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Coconut chocolate mousse cups

cocoa2I know the hardest time for me when doing a food challenge is around 8pm at night when the sweet tooth starts to wake up. Doesn’t help we just got back from Hawaii and Joe brought home about a million boxes of chocolate covered Carmel macadamia nuts! Get them out of my house!!!

So I figured for the first week or so while the sweet tooth is strong, I will try a few dessert dishes and just keep the portions to a minimum.

This one is great! You can make with a crust, but I thought a light mousse would be a perfect night treat.

Ingredients:

* 1 (14oz) can of coconut milk extra thick. Trader joes has a great one that is super thick. If you just get the regular then put in the fridge overnight so it’s hardened a bit.
* 2 tablespoons of sunflower seed butter (or the nut butter of your choice)
* 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
* 1 tablespoon on raw honey
* 1 tablespoon of maple syrup (I didn’t have any but I did have coconut nectar!)
* 1 tsp vanilla extract
* sprinkle of enjoy life chocolate chips and sprinkle of shredded coconut to garnish

1. Place all ingredients into a food processor and purée until well combined. (minus chips and coconut)

2. Place mousse ingredients into 4 ramekins and place in refrigerator for about 1-2 hours until set.

3. Sprinkle with coconut chips and coconut and enjoy your mousse!

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Posted by on April 2, 2013 in Desserts

 

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Paleo Triple Chocolate Truffles- Nut free!

pepitaStill on the hunt for some desserts to make over the holiday’s so I don’t end up eating tons of pie, brownies, or other delicious desserts that may come my way. These are a good treat, defintely only need 1 or 2 though, they seem pretty rich! Found this recipe on yet again… paleOMG. Why look anywhere else? She has the best recipes if you want to get creative with ingredients and stray away from just meat, veggie, nuts, and fruit.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups pepita seeds (the inside of pumpkin seeds)
  • 14 medjool dates
  • 5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons of raw honey
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • a bar or two of 85% cacao dark chocolate
  • Enjoy life chocolate chips

Start off with melting your coconut oil in a frying pan. When that is nice and hot, toss in your pumpkin seeds and roast about 4-5 minutes until they are toasty and fragrant. Dont burn them!

When those are done, throw them in your food processor and blend away till they are totally broken down into a seed meal.

Add your dates and blend until they are completely mixed together.

Add your cocoa powder, cinnamon (I forgot this in mine), honey, and a dash of salt. Blend together until it becomes a big dough looking ball.

Take your dark chocolate and melt in the micro and pour the chocolate chips in a seperate bowl.

Take the dough and form into little balls in your hands and dip them half way into the melted chocolate, then dip the bottom into the chocolate chips. Place on parchment paper and then place them on a plate (I forgot the parchment paper and now they are pretty well stuck to my plate!)

Put them in the refrigerator for a while until the chocolate becomes hard again. Then pop one in your mouth and ENJOY!

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Posted by on November 19, 2012 in Desserts

 

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Chocolate pudding- paleo style

IMG_3899Leftover day!

Time to raid the fridge and pantry of whatever is left over and attempt to make something yummy out of it. This is a play on a recipe from the 21 day sugar detox (it was gross) and PaleOMG recipe. Enough sugar to make it feel like a treat, but not enough for Joe to actually enjoy it as much as I will! Ingredients might be a little off, I literally just threw it all in together and hoped for the best.

Ingredients:

  • 2 overly ripe avocados
  • 1 overly ripe almost brown banana
  • 1-2 tsp raw honey. Just depends on how sweet you want this
  • 2-3 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • handful or whatever is leftover of the Enjoy Life Chocolate chips
  • splash of vanilla extract
  • splash of leftover canned coconut milk

Put the avocado’s, banana, honey, cocoa powder, vanilla, and coconut milk in a food processor. Mix until creamy smooth. Taste it when done and if its not sweet enough then add that second tsp of honey. Once mixed together then throw in a small amount of the chocolate chips and blend again. Whammo- chocolate pudding! If I had kids I think this would be a great dessert to serve them chilled as a treat. But since I dont, Joe will have to do!

 
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Posted by on September 5, 2012 in Desserts

 

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Paleo Coconut Peppermint Patties

So I know I said I was going to stop making desserts, but I saw this one and it literally made me drool. I found the recipe on the paleo god’s sight, www.paleOMG.com Again, like I said, she is a paleo dessert genius. I changed my recipe a little and instead of vanilla I added peppermint extract and it was AMAZing. These were so good and also looked so pretty that it would be a great item to bring for any kind of a dinner party, shower, BBQ, whatever. Anytime you want to impress, these are the go to desserts for sure.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup cream of coconut
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1 bag of enjoy life chocolate chips
  • Optional- mint leaves or raspberry to garnish

Take your coconut and add to the food processor. Combine the coconut oil, coconut cream, and peppermint extract. The recipe called for 1 1/2 cups of coconut but I found that was a little runny, so I added more. So maybe start with the 1 1/2, then add as you go.

Melt the bag of chocolate chips in the micro. You can do it on a double boiler, but who has one of those? Who has a microwave? Exactly. 2 mins. stir. Its melted.

Take the coconut mixture and put about 2 tbls into muffin tins. Pack it in there so you get the pretty little indentions they make. This recipe made about 9-10 for me. I was thinking of getting smaller baby cupcake tins and tray and then you can make quite a few more and they will just be bite size pieces. So if you have one of those, then use that and put about a tablespoon in each. After they are packed in, add the melted dark chocolate to the top so it covers all the coconut, about a tablespoon or so. I thought it would look really cute with a raspberry on top or a mint leaf. Or anything really. Up to you to be creative on this one.

Put in the freezer for about 20 minutes. They will be pretty hard, so you might want to take them out for a few before chomping into them, if you can wait! After your done serving or eating these, put the remainder in the refrigerator.

Love these little suckers. YUM.

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Posted by on July 10, 2012 in Desserts

 

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