No-Bake Chocolate Chunk Quinoa Bites

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First off, happy Halloween! Secondly, my office is in candy overdrive. We have a bit of a Reese’s and Kit Kat addiction around these parts, with 3lb bags constantly hiding in the office kitchen cabinet. So dangerous, and anyone who knows me knows that I have zero control in such scenarios.

To attempt to combat this dilemma, I concocted these little guys for you all to try. They really do hit the spot for when I’m craving something chocolate-y after lunch, yet are packed with protein and fiber, with as little sugar as I could get away with. The fact that they’re no-bake makes these a great little snack.

Stay tuned for more editions of these, because I’m in love and want to see what other kinds I can whip up!

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Ingredients
(Makes 12 bites)

1 cup white quinoa, cooked
1 cup quick rolled oats, uncooked
3/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chunks
1/4 cup creamy almond butter
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp sea salt

To Make
To prep, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside, then pour your coconut flakes on to a plate and set aside.

To begin making, pour your cooked quinoa, oats, almond butter, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt into a large bowl. Using your hands or a spatula, thoroughly mix ingredients until well incorporated. Once batter is complete, add your chocolate chunks and fold into the mix.

Using your hands, roll your dough into golf ball sized spheres and place on your parchment paper. Once you’ve rolled all of your dough, roll the bites once more into the coconut flakes until fully covered. Place back onto your baking sheet and set into the fridge for about 30 minutes.

Once chilled, store in tupperware in the fridge for up to a week.

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Espresso Peppermint Brownies

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If there’s one weakness I have, it’s dense delicious fudgy brownies. And in case you didn’t know, Dec. 8th is National Brownie Day, so we decided to pay our tribute. This recipe is pretty much as simple as homemade brownies get, and most certainly a crowd pleaser.


For the brownies:

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate
  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • eggs, lightly whisked
  • teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon espresso powder (optional)

For the topping:

  • 4 large candy canes

To make:

Preheat oven to 350 and set aside an 8×8 pan lined with parchment paper.

In a heat-safe bowl, combine 1 cup of your chocolate chips (save the rest to add to the batter), butter, and oil, and place over a small pot of boiling water.

Once fully melted and slightly cooled, combine in a stand (or hand) mixer with your sugars. Mix well, then add espresso, vanilla, and eggs. Add your flour and salt mixture and blend until just mixed. Fold in your chocolate chips.

Place in the oven for 30-35 minutes.

While baking, prepare your peppermint topping. *Warning, this part is loud*

Place your candy canes into a plastic baggie, removing the air, and adding into a second baggie. With a rolling pin or hammer, gently break your candy into pieces.

Once your brownies have five minutes left in the oven, remove and sprinkle on the candy. Place back in the oven and finish baking.


Recipe adapted from Food 52

Baileys Hot Chocolate

While it’s been a pretty mild winter (well, just when it comes to snow, really), that doesn’t mean we can’t still snuggle up with some hot cocoa in yoga pants under loads of blankies. And as we all know, we like to add a little bit of fun to our drinks for an even warmer evening sip. I mean come on, this sounds like a rockin’ Saturday night to us.

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Hot Cocoa

Heat some milk over a stove top and whisk in a couple spoon-fulls of your favorite hot cocoa mix. Whisk well until the chunks have diminished and it’s all frothy and wonderful. Add in your Baileys Irish Coffee (or flavored nip) and stir again. Pour into your mugs, and top with some fluffy whipped cream. Garnish with any delicious add ons — cocoa powder, cinnamon, candy canes, orange zest — go nuts!

We actually made these guys while we were still in the full holiday spirit, so if it’s felling a little festive to you, that would be why!

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Happy Weekend

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Well we’re closing in on Christmas people! By this time next week the holidays will be over (what??), but don’t worry – we’ve got New Years to look forward to!… which means… bubbles!

cct // Are you guys aware of this wonderful website full of holiday blogger giveaways? So many amazing items – get your name in quick!

rkv // We’ll be having a pot luck next weekend which I’ve been scheming recipes in my head for. This chocolate whiskey cake may be a winner… but I’m thinking with caramel sauce?

cct // I’ve always loved Seth Rogan, and this article is really heartfelt!

rkv // I’ve been finding myself in an afternoon slump at work lately, so I appreciated these 11 caffeine-free ways to wake up 

cct // This holiday food chart cracked me up!

rkv // Somehow I always find myself watching movies with my parents around the holidays that are great movies, but pretty awkward for a family gathering. (Hint: please do yourself a favor and never watch Girl With The Dragon Tattoo on Christmas Day with your Mom). Anyways, I appreciated this list of movies to watch with your fam.

rkv // Just because — Bruno Mars looking like a little old lady

cct // I need to make these asap! Yum!

Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Do you guys ever find yourself getting annoyed when you just want to make a traditional baked good? I feel like every time I search for something simple like “banana bread” or “blueberry muffins” I get results like “rolled oat banana bread with cream cheese filling” or “greek yogurt vanilla bean blueberry muffins.” While I’m all about playing around with recipes, sometimes I just want something simple, ya know?

So on this chilly weekend, my roommates and I decided to make the kind of chocolate chip cookies your grandma makes. Chewy in the middle, crispy on the edges, and no Mediterranean pink sea-salt flakes in sight.

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Ingredients

1 stick unsalted butter
1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
2 1/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 cups chocolate chips or chunks

 

To Make
(serves about 30 cookies)

01. Preheat oven to 375 degress

02. Mix butter, shortening, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla together.

03. Add in eggs, blend well.

04. Stir in flour by hand, then baking soda, and chocolate chips

05. Bake for 9-10 minutes until the edges become golden.

06. Allow to sit on baking sheet for ten minutes before moving to a cooling rack

07. Dip in milk, and enjoy!

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