Chocolate Salted Caramel Tart

How could it be that this delicious, sea salt caramel chocolate tart is GUILT FREE?!?!?

Oh, you know. Chef Stef magic 😉

Caramel:
13.5 oz coconut milk
3/4 cup coconut palm sugar

Crust:
1 and 1/2 cups almonds, ground
pinch sea salt
1 egg
2 tablespoons coconut oil

Ganache:
3 oz dark chocolate
4 tablespoons coconut milk

1. Add the coconut milk and coconut palm sugar to a pot. Stir together and bring to a boil. Make sure you watch it so it doesn’t boil over!! Stir again and then let it simmer for about 45 minutes.
2. Now let’s work on the crust. Beat one egg and mix in the almond flour. You can save money and make your own by grinding up whole almonds. Add the coconut oil and the sea salt, then mix together until well combined. Press into a pie dish or any round baking dish you have.
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3. Remember to stir your caramel every once in a while!
4. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Once it comes out, let it cool for 10 minutes before you pour in about one cup of caramel. Place in your fridge for as little as 30 minutes – or can also do overnight!
5. When that’s ready, you can start working on the chocolate ganache part. Melt the coconut milk, If you don’t have a double boiler, you can do a makeshift one like I did! Add in the chocolate and stir. It will only take less than a minute to melt and turn into the ganache so don’t walk away from it.
6. Take the dish out of the fridge and then pour the chocolate on top. Spread it around to make an even layer. Place back in your fridge until the chocolate is hardened and you’re ready to serve! The easiest way to cut through the chocolate on this bad boy is by running your knife under hot water first, wipe off the water, then slice. Easy as pie! Ha! Get it?IMG_1166

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7. Drizzle any leftover caramel on the slices so it looks all super fancy 😉
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Enjoy!!! PLEASE let me know if you try it out!! Send me a pic to one of my social medias!!
Stephanie

Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies

Seriously, these cookies are a home run and will more than satisfy a chocolate lover’s sweet tooth! Mmmm!

For 3 dozen cookies, you’ll need:

2 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup nutella
2 eggs
3/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chip
another 1/4 cup nutella
sea salt to taste

1. Combine the dry ingredients. Flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

2. In a mixing bowl, mix the butter, white sugar, brown sugar, vanilla and 1/4 cup nutella. (you’ll use the other 1/4 cup of nutella later) Beat in one egg at a time. Your dough will be a little difficult to mix, that’s totally the right consistency.

3. Using a spoon, mix in the chocolate chips. And lastly, the nutella. The goal is just to swirl the nutella, not fully mix it in.

4. Bake in a 375 degree F oven for 10-12 minutes, depending on how brown you like your chocolate chip cookies! Take out and let them cool for 2 minutes before taking off the tray and placing on a cooling rack. Sprinkle with sea salt! Optional, but highly recommended 😉

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Send a pic when you make them!

Enjoy!
Stephanie

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Chocolate Mug Cake (<500 cals!)

Single serving dessert (AKA portion control). Less than 500 calories. Probably costs less than $1. How can you resist this?!

Ingredients:

1/4 cup flour
3 tbls sugar
2 tbls cocoa powder
pinch of salt
1/4 cup + 1 tbls water
1 tbls vegetable oil
drop of vanilla extract
ice cream (optional)

1. In a mug, mix the dry ingredients with a fork.

2. Add the wet ingredients and again, mix with the fork until well combined. Should look like the same consistency as cake batter.

3. Microwave for about a minute and a half.

4. Spoon ice cream, or any sundae accoutrements you have in your cupboard!!

About 430 calories without the ice cream. So tasty, you won’t feel like it wasn’t enough.

Seriously, that’s IT! Enjoy, take a picture and send it to me!!!

Stephanie

 

Easy and Delicious Pretzel Bark!

If you love chocolate covered pretzels… then you’ll LOVE this!

6-8 oz of pretzels
1 cup of butter
1 cup of brown sugar
16 oz of chocolate chips

Super simple steps:

1. Melt the butter and brown sugar together. The butter with be separated from the sugar for the first few minutes, but then you will see that they will totally combine. That’s when it’s ready.

2. While you wait for that to happen, line a baking sheet with parchment paper or tin foil. Line the pretzels up in rows. I used the skinny, long pretzels, but if you only have regular pretzels in your house, you can use those. Just crush them a little so there aren’t big holes in the pretzels!

3. Pour the sugar and butter mixture over the pretzels, slowly, so that you make sure you get it everywhere! Place in a 400 degree oven for 7 minutes.

