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Creamy Fudgesicles

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Warm weather and summer is on its way anything cold to shove in our mouths is a good thang.

If you looking to change things up from the fruit filled popsicles, these fudgesicles are a great option.  These are super easy to make, with minimal ingredients and took about 10 minutes to make if you have all the ingredients handy.  Freezing time took longer than I expected so I advise making them early in the day for that evening or the night before. They were worth the wait, creamy rich chocolatey coolness.

fudge in container

Made 6 with our Zoku

Ingredients:

1 can organic coconut milk, 13 oz
1/3 generous cup cocoa, unsweetened ( I used half cocoa and cacao)
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

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Directions:

Using a blender, place all ingredients and blend at high speed for about 1 minute.  Blend until blended and smooth

Taste test, adjust if needed

Pour your mixture into the desired molds and freeze for 4-5 hours before serving,  Overnight was the better result.

Follow mold instructions, typically run under warm water to remove fudgesicle from molds.

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Easy No Bake Cookies

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Something I have learned from making meals from recipes that are not mine is that many of them are similar and sometimes it just takes looking at a recipe and then BAM, something hits me or a couple ingredients give me some ideas to create from it that isn’t exactly the same. The challenge, measurements!  I will add a little of this or a little of that until it tastes good and not make note of it. Also combining recipes will happen, as I may not have every ingredient for either recipe, but knowing what the family will eat and their tastes, I can figure something out.  Main dishes are not as easy as a snack or treat, therefore I take my chances on the treats :)

I may have mentioned it before, I have never been a shredded coconut eater.  I think it stems from my younger years when my grandma always gave me coconut macaroons because she thought I liked them, not sure, but I just haven’t really cared for it.  Lately I have used it in some recipes and do not mind it in there, kinda like cauliflower, never could eat it but now that I am older my tastes have expanded and I can eat it. So if you like coconut, then these are for you!  Even you are not fond of coconut, give them a try and reduce the amount and add more oats :)  They are a simple and easy treat to whip up and enjoy!

Prep time: 10 minutes  Makes about 8-12, depending on the size

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Ingredients:

1/4 cup unsweetened cacoa or raw cacao powder (I did half & half)
2 tablespoons raw almond butter (cashew butter or sunflower seed butter works) *No added oil or sugars
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1 tablespoon unsweetened organic applesauce
2 tablespoon coconut oil *see note
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup + 3 tablespoons rolled oats
5 tablespoons or 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut depending on preference
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1 tablespoon hemp seeds
1 tablespoon ground flaxseed

Directions:

Use either a large plate or container and line with parchment paper.

Using a medium pot over med-low heat, add coconut oil and melt.  Now add in the almond butter, applesauce, cocoa, maple syrup and vanilla.  Whisk well until smooth and remove from heat.

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Add in the seeds, flaxseed, shredded coconut and oats.  Stir well until combined.  The mixture may look a little lumpy, gel like but that is from the chia seeds so all is good.

I took my tablespoon and scooped out the batter, so they were shaped like half rounds and placed each one on the plate, not touching but a little bit of space between them.

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Now place your plate in the freezer for about 15 to firm up. You can also place them in the fridge, but it takes about an hour.

Once they have firmed and you haven’t ate them all, store in an air tight container in the refrigerator for about a week or freeze them for a few weeks.  They are definitely easier to eat right away from the fridge.

NOTE: I try not to use any oils but if you use oil, you can do 3 tablespoons coconut oil.  If you want a nut free option, sunflower seed butter works well. I make my nut butters but this recipe is best with nut butters WITHOUT oil or sugars.  You could also add peppermint to the mix.  You can reduce the coconut to 4-5 tablespoons and increase the oats with 2-3 more tablespoons.

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Chocolate Peppermint Cake

The end of school and the holiday break have given me some projects that are not blog focused, so now I am getting back to my routine after some holiday travel.

The girls helped plan the Christmas dinner and dessert for the four of us.  We had Rolled Tacos for dinner and Ava had picked Chocolate Peppermint Cake from the Vegan8. Brandi over at Vegan8 is a frequent guest in our kitchen (not physically, although I wish) her recipes have been some of the most used with our family and we have had some great success with the end results. So when this recipe came through, I showed the girls and they said, that’s dessert!

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Chocolate Zucchini Cream Bars

We have been hit with another heat wave so the oven is not something I want to use at the moment. Which is a bummer because I have some muffin and granola recipes I wanted to test to get ready for back to school, those will have to be put on hold for a cool evening. I have been busy with extra kids during the week at our house and haven’t had much time in the kitchen so it was nice to have a little break to put some recipes to the test. I had picked up some zucchini at the local farmers market for some dinners as well as the muffins but  those were put on hold. I began looking for something else to use them in. We all wanted a treat, but a cool treat. Thanks to Brandi of The Vegan 8, we found something that would hit the spot.

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Sriracha Fudge

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Oh my, this is the quickest, easiest and tastiest treat to make. The hardest part is waiting for it to be ready to slice into! I had not made a treat in a while, and was wanting something chocolaty and cold since we have had this unusual nasty muggy feel like you want to shower when you walk outside weather. I had remembered seeing Veggies Don’t Bite post this recipe a couple days ago and was so happy to see the little ingredients it required. I didn’t have the exact ingredients so I used what I had and it turned out great. Best part is there is no oil, dairy free, soy free and gluten free. Love that you can spice it up how you like it!

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Oil-Free Double Chocolate Cookies

In my quest to limit oil from the meals I make for my family, I came across this recipe, courtesy of The Glowing Fridge and what a better way to test out this change than with a treat!  The girls were playing at a friends house so I whipped these up so quickly and they

Raw Chocolate Brownies

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No need to use the oven for this recipe!  These are not your typical brownies as they are raw, but they also are packed with omega 3’s, antioxidants, fiber and protein. Delightful treat to satisfy any chocolate lover. Prep Time: 20 min ~ Freeze Time: 30min  ~ Makes: 15-20 squares Recipe inspired by Oh She

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