Cocoa Hazelnut Financiers

These are from Dinner in French by Mellisa Clark. So easy and tasty!

8 tbsp butter

1 c confectioners sugar

1/2 c hazelnut or almond meal/flour

1/3 c flour

1/3 c cocoa powder

1/4 tsp salt

4 egg whites

24 hazelnuts

Preheat oven to 400. Spray or line a mini muffin pan.

Melt butter and let it cook till it starts to turn brown. Let cool.

With the whisk attachment on a standing mixer, combine all dry ingredients except whole hazelnuts. Stir in the egg white and beat until well mixed. Add butter and beat until smooth.

Scoop into mini muffin pan and top with a hazelnut.

Bake for 10 – 15 minutes until firm abs tops spring back when lightly pressed.

Makes 24.

Vegan Raw Caramel Bars

This recipe is from Livekindly.com. It’s keto, vegan, raw, gluten-free! What?!? Yup! I made mine in a springform pan for easy release, then cut them up and froze 3/4 of them. They are so tasty!

Ingredients

    For the base:
  • 1 c raw organic cashews, soaked for an hour and drained
  • 6 organic medjool dates (pitted)
  • 1 c organic shredded coconut 
  • Sprinkle of Himalayan pink rock salt
    For the caramel:
  • 1/2 c organic tahini
  • 1/2 c agave syrup
  • 1/4 c organic coconut oil or coconut butter (liquefied)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract l
  • Large pinch Salt
    For the chocolate topping:
  • 1/2 c cacao butter or coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp organic raw cacao
  • 1/2 tsp organic cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp organic dark agave syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Base: blend or process all base ingredients together, until a doughy texture is formed. If using a blender, make sure it’s a powerful, heavy duty blender to handle the nuts. Press into coconut-oil greased dish and put in the fridge.

Caramel: blend all caramel ingredients together except coconut oil. Once well blended into a thick, smooth consistency, blend in the coconut oil until combined (should only take 15 – 25 seconds or so). The texture should be very gooey now. Pour on top of the base immediately and put back into the fridge.

Chocolate topping: in a saucepan, gently melt the cacao butter OR coconut oil. Do not overheat or let it boil, as this destroys the nutrients. The cacao butter/ coconut oil should only be lukewarm, not at all hot. Once melted, take off the heat and sift in the powders. Stir until combined. Add the agave and vanilla and stir well. Immediately pour the chocolate over the caramel. Return dish to the fridge.

Wait a few hours for all the layers to set properly, cut into squares and store in an air-tight container in the fridge. Enjoy!

Chocolate Donuts

This are super yummy and a little healthier because they are baked. You do need a donut pan for this recipe.

    1 cup all-purpose flour
    1/4 c unsweetened cocoa powder
    1/2 tsp baking soda
    1/8 tsp salt
    1/2 c buttermilk
    1/2 c sugar
    1 egg
    2 tbsp melted butter
    1 tsp vanilla
    Powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a donut pan well with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.

In a separate bowl, mix together the buttermilk, sugar, egg, butter, and vanilla until well combined.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.

Spoon the batter into the donut cavities making sure to only fill them about 2/3 – 3/4 of the way full.

Bake for 8-10 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the donut comes out clean.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 5 minutes in the pan. Remove donuts from the pan and transfer to a wire rack to cool. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Vegan Brownie Bites

This is heavily adapted from vegan comfort food. I did not have flax meal, so I used apple sauce, I had a bag of cup 4 cup gluten free flour so I used that instead of four. They are most and yummy.

2/3 c apple sauce

1 c flour

1/3 c cocoa powder

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 c vegan butter, melted

2/4 c chocolate chips

3/4 c coconut palm or regular sugar

1/2 c walnuts

Preheat oven to 350. Prepare a 9 inch pan, mini muffin pan or brownie bite pan.

Mix all ingredients with a stand mixer until we’ll combine. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 20 – 30 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.

Let cool complete they remove from pan.

Chocolate Date Balls

So sugar – raw cocoa tahini truffles! I found this in Bon Appetite and then made a bunch of changes – they are so good you won’t believe there is not sugar! They are NOT low calorie, so keep it to just one.

  • ⅔ cup roasts pistachios
  • 6 Medjool dates, pits removed
  • ⅓ c tahini
  • ¾ tsp. kosher salt
  • ¼ c unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/4 c toasted, shredded unsweetened coconut

Combine nuts, dates, tahini, salt and cocoa in a small food processor. Process until everything is incorporated. Use a small cookie scoop to form into a ball. Place coconut on a small plate and roll the balls into the coconut. Repeat and chill in the fridge.

Makes about 12 balls.

Cocoa Banana Bread

This recipe from Dorie Greenspan is da bomb!

  • 2 c flour
  • 1 c cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 baking soda
  • 8 tbsp butter, soften
  • 1 c brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 3/4 c buttermilk
  • 3 oz chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350. Spray a loaf pan.

Stir together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl.

Combine butter and sugar in a bowl and beat until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time. Stir in buttermilk. Stir in dry ingredients and bananas. Stir in chocolate chips.

Poor into a loaf pan. Bake for 30 minutes, then cover loosely with foil, then bake for another 40 – 55 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.

Let cool 20 minutes then release from pan.

Serves 10 – 12.

Blackberry Grunt

This is a quick summer dessert. You can use any kind of berries you have or even thawed frozen ones.

Ingredients:
3 c berries
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 c sugar
2 tbsp lemon juice

Topping:
1 1/4 c flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
5 tbsp cold butter, cut into small pieces
1/2 c milk
1 egg, lightly beaten.

Preheat oven to 375. 

Toss berries with sugar, cinnamon and lemon in a bowl. Place in a 10 inch baking dish. 

Combine flour, salt and baking powder in a food processor. Add butter and pulse until it resembles course crumbs. Add milk and egg and pulse until combined. Drop by the tbsp onto the berries. Bake 20 minutes. 

Serves 6 – 8.