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Chocolatey Chocolate Muffins

26 Jan

These are inspired by my absolutely favorite food on earth, a chocolate cake my kids named “Chocolatey Chocolate Cake” (after the little bunny in the adorable book Rabbit Ears.)   Next time you are craving a chocolate fest, make THAT cake with no substitutions.  I get accolades every time I serve it, and I then have to admit to everyone that it is not an old old family recipe.  It was an Allrecipes find.

But, if you are looking for a healthy-er recipe for your chocolate addiction, and/or you want to sneak some protein and fat into your kids’ diet without making them feel like they never get any treats, make these.  I adapted it from that original cake, and these do not disappoint.

 

2 ½ cups almond flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
½ tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder

2 tsp vanilla extract
½ cup maple syrup
½ cup water
1/3 cup coffee-flavored liqueur (Kahlua)
3 eggs
½ cup chocolate chips…to keep it extra clean use Enjoy Life, they are awesome!

Prepare a cupcake pan.  With a wire whisk, combine the dry ingredients until completely mixed.  Add the liquid ingredients and stir until fully incorporated into a batter.  Stir in chocolate chips.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20-23 minutes.  Makes 12 cupcakes.  Store in airtight container in the fridge.

 

You’ll have to excuse my photographic apathy.  I just can’t even begin to keep up with the photography I see on people’s food blogs these days!  Wow.  For now, the iPhone camera uploads are as good as it gets around here.

I really hope you enjoy these, let me know if you make them!

Leigh

 

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Pumpkin Spicecream

25 Oct

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Here is my newest submission because for one thing, we are in the middle of National American Pumpkin Spice Season, but I also want to be in on the smoothie bowl trend.  This is cold, filling, and has a dose of protein to boot.  With extra toppings, this would make a hearty breakfast, but it also makes a light dessert if that is your preference.

1/4 cup water
a heaping 1/2 cup frozen pumpkin (1/3 of 15 oz can)
1/3 cup cottage cheese** 
1/2 frozen banana
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
2 tsp maple syrup, more for garnish/to taste 

toppings: whipped cream, coconut flakes, chopped apples or pears, chopped pecans, drizzle of honey, maple or even chocolate syrup!!

Place everything in your Vitamix or blender. Blend until mixed thoroughly, you may have to scrape down the sides with a spatula once or twice during processing.  Spoon out into a bowl and sprinkle with your choice of yummy toppings.  (If you are using a regular blender, you may want to allow the frozen pumpkin and banana to soften slightly.  Also, I freeze the pumpkin in pre-measured amounts because I use it in my morning breakfast smoothies.)

This is such a great treat–it is full of natural goodness, with a solid dose of protein to boot.  My kiddos all really liked it (the dollop of whipped cream sealed the deal for them!)  Everybody wins!

**To avoid dairy, increase the amount of frozen pumpkin to 2/3 c and add a tbsp of almond butter and a pinch of salt.  After all my experience making smoothie bowls, the consistency and flavor will be just as good.  🙂

If you are new to our site, please also check out my two other favorite pumpkin recipes:  Fall’s Best Pumpkin Muffins and Pumpkin Sausage Soup.

Enjoy, Leigh

 

 

Acai Bowls 

21 Oct
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Those butter avocados came from a tree in my yard

I moved to Hawaii nearly 2 1/2 years ago, and there were many new foods I had never seen or heard about before living here.  Shave ice**, Poke, Musubi, Loco Moco, and Acai Bowls…there have been so many new foods I have experienced!

One that I’ve loved is the Acai Bowl.  These are for sale everywhere here, usually around 8 dollars a pop (GAH!!).  Because I am living life and not blogging much, I just assumed Acai Bowls are everywhere on the mainland by now and are not a novel concept anymore.  However, when my uber-hip, jet-setting sister told me she had never heard of them, I decided to let you all in on this really fun treat, just in case you haven’t seen them or were not sure what is in one.  This is just fun to eat.  It’s breakfast, a cold snack, or comforting dessert.

1 Packet of frozen Sambazon Acai puree
1/4 cup liquid (I use water but you can use any juice or milk you prefer)
1/2 cup frozen blueberries (or any frozen berry)
1/2 frozen banana

Throw them all in blender and mix.  Consistency should be of a soft sorbet, you’ll have to scrape down the sides if you aren’t using a Vitamix with its tamper. Top with your favorite toppings: sliced fruit, coconut, nuts, seeds, chocolate chips, and a drizzle of honey if you want an extra kiss of golden sweetness.

Next time you see these Acai Packets, grab them.  THIS is what to make.
Enjoy!!
Leigh

**It’s not “shaved” ice.  Shave Ice.  Say “shaved” and you’re definitely a tourist!

If you’re in my neck of the woods, let’s meet up at Surfer’s Coffee Bar for one of the best Acai Bowls on Oahu!!

surfers-acai

 

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