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Fruit Tacos with Chocolate Tortillas

Let me start by saying that I looooove fruit salad, and I don’t think anything needs to be done to it to make it more exciting.  However, from an entertaining standpoint this homemade chocolate tortilla really takes the fruit salad up to a whole other level.  This is a healthy delicious summertime dessert that kids and adults will love.  I think there are probably a lot of other fun dessert dishes to be made with these chocolate tortillas as well!  Please share your ideas in the comments section!  So, this recipe was found on SheKnows.com who suggests this as a breakfast dish!  I love that idea too.  Here is the recipe from SheKnows.

ngredients:

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 4 tablespoons agave nectar
  • 1-1/2 cups warm water
  • 1 small papaya
  • 1 mango
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 2 kiwis
  • Juice from one lime

Directions:

Step one

In a large bowl combine the all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, salt and cocoa powder. Whisk all the ingredients to combine.

Step two

Add coconut oil, agave nectar and warm water to the bowl of dry ingredients.

Step three

Mix the ingredients together with a wooden spoon until a large ball of dough forms.

Step four

Transfer the ball of dough to a floured work surface and knead the dough for five minutes, adding additional flour if the dough becomes too sticky to handle.

Step five

Cut the ball of dough in half and roll both pieces back into a ball. Continue to cut the balls of dough in half until you have 16 even pieces. Let the dough rest for 10 minutes.

Step six

Transfer one ball of dough to a floured work surface and roll the dough into a circle that is one- quarter inch thick and about five inches in diameter.

Step seven

Heat a cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Do not add oil to the pan because the tortillas need to be cooked on a dry surface. Once the skillet is hot, add the rolled out dough and cook for 30 seconds.

Step eight

Flip the tortilla and cook for an additional 30 seconds. Repeat until all of the dough has been used and you have 16 cooked tortillas. Transfer the tortillas to a plate lined with a damp paper towel.

Step nine

Wash all the fruit for the fruit salad. Measure blueberries, chop strawberries, peel and dice kiwis, dice mango, remove the seeds from papaya and peel the skin. Dice the papaya into bite-sized pieces and place all of the fruit in a dish. Drizzle the fruit with the juice of the lime.

Step ten

To serve, place one chocolate tortilla on a serving plate.

Step eleven

Add a handful of blueberries, several pieces of diced kiwi, a few pieces of chopped mango, several pieces of diced papaya and a handful of strawberries to the center of one chocolate tortilla.

Step twelve

Top the fruit with additional toppings of your choice. Chocolate sauce, shredded coconut, fresh mint and honey all work wonderfully.

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No Bake Chocolate Chip Chunks

I’m always in the market for a tasty, healthy, homemade snack.  When 3 pm hits I often find myself wanting to reach for the unhealthy sweets which is why I try to keep better options around.  This recipe sounds like it fits the bill.  I’ve made a few notes below regarding some revisions I’m likely to make.
Full Recipe & Instructions found on Including Cake.
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Chocolate Chip Chunks

 

 

What You’ll Need:

 

 

50g cashews or almond

 

100g dates (I also thought figs might be nice in place of dates…depending on your preference)

 

20g cacoa nibs (or good quality dark chocolate chips/chunks)

 

Up to 10g ground oatmeal (only if mixture is too sticky)

 

1/2 tsp vanilla extract or 1/4 tsp vanilla bean powder (or almond extract)

 

Pinch sea salt

 

1 tbs maca powder (this is optional….I think I might add a tbs of chia seeds instead)

 

 

Method:

 

Chop the nuts up coarsely and set aside for later use.

 

In a food processor, blend the dates until they form a paste. Add all the remaining ingredients and pulse to fully combine however maintaining coarse chunks. You should have a sticky mixture at this point.  From here you can form bars by pressing the mixture into the bottom of a baking dish or mini loaf pan.  Allow this to chill and firm up before slicing.

 

 

Frozen Yogurt Dots

When I first saw this idea I thought, wow my kids will love that.  Then I started thinking, how delicious would those be as a late night snack, or a little after dinner sweet treat?  They are so easy to make, and probably can be ready pretty quickly.  I would love to make these with Greek yogurt, so they can be fat free.  I’m thinking mixing the Greek yogurt with honey as the first one I’d like to try.  You could even make flavor combinations, or you could put a dot of this on top of a slice of banana before you freeze.  That would be delicious!  I found this on OneFrugalChick.com, and it looks like all you have to do is put the yogurt into a plastic bag, snip off a corner with a scissor, and squeeze out little puddles of yogurt onto a baking sheet and freeze!

