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Cocoa Season

  Looks like winter is finally hitting us here in the Great North! Oh, joy, oh bliss, let’s shovel snow! Always an optimist – on a positive note – the snow signals COCOA SEASON! Love my cup of heart healthy hot cocoa. Yes, depending on the ingredients, cocoa can be the perfect winter drink for […]

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Triple Chocolate Brownie Cookies

brownie cookies sitting on a plate

These triple chocolate brownie cookies are heart healthy and decadent  – somebody pinch me. Makes 32 cookies I’ve been trying to make a two-bite brownie ever since they appeared on the shelves several years ago. My regular brownie recipe just didn’t hold up in those teeny tiny muffin tins. After three creative attempts, I threw […]

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Cocoa or hot chocolate – which is which?

I have a couple of foodie pet peeves. The first one is calling sweet potatoes yams. To see yet anther one of my teaching lessons on the difference check out my web series My Left Frying Pan And the second is calling cocoa hot chocolate. They are sooooooooooooooooo different. Hot chocolate is made with milk […]

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Chocolate treats for Halloween

   Rich Chocolate Pudding Cake     A spin on a 1930’s dessert recipe this rich and chocolatey comfort food is one of the easiest desserts to make any night of the week. Serve it warm with a scoop of vanilla frozen yogurt. (Recipe from The Vegetarian’s Complete Quinoa Cookbook recipe created by: Amy Snider […]

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Cocoa – frozen style

    In the heat of the summer we all need to stay hydrated. This is especially true for kids and seniors. Before you reach for a fast food frappe drink, which is loaded with sugar, try making your own frozen drink. Add equal parts 100% juice, coconut water and ice cubes to a blender […]

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Chocolate Monkey Smoothie

With peanuts being banned from most schools the best time to serve heart healthy peanut butter is afterschool. Here’s a great after school snack for you and your kids, this smoothie is loaded with good for you ingredients like skim milk, natural cocoa powder, bananas, and good old reliable PB.   Get your kids to […]

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The heart healthy side of chocolate

You’d have to have been living under a rock for the past several years not to know that dark chocolate is GOOD FOR YOU! Yeah, we can eat chocolate totally guilt free, or can we? Well candy companies would like you to think so, but the truth of the matter is that not all chocolate […]

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Dried Fruit and Nut Clusters – gluten free

 Easy to make Makes 12 clusters      Some dinner parties just call for one decadent treat as the dessert. This is THAT dessert. Serve with tea or coffee and your company will rave.   6 oz (170 g) bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped – use 70-75% cocoa mass ½ cup (125 mL) quinoa puffs – […]

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Take three oranges….

  I love oranges. I love chocolate. And together they are spectacular. Here is my recipe for Chocolate Covered Oranges Most chocolate covered oranges include extra sugar to make a syrup – I skipped that part. Making these treats less sweet with a citrus tang and healthier to boot! {Note: best to eat these the […]

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