These snow days are killing me. Seriously. I’ve had just about enough.
We haven’t done much baking recently (besides my very adorable football cupcakes for last weeks Superbowl), but I wanted to do something different with the boys yesterday so I decided to make a few somewhat “healthy” desserts.
A quick Google search and I found a couple recipes that not only looked great, but made the cut because I had everything in the house already…so we got to work!
My adorable little helpers 🙂
I used this recipe for the cookies….wasn’t sure what “sifted blanched almond flour” really was, so I just used my usual Trader Joe’s almond meal and it worked fine.
I also just used regular Nestle’s milk chocolate chips…probably doesn’t count as real “Paleo” but we had no complaints.
I’ll also fill you in on a little secret: wax paper and parchment paper aren’t the same thing and you don’t want to put wax paper in the oven (oops!).
Aaaaanyway, the cookies were DELICIOUS regardless of the black smoke coming from the oven 🙂
Two happy campers!
I absolutely loved the consistency of these cookies and I also didn’t feel like I needed to Hoover the entire batch….something I always struggle with when it comes to baked goods. These definitely weren’t the quickest, but the boys really loved getting all the ingredients together and I loved that I knew exactly what was in them.
I LOVE desserts. Specifically chocolate…and Swedish fish, and Dots, but let’s just stick with the chocolate today because I don’t know how to make Swedish fish or Dots (thankfully).
One of my MOST favorite desserts is Bertucci’s chocolate mousse, the “Budino”….we actually went to Bertucci’s for our anniversary dinner a few years ago because I really wanted the Budino. We keep it classy. Only the best for our special occasions, which is why I went searching for a recipe seeing that Valentine’s Day is this weekend and we’re just gonna be hanging in….
So in search of my Budino replacement, I read about 10 different recipes. All of which I didn’t have one thing or another, so I just threw what I had together and it came out pretty good! Not “Budino” good, and not good enough that the boys loved it, but I loved it… so more for me!
Here’s what I did:
In a food processor I combined 1 avocado, 4 pitted dates, 1/2 cup coconut milk (in a can), 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 TBSP honey (from my clients’ bees), 1TBSP vanilla extract, sea salt….Blend until it’s a nice mousse-y consistency.
Next time i make it I’ll definitely cut back on the vanilla extract…it tasted REALLY good and has awesome texture, but then had a bit of a weird aftertaste (I still ate it all).
For portion control I scooped about 2T into muffin tins and refrigerated them overnight. You can top with strawberries or add some vanilla maple arctic zero and almond butter for a little ice cream sundae type of dessert. I’ll definitely make this again!
I’m all about moderation, but I think that can mean a few different things depending on where you are in your journey. If you are looking to get leaner (fat loss) or tighten up your nutrition a bit, moderation might look different for you than it would if you were looking to maintain where you’re at. So although these desserts are made with healthy ingredients, they still have calories so just keep that in mind.
For all of you in the NE, be careful shoveling today…I’ve never EVER seen so much snow in my life!