I closed at the store yesterday which meant I had the morning to bake! YEHAW! My parents are hosting a holiday party this weekend and they asked me to make some cookies. I jumped on the request and started researching fun holiday treats to share. I made two yesterday
I love the whole spicy chocolate thing so when I saw the recipe for these on the PPK (I forget how much I like this blog!) I knew I would have to give them a try. I doubled the recipe and only added a small pinch of cayenne as I wasn’t sure how adventurous the palates of my parents friends would be. I also added a chopped Mayan Gold bar from Black & Green as you can never have too much chocolate.
I think for the first time ever, I actually got as many cookies as the recipe said it would make. I taste tested the cookie that was the most burnt around the edges and was very satisfied with how they turned out. I would definitely add more cayenne the next time I make these and maybe a little orange zest too.
I spotted these guys on Lori’s blog and followed her links to Alisa’s blog. The recipe seemed so simple and yummy that I couldn’t not try it. I subbed the peppermint extract for coconut and rolled the truffles in unsweetened flaked coconut. The co-op had the vegan chocolate chips on sale so the recipe is also vegan.
I made one and half batches and ended up with 30 truffles. After rolling all the cookies, my desire to roll things into balls was a bit low. Some of the truffles got a bit large in order to finish the task. Again, for the purpose of quality control I samples one. It was good :) How can you go wrong with chocolate and coconut.
Breakfast Day 9 – Breakfast Double Apple Crisp
I sautéed a small chopped apple in some water, cinnamon and a squeeze of buckwheat honey. Once it was soft, I mixed the last two spoonfuls of homemade applesauce into 1/2 cup of plain yogurt. I layered the two and topped ground flax and cinnamon pecan granola. A super yummy, dessert like breakfast :)
Day 10 – Coconut Chai Smoothie
I wanted to do something with the leftover coconut milk for breakfast this morning. Enter the creamiest smoothie I have made to date. Into the blender went one small frozen banana, 1/2 vanilla protein powder, three ice cubes, a little over 1/4 cup of coconut milk, cinnamon, ginger and cardamom. I topped with some Go Lean Crunch and a pinch of unsweetened coconut. YUMMMMMMMMM! Hello medium chain fatty acid smoothie of deliciousness. If you like coconut and chai spice, I highly recommend this combo.
I am about to hit up the gym and head down to my parents. I talked to my mom this morning and they are predicting a big old snow storm for the weekend so the party may be much smaller than originally anticipated. Oh well! I am excited to finish my baking and chill out with them for a few days.