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Avocado Brownies

Avocado brownies? Why? Because they are moist, soft, rich and delicious! Almost paleo (minus the sugar) and very rich, I would not give these to kids but they are a nice grown-up treat! Cut into squares and eat warm or store in the freezer for a cool dark chocolate treat!

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Ingredients

  • 2 large, ripe avocados, mashed until creamy (about 1 cup)
  • 8 ounces semisweet or dark chocolate, melted
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup rice flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350° F. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper or grease baking dish.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together mashed avocados, melted chocolate and coconut oil until smooth and creamy. Whisk in sugar. Mix in eggs, one at a time, until well combined. Add vanilla.
  • In a small bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Stir dry mixture into avocado mixture until just combined — be careful not to overmix! Spread batter into the prepared pan.
  • Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool and then cut into squares.

Modified slightly from the original and thanks PCC Natural Markets

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Chocolate Covered Strawberries

I posted this for Valentine’s Day two years ago, but it is a timeless recipe. You simply can’t go wrong with chocolate covered strawberries! Need a quick, elegant and delicious dessert? Try this! Happy Valentine’s Day! 🙂

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • ⅓ cup coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1-2 lbs strawberries

Directions

  1. Combine chocolate chips and coconut oil in microwave safe dish
  2. Heat for 1 minute and stir
  3. Heat for additional time (in short amounts, stirring in between till chocolate is smooth and runny)
  4. Stir in vanilla extract
  5. Place in refrigerator for 15-30 minutes to thicken a little
  6. Remove from refrigerator, stir – ready for dipping!
  7. Dip clean dry fruit in chocolate and place on parchment paper lined baking sheet
  8. Put in fridge to set/harden
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Orange wedges dipped in chocolate are pretty awesome too!

Thanks ElanasPantry for the frosting recipe that lends itself so well for dipping! 🙂

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Marzipan Chocolate Miniature Sandwiches

I grew up making marzipan, but just last year discovered the secret ingredient to marzipan perfection.. rose water! See the recipe here. This year I made tiny Marzipan “sandwiches” for a holiday party. You roll a bit of marzipan into a ball and press two discs of chocolate to make the sandwich. I found dark chocolate ‘discs’ at the local gourmet foods grocery store, but chocolate coins could work well too! Because the marzipan is quite sweet, the less sweet dark chocolate is a nice complement!

I made these for Christmas, but marzipan is popular year round in Scandinavia and Germany (especially again around Easter).

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Ingredients

  • One batch of Marzipan (you can also find this pre-made at some grocery stores.. look for almond paste if not marzipan)
  • Chocolate ‘discs’ (dark chocolate, should be around 1″ in diameter)

Directions

  • Roll a bit of marzipan into a ball (the size of a large marble) and press two discs of chocolate to make the sandwich.
  • Store in an air tight container and refrigerated for a week or more, or frozen for a month or so!

Super Mom Tip: Marzipan has the consistency of play dough and is a lot of fun for (older) kids to roll into various shapes and cut out with small cookie cutters, or decorate with chocolate chips!

Enjoy!

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Pistachio Cherry Bark

Chocolate bark is a lovely and festive holiday treat! This was my first batch and it was easy to make and as delicious as it looks. I used crushed pistachios and pecans, dried cherries, toasted coconut and sea salt to top melted dark chocolate – make this for an easy dessert, hostess gift or party favor! 🙂

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Ingredients

  • 5 oz dark chocolate (e.g. 65-70% cacao), roughly chopped
  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • Parchment paper
  • 3 Tbsp crushed pistachios
  • 3 Tbsp crushed pecans
  • 3 Tbsp toasted coconut flakes
  • 3 Tbsp dried cherries, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp coarse sea salt

Directions

  • In a double boiler or heatproof bowl over simmering water, melt chocolate, coconut oil and syrup, stirring until just melted and smooth.
  • Pour onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper and spread with spatula until 1/4 inch thick.
  • Top with nuts, coconut flakes, cherries and salt
  • Freeze until set, about 3 hours
  • Remove and break into pieces
  • Serve chilled
  • Store in airtight container in cool place

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Dark Chocolate Covered Figs with Sea Salt

I recently posted about my fig tree. I finally had a chance to dip some of the figs in chocolate. Something about the combination of juicy ripe figs, dark sweet chocolate and sea salt.. amazing! These were SO yummy!

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This fig had just been dipped. As soon as you set these in the fridge to cool the chocolate will harden and set with a matte finish. 🙂

Ingredients

  • 12 figs, rinsed and dry
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (I used 1/2 and 1/2 dark and sem-sweet chunks)
  • Sea salt for garnish

Directions

  • Put chocolate in a bowl and microwave for ~1 minute or until melted
  • Stir chocolate with a spoon to even out consistency
  • Dip figs in chocolate
  • Place on parchment paper covered cookie sheet and sprinkle some sea salt on
  • Set in fridge to cool
  • Enjoy! 🙂

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Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

Rich almond meal, butter, maple syrup, chocolate chips.. a delicious combination of ingredients that make a wonderful gluten free, grain free, paleo(ish) cookie! 🙂

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups blanched almond flour
  • ½ teaspoon celtic sea salt (I omitted this and the cookies were great!)
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  • In a food processor , combine almond flour, salt, and baking soda
  • Pulse in butter, vanilla, and maple syrup until dough forms
  • Remove blade from processor and stir in chocolate chunks by hand
  • Scoop dough one level tablespoon at a time onto a parchment lined baking sheet
  • Press balls of dough down gently
  • Bake at 350° for 7-10 minutes
  • Cool for 15 minutes (do not handle prior or cookies will break)
  • Serve

Thanks ElanasPantry!

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Cherry Garcia Smoothie

I was inspired by Lauren’s recent Healthy Cherry Garcia recipe and decided to make a super easy smoothie version. You really can’t go wrong with frozen cherries, chocolate and coconut milk or other milk base.

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup frozen cherries
  • 1/2 oz or large chunk of chocolate
  • 1 Tbsp chocolate icecream or 1 tsp other sweetener like agave

Directions

  • Blend all ingredients together until smooth
  • Top with some chopped chocolate or chocolate covered almonds

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