Carob, Coconut & Sunflower Bites (paleo)

After reading about carob and how it tastes like cocoa, I was fascinated and bought a bag. During that time, I hadn’t eaten chocolate or cocoa for a while because it was causing me issues. An alternative to cocoa that tastes like cocoa? Sign me up. Continue reading


Date Caramel “Rolos” (paleo, vegan, dairy-, refined sugar-free)


A was kind enough to make these for me for my birthday. He also made me the cashew version of the peanut butter balls, which were incredible! These rolo-esque treats are chewy, caramel-ly with just the right amount of chocolate coating. They are Continue reading

Coconut Butter Chocolate Fudge / Pudding (dairy-, refined sugar-free)

coconut butter chocolate fudge

Coconut butter, coconut concentrate and creamed coconut are all the same thing, that is, it is made from ground up coconut flesh. Some will be expensive to buy, but others can be inexpensive; some are packaged in jars, tubs and even cardboard boxes. The stuff I buy is “Let’s Do… Organic, Creamed Coconut” and comes in boxes of ~225 g (1/2 lb, almost 1 cup) for $2-3 ($1.89 during the holidays).

One of the great things about this recipe is that you can eat as a pudding (similar to a rich and dense version of Angel Delight, for the Brits out there) before it sets. Continue reading

Seriously Smooth and Creamy Vanilla Fudge

vanilla fudge

A trip down memory lane: Cadbury’s finger of fudge, one of my favorite chocolate/candy bars when I was growing up. I think I liked them because they were affordable and small enough to satiate my sweet tooth. It was a sweet, crumbly, vanilla-“flavored” finger of fudge coated in “chocolate”.

Until now, I have never made vanilla fudge, but I wanted to make a batch to mix with the dark chocolate fudge as a gift for A’s mom for Mother’s day. Continue reading

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

frozen chocolate banana slices

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.

Make. Some. Today. Continue reading

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.

The original peanut butter ball ingredients always gave me Continue reading

Vegan Coconut Fudge

coconut fudge vegan

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)

chewy toffee

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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