Frozen Chocolate Coated Banana Treats (gluten-, dairy, refined sugar-free)

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When these beauties are eaten at just the right temperate, they taste like buttercream candies. On biting into one, you will be greeted with a wonderful cracking sensation from breaking the homemade dark chocolate exterior with your teeth. Inside you will find a sweet and dreamy banana-ry filling.

The trick is to freeze any super-ripe bananas, in slices, individually, as soon as they are ready. That way, you will always have a good supply of frozen bananas to make these simple, yet delectable treats. The pay-off for making these treats is ridiculous. They are so simple to make, but they will leave you with a flavor, texture and taste sensation that will be hard to forget.

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Peanut Butter Balls (gluten-, dairy-, refined sugar-, soy-free)

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These are the best peanut butter balls in the world. This statement maybe an exaggeration, but seriously, these peanut butter balls are absolutely delicious! They are healthy and super-easy to make. They contain no weird ingredients, but good, plain, simple ingredients: peanut butter, maple syrup, coconut flour, unsweetened cocoa powder, coconut oil, sea salt and vanilla extract.

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Vegan Coconut Fudge

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Coconut bliss in one bite. This fudge is creamy, barely sweet and packed full of coconutty goodness. It’s nutritious, dairy- and refined sugar-free and made from just 5 ingredients: coconut, coconut oil, dates, vanilla and salt. The pieces can be dipped in chocolate if desired. For me, they didn’t get that far… they went straight into my stummy.

A couple of tips: use a freshly opened package of coconut and the plumpest Medjool dates you can find. I like using these.

Warning: these are pretty addictive. I ate one piece after another, and then returned to the refrigerator to get another piece. Eventually, I just took the whole container and sat down. Continue reading

Vegan Chocolate & Walnut Refrigerator Fudge

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It takes just coconut oil, chocolate, walnuts and salt to make this vegan fudge. That’s it. You don’t need to beat it until your arm hurts, just heat, stir and chill. It is really that simple.

It’s not like the traditional fudge fudge, but it’s so darn good. It’s not chewy, but it is dense, rich, smooth, and just melts in your mouth perfectly. Two downsides: Continue reading

Buttercream Candies

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Buttercream candies: another thing I had no idea about until we popped into See’s Candies a while back and got a bunch of them. From my posting about chocolate buttercream frosting, you may have read that I really am not a big fan of buttercream.  I’m still not convinced about the buttercream candies neither, but A. loves them! They are creamy, sweet and well to be honest, packed full of flavor.

I made a batch of filled chocolates for A. because I wanted to put the awesome chocolate molds he gave me for Christmas into action. The variety included chewy caramel/toffee, chocolate buttercream and orange buttercream. I know, it’s only three varieties, but what is a girl to do when she is busy with work and other stuff? Continue reading

Soft and Chewy Caramel (Toffee)

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Hmm, I won’t even go into the details of the difference between British toffee and American caramel, it’ll just open up a new can of worms, and we wouldn’t want that, would we?

So the plan was to make something similar to Rolos, and I think these were pretty Rolo-esque. I read a lot of articles about the chewy caramel (toffee) filling, and how most recipes involved corn syrup. Like I’m going to use that stuff! I eventually found one, which was the ultimate recipe for any caramel… it is pretty awesome actually.
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Dark Chocolate and Peanut Butter Fudge

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Peanut butter and chocolate are the two things that I love, but rarely put them together. Why? I have no idea, because they are so good together!

A few years, I would have cringed over the thought. I didn’t grow up with peanut butter cups or anything of the sort. I liked peanut butter and I liked chocolate, but I’d never had them together. The closest thing I came to that was a Snickers bar.

So why this fudge? I wanted to something different. I have made dark chocolate fudge already, so why not add a new dimension to it? Although I had thought this up for some time, I had put off making it because Continue reading

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

 
The wonderful flavor marriage of peanut butter and chocolate is well-known. This version of the classic, commercial peanut butter cups are tastier, and dare I say it… healthier! Once you make these delicious morsels, you will never buy the inferior commercial ones again. These were added to my delicious homemade chocolate selection.

The shell is made with dark (bitter/semi-sweet) chocolate, and the filling is made with peanut butter and a little sugar. The best part of making things at home is that you can control the quality of the ingredients, and the relative amount of sugar added. Continue reading

“Nutella” and Roasted Hazelnut Filled Dark Chocolates


These delicious morsels were part of the collection of dark chocolates that I made for J a little while back. The filled chocolates were given names, such as Bounty balls, coffee delight, fruit & nut clusters, peanut butter, truffles and hazelnut surprise. Hopefully, I will get around to putting up all the “recipes” of them up pretty soon.

The hazelnut surprise consisted of a dark chocolate shell, which encased a dark chocolate and hazelnut filling (read homemade Nutella), and a perfectly roasted, whole hazelnut. Continue reading

Dark Chocolate Treat Selection

I’m still here… living, breathing, eating, sleeping and working. Yes, I said working. This is the reason for my laxness in updating my blog. It’s not that I don’t cook every day now, I do. I just don’t take the time to write up the recipes on my blog – I’m a lazy ass! I seem to spend most evenings passing out on my zero-gravity recliner chair. There is a backlog of entries that I need to post, and this is one of them.

A few weeks ago, it was our tenth anniversary. I wanted to make something special for J. Commercial tat is never the same as something that you can make yourself – it’s special because it’s unique.

Since he’s a chocolate-fan, I decided Continue reading