Going Cocoa Bananas

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I honestly can’t get enough chocolate in my life.  I sometimes think it’s a goal in my life to figure out how I can incorporate chocolate into every meal I eat.  There are definitely multiple restaurants out there that have become successful at this concept which I really need to go to. I’lll add that one to the food bucket list…

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I’m really trying to clean out my pantry because I will be in Phoenix, AZ all next week- Hallelujah for warm weather! Anyways, breakfast food is hard to come by when cleaning everything out, but I managed to find all the way back in my cupboard some quick oats.  I bet you can’t guess what I decided to make for breakfast with this……….kidding, obviously I made myself some OATMEAL!

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With the lack of other ingredients I had, I managed to scrounge up enough to make a delicious Chocolate Banana Oatmeal.  I freeze bananas every once in a while and was able to thaw one of those to use, utilize my leftover milk from a recipe earlier in the week, and of course I had to use some unsweetened cocoa powder cause that stuff can make any recipe delicious.  Add some vanilla, sweetener, and salt to that combo and you have yourself one helluva easy, chocolaty, homemade oatmeal. Oh and did I mention it’s one serving too!? Great for those cooking for one, but recipe can always be multiplied for more! Check out the recipe below:

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Chocolate Banana Oatmeal: [1 serving]

  • 1/2 Cup Quick Oats
  • 3/4 Cup Skim Milk
  • 1 Ripened Banana
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1/8 Tsp. Salt
  • 1/4 Tsp. Vanilla
  • 1 Packet Truvia
  • Extra milk to serve

Directions:

Mix together all ingredients in a sauce pan over medium-high heat.  Cook, continuously stirring, for about 5-6 minutes or until mixture becomes thick and ready to serve.  Pour into a bowl and top with extra milk if desired.

Adapted from: Chocolate Covered Katie

Have a sweet day!

-Kelcie

Oatrageously Chocolaty

imageNo, I did not spell outrageously wrong on accident- it’s that way because today I’m going to tell you about my new favorite breakfast: overnight oats. This concept is like the newer and cooler version of oatmeal. What are overnight oats you may be asking yourself.  Well, it’s this great combination of oats, liquid (milk or yogurt..or both), and any other ingredient your heart may desire all mixed together and put in the fridge all night (hence the name).  By the time morning rolls around, the oats become softened and have soaked up some of that liquid and all you have to do is eat!

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I’m all about simple and quick breakfasts that I can also take to work. These fit that to a T, and they are also extremely versatile. I made three different versions this week all using about the same ratio. My basic recipe for these uses 1/2 cup old fashioned oats, 1/2 cup almond milk, 1/2 cup yogurt, and 1 tbsp. chia seeds. Above is what this combination looks like before it sits overnight…. I swear it’s actually good.

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I made three different versions of these oats for the week: blueberry, peach, and chocolate strawberry. For the peach and blueberry, I added in cinnamon and maple syrup to sweeten it up. I chose to use vanilla yogurt and unsweetened almond milk making it a good, healthy combination overall.

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My favorite of all three combinations I made this week was the strawberry chocolate overnight oats. Check you the recipe below…

imageChocolate Strawberry Overnight Oats: [1 serving]

  • 1/2 Cup Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1/2 Cup Almond Milk
  • 1/2 Cup Vanilla Yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp. Chia Seeds
  • 1 Tbsp. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • Squeeze of Honey & Splash of Vanilla
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Strawberries

Mix all ingredients except strawberries together in a jar, bowl, or Tupperware. Cover and put in fridge overnight. In the morning, stir oats and top with chopped strawberries.

This was a great way to start my morning- try out this recipe or make your own combo for a great breakfast.

Have a sweet day!

-Kelcie

 

Build Me Up (Peanut Butter) Cup Baby

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake

For my first blog post I thought it would only be fitting to post about one of the greatest desserts to ever be created: cupcakes. My team for the American Heart Walk in Columbus decided to hold a bake sale today at work. Naturally, after I heard this, I spent majority of my free time trying to find a new dessert I could make for it.

I must have been craving cupcakes when looking for recipes, because I ended up deciding on these Peanut Butter Chocolate cupcakes and Oreo Truffle cupcakes. Below is the final product of each.

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I always like making two different kinds of desserts for events like this. I do this for two reasons: one because people like variety and two because most of the time I end up messing one up. This time, they both surprisingly turned out well. I think the Peanut Butter Chocolate ones looked much prettier- hence the reason why I took pretty pictures of it.

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Each of these recipes were made with cake mix. It is really easy to find good recipes that add in a couple extra ingredients to spruce up cake mixes. I also was able to go to Michaels Arts & Crafts store and get piping tools for the frosting. This didn’t cost more than $5 for the plastic tips and plenty of piping bags. If you have the time to go and get these tools it is well worth it. You can find the simple but delicious recipes by following these links:

http://www.lovefromtheoven.com/2012/04/03/oreo-truffle-stuffed-cupcakes-with-cookies-cream-frosting/
http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/chocolate-peanut-butter-cupcakes/a29d7640-4845-436a-83d4-dee3fbb3b499

Have a sweet day!

-Kelcie