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Mango Cream – A Healthy Vegan Dessert

Two of my favorite foods combined to make this delicious dessert!  Yup, that’s right mango and coconut milk are the main stars in this velvety pudding like sweet.  This is a great way for me to satisfy my sweet tooth without compromising a healthy diet.

Ingredients – for full recipe please visit Veg Recipes of India

  • mangos
  • coconut milk
  • cinnamon
  • coconut sugar (if desired)

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Hamburger and Fries for Dessert

This is just amazing.  I can just imagine my kids’ faces when I tell them that these are dessert!  I’m not sure that I could get mine to look that perfect, but it really does seem easy enough!  I am really excited to give this a try.  I know it is not the healthiest, but every once in a while you have to live a little! This comes from GloriousTreats.  See below the pic for their full breakdown on how to make these!

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Cupcake “Hamburger”

Directions:

Bake one batch of vanilla cupcakes and one batch of chocolate cupcakes

I sometimes just use box mixes for this project, since it’s more of a novelty than a gourmet dessert.  I bake the cupcakes without any paper liners (just use some non-stick spray on the pan).  Baking the cupcakes without the liners allows the outside edges of the (vanilla) cupcakes to brown a bit.  To me, this looks the most like hamburger buns.  You can use paper liners if you prefer, but then the sides of your cupcakes will have little ridges (from the creases in the paper liners).

When the cupcakes are baked and cooled, slice the vanilla cupcakes in half (horizontally) and slice the chocolate cupcakes in half or thirds (horizontally), depending on how big you want your “hamburgers”.

Set these “buns” and “meat” aside.

Prepare the “lettuce” (coconut)-

Put about 3/4 cup of (sweetened) shredded coconut in a plastic baggie and add 1 or two drops of green liquid or gel food coloring.  Close the plastic bag and shake the bag until the coloring is well distributed.

Prepare the “ketchup” and “mustard” (frosting)-

You can use a tub of store-bought frosting, or make your own vanilla frosting  (you can use my recipe for cream cheese frosting as is or omit the cream cheese for a super simple American buttercream).

Color half of the frosting red and half yellow (you may want to add a touch of orange to get a nice mustard color).

Place each color of frosting in a piping bag fitted with a (medium sized) round tip, or simply put the frosting in a strong ziplock type bag (the freezer bags are usually a stronger bag) and cut off one of the corners of the bag (start small, you can always make the hole larger).

Now you’re ready to assemble:

Start with the bottom half of a vanilla cupcake.

Pipe a line of “mustard” frosting around the edge.

Add a slice of chocolate cupcake  (the “meat”).

Pipe a line of “ketchup” around the edge.

Add some coconut “lettuce”.

Top with a vanilla cupcake top.

For a final touch, you can brush the tops of the “hamburgers” with a bit of juice or simple syrup (I usually use orange juice) and add some sesame seeds.

You can also add a frilly toothpick.

To complete your “meal”, make some sugar cookie “fries”.

Sugar Cookie “Fries”

Directions:

Make a batch of sugar cookie dough (my recipe HERE).

Chill, and then roll out the dough as directed.

Cut the dough into strips using a pizza cutter or knife.

The strips can be as fat or thin as you want depending on how you want your “fries” to look.

Lay the “fries” onto a cookie sheet and set the whole sheet in the freezer for a few minutes (about 5) to chill the dough (this helps the cookies keep their shape when baked).

Bake as directed.

Once baked, cool just enough to remove from the baking sheet.

While still a bit warm, place cookie “fries” in a shallow baking dish and sprinkle with white sugar (to represent salt)

These cookie “fries” can be made several days in advance (up to a week) and kept in an airtight container.

Serve the cookie “fries” along side a cupcake “hamburger” and you’re sure to make your family and friends smile!

Easter “Carrots” Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Chocolate covered strawberries are big in my family.  My wife has been making them for years, and always has to make the for every occasion.  I am super excited to show her these to make for Easter this year!  Such a cool idea, and they come out looking so fun!  The easy instructions below are my own modified version of a recipe found on Food.com, and the photo is from Harry and David.  In the Food.com recipe, they use Wilton orange colored melting chocolate, but you can use white chocolate and ad a few drops at a time of orange food coloring to the melted chocolate.

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1 Wash and dry strawberries leaving top on. (note make sure they are absolutely dry or the chocolate will get wrecked)
2 Melt chocolate in a double broiler. (if using white chocolate ad food coloring once all of the chocolate has melted)
3 Dip strawberries holding top and cover as much as possible.
4 Dry on wax paper lined cookie sheet, when almost dry.
5 Take a spoonful of chocolate when they are almost dry, and drizzle the lines on to make it look like a carrot — dry completely.
You can also use a microwave to melt the chocolate.  See my notes on how to do that in my post about Inside out Chocolate Strawberries.

