No-Bake Chocolate & Nut Treat

Hello, hello! Welcome back to another post!

I have a super fun treat to share with you guys today. In my opinion, anything that includes chocolate and nuts and doesn’t need to be baked is the best thing ever.

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Take a look at these! Some people call this treat cowpatties, but that’s gross (sorry, but it is). This treat takes 10 minutes, needs only a few ingredients, and creates a small amount of dishes. Could it be easier?

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Ingredients:

  • One bag of dark chocolate chips
  • Nuts of your choice (I used peanuts and almonds)
  • Coconut (optional)

IMG_1717.jpgBegin by placing your chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. You may not need the full bag, it depends on how many you want to make and how many nuts you have. Just in case, I used the whole bag, because I wanted to have an extra-chocolatey treat.

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Next, microwave the chocolate for as long as it needs until it is smooth & fully melted. You will need to mix the chocolate chips every 30 seconds to make sure the chocolate does not clump together.

I unfortunately didn’t get any pictures of the process, but all you do now is mix the nuts together with the chocolate. I just used a regular spoon to plop them on a tray lined with wax paper.

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This is how they looked! I put coconut on some of them for a nice garnish.

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Put the tray in your freezer for 10 minutes, and then voila! You have a yummy treat that will disappear from the tray quickly! Make sure you store them in the fridge, not the freezer. My family ate these in a day, they’re so good. These treats are also guilt free! The dark chocolate and the nuts are healthy, so don’t worry!

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Thank you for reading, I’ll catch ya on the next post! Have a fantastic day!

Have you made these before? Do you prefer dark chocolate or milk chocolate?

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Microwave Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cake (In A Mug)

It’s Friday, and you know what that means? Time to treat yourself for surviving the week! I rarely post about food on my blog, unless I find a recipe that I absolutely HAVE to share. In the past, notable mentions are 3 ingredient peanut butter cookies and 3 ingredient pancakes.

Well, there’s a new favorite dessert on the block. My current obsession is microwave chocolate peanut butter cake. This takes five minutes, no joke, doesn’t create a lot of dishes, and uses ingredients that everyone has in their pantry. So, when you want a quick dessert, this cake will save the day! Feeling hungry? Good, let’s get into the post!

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Note: this recipe is not my own. It comes from thecomfortofcooking.com! I found the recipe when I was feeling lazy and wanted a quick dessert to make that didn’t require cooking. Since this cake is eggless, you can eat the batter if you don’t have a microwave! It’s your life, man, do what you want.

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Just look at that gooey peanut butter. How can you resist?! This cake is also super Instagrammable-if that’s a word! Whenever I make these, I add a little bit of brown sugar to hold it together, and some powdered sugar on top.

I’m not sure if the recipe states this or not, but make sure you grease the inside of the mug. The cake sticks to the side otherwise, and it will take a lot of scrubbing to get it clean.

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Ingredients:

1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup milk
2 Tablespoons butter, melted
1 Tablespoon creamy peanut butter
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Tablespoon mini chocolate chips

Directions:

In a small bowl, whisk flour, cocoa powder, sugar and baking powder until completely combined. Whisk in milk, butter and vanilla until smooth. Fold in chocolate chips. Pour batter into a large microwave-safe mug.

Dollop peanut butter into center of mug, gently pressing down until even with top of batter. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Allow to cool for 1 minute before serving.

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What in the world are you waiting for? Grab a mug and get baking–er, microwaving. Same difference. If you make these, which you totally should, let me know how they turned out! Have a great day!

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Three Ingredient Pancakes

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I feel like I should start this by saying that I am by no means a good chef. I can make pasta, rice, soup, maybe some cookies & pastries, but that’s about it. Because of this, I’m all for easy things to make. I was scrolling through Pinterest one day when I found a recipe for three ingredient pancakes. I love making 3 ingredient cookies, and I’ve heard there’s such thing as 3 ingredient cake, but 3 ingredient pancakes?! Amazing.

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Whoever invented this recipe is so clever! I made these up right away, it was super easy, and along with the plus of limited ingredients, these are totally guilt-free. The only sugar in this is natural, coming from the bananas. And, I can have these, because they don’t have dairy! Total score.

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Okay, these are seriously delicious. They taste like soft banana bread and are light & airy. Enough talking, though, I’m guessing you want the recipe by now!

Note: I didn’t invent this recipe. All credit goes to MyRecipes.

Ingredients:

-1 medium ripe banana

-2 tablespoons whole-wheat flour

-1 large egg

Preparation & Cooking:

1. Mash banana with a fork until smooth. Add flour and egg; stir well with a whisk.

2. Heat a large nonstick skillet or griddle over medium-high heat. Spoon batter onto skillet, using one-third of batter for each pancake. Cook 2 minutes or until tops are covered with bubbles and edges look cooked. Carefully turn pancakes over; cook 1 to 2 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned.

