Posts tagged ‘dark chocolate’

July 19, 2011

Chocolate Almond Butter Granola

I really wanted to get a run in this morning but with the extreme heat I had to pass. Instead I went to the mall to walk around. I couldn’t help but stop in and buy a little something… Ugh, I was doing so well too!

Adam has a work event on Thursday that’s outside so I got this sundress for it:

On Friday we have dinner plans in the city and I wanted something loose-fitting so I got this dress and plan on belting it.

Really, that model is doing the dress no justice. I will model it for you on Friday 😉

When I got home from the mall I made a super weird lunch. Well normal to me but when I mentioned it to Adam he said BLEK.

Low Carb Tortilla (81 calories, 5 carbs) with vegetarian refried beans, low-fat cottage cheese and salsa. I also snacked on some watermelon that went unpictured.

Since I’m oh so bored and have nothing to do I whipped up some granola after seeing it posted on Chelsey’s blog by Julie. I’m a sucker for some granola!

Almond Butter Granola 

adapted from Julie

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons of Almond Butter
  • 1 tablespoon of Chocolate Almond Butter
  • 2 tablespoons of Honey
  • 2 tablespoons of Agave Nectar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 cups of Oats
  • 2 tbsp Chia seeds
Directions
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees and spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray
  • Combine almond butter(s), honey and agave in bowl and microwave for 30 seconds until Almond Butter is in a melted consistency.
  • Mix well
  • Add vanilla and cinnamon to the warm almond butter mixture and mix again.
  • Add oats and chia seeds making sure that they are all completely covered with wet ingredients
  • Spread granola mixture onto cookie sheet and place in oven for 8 minutes.
  • Remove, toss and add again for another 4 minutes.
  • Try to NOT burn your tongue on this deliciousness and be patient while it cools.

I made myself a little teeny bowl with dark chocolate almond milk

and now I’m catching up on last nights Bachelorette with the hometown dates and I want to know what the heck JP’s last girlfriend did to hurt him SOOO much? Fill me in!

QUESTIONS: Do you watch the bachelorette? Who do you think wins? I think JP’s got it in the bag! If you’re not a bachelorette fan, what’s your favorite way to enjoy granola??

May 17, 2011

Sweet Surprise

I don’t know why I named this post “Sweet Surprise” because it’s no surprise I am baking something sweet AGAIN.

What did I make you ask?

Ingredients included: Dark Chocolate. Double Stuf Oreos. All wrapped up into a cupcake. I think I’m in love. Sorry, Adam.

The Easter Bunny knows me well… When he placed this beautiful can of Sprinkles cupcake mix in my basket this year I was brainstorming ideas on how to make them my own. I had leftover Double Stuf Oreo’s from some type of event a while back and thought this could be the perfect pair. Actually, I lied. Peanut butter would’ve been the perfect pair but my family might be sick of my PB & Choc combo? I’m only here to please you people.

These cupcakes were actually very simple.

First you have to buy one of these (or your favorite chocolate boxed mix)

Next follow the directions to a tee.

Bake them

Let them cool for 15 minutes.

While cupcakes are cooling you will prepare your filling.

Cookies and Cream Filling

Ingredients

  • 12 Double Stuf Oreo Cookies
  • 1 Cup Whipping Cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 Tbs sugar
Directions
  • Place Oreos in Food processor and chop. (If you don’t have a food processor – smash them in a bag)
  • Place whipping cream, vanilla and sugar in bowl and beat for 5 minutes or until soft peak forms.
  • Mix in cookie crumbs

  • Place in refrigerator until you are ready to fill.
  • Take a paring knife and cut a cone shape out of your cupcakes.
  • Fill cupcakes with mixture

  • Refrigerate for 10-20 minutes
  • Carefully spread frosting of choice (I used store-bought Triple Chocolate Fudge Chip) on top of cupcakes
  • Top with half of an oreo
Since I only made 12 cupcakes I had A LOT of extra filling left… What I didn’t eat by the spoonful went on a couple of the cupcakes as frosting.
Rumor has it the filling frosting was better than the triple chocolate fudge chip. Maybe I shouldn’t have eaten so much of it by the spoonful?
Neh, everyone got a taste of it on the inside. There’s always next time.
I’m a self-proclaimed chocoholic but I’m not a big chocolate cake lover… These were absolutely delicious though. Fluffy, soft, flavorful and just the right amount of sweetness. Kind of sounds like me.
You can find me at the gym. Happy Tuesday!

QUESTIONS: What is your favorite cupcake flavor!? Mine is funfetti…DUH