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No bake chocolate cups

no bake chocolate cups

One of the things that have marked my pregnancy so far are sugar cravings. And not just any sugar cravings, but very specific dessert ideas. And out of one of these pregnancy dreams these no bake chocolate cups were made. I woke up one day wanting chocolate ganache mixed with chocolate cheesecake and raspberries – and this is when I came up with these chocolate cups! They are more chocolaty than a cheesecake would be, but still very creamy thanks to all the cream. And they are a no bake dessert – which is a huge plus when you’re an impatient pregnant lady like I am!

no bake chocolate cups

What you’ll need:

  • 1 & 1 tablespoon cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cup chocolate chips ( milk or dark- whatever you prefer) 
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 3 tablespoons maple sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup teaspoon butter

Crust

  • 1 1/4 graham crackers
  • 1/4 melted butter

Toppings:

  • fresh raspberries
  • maple sugar

Prepare a muffin pan with paper liners. Then start by combining together melted butter and graham crackers for the crust. Once well mixed together, add around of one teaspoon of the graham cracker mixture to each muffin tin. Press with your fingers so it’s not in crumbles.

Now take a small pot and on a very small heat gently mix together cream and chocolate until chocolate is melted. Stir constantly, and then slowly add cocoa, maple sugar vanilla extract and soft butter. Keep on stirring until everything is well mixed together. Let it chill for a couple of minutes, and then pour over the graham cracker crust. Then leave the cups in the fridge to completely cool down and set.

no bake chocolate cups

no bake chocolate cups

no bake chocolate cupsno bake chocolate cups

Top your chocolate cups with fresh raspberries or maple sugar – or both! And if you’re feeling extra special, serve them with a bit of vanilla ice cream on the side – I promise you’ll love them!

Enjoy !

beasy easy and so yummy no bake chocolate cups

Easy matcha brownies

easy and delicious, matcha brownies that are too good not to share!

I’m a huge fan of brownies, and I think there’s nothing better for warming up on the cold winter day, then indulging a little in a chocolaty and comforting brownie slice, accompanied by your favorite hot mug of tea. And recently I discovered matcha green tea, with its distinctive taste and amazing health benefits. So it’s only logical that I have decided to put these two flavors together!

And if you don’t know matcha tea yet, then all you need to know is that its a finely grounded powder of specially grown and processed tea, that is high in antioxidants, enhances calm, boosts memory and concentration and fortifies the immune system! Now, I think this is enough reasons to try it, am I right?

So, this is rather an adult type of cake, with its slightly bitter matcha taste. Though one of my daughters still loved it, and actually was fascinated by its green color! But other one of my daughters not so much .. So I guess it’s best to make it for your adult friends, and not necessary for your kid’s birthday party!

matcha brownies

matcha brownies, easy and so yummy!!

All you need:

– 1/2 cup canola oil
– 1 cup sugar
– 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
– 3 eggs ( separated yolks from whites)
– 2/3 cup flour
– 1 cup dark chocolate chips ( melted)

– matcha green tea

Beat up the egg whites in a mixer, and set aside.

In a standing mixer combine together sugar, oil, vanilla essence and egg yolks. Add melted chocolate and then add flour. Once it’s all well blended, add slowly egg whites.

Pour on a prepared baking sheet, and bake on 350F for around 20-25 minutes. Don’t over bake!

Let your brownie cool down completely, and then dust them with matcha green tea. Don’t use too much of it though, as it can be too bitter!

matcha brownies, so yummy and easy !

Enjoy with a big mug of hot tea and a couple of good friends!

No bake chocolate cheesecake

No bake chocolate cheesecake , with pecan crust and peppermint topping, amazing and so easy to make festive dessert!

Festive gatherings call for delicious desserts, and what’s better than a rich chocolate cheesecake with a pecan crust, a dollop of whipped cream, and a topping of chocolate fudge cookie and a peppermint candy? I can’t imagine anything better than this!