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All you clean eaters and pancake lovers out there need to try these, they’re delicious! If you do, let me know your thoughts. 🙂 Thank you for reading! Have a fantastic day.

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A Day In Woodstock!

Hello lovely readers! A few days ago, my family and I spent the day in Woodstock.It’s a charming town about an hour from my house, and it’s filled with boutiques, shops, cafes, clothing stores, and a lot more! The whole town is very artsy.

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The first stop was a wonderful sewing shop called Sew Woodstock. They sell vintage clothing, fabric, notions, and they teach sewing classes, as well as doing alterations. I loved the shop the second I walked in. The shop is bright, colorful, and inviting, which is everything a sewing shop should be.

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All in all, I really enjoyed Sew Woodstock, and if you are ever nearby it I would recommend going in there! I got a few things from the shop.

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After going to Sew Woodstock, we continued to walk around the town. Each of the shops are so diverse and unique, which is part of what makes Woodstock such a cute town.

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We found this lovely peace sign on the sidewalk! To end the afternoon, we got lunch at the “Yum Yum Noodle Bar”.

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It was a wonderful day! If you are ever near Woodstock, go and check out the town!

Thanks for reading!

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Healthy Foods: What to Make

Hello! Long time, no see! It is Day 27 of the pledge. I got a request for tips on making healthy foods. I spent a while trying to figure out how to lay out this post. So, for this post, I am going to be sharing my top two foods/recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and snacks. This is going to be a long post! If you missed the first pledge post, check it out here.Let’s start with some good old breakfast.

Breakfast

Breakfast has always been really easy for me. I’m not a breakfast person, so I typically have something small. 🙂IMG_9243

One of my favorite things for breakfast is a plate of some healthy fruits & sometimes veggies, like celery. It really helps give me energy and fills my stomach.

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For my second option, I love ack-mack crackers with peanut butter on them.  Ack-mack crackers are just bland sesame crackers, but they have essential grains in them, and they’re really good for you. I also like these because they’re really basic, so you can basically put anything on them. (For a lunch option, you could melt some mozzarella on them and put a couple pieces of basil on….yum!) You can buy these at Target, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Hannaford…pretty much anywhere.

Lunch

Lunch is really fun, because you can have the same kinds of foods as dinner.

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One of the most basic, delicous things that I like for lunch is a quesidilla. I seriously have these for lunch almost every day. These are super easy, and you can add chicken, beans, sour cream, etc. Make sure you use a whole wheat tortilla, it’s healthier!

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Roasted veggies are becoming a favorite for me. I love sweet potatoes, russet potatoes, beets, carrots….I just peel and cut them and throw them in the oven for about 45 mins. To make your life easy, just cut a ton of veggies of your choice and cook them for the week. You can warm them up whenever you want them for lunch/dinner. Easy! 🙂

Dinner

Rice Bowls

I love Mexican food, and one of the easiest dinners is a rice bowl. Just cook up some rice (use brown rice, it’s better for you) and add some salsa, cheese, beans, lettuce, etc. Rice is a really good foundation because it’s used in all kinds of food–from Indian food to Chinese food. I have rice bowls probably twice a week.

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Another classic for dinner is just some wheat pasta and sauce. Make sure you use a healthy wheat pasta that has essential grains. If I’m feeling lazy, I’ll just have leftover pasta for lunch, too! If you want an easy pasta, just cook the pasta of your choice and add some butter, salt and pepper, and basil.

Dessert

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If you have a sweet tooth, no worries! Me too! For dessert, you can actually have dark chocolate, if it’s over 80% cacaco. Dark chocolate is really good for you, and it’s delicious. Make sure you pick a fair trade and organic opition.

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I also love date fudge! I found this recipe on one of my favorite youtube channels, Holistic Habits. Check it out here.

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And because you can’t go wrong with more desserts, I’ll mention my favorite three ingredient peanut butter cookies. These seriously take ten mintues to make and cook, and they are so so so good. 🙂 Check it out here. 

Snacks

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I love a refreshing cucumber after a long day. I always peel it, and put a pinch of salt on the slices for a better flavor.

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You have no idea how obsessed I am with dates. They are SO sweet and soft. If you put them out in the sun for a while, they get a slightly crystallized taste. Make sure you buy pitted dates to make your life easier!

And there you have it! I’m sorry I haven’t posted in a while, but it’s better late than never. Also, I went on a huge fabric haul a few days ago, so stay tuned for that! Thank you for reading!

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