Chocolate Banana Oatmeal Blender Muffins

Chocolate Banana Oatmeal Blender Muffins – gluten free, healthy, muffins that will get your day started right!  Super quick and easy and the freezer well too!

Chocolate Banana Oatmeal Blender Muffins - gluten free, healthy, muffins that will get your day started right! Super quick and easy and the freezer well too!

Who is ready for another weekend?!  It seems like I am seeing people starting their spring breaks all over the place now.  I guess it is the season.  Are you going on a trip or so anything for spring break this year?  Our weather has been in the 60’s for the last few weeks, so it feels like spring.  Going somewhere almost seems silly right now.  I always thinking of spring break as getting away from the cold and going some place warm.  So you know, if you have snow – think of Colorado as a destination this year!

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Soft and Chewy Double Chocolate Chip Cookies (Gluten-Free)

Soft and Chewy Double Chocolate Chip Cookies (Gluten-Free) – Super rich and fudgy chocolate cookies that almost taste like you are eating a brownie.  And they just happen to be gluten free (you would never know)!

Soft and Chewy Double Chocolate Chip Cookies (Gluten-Free) - Super rich and fudgy chocolate cookies that almost taste like you are eating a brownie. And they just happen to be gluten free (you would never know)!

I can not believe that we only have a few weeks until summer break is here.  It is a busy couple of weeks as well.  My 10 year old starts baseball this week, so our weeknights just got busier.  This weekend I am also going to attempt to have a garage sale.  I have not had a garage sale in years, and can’t remember ever having one by myself.  I have a pile in the basement of stuff that needs to go, but aside from that I haven’t really started getting ready for the sale yet.  Could be interesting.  I debated about also having food or drinks to sell (last time we made cookies and the kids had such a good time selling them), but not sure how that will work out.  If I do, I think it will have to be these Double Chocolate Cookies, because who could say no to them?

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Chocolate Meringue Cake (gluten free) #SundaySupper

Today is the first #SundaySupper event of 2013.  We are starting off with a bang too!  The theme today is recipes that are on our bucket list.  You know, the list of things you always say you want to do….eventually.  I don’t actually have a written down list, but I have some things in the back of my mind that I have always wanted to do.  This is even inspiring me to make that list (on paper), and maybe share it with you later.  Maybe they will actually get made then :)

So for this week I picked a chocolate meringue cake.  I have Pavlova (which is a meringue) on my blog, but to be honest my husband made it.  So I wanted to tackle it myself, and do it up with chocolate, because we all know that is how I do things.  Plus my birthday was on Tuesday, so I wanted to turn it into a cake!

It did take 2 attempts for this to work out.  The first time I followed a different recipe, which I am sure was a good one, but there was melted chocolate involved and it just didn’t work out.  So then I started again, adapted the Pavlova recipe I know works, and went from there.  I used an almond flavored, freshly whipped cream as the “frosting”.  There is almond extract in with the meringue too, and it just pairs perfectly together.  It is sweet, light, fluffy, and the perfect birthday cake!  My 7 year old even asked me yesterday if I could make this again for his birthday.

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Peanut Butter Nutella Swirl Cookies

Peanut Butter Nutella Swirl Cookies

The other day I mentioned that I loved everyone sending me items for the bake sale, because there was some amazing things I missed.  Well, this is another one.  Une Gamine Dans La Cuisine gave me this one.  Peanut Butter and Nutella together is just about heaven.

I actually adapted the peanut butter cookie part from For the Love of Cooking, because I wanted to do a gluten free version to give to a friend.  I am new to gluten free baking, so I am starting easy.  These peanut butter cookies were amazing.  You would never know they were missing the flour, that is for sure.  And the Nutella swirl?  It just makes it that much better!  We all know I have a slight obsession with Nutella as it is, so this was only natural.

The recipe makes about 20 cookies, which in my opinion is perfect.  Just enough to get a taste and share, not so many left that you don’t know what to do with.  Plus, they are super easy to put together.  Just a bowl and a spatula, no mixer required.  So you could be eating these in about 20 minutes!  What are you doing still reading? Get in the kitchen and make these!

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Peanut Butter Protein Balls

Today I am guest posting for Carolyn, of All Day I Dream About Food.  If you are not a follower of Carolyn, you need to head over there right now!  She is amazingly talented.  Carolyn’s site was one of the first that I started following a year ago.  I am constantly in awe of her abilities to transform indulgent recipes to fit her lifestyle.

I tried to fit in over at All Day I Dream About Food.  I made Peanut Butter Protein Balls that taste like cookie dough.  These little bites are gluten free!  I am not 100% sure how to accurately calculate carbs, so I am not going to make great claims there :)

Go check out the recipe and tell Carolyn I said Hi!

Nutritional Info Calories: 61, Protein: 2 grams, Fat: 2 grams


Flourless Chocolate Cake

Flourless Chocolate Cake

I have given you quite a few healthy recipes this week, today not so much!  I love this cake, and just had to share.  My birthday was last weekend, but we celebrated it last night with my parents.  This is what we had.  I first had a flourless chocolate cake on our honeymoon. and I immediately fell in love.  I have never made it at home though.  My husband gave me the Cook’s Illustrated cookbook this year, and this recipe was in there.  It was high time I make one!  It might be a problem now that I know how easy it is to do at home!

It is a very rich cake, and a tiny sliver is all you need.  And that is coming from someone who can never have enough chocolate.  With all of us  eating it we only ate about 1/4 of the cake.  I topped with fresh whipped cream and raspberries, but you could use strawberries or anything else you wanted.

