Chocolate Quinoa Cake

I had recently made a batch of quinoa for another recipe and had a lot of left over. I didn’t want to throw it away, so I went on a search for recipes that use leftover cooked quinoa and came across a recipe for a chocolate cake. Hmm…that might be interesting!

I’ve used cooked quinoa in muffins and cookies before, so I thought it would be something to try. Boy am I glad I gave it a chance. This cake was delicious! Super moist, full of chocolate flavor and easy to make. I topped my cake with a peanut butter frosting…which made it very rich. You could swap out the frosting for a dusting of powdered sugar and it would be just as delicious.

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Chocolate Almond Flour Waffles

I was looking for an alternate to traditional waffles and came across this recipe for chocolate waffles using almond flour. I was really intrigued by them and like that they are high in protein and healthy fat…plus dairy free! I made a batch for my kids to sample and they both loved them. I was surprised since they have been quite picky lately, but they’re a delicious treat.

I’m planning to experiment more with almond flour as I’m looking at ways to reduce using traditional all-purpose flour in my recipes. Almond flour is blanched (skins removed) or unblanched almonds that are ground into a fine flour-like product. When using it in baked goods, it’s a 1-to-1 replacement for regular flour. Since it’s higher in fat, you won’t need as much butter or shortening that you would use in a traditional recipe. The one thing that is needs is a binder, like eggs, because it lacks the binding property of gluten.


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Fudgy Avocado Brownies

I bought two avocados last week and hoped they would have been ripe to eat before I started a 3-day juice cleanse, but of course they weren’t ready. I was looking for recipes to use them up since I knew no one else in my family would eat them. I found this recipe for brownies and figured I’d give it a try.

They were easy to throw together on a whim especially since I had all the ingredients in my pantry. I didn’t tell my kids what were in the brownies, just that they had a secret ingredient. My daughter chimed in “it’s love.” Ah, how sweet! ❤ I’m going to keep the secret a little longer. 🙂

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Peppermint Chocolate Delight

I hosted dinner for my family on the Saturday before Christmas and I was looking for an easy and quick dessert to make. This dessert was perfect! It had all the flavors of the holidays – chocolate and peppermint! I was able to make it the night before and it was ready for dessert. It’s so much goodness layered together – starting at the bottom is a layer of chocolate graham crackers, peppermint cream cheese, chocolate pudding, whipped topping and finished with crush peppermint chocolate candy bars. YUM!!!

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Bite-Sized Peanut Butter Pies

Bite-sized desserts are just too cute! Last weekend was my company’s holiday party and we have a dessert bar made by all of our employees. I always try to make something new and this year I was craving something with peanut butter and chocolate. I found this recipe for bite-sized peanut butter pies with a chocolate crust. Flaky, chocolate crust filled with a rich peanut butter mousse and then topped with a drizzle of a chocolate and crushed peanuts – they are to die for!

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Chocolate Babka

Babka has always been one of those recipes that I want to try, but it looked so difficult. I got over my “fear” of making homemade breads a couple of years ago, so I decided it was time to make babka for #choctoberfest! This Eastern European yeast-risen cake has lots of steps and takes all day to make – but it’s so worth it! There’s a rich chocolate filling that is swirled in brioche-like cake. This version has a little orange zest in the cake and topped with an orange syrup for a little bit of freshness and adds a touch of sweetness.

Imperial Sugar helped make this recipe possible with their generous donation of sugar as a sponsor of #Choctoberfest. You should have seen my face when 88 lbs of sugar arrived at my house. I’ll be set for all my baking this holiday season with my kids! Thanks Imperial Sugar!

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#Choctoberfest 2017

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Today is one of my favorite days of the year, because it is the official start of #Choctoberfest. This is the third annual food blogger celebration of all things chocolate, made possible thanks to our gold sponsor Imperial Sugar and the other sponsors listed below.

Over 70 bloggers are participating in #Choctoberfest 2017 and will be posting 200+ chocolate recipes over the next week. Keep your eyes peeled, visit any of the blogs listed below, or use the #Choctoberfest hashtag on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to follow along. You can also check out our #Choctoberfest Pinterest board, where we post chocolate recipes all year long.