Chocolate Covered Kiwi Lolipops

I always get excited when I find a recipe that looks and tastes like a delicious naughty treat, but is actually a cleverly disguised healthy treat!  These dark chocolate covered kiwis do just that.  I found this recipe on ShowFoodChef.com, and they remind us that One serving of KIWI:
* contains the same amount of fiber as a BOWL of bran cereal.
* contains the same amount of potassium as a banana
* provides the recommended dietary allowance of vitamin C
and…
Folate (good for pregnant women), Lutein (helps prevent age-related blindness), Zinc (healthy hair, skin, teeth), Vitamin E (antioxidant and immune system booster)

This recipe is extremely easy to make, and can be done in just a few minutes of active making time.  The only delay is in the freezing of the kiwis.  Here is the method.

1) Kiwi – peeled and cut in 1 inch thick rounds, with a popsicle stick in each round. Freeze on a tray in the freezer.

  • The best way to peel and cut a kiwi is to slice off both ends of the kiwi, then take a thin spoon, like a cereal spoon, and slide it in between the kiwi skin and the meat, then just slide it around the kiwi, and the fruit should just pop right our of the skin!

2) 1 cup Chopped dark chocolate and 1/2 cup Coconut oil – melted over a double boiler, then cooled to room temp.

3) Dip each Kiwi-pop into the chocolate mixture (it will immediately turn crispy) and place on a tray to refreeze or pass around right now.

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Ice Pop Characters

I am so excited by this product!  What an amazing way to make a healthy summer time treat for the kids.  This is especially exciting because I already have a Zoku Pop Maker.  My sister-in-law gave it to my wife a few years ago, and it is really cool.  You can make ice pops from just about any liquid in just about 7 minutes.  You can ad chunks of fruit, you can make layers, really there are so many fun ways to make ice pops with this thing.  But now, with this $15 kit, you can take it to a whole new level!  The kit basically gives you little cookie cutters that you can make little characters to go into the pops!  Check out some of the examples below.

To buy the pop maker for $39.99 go here: Zoku Pop maker

To buy the Character Kit for $14.99 go here: Zoku Character Kit

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Info on character kit:

  • Create animals, faces, and fun characters of your own design using stenciled fruit slices, or follow Zoku’s designs included in the instruction booklet
  • The kit includes 14 stencils, 1 faceplate, 1 stand for holding the Pop Maker steady, a pusher tool for removing fruit slices from the stencils, instructions, and sample character designs to get started
  • Never before have pops been so much fun or easy to make
  • Bring your Quick Pops to life with the Zoku Character Kit! Works with both the original Zoku and the Duo
  • BPA and Phthalate Free

Info on Pop Maker:

  • Create your own customized frozen pops, including cream-filled varieties, in as little as 7 minutes
  • Makes up to nine 2 1/4″ x 3 1/2″ pops (three 2-oz. pops at a time) before refreezing is required
  • Nonstick cast-aluminum molds have a proprietary solution sealed inside their bases to enable rapid, uniform freezing
  • Special drip guards promote tidy eating
  • Includes base, remover tool, six reusable pop sticks and six reusable drip guards

Frozen Yogurt Covered Berries

I am always on the lookout for a good satisfying after dinner sweet treat.  After dinner I just need a little something sweet to balance out the salty dinner.  This is a great way to satisfy that sweet craving without the consumption of unneeded calories.  This is the perfect treat for a hot summer night.  Frozen Greek yogurt covered berries.  I have seen a couple of different posts about this particular dish, and they all seem to have a similar technique.  Here it is:

  1. Empty non fat Greek yogurt into mixing bowl.  (Vanilla seems to make the most sense)
  2. Use a tooth pick to dunk each berry into the yogurt
  3. Use a second toothpick to slide the berry off of the toothpick and onto a baking sheet lined with wax paper
  4. Freeze until hard
  5. Enjoy!

This process does seem a little labor intensive.  I would suggest simply dumping the berries into the yogurt, mixing it all up, and then scooping them out with a slotted spoon.  Then just push each one off of the spoon onto the wax paper coated baking sheet, and freezing.  You can use all kinds of berries for this.  But, if you are using strawberries, I would definitely cut them into quarters.  I full sized frozen strawberry is not very easy to eat.

Another thing I have seen is using a bamboo skewer and loading up a bunch of berries like a kabob, and then coating that with yogurt, and freezing the whole skewer.  That would be fun too!  Any way you do it, it will be delicious, healthy, and low calorie.

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Photo Courtesy of Laalosh.com