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Peanut Butter Cookies – Healthy and Gluten Free

Today I am guest posting for Kym over at Free Spirit Eater.  If you have not met Kym, you need to go check her out!  She has all kinds of delicious treats, that make you want to run to the kitchen.  I received my very first Blog Award from her when I first started blogging back in April. 

In honor of Peanut Butter Lover’s Month, Kym asked me to make something that was peanut butter, but on the healthy side.  I made Peanut Butter Cookies that are less than 100 calories each, and are Gluten Free!  They have to be one of the best Peanut Butter Cookies I have ever had.  And you really don’t have to be a good baker to make these – so easy!!

Go check out these great cookies and tell Kym I said Hi! 

Flourless Nutella Cake

It’s that time of the month again…Secret Recipe Club Reveal Day!!  This is my second month being a part of this group, and it is lots of fun.  I have been introduced to new and wonderful blogs.  And this month…oh my was this month a yummy one!  Amanda does such a wonderful job organizing this group.  Want to join?  You can check out the Secret Recipe Club page for all the information. 
Secret Recipe Club

This month I was assigned Ilke’s Kitchen.  Ilke was born and raised in Turkey.  She moved to the states to attend college, and has been here since.   I was excited when I was checking out her blog.  I don’t have any experience with Turkish food, and thought this was going to be fun to try something new.  But then I spotted this cake, and I immediately got side tracked.  I think by now, you all know my obsession with Nutella.  There was this, this, this, and this, and oh yeah this.  How could I not make this cake?  I kept searching, looking at her delicious breads and other authentic dishes, but this cake kept calling to me.  So I finally just gave in. 
Boy am I glad I did, it was so good!  I will go back and try something else from her site, something actually from Turkey, but for now you can check out this lovely, chocolately, amazing cake! 
Flourless Nutella Cake
6 eggs (separated)
¼ tsp salt
1 stick of butter (softened)
400 g of Nutella
1 tablespoon rum, Frangelico or water (I used Water)
100 g ground hazelnuts (I only had almonds, so that is what I used)
100 g melted dark chocolate
Beat the egg whites and salt until it forms stiff peaks. Around 2 minutes or so.Beat Nutella and softened butter in a different bowl until it combines. Add the rest of the ingredients (including the egg yolks) except melted chocolate and the egg whites.
Once everything is well mixed, stir the melted chocolate in and fold the egg whites into the mixture gently.
Pour the batter into a 9-inch springform pan (lined with parchment paper and greased) and cook in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 45 minutes. When the cake is done, you will see that the cake will separate from the pan.
Unmold, cool the cake and get the icing ready.
75 ml heavy whipping
125 g dark chocolate
1 tablespoon rum, Frangelico or water (I used Water)
100g Hazelnuts, toasted and Chopped or 1 pint Raspberries
Mix the heavy cream, chocolate and your choice of liquid in a pan on the stovetop. Heat on moderate setting until the chocolate melts.
Turn off the stove as soon as the chocolate melts, and start whisking until the mixture thickens.   I added 4 Tbls powdered sugar at this point because it was too dark for me.  Still did not end up all that sweet. 
Spread/pour the thickened chocolate mixture over the cake.
Decorate with chopped toasted hazelnuts or raspberries

Chocolate Hazelnut Pie

Remember back when I made Pistachio Ice Cream?  I promised more recipes with the goodies that Oh! Nuts had sent me.  Well I think it is time to share this delicious pie that I made with the Hazelnuts and Almond Flour.  This recipe was adapted from Giada.  I love her, we are on a first name basis :)  Anyway, I saw her make this years ago, and printed the recipe right away. I have just never had Hazelnuts around to try making it.  So that was first on my list when OH! Nuts contacted me.

I didn’t really have a reason to make this when I did, so we called our neighbors over at 3:00 in the afternoon for dessert.  It was a hit.  My friend absolutely loves hazelnuts, she could probably live off Nutella alone.  So I thought of her right away when I made this.  So glad they liked it!

Note – the original recipe uses all purpose flour, I just wanted to try my almond flour.

Chocolate Hazelnut Pie
Adapted from Giada De Laurentiis
Printable Recipe

8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup hazelnuts toasted
1/4 cup almond flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup hot water
4 eggs
1 stick butter, cut into 3/4-inch pieces, at room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Whipped Cream:
1 cup heavy whipping cream
3 tablespoons powdered sugar
1 teaspoons vanilla

Preheat to 350 degrees F.

Put 1/2 of the chocolate chips, hazelnuts, and flour in the food processor. Pulse until the hazelnuts are coarsely chopped. Pour the nut mixture into a small bowl and set aside.

Combine remaining chocolate chips and sugar in the food processor. Blend until the mixture is finely ground. With the machine running, gradually add the hot water until the chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Add the eggs, butter, vanilla. Pulse until mixture is blended.

Return the hazelnut mixture to the food processor and pulse to incorporate. Pour the mixture into a buttered and floured 9-inch pie dish. Bake for 35 minutes. Cool for 1 hour in a cooling rack.  Refrigerate for 2 hours. Allow the pie to return to room temperature for 30 minutes before serving.

While the pie is cooling you can make the cream.  In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream until it forms soft peaks. Add the powdered sugar, and vanilla. Continue to beat until cream holds stiff peaks.

Serve each slice with a dollop of Whipped Cream!