’s summer, with baseball games and all that those bring, including the famous 7th inning stretch and the song “take me out to the ball game.” Well, I won’t be buying any peanuts and cracker jack, but these Chocolate Popcorn Squares, have peanut butter and popcorn in them, so it will do for the Improv.
When life gets busy, I often turn to baking mixes. There isn’t much quicker than a batch of brownies. Except, they get boring, says the lady who doesn’t even eat them. I hate making the same thing over and over again. So I add a little zip and zing. Sometimes I add chocolate chip cookie dough and chocolate frosting. Sometimes I add chopped up candy bars. This time, I made them into chocolate cheesecake brownies.
I have never made a skillet cookie or brownie or cake before. I have seen many all over the internet. I have also seen little mini-skillets sold in stores attached to cookie and brownie mixes. While I have been tempted by these awesome looking treats, I have been reluctant to dig out my cast iron because it involves sitting on the kitchen floor and removing about ten pans that are kept in front of them. Continue reading
With the number of school days left down to single digits, my efforts are focused not on making fancy gourmet dinners, but on just getting through. Luckily, I was asked to review Dairy Made Easy: Triple-Tested Recipes for Every Day which is full of easy, delicious meal ideas. For this review, I chose to make Sundae Pops, which have quickly become one of my favorite desserts to serve my family. Continue reading
This is one of those super easy candy recipes that anyone, even the most inexperienced candy makers, can make. Triple Delight Chocolate Marshmallow Squares are perfect for holiday plates and parties. Continue reading
Oh how I love smoothies. They make filling breakfasts and they taste amazing. However, I draw the line at anything “green.” I prefer to chew my veggies, thank you very much. Instead, I opt for protein filled “dessert” type smoothies like this No Bake Chocolate Cookie Smoothie with oatmeal and peanut butter!
- 1½ Tbsp unsweetened peanut butter
- ⅔ cup plain Greek yogurt
- 4 cubes ice
- 2 tsp unsweetened cocoa
- 1 Tbsp real maple syrup
- 2 Tbsp gluten-free oats
- ¼ tsp vanilla
- Combine all ingredients in a blender.
- Blend until smooth.
- Serve immediately.
These are so addictive! It’s a good thing that the recipe only makes one serving.
- 1½ Tbsp coconut sugar
- 1 Tbsp unsweetened applesauce
- 2 Tbsp sour cream
- ¼ cup hazelnut flour
- ⅛ tsp vanilla
- pinch salt
- 1 Tbsp chocolate chips (I used unsweetened chocolate)
- Combine all of the ingredients in a microwave safe bowl.
- Cook on high for 1 minute.
- Let sit for a few minutes to cool down.
- If you want the finished product to look better, stir in one bowl and cook in another.