chocolate covered coconut cups ~vegan~

Better than a Mounds Bar…no joke.

chocolate covered coconut cups ~vegan, gluten free~

And, with out all the unhealthy ingredients!

Mounds Bar Ingredients:


Sodium Metabisulfite…What is that?

If you take away only one bit of information from this blog, remember this:

If you can’t pronounce it or don’t know what it is…Don’t eat it!

So, here is a recipe for a much healthier and whole-food version of a Mounds Bar!

No Sodium Metabisulfite found here!

I was inspired from a recipe found here.

chocolate covered coconut cups ~vegan, gluten free~

Chocolate Covered Coconut Cups

(makes 15 mini-cups)

2/3 cups chocolate chips, preferably vegan

1 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut

1/4 cup pure maple syrup

2 tablespoons coconut oil

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

pinch of sea salt

Goji berries for garnish

chocolate covered coconut cups ~vegan, gluten free~

~Add coconut, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla and sea salt to a food processor and blend until well combined.

-Drop a tablespoon of coconut mixture into each cup of a mini-muffin tin and press down firmly.

-Melt chocolate using a double boiler, stir constantly.  When melted, pour a layer of chocolate onto each cup.  Garnish with goji berries.

-Place in the refrigerator for an hour.

-Use a knife to “pop” cups out of muffin tin and enjoy!

chocolate covered coconut cups ~vegan, gluten free~

Tip of the Day:  Often times shredded coconut is preserved using propylene glycol, an ingredient found in antifreeze!  Read labels carefully!  Bob’s Red Mill brand is easy to find and has only one ingredient: natural unsulfured coconut.

coco-chocolate covered cups ~vegan, gluten free~

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend :)

red velvet chocolate beet cupcakes ~vegan~

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!  Show your loved ones how much you care by making them a batch of Red Velvet Chocolate Beet Cupcakes!!
red velvet chocolate beet cupcakes ~vegan~

Mother Nature tries to drop us subtle hints…walnuts are good for brain health and they resemble a brain, carrots are good for eye health and when sliced crosswise resemble an eye, a bulb of ginger root mimics the shape of the stomach and ginger is great for settling an upset stomach.  And, beets….you guessed it, not only do they slightly resemble a heart, but they are great for heart health!

red velvet chocolate beet cupcakes ~vegan~

The bright red color of beets is from the abundance of phytocompounds and antioxidants.  The most researched compound of the beet is one called betalains.  Betalains is a medicinal compound that is useful in the detoxification process and is a powerful anti-inflammatory.  It has even been shown to decrease tumor growth.  Another medicinal quality of beets is that when consumed, they increase the amount of nitric oxide in the body.  Nitric oxide dilates vessels, which in turn, lowers blood pressure!

Beets are great juiced, roasted, raw  or used for baking.  Similar to using applesauce, beet puree can be used to decrease fat while maintaining moisture in baked products.  Plus, they lend a beautiful color!

red velvet chocolate beet cupcakes ~vegan~

Red Velvet Chocolate Beet Cupcakes

1 medium beet

applesauce (as needed)

1/4 cup orange juice

1/2 cup soy or almond milk

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

3/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup coconut oil, melted

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup + 1 tablespoon whole wheat pastry flour

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

pinch sea salt

red velvet chocolate beet cupcakes ~vegan~

-Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a mini-muffin tin with cooking spray or line with liners, set aside.

-Wash, peel and cube beet.  Add chopped beet to a small pan of boiling water.  Cook until tender, drain and set aside.

-When beet is cooled, add to a food processor with orange juice.  Puree until consistency of applesauce.

-Measure out 1 cup of beet puree and add to a medium sized bowl.

(If you fall short of 1 cup, add applesauce to make up the difference.  I ended up using about 2 tablespoons of applesauce.)

-Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix together soy milk and apple cider vinegar.  Set aside.  The mixture will curdle.  Don’t worry, this is normal!

-Add soy milk mixture, melted coconut oil, sugar and vanilla to beet puree.  Whisk until frothy.

-In a large bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and pinch of sea salt.

-Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients.  Using an electric mixer mix until combined.

-Fill muffin cups until 3/4 full.

-Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

-Dust with powdered sugar if desired and enjoy!

red velvet chocolate beet cupcakes ~vegan~

This recipe made about 30 mini cupcakes.  It probably would have made a few more if I didn’t eat so much of the batter!  That’s the great thing about vegan baking…raw batter is safe for consumption!  Increase baking time to 25-30 minutes for regular sized cupcakes.

my valentine!

my valentine!

chocolate peanut butter banana “ice cream”

Happy 4th of July everyone!!!  

I will keep this post short and sweet so you can get out there and enjoy the festivities!

This is one of our favorite desserts!  It’s SO quick and easy to prepare and I almost always have the ingredients in the house…and if not I compromise!

chocolate peanut butter banana "ice cream" ~vegan, dairy-free~

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana “Ice Cream”

1/2 cup almond milk (or any kind of milk)

2 frozen bananas

6 ice cubes

1/4 cup chocolate chips (dairy free)

2 heaping tablespoons peanut butter

-peel, slice and freeze bananas.

-In a blender or food processor, add all ingredients and blend until creamy, enjoy!

chocolate peanut butter banana "ice cream" ~vegan, dairy free~

I used my vitamix this time however, I have used the food processor in the past.  In the vitamix, start off on level one and increase speed gradually.  This mix was perfectly sweet because I used very ripe bananas.  If the bananas weren’t overly ripe, I would have added a few pitted dates or a tablespoon of maple syrup for sweetness.

Banana “ice cream” can be made with a bunch of different add in such as:

oats, maple syrup, and raisins

mint extract and chocolate chips

almond butter and honey

raspberry and chocolate chips

apple, cinnamon and dates

…you get the picture, the possibilities are endless!

kid approved but very messy! outside!!!

kid approved but very messy! Warning…eat outside!!!