These little Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Bites got me through the ten hour drive to Utah we did a couple of weeks ago. I always crave chocolate while traveling so these little bites were the perfect snack to curb my sweet tooth.
These are jam packed with good for you ingredients– ground oats, hemp hearts, chia seeds…oh, and some almond butter + dark chocolate chips
Place everything but the chocolate chips in a poweful blender or food processor. Blend until the oats are ground and fine and everything is good together. Stir in chocolate chips. Roll into one inch balls. Store in the fridge.
**if the balls need a little extra liquid to help them stick together, add a drizzle of maple syrup to get the right consistency.
Ceviche is my husband’s latest food obsession. He orders it at every Mexican restaurant we go to. He bought some at the farmer’s market a couple of weeks ago and liked it so much he went back and bought more. And he even called in an order for carry out over the weekend. I’m not sure I could have even told you what ceviche was before his obsession began. It’s kind of like a pico with shrimp!
I finally decided just to make a big ol’ batch of it at home.
It’s actually really easy to make too, it just takes a little bit of time to chop everything up. This ceviche is loaded with baby shrimp (you could also use crab or lobster), tomatoes, onion, jalapeño and serrano pepper, cucumber, cilantro, all mixed together in fresh lime and lemon juice, salt and pepper.
If you want it spicy, like my husband wants everything, leave some of the seeds from the peppers in. The secret to this is letting it chill overnight to let all of the flavors marinate together!!
I’ve got granola for ya two ways today! A basic chocolate granola (that I just love love love) and chunky monkey granola (okay, totally love it too!)
The basic chocolate is made with oats, coconut oil, cocoa, chocolate chips, honey, and vanilla. It’s simple and just perfection. Almosts tasts like a chocolate no bake cookie, minus the peanut butter. I love sprinkling this on top of my morning protein shake!
There’s all kinds of things that would be good to mix in to this granola. But I highly recommend trying my Chunky Monkey version~ by mixing in peanut butter chips and chocolate cover bananas. It’s deathly good.
If the chocolate covered banana chips are too sweet, just use regular banana chips. To be honest, my grocery store didn’t have the plain ones, but I’m not complaining:) Feel free to add walnuts or any other nut if you prefer too.
Preheat oven to 275. Line a baking sheet with parchment Place oats in a large bowl and set aside.
In a medium saucepan melt coconut oil, cocoa, chocolate chips, and honey together over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and let simmer for 30-45 seconds. Remove from heat and pour over the oats.
Stir to combine. Sprinkle additional two tablespoons of cocoa over the oats and stir to coat. Stir in whisked egg white. Spread oats in a single layer on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake for 40-50 minutes at 275, stirring half way through. Let cool completely. Break apart and place in an air tight container.
Chunky Monkey Granola
Once granola has cooled stir in peanut butter chips and chopped chocolate covered bananas.
I’m such a sucker for the dips at parties. Like, forget the game I’ll just be in the corner with the entire bowl of dip and all the chips, kind of sucker. You feel me? Tell me I’m not alone. Someone will sit in the corner downing all the dip right?
This easy Game Day Chili Cheese Dip is similar to most chili cheese dips- can of chili, lots of cheese. This though, has a slight twist. I used cream cheese AND Greek yogurt to make the dip rich and creamy (but slightly better for you) and added a can of diced jalapeños to give it some kick.
If you want to make the dip a real show-stopper, serve the dip in a round bowl and use chopped black olives to make the lines of a basketball on top. Cute right?! Maybe cute isn’t the right word when referring to basketball. Cool might be the right word.
Serve the dip warm with your favorite crackers or chips!