this is a page for

Browsing Tag: Chocolate

Homemade Hot Chocolate (Processed-Sugar Free!)

Homemade Hot Chocolate (Processed-Sugar Free!) 1

Today’s recipe is a simple-yet-mighty one: Homemade Hot Chocolate (that is processed-sugar free)!

This is the PERFECT time of year to enjoy a cup of steaming, creamy hot chocolate. I’ve been LOVING this Homemade Hot Chocolate recipe, which is comprised of just three simple ingredients: milk (specifically whole dairy milk, which lends its special creaminess – though you can certainly use an alternative milk), unsweetened raw cacao powder, and pure maple syrup. That’s it! No baddie processed sugar or refined powders glutted with chemical-laden ingredients in this hot chocolate!

Gram’s Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Gram's Chocolate Zucchini Bread 1

I have a special recipe today: not one that I created, but one that I instead inherited from someone very important to me. Say hello to Gram’s Chocolate Zucchini Bread.

My beloved Gram passed away on July 30. I found myself wondering, “How do you say goodbye to one of your very favorite people in the world?”

You don’t say goodbye, it turns out – at least, I’m not.

Creamy Chocolate Cashew Butter

Creamy Chocolate Cashew Butter 1

We have a new recipe today! Creamy Chocolate Cashew Butter is in the house!

Is there anything better than a homemade nut butter made from fresh-roasted cashews, unsweetened raw cacao, honey, and a hint of salt? Probably not.

This Creamy Chocolate Cashew Butter is a natural progression for me, considering one of my very foremost and original food loves: peanut butter.

I’ve been OBSESSSSSSSED with peanut butter for years and years. Whether I’ve mixed it into oatmeal or smoothies, dunked apple slices or bananas into it, or binged on it straight-up from the can (my version of mindless comfort eating), peanut butter has pretty much been LIFE for me.

Creamy Chocolate Cashew Butter 2

 

I love other nut butters, too – especially cashew butter. Cashew butter, so rich and creamy – Mmmmmm. But have you seen how much a jar of cashew butter costs in stores??? I recently went to the grocery store with the intention of splurging on a jar of it – until I saw that it cost $13.99.

Dark Chocolate Waffles

Dark Chocolate Waffles 1

It’s Valentine’s Day, guys! A day of love!!!!!

Once I look past the hyper-commercial aspects of Valentine’s Day, I love it. Because I do believe that at its unvarnished core, Valentine’s Day is a noble day. At the very least, it’s a great reminder to show the people in your life + yourself that you care about them. And you can show them that you care today AND any other day of the year by making these glorious Dark Chocolate Waffles.

MMMMMMmmmmm, CHOCOLATE.

Chocolate is one of my great joys in life. And since I am my own best Valentine, I’m unabashedly advocating that I consume as much of it as I want today – which is why I included both unsweetened raw cacao AND a whole melted dark chocolate bar in this waffle recipe.

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Molasses Spice Cake

Chocolate and Pumpkin Molasses Spice Cake 1

Hello, all! For those of you in the U.S., I hope you had an excellent Thanksgiving!

My holiday weekend was nothing short of spectacular. Having a four-day break from my corporate day job had a much-needed restorative quality and allowed me to spend time doing all kinds of things I love: cooking, journaling, hosting a girls’ night at my house, and even attending a concert by Stevie Nicks, who is my all-time favorite Goddess Incarnate (she was AMAZING!!!).

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone here in the States, we have officially entered the Holiday Season – that hectic and wonderful time. How’s your December calendar starting to look, a little cray-cray? Yeah, I know what you mean; there are holiday summons bombarding me left and right, too! With all of the invites to work holiday parties (I’ve seriously gotten asked to FOUR there alone), brunches, and family soirées you are fielding – and remember: you don’t have to say yes to all of them! –  you’ve got to be prepared with recipes for stress-free dishes to bring in tow. Say hello to your new pal, Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Molasses Spice Cake!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars 1

HAPPY HALLOWEEN, everyone!!!!! It’s finally here!!!

I love Halloween. I love anything that celebrates fall. Fall is a delight! I’m going to be savoring these last few weeks of it, blocking out that other holiday season that will start hitting us over the head starting tomorrow. Let me not speak of it today!

Today, in honor of the spookiness, I have a pumpkin chocolate chip cookie bar recipe!

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Yogurt Breakfast Parfait

 

PB Parfait 1

Happy Monday, all! OK, I know Mondays are not the happiest days for those of us who have day jobs that don’t line up with the jobs in our head. In my head, I am an independent boss-lady creative phenom, holed up in my home office donned in jammies and leopard-print slippers, lovingly toiling over this blog and my other one, 100 Places in the D – and perhaps writing a novel or two while I’m at it (because why not?). So I totally get it. We all have our true passions, and being a cubicle rat working for The Man isn’t one of them! But we might as well make the best of where we are now, because gratitude is one of the prime ingredients that will shift us into being our truest, most authentic selves.

Well, gratitude and peanut butter. And chocolate. And some really yum organic yogurt.

Chocolate, Raspberry, and Hazelnut Yogurt Breakfast Parfait

Chocolate, Raspberry, and Hazelnut Yogurt Breakfast Parfait 1

Happy Leap Day, all! We’ve got a little bonus day here, a last chance to cram some amazing goodness into February.

Lovely February! Confession: February has historically been my most hated month of the year, for reasons that are pretty obvious if you, like me, live in a northern part of the Northern Hemisphere. It is cold. It is gray. It is icy and snow-slushy and yucky. It’s the tail-end of winter, stillllll hanging on, with no feeling of the end in sight most winters (this winter has been pretty darn easy for those of us in the Detroit area, but still. It’s winter).

I hated February so much for so long that it became quite a drag to me that I hated it.

Chocolate Coconut Banana Granola

Chocolate Coconut Banana Granola 1

I was supposed to go out to brunch Sunday, but a little bully of a snowstorm derailed that. It wasn’t a blizzard, but it was enough slick roads and nastiness to keep me from getting on to the freeway and sliding around like a bumper car. After a high of about 50 degrees and walking around outside without a coat on Saturday, we are now sporting average highs around 20 degrees, blasting gales with wind chills in the single digits, and this lovely, freeze-y, arctic tundra landscape. Winter is finally upon us in Detroit! We’d been pretty spoiled so far this season with only one big snow prior to this last week. Reality check! Wah wah. But the one positive thing about inclement weather cancelling my plans on Sunday was that I got to stay home and make coconut chocolate banana granola.

A fresh snowfall equals beautiful but not so delicious. This granola equals beautiful AND delicious!

Two-Ingredient Banana Oatmeal Cookies with Raw Cacao Nibs and Sliced Almonds

Two-Ingredient Banana Oatmeal Cookies with Raw Cacao Nibs and Sliced Almonds

You may have heard of the two-ingredient banana oatmeal cookie. It’s the easiest baked good to make: Take some bananas. Mash them. Add some oats. Mix and form into cookies that you bake in the oven and Bam! The healthiest cookies ever are born.