You can also enter to win our #Choctoberfest prize pack. Thank to our amazing sponsors who are contributing the following items for the prize:

  • $100 gift card to Williams Sonoma or Sur La Table from our gold sponsor Imperial Sugar
  • 1 case of granulated white sugar (40 pounds), 1 case of light brown sugar (24 pounds), 1 case of dark brown sugar (24 pounds), and 1 case of powdered sugar (24 pounds) from our gold sponsor Imperial Sugar
  • 16 oz Barlean’s Butter-Flavored Coconut Oil, 9.52 oz canister of Chocolate Silk Greens, and 8oz bottle of Essential Women Omega-Swirl Chocolate Mint from our silver sponsor Barlean’s
  • 300-piece Lindt LINDOR Truffles gift bag (you choose the flavors!) from blog sponsors The PinterTest Kitchen

This prize pack is valued at over $450! To enter, simply follow participating sponsors and bloggers using the below giveaway widget.

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Stay tuned to see the delicious recipes bloggers have cooked up using Imperial Sugar and Barlean’s products. Thank you also to Davis Chocolate and Rodelle for being #Choctoberfest shoutout sponsors! Watch Instagram and Facebook to find out more about about their chocolate products.

Here is a complete list of all the bloggers participating in #Choctoberfest 2017, so you can see the recipes they are posting throughout the week:

The PinterTest KitchenFix Me a Little LunchSavory MomentsCrumbs in my MustachioHouse of Nash EatsBake It With LoveThat RecipeHardly A GoddessCooking With CarleeA Kitchen Hoor’s AdventuresBody RebootedCindy’s Recipes and WritingsThe Redhead BakerFaith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered AccompliceSweet CoraliceSeduction in The KitchenCooks&Books&RecipesEveryday EileenUnder My Apple TreeFamily Around The TableBottom Left of the MittenThe Spiffy CookieFairyburgerJoin Us, Pull up a ChairJonesin’ For TasteJane’s Adventures in DinnerTake Two TapasJennifer BakesThe Unlikely BakerHostess At HeartKaren’s Kitchen StoriesKate’s Recipe BoxKelly Lynns Sweets and TreatsWildflour’s Cottage KitchenChocolate SlopesLittle House Big AlaskaMakes, Bakes and Decor2 Cookin MamasThat Skinny Chick Can BakeBooks n’ CooksMildly MeanderingLiving IdeasRestless ChipotleGet the Good Stuff!The Weekday GourmetAn Affair from the HeartWest Via MidwestCookie Dough and Oven MittThe Bitter Side of SweetCookaholic WifeDaily Dish RecipesFor the Love of FoodThe Saucy SouthernerCook’s HideoutBy the PoundsTramplingrose: Cooking, Baking & Ranting in Small-Town South DakotaSarah Cooks the BooksChef Sarah ElizabethFantastical Sharing of RecipesSarah’s Bake StudioThe Pajama ChefFrankly EntertainingLong Distance BakingPalatable PastimeThe Freshman CookThe Food Hunter’s Guide to CuisineA Day in the Life on the FarmWendy PolisiTampa Cake GirlMy Southern Sweet ToothCanning and Cooking at HomeFull Belly SistersSuperSizeGuy.comOur Good LifeThe Life Jolie

Lunch Lady Brownies

Last week was my kid’s end of camp celebration and Madeline asked to me to make brownies. I’ve not had much luck making  brownies from scratch in the past, but wanted to give it another shot. I found this recipe for brownies and it looked pretty easy and it was! Even better, they came out delicious and everyone enjoyed them!

They’re more of a cake-like brownie, but full of rich chocolate flavor. The chocolate frosting was the perfect addition and I’m sure the kids weren’t complaining about frosted brownies.

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Double Chocolate Banana Cake

As usual, I had a couple of over-ripe bananas and needed to find something to make to use them up. I don’t know why we always end up with 2 or 3 bananas that never get eaten?!? I was thinking about making one of my muffin recipes, but then decided on this recipe for a double chocolate banana cake.

It’s super moist, rich and I used a combination of peanut butter and chocolate chips to make it even better. It takes all of 5 minutes to throw together and then 30 minutes of baking until you have this delicious cake. It can be eaten at room temperature, but I recommend eating it when it’s warm.

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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Pie

Do you love chocolate covered strawberries? They’re one of my weaknesses … but add them onto of strawberry silk mousse and a layer of chocolate ganache – you have this amazing dessert. I made this dessert for Easter and I have to say it was probably one of the most amazing and delicious desserts I’ve ever made. The strawberry silk is smooth and creamy. You can’t go wrong with chocolate ganache and then topped with chocolate covered strawberries. This pie is a little labor intensive, but it’s sooooo worth it! Trust me, you’ll only need a little slice – it’s rich!

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