Trying Out a Chocolate Covered Katie Recipe

For those of you who haven’t heard of the genius that is Katie of Chocolate Covered Katie, allow me to post her blog’s bio.

The Healthy Dessert Blog

This isn’t just any dessert blog: it’s the healthy-dessert blog!

The recipes featured here are healthier versions of your favorite naughty treats: Cookie Dough Milkshakes, Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge, Brownie Batter Pancakes…

What will you find on this website?

Healthier versions of all your favorite desserts. My aim isn’t for people to say, “This is good… for a healthydessert.” I want them to say, “This is good. Period.”

For the actual recipes, see: CC Diet Recipes.

This site is for anyone who wants to be healthy but refuses to give up eating delicious desserts in the name of health. Happiness and health go hand-in-hand, and how can you be happy if you’re not eating what you truly desire? My favorite food is chocolate, and I eat it at least once a day. I’ve never been happier. Or healthier.

The ultimate “does not taste healthy” dessert: Chocolate Bar Pie.

Healthy is the new naughty

So go be naughty! And enjoy every chocolate-covered minute of it!

Don’t miss a single recipe:

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I never imagined this blog would grow to be so popular, and I’m thankful every day. In other words, if you’re reading this, I’m thankful for YOU! Please feel free to leave a comment on any of my posts. I lovecomments.

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Isn’t she a doll?! Anyway, now that you know a little bit about her blog, I expect you all to head on over (after finishing this post, of course) to check out some of her amazing recipes. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Anyway, I’ve been wanting to try out some of her recipes using dates, but I’ve always managed to forget to add them to my grocery list. So on Tuesday, I hit the store and made sure I picked up a package of Dole dates. This afternoon I was on my usual 3rd cup of coffee, when I realized I wanted something sweet. I grabbed my iPad, pulled up this recipe and go cooking. I did modify the recipe a little, but they still turned out fabulously. In fact, they were so good, I had two.

Here is my modification:

  • 1 1/2 tsp cocoa powder
  • 2/3 cup dates
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp almond butter

After I blended everything, I rolled them into small and medium sized balls. The recipe only made about 6 balls, but they’re so filling, two felt like way too much for me.

I highly encourage you try these bad boys. I felt like I was eating some sort of rich brownie batter. YUM.

My Healthy Tip of the Day: In the mood for a rich dessert, drop by Chocolate Covered Katie’s blog and check out her many, many options.

 

My First Mammal Free Monday

Last week I alluded to the fact that I would be trying a new meat and dairy free diet every Monday to jump start my week. Today marked the first of this once-weekly venture. I started off my morning with a bowl of Kashi 7 Whole Grain Puffs with a cup of almond milk and one half of a sandwich thin, topped with some yummy almond butter. This breakfast wasn’t actually much different from what I eat every day since I abstain from cow’s milk. The almond butter was a perfect way to beef up this breakfast so I stayed fuller throughout my morning.

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My mid-morning snack was a gradual grazing of almonds and cranberries, combined with massive amounts of British tea. I started off with an Irish Breakfast tea and continued my day with a mix of my yummy Vanilla Caramel Truffle and Lady Grey. (Did I mention my Mondays will be caffeine free?) By the time lunch rolled around, I had worked up a serious appetite. I mixed together some premade peas and quinoa that I had prepared. I saved a little of the quinoa so I could have a snack later. I also munched on some cucumber slices and red and green peppers.

For dinner I decided to attempt to make the yamburgers recipe that I found, however I had to do so with a white bean, rather than a black bean. I sliced up some avocado and used a little hummus as a spread for this yummy dinner. I think my favorite thing about vegetable-based burgers is that they are not meant to remind you of burgers. They are just an easy way to stuff some really yummy veggies into a utensil-free meal. Who could argue with that?!

All in all, I think this “vegan” Monday thing will be much easier than I anticipated. I practically avoid meat and dairy during the week anyway.

On an off subject, I’ve been noticing a TON of GOTR mention in the blogosphere and have to say I’m THRILLED this organization is getting so much recognition:

http://peaceloveandoats.com/2012/06/18/im-a-solemate/

http://www.healthytippingpoint.com/about

http://www.pbfingers.com/2012/05/08/girls-on-the-run/

Sooo exciting! I mean I always knew what an amazing organization it was (board member boasting alert!), but the fact that so many others recognize the amazing support it can provide a young girl reminds me over and over.