And, you’ll love the fact that this treat is actuality an easy to put together, no bake chocolate cheesecake! So you don’t really need to worry about your oven space while preparing the holiday roast! And you can even prepare it a day ahead!

I guarantee you that everyone will love these treats! My family can’t get enough of them!

No bake chocolate cheesecake , with peppermint topping and pecan crust, amazing simple holiday treat!

Also, you can get all of the indigence at Giant Tiger , at store or on-line, and turn this recipe in to a budget-friendly one! Now that’s what I call a win-win!

No bake chocolate cheesecake

What you’ll need:

For the pecan crust:

– 1 cup graham crumbs

– 1 table-spoon soft butter or margarine

– 1/2 cup of pecans

– 1 teaspoon honey

For the chocolate cheesecake filling:

– 1 1/2 packages of cream cheese ( softened)

– 1 1/2 cups of melted chocolate chips

– 1 table-spoon of honey

– 2/3 cup sugar

For the topping:

– 1 cup whipping cream

– 1 tablespoon sugar

– crushed peppermint candy

– chocolate fudge cookies

Start by mixing together graham crumbs with soft butter, and then add crushed pecans. Press to the bottom of your serving bowls, and set aside.

Now mix together softened cream cheese with sugar. Melt chocolate and pour in and mix together slowly. Add honey, mix until it’s all smooth, and pour on to the pecan graham crust.

No bake chocolate cheesecake

For the topping:

Whip the cream, and add a dollop of it on top of the chocolate cheesecake filling. You can make bigger and smaller serving options like I did, and in the bigger ones you can add a chocolate fudge cookie on top of the chocolate filing and just then top it with the whipped cream layer.

Crush peppermint candy, and sparkle a bit. Or a lot. Oh and add a peppermint candy cane too, it’ll feel even more festive !

Now cut chocolate fudge cookies in half, and add them on top. And here it is, your no bake chocolate cheesecake is all ready to serve! You can devour it right away, or chill a bit before serving.

No bake chocolate cheesecake , with peppermint topping and pecan crust, amazing simple holiday treat!

No bake chocolate cheesecake , with peppermint topping and pecan crust, amazing simple holiday treat!

No bake chocolate cheesecake , with peppermint topping and pecan crust, amazing simple holiday treat!

This dessert is a holiday favorite of mine, and I’m so exited to share it with you too! Enjoy!

Disclosure: This post was brought to you by Giant Tiger all opinions remain my own.

Pumpkin spice ice cream hack

If you love pumpkin spice hack you'll love this easy life hack!

I know that technically it’s already fall, and we should eat apple pies and forget about summer, but with the sunny weather outside, me and my family we’ll keep on eating ice cream! Because don’t tell me you wouldn’t like some pumpkin spice ice cream on a nice warm fall afternoon? Now me, I’m a huge fan of pumpkin spice ice cream but I never can find them in my local grocery store.

pumpkin spice ice cream hack you need to try!

And since I’m hosting a play group for moms with kids every other week, I’m always on the look out for easy, and kid friendly ways to entertain. Because when hosting moms with kids in ages from one to six, I always need to take in consideration that everyone has different likes and dislikes! Some kids eat alone, and some still need a bit of help, some will love sweet snacks, and some eat only salty ones. But I found that serving ice cream on a sunny day (or frozen yogurt if you prefer) is one of the easiest ways for making everyone happy! Both the younger and older kids love them, I don’t have any preparation to do, and my mommy friends are always in need of a little pick-me-up.

Though I did found a hack to transform one plain vanilla ice cream in to four different yummy flavors, just in seconds. Because lest’s face it, usually everyone want’s different flavor anyway! It’s a simple hack,  but in all it’s simplicity it gets me my favorite pumpkin spice ice cream in seconds! And makes my play dates so much more fun and easy!

pumpkin spice ice cream hack you need to try!

