A week of recipe reviews

I am always bookmarking recipes that look good that I want to make. The list just keeps getting longer and longer! Since my kids love to cook and bake with me (and taste test) the week off between Christmas and New Years was the perfect week to make some of these recipes. I made a bunch of the recipes that I've bookmarked and I've listed the ones that I recommend making below.

First, this chocolate paleo snack cake from Lea at Paleo Spirit has been on my list for quite some time now and I finally made it! The only things I did differently was I used hot water instead of the coffee that is called for in the recipe and added a 1/2 cup of Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips. Otherwise I followed the directions exactly. Mine took about 10 minutes longer than the 35 minutes it says. This cake is unbelievable! Even grain and gluten eating friends enjoyed this. I frosted it with this chocolate frosting without the bacon. This is a super chocolaty and super moist cake. I will be making this again and again...it was THAT good!

Next, I made these chocolate raspberry muffins from Megan at Detoxinista. I just recently came across Megan's blog and I love her recipes, not only are they nutritious, but easy to make! This muffin recipe was a hit with the kids. They are sweetened with honey, and get a little extra sweetness from the raspberries and mini chocolate chips. These are perfect for after school snacks, dessert or with a cup of tea.

Now for one of my favorite combination...peanut butter and chocolate. Anything that combines them must be an awesome dessert! My peanut butter cups are one of my favorite desserts. When I saw these blondies from Megan at Detoxinista I just had to try them! Not only do they combine peanut butter and chocolate, they are flourless, sweetened with honey and are so easy to make. These are amazingly good, so thick and chewy and good for you...it's hard to believe these are actually nutritious! These were really good right out of the oven and just cooled slightly, the chocolate was still gooey and the inside was chewy. 

Then I made this chocolate cherry pudding. There is another combination I love almost as much as peanut butter and chocolate and that is cherry and chocolate! I've made avocado puddings before, but when I saw this recipe from Megan at Detoxinista that added frozen cherries I thought that was a great idea. I made this with the almond milk option, used 2 tablespoons of maple syrup (no stevia), 3 tablespoons raw cacao powder and no almond extract. This was an awesome pudding, the cherry and chocolate combination was perfect. 

Here is my version:
1 ripe avocado
1 cup frozen cherries defrosted
3 tablespoons raw cacao powder
3 tablespoons almond milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of celtic sea salt
2 tablespoons maple syrup


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