I used to make instant Jell-o chocolate pudding all the time when I was a kid. All you needed to do was dump the powder and milk in a sauce pan and stir until your wrist got tired. This is the grown-up version of the Jell-o stuff, and much tastier! I adapted a recipe I use for vanilla custard so it uses plenty of butter and eggs (but it’s worth it for the good stuff, right?) It’s a bit more involved than the instant kind since this requires tempering your eggs. Tempering is a process that allows the temperature of the eggs to rise without creating a scrambled mess. All you need is a steady pouring hand and another to do the fast stirring to combine the hot milk into the eggs. It’s a breeze once you get the hang of it. I used real chocolate chips along with unsweetened cocoa powder to amp up the chocolate flavor. It also tastes great served cold, hot and in large bowls!
Who can say no to chocolate covered strawberries? For Valentine’s Day I decided to go with a recipe that’s both simple and tasty! These strawberries are dipped in semi-sweet chocolate with added coconut oil and sea salt. The Coconut oil and sea salt are simple additions that enhance the flavor of the chocolate and give it a little more complexity. For the chocolate I chose a high quality semi-sweet chocolate chip which I melted in a DIY double boiler. If you have leftover chocolate eat as is or throw it on some ice cream with extra strawberries!
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These scones are a perfect weekend breakfast food that are quick and easy to whip up. The key to making perfect scones is to not over mix the dough. The little chunks of butter create pockets in the dough which results in a fluffier scone. I used dark chocolate chunks and unsweetened dried cherries which paired together perfectly. The scones turned out crusty on the outside, warm and fluffy on the inside. Even though the scones have chocolate and dried fruit in them they weren’t especially sweet. They make for a great grab-and-go breakfast and even a lazy Sunday morning one too!
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For the last few weeks I have been making my own coconut milk. One of the benefits of making coconut milk is having your own coconut flour at the end of the process! This site provides a good how-to for home-made coconut milk/flour. You really can’t go wrong with home-made coconut milk since the flavor tastes much better than canned. I decided to use these ingredients in a filling breakfast recipe and the first thing I thought of was muffins. These muffins are made almost entirely out of coconut, banana and chocolate, no all purpose flour or sugar needed. They make a great breakfast muffin and will allow you to eat chocolate for breakfast guilt free!
I had a few over-ripe bananas that were just begging to be turned into bread. Instead of banana bread I wanted to try something a little more portable and great for breakfast. I made a few muffins without chocolate chips on top and since the recipe is fairly low in sugar it was a nice option for the morning. I loved the combo of semi sweet chocolate, banana bread and spices. The texture of the muffin was fluffy and tender, spiced with nutmeg, allspice, ginger and cinnamon. You can make these substituting one cup all purpose flour with a cup whole wheat flour for a healthier alternative.
Ever since I made Irish Soda Bread Cranberry Scones I have been thinking about making another batch with a twist. I loved the fluffy texture of the previous batch and I wanted to keep that going. I took the basic ingredients of the first recipe and added chocolate chips and orange zest. It was so easy with great results! The texture and consistency was just like before only with the added bonus of orange and chocolate. The orange zest and chocolate were balanced perfectly and it reminded me more of a dessert than a breakfast scone. These were a huge hit so I will definitely be making these again!
Peanut butter and chocolate is just a perfect combination. It brings together sweet, salty and chocolatey so what’s not to like? My boyfriend recently made homemade peanut butter so he wanted to try making a dessert out of it. He made these fantastic peanut butter cups based on Reese’s candy only with dark chocolate. The only complication was melting the chocolate chips smoothly, but he was able to figure out a way to mimic a double boiler by using a flat bowl and a sauce pot. It melted the chocolate smoothly without risking burning the chocolate or creating a lumpy consistency. The peanut butter cups were ridiculously good. The chocolate was just a basic semi-sweet chocolate chip and the hero was the homemade peanut butter. If you have a food processor, it’s one of the best things to try making at home. You can use store bought peanut butter for this recipe, but if you have time to make your own for it I would highly recommend it!