And so I got to try these genius SnoSpice – spices for Ice cream – that my family can’t get enough of! I have my pumpkin spice flavor – aka “Pumpkin Carriage” – that I love so much, kids devour the “Deep Chocolate Sea Salt”, while my fellow moms are loving the “Cinnamon for Optimists” and “Lemon + Basil” spiced ice cream!

pumpkin spice ice cream hack

And I believe that as busy moms, we all need life hacks to help us a bit. So I’ll be serving these spiced ice cream to my play group, because they make my play dates a bit more easier to prepare and a whole lot more fun!

pumpkin spice ice cream hack

And as for me and my pumpkin spice ice cream obsession, well it’s not going anywhere!

pumpkin spice ice cream hack that you need to try

Chocolate peanut healthy energy balls

These chocolate peanut energy balls are the perfect little bites to boost your energy and nourish your cravings. The best  chocolate peanut healthy energy balls out there!

Are these little bites of chocolate peanut energy balls packed with oatmeal, chia seeds and almond meal ? Yes! Are they amazingly chocolaty ? Yes! Are they full of natural peanut butter and healthy proteins ? Oh yes! Are they soft yet crunchy? Double yes!

I could probably go on and on about how I love having these energy balls on hand, but all I’ll say is that they are really on point. And yummy. And on the healthy side. And so easy to make! Ok, I’ll stop here, I promise!

But it’s all because, I was looking for a while now for a fun snack that I could make with my kids. Because I want to involve them in the kitchen, so they’ll cook me dinner in a couple of years (that’s why!)Also, this mama is snaking a bit too much lately, and figured it’s about time to get it done right!

What you’ll need:

– 2/3 cup natural, unsweetened peanut butter

– 1/4 cup honey

– 1 tablespoon maple syrup

– 1 cup oats

– 1/2 cup almond-meal

– 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips

– 1/4 cup chia seeds

Combine it all together in a bowl. If it’s too dry, and doesn’t want to stick together add some peanut butter. If it’s too dry add a bit of oats. When all is well mixed, using your hands, roll little balls out of it, or better, let your kids do this! Refrigerate for around 30 minutes before serving. You can even freeze some for later!

The best chocolate peanut healthy energy balls out there!

My daughter loved helping me with these chocolate peanut healthy energy balls, though being honest I think she ate half of what she was supposed to roll!

The best  chocolate peanut healthy energy balls out there!

You could even add some cranberries in stead of chocolate! Or nuts! I’m sure it would be delicious ( actually now when I think about it, I think I’ll have to make a new version soon!) Either way, my family really enjoyed this healthy snack, and I’m sure yours will also love it!

Chocolate ganache tart

This amazing rich and creamy chocolate ganache tart is so easy to make, and so delicious, it's crazy! #dessert #chocolate

I’m not very attached to tradition, but when it comes to Easter I need a piece of childhood flavours. One of my traditional Easter treats is Mazurek. Basically it’s a chocolate tart, crunchy and buttery, filled with rich chocolate ganache and decorated with almonds and nuts. There is really not much work to it, all you need to do is prepare this simple dough and then the ganache. Doesn’t take more than 20 min, yet it looks and tastes like a very fancy treat

Tart crust:
2/3 cups of soft butter
3 table spoons of sugar
2 egg yolks
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt

Chocolate ganache:
1 cup chocolate chips
1/3 cup 35% cream
2 spoons butter

Decoration:
Almond slices
Shredded coconut

Chocolate ganache tart

Make sure your butter is really soft, then mix it with sugar and yolks. When it’s nicely smooth and yellow, slowly add flour and salt. Roll the dough into a ball, cover it with a piece of clean cloth and put it in the fridge for 30 min. Sit down and have a coffee.

After 30 min, cut it into couple of slices (it will be easier to cover the baking plate) and using your fingers cover the bottom of your baking plate. Bake it on 400F for around 15 min ( when it’s golden in the middle and a bit brown on the edges it’s ready)

Chocolate ganache tart

Melt chocolate in the little pot submerged in a bigger one that is filled with boiling water. Add cream and butter, mix it until smooth, and pour aver cooled tart crust. Decorate with shredded coconut and almonds. Serve it on Easter brunch, or any other time if you wish !

Chocolate ganache tart

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