Coconut Chocolate Chip Bars

I’m celebrating Friday with chocolate and coconut (not that I really need a reason to have chocolate). These bars are little squares of cakey goodness.  But guess what?  There is no wheat flour going on here.  They are made with coconut “flour.”  They get their sweetness from the coconut flakes, chocolate chips and maple syrup instead of piles of sugar.  Crazy, right?  Well to me it sort of is because I’m used to baking with flour, butter, and sugar.  You know, all the fatty delicious food groups. In my continued efforts to get ready for short sleeves, shorts, and (gulp) bathing suits …

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Almond Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Do you get obsessed when you find a new ingredient that you love?  Right now I’m into baking with coconut oil and coconut sugar. Do you bake with coconut sugar?  If so, do you use it because of a particular health reason or because you like the flavor?  I’m curious.  It sounds like coconut sugar has some good benefits, but I don’t really have a strong opinion one way or the other.  I’m just having fun experimenting with it, especially since I’ve had some successful recipes lately.  I still bake mostly with white and brown sugars. I recently ran out of the paleo chocolate …

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Paleo Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Let me head you off at the beginning, I’m not following a paleo diet. Truth be told I can’t even say the word “paleo” correctly.  I thought it was pronounced as pa-lay-o, emphasis on the lay.  One day my husband corrected me.  It’s pay-lee-oh, you know, like the era before the dinosaurs?  Well, I have a mental block now so I still say it wrong, every single time, and my husband kindly corrects me every single time.  I swear I’m actually an intelligent person and can be taught.  Just not this time.  😉 Yesterday my girlfriend asked me where I …

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Peanut Butter Bomb Smoothies

It’s official, folks.  I finally found a way to enjoy almond milk!  Yes, I know, very exciting news. I have tried almond milk several times and in a variety of ways.  Each of those times I found it gross, which is weird because I like almonds and I like milk.  I don’t need to go dairy free (and I have no intentions of doing so either), but I want to expand my horizons.  So with the new year upon us I thought I’d give almond milk another try.  I’ve never tried it in a smoothie so I figure I’d give that a go.  Well, …

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Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bites

I get choked up when NYC counts down the last 10 seconds of the year before the ball drops.  Does anyone else get emotional when that happens?  (Assuming you also watch it or something similar.)  Maybe you can’t go by me because I cry at the same sad scene in a movie even if I’ve seen it a bazillion times. My new year’s resolution is to lose a few pounds, again.  I seem to have that resolution about 10 or 30 times during the entire year so I’m not sure if that’s truly a resolution except that it happens to …

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