Sunday, April 6, 2014

Craving Chocolate? Try These Healthy, Easy Recipes

My daughter's new favorite catchphrase is "I Want Chocolate".

She can see a chocolate bar or Hershey's Kiss a mile away....and will walk the mile to eat it.

I'm a realist: she's not going to go through life avoiding Reese's Peanut Butter cups or Cadbury Hardshell eggs (both of which are my faves, btw).  Eating them on occasion is fine.

I wanted a healthier alternative for more frequent consumption and found two recipes that are home runs.

Copycat Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
You have to try Chocolate Covered-Katie's Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs recipe.  Oh. My. God. Ridiculously good. The recipe calls for any nut butter.  I had Jiff All-Natural Peanut Butter on hand.  I'm looking forward to experimenting with other brands and types of nut butters.

Peanut Butter & Powdered Sugar

Blended Peanut Butter & Powdered Sugar

Peanut Butter Balls, which must be frozen for about an hour before dipping in chocolate
The finished product!
They were fabulous.  Granted, they're not the most visually appealing but they ROCKED.  The recipe suggests making the chocolate coating with coconut oil, which gives it a slightly coconut hint.  I used Nutiva 100% coconut oil.

Raw Brownies 
Deliciously Ella has a deliciously easy raw brownie recipe.  It's the easiest thing I've made in a while.  I used agave nectar instead of maple syrup and added chia seeds to the recipe and will experiment with adding cinnamon for a more of a Mexican Chocolate flavor.

Blend in a food processor

Into the fridge to chill for about an hour

The finished product! 

The Verdict

My daughter love them!

The Takeaway
Both of the recipes were insanely good and easy to make.  The raw brownies took all of about 10 minutes to prepare.  I was surprised both recipes called for cocoa powder instead of chocolate bars that can be melted.

More importantly, they're a healthier alternative to store-bought, preservative filled chocolate treats.

Get the Ingredients 

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