Brownies, Chocolate, Dessert, Valentine's Day, Wheat Free

flourless two-bite brownies

February 13, 2015

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these little two-bite brownies are a replica of the way too addictive version you can buy in stores. the small, dense and chewy brownies are usually the first to go at any sort of get together. 

this weekend you might find yourself with some extra chocolate, or wanting to make some homemade valentine treats. These are perfect for sharing, and contain no flour, perfect for any sensitive valentine’s you might have, like me.

the recipe is simple, and you probably have all the ingredients on hand. you can leave ’em plain, or top them with some coconut chocolate frosting, with the tempered chocolate from the other day. simply add 1/2 a can of coconut cream to the melted, smooth chocolate and mix together. refrigerate for an hour or two before frosting. 

there’s still time left to make these before valentines day, so go ahead and sweeten someones day. 

happy valentines day everyone! 

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mini brownies

Flourless two-bite brownies
Yields 15
mini flourless two-bite brownies, chewy and dense.
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Ingredients
  1. 6 tablespoons butter
  2. 8 ounces dark chocolate (chopped, or chips)
  3. 1/2 cup sugar
  4. 2 large eggs
  5. 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  6. 1 1/2 tablespoons corn starch
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350º. Spray a mini-muffin pan with coconut oil or other cooking spray.
  2. Melt the butter in microwavable dish until melted. Add chocolate and stir until smooth.
  3. Stir in the sugar, then the eggs, one at a time.
  4. Sift together the cocoa powder and corn starch in a small bowl then add into the chocolate mixture.
  5. Using a handheld blender, beat the batter for about one-two minutes, batter should be smooth and shiny.
  6. Using a small ice-cream scoop, pour batter into prepared muffin tin.
  7. Bake for 18 minutes, until brownie tops are shiny. Remove from oven to cool.
  8. You can eat these plain, or top with dairy-free coconut chocolate whipped cream and a raspberry.
Adapted from david lebowitz
Adapted from david lebowitz
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Chocolate

how to: temper chocolate

February 9, 2015

valentines day means all. the. chocolate. 

actually, every day means all the chocolate. valentine’s day is just a socially acceptable outlet to gorge on brightly foil wrapped chocolates for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

seeing as how it lands on a saturday this year, you really can eat it all day long.

Adam and I have already decided our big valentine’s day plans. same agenda as last year: sushi order in + movie.

the best. 

i haven’t done much baking lately, but thought i would offer up a scrumptious and easy no-bake valentine treat for you and your sweet (or just you).

the first step is making tempered chocolate. tempering chocolate can be a real big pain. the chocolate can seize, and it can burn. no one is happy when all the chocolate is gone. 

i remember seeing this tip a long time ago, but had yet to try it. you can easily melt / temper chocolate in your food processor. the chocolate is heated up slowly by the friction and melted into a shiny chocolate liquid. 

now, if you don’t have the time you can easily melt chocolate in 1-minute intervals in the microwave, however this process is relatively painless and easy as well. in about 10 minutes the chocolate has returned to its deep silky liquid state. 

i used extra large dark chocolate chips, but you can also chop up a block of dark chocolate and add it to the food processor. 

stay tuned for what you do next for a no-bake valentine treat. 

 

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tempered chocolate
tempered chocolate using a food processor
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup dark chocolate (chips, chopped block)
Instructions
  1. add dark chocolate to the food processor.
  2. process for 1-2 minutes, and scrape down bowl.
  3. continue process, scraping down bowl every 1-2 minutes for a total of 10 minutes.
  4. once chocolate forms a ball, slice it in half and continue until smooth chocolate forms.
  5. use in baking, frostings and more.
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Juice

Cheers to the New Year {Juicing}

January 21, 2015

Happy New Year!

I realize this is a late post, seeing as how it’s basically February and there are Valentine’s Day items popping up everywhere on the shelves, however Adam and I just got back from Indonesia last week, so it feels as if January just began. Although, we were asleep for most of the first week (hello 15 hour time difference jet-lag).

Our trip was a crazy whirlwind for the first week – planes, trains and busses. Followed by a relaxed, food paradise for our last two weeks. I’ll be putting up a few Indonesia & Bali posts in the next week or two which will include where to stay, where to eat and what to see and do if you are planning a trip there. I’ve posted my Instagram travel diary pictures along the way too. 

Next to the gorgeous views and beaches of Bali, the food was the second best part of our trip. While we had to have bottled water at every restaurant, the second cheapest thing to drink (besides the $1.50 beer) was fresh pressed juices. For $3 you could get a huge glass of mixed juice. My favourite by far was called Mint Sensation, made with Pineapple Juice Lychee and Mint Leaf. Juice was available at every restaurant and coffee bar you visited. So, when we returned home I was still craving juices. 

In December I was lucky enough to be sent a copy of the Cold Press Juice Bible, which was great because I had only just opened my brand new juicer this past summer. Having had it over a year (I had won it),  I was flat out scared to try it. I think because I was under the impression that juicing involved a lot of rules. What to juice, when to juice it, what it meant to do a ‘juice cleanse.’ The Juice Bible breaks down the basics about juicing, including how to set up your at home juice bar, what type of tools you need, ingredients and of course what type of juicer meets your needs. The book also explains how to juice, how to store and keep your juice and the nutritional facts of juicing. 

The book includes 300 recipes, categorized by meal times and includes juice cleanses you may want to follow.

If your new years resolution included trying juicing, I recommend this recipes as a great beginning. It’s sweetened naturally to ease you into the world of juicing. I use the Breville Juice Fountain Elite. 

 

Morning Bracer
A delicious blend of juice to kick start your day.
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Ingredients
  1. 4 medium carrots
  2. 1 small beet
  3. 1 orange
  4. 1 tomato
  5. 1 tablespoon nut butter
  6. 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  7. 1/2 tablespoon ground turmeric
  8. optional: 2 stalks celery or 5 collard green leaves
Instructions
  1. Add washed, prepped fruits and vegetables to your juicer per its instruction. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. It's best to drink your cold press juice within 20 minutes, or keep it well chilled before drinking.
Adapted from Cold Press Juice Bible
Adapted from Cold Press Juice Bible
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