4. Take out and sprinkle the chocolate chips. Put back in the oven for one minute to soften them. Take out and spread the chocolate! Topping ideas could be crushed candy canes, walnuts, pecans, sprinkles, sea salt, etc. Have fun!

Let me know if you make them! Yummmmm!

Stephanie

Salted Caramel Chocolate Pecan Bars

The title says it all. There are no words for how incredibly delicious these are. (not to mention how EASY they are to make!) Check it out!

1 sugar cookie mix (and whatever is needed to make it, eggs, butter, etc)

1 1/2 cup pecans

3/4 cups chocolate chips

1/2 cup butter

1 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup heavy cream

2 teaspoons vanilla

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1. Line a 9×13 inch baking tray with tin foil for super easy clean up! Grease with non stick spray or butter. Set aside.

2. Make a sugar cookie mix. You can buy them in the baking aisle that you just need to add butter and eggs too, or you can make your fave recipe from scratch! Whichever you have time for. Pour in the tray and bake at 375º for 12 minutes until light golden brown.

3. When it comes out, add the pecans in an even layer and then the chocolate chips. (feel free to add up to 2 full cups of pecans and 1 cup of chocolate chips!)

4. In a small sauce pan, heat up the butter, brown sugar and heavy cream. Once all ingredients are completely melted and combined, whisk in the vanilla and sea salt. Then, pour over the pecans and chocolate! Be sure to do this slowly and get all over!

5. Finally, bake in the oven for 30 minutes at 350º. Tada! Let cool for 10 minutes, cut and serve.

It’s heaven in your mouth.

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Enjoy! And let me know how they come out when you try them. You may even make them right now, since it’s quite possible that you have all of the ingredients!! This would also be perfect as a Thanksgiving or Christmas dessert! 🙂 Happy baking!

Stephanie

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Chocolate Banana Bars

I don’t know how this happened, but time is flying and I haven’t had a chance to catch up on blog posts!  So – check out the new video from yesterday! You certainly won’t regret it.

Seriously, every time I would walk into my college apartment and smell these, it was heavenly. It turned into a comfort food very quickly.  I do love bananas and chocolate! Very simple to make. Good hot or cold… prepped and melting in your mouth within 45 minutes! I really was going to make this recipe for a video, but then she got engaged and it was even more of a reason to make it! YAY!!!!

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

2/3 cup white sugar

2/3 cup brown sugar

1 3/4 cup flour

3 bananas

3/4 cup butter

1 egg, beaten

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp salt

Set the oven to 350º.

Use a fork to mash up the 3 bananas.

In a mixing bowl, add the butter, white sugar and brown sugar. Cream together. Add the egg and vanilla, and mix!

Add the bananas and gently fold it into the mixture with a spatula.

In another bowl, mix the flour, baking powder and salt. Add this flour mixture to the butter mixture. Stir until combined. Add in the chocolate chips and combine.

Grease a 9×13 inch pan with some butter. Add your mixture and spread evenly.

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Place in the oven for 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean! Let it cool and then cut into even squares!

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YUM.  I’ll be impressed if they last more than a day.

By the way, I made another one of my roommates recipes… it doesn’t have to be holiday, just cover with white sugar if it isn’t December!! Or… July is coming, maybe red, white and blue sugar?!

Happy baking!

Keep it classy,

Chef Stef

 

 

Oreo Truffles

Have you ever tried these?  Before continuing to read, watch how easy it is to make them!

3 easy steps… Mix 2 ingredients, roll into balls and dip in chocolate.

The only reason the video seems so long, is because I tried to give as many tips as possible so you don’t run into any problems!

My family and I have been doing Isagenix, which is a cleanse but not a crazy juice one. You can actually eat food on this program!  I obviously was going to cheat on my birthday.  So I thought, what’s the one thing I absolutely have to make that would be a serious reward? OMG THE TRUFFLES.  They are so creamy on the inside and such a treat!

I do believe in buying local. Do I do it all the time? No. But I try, and you all should too! Support the people in your town.  Support their businesses and their dreams. It’s good karma.

Grocery List:

Package of oreos

8 oz. cream cheese

1 pound of chocolate to melt

Next, decide what you want to use to decorate. Halloween is coming, use some black and orange sprinkles! If you want to use some crumbs on top, put 2 cookies on the side, take out the whites, and crumble the cookies. I personally like using sprinkles to add some fun color. Or, you can do the classic. Melt a small amount of white chocolate, put in a ziploc bag, snip the smallest little bit off of one end and drizzle on top once the chocolate on the truffles is hard!

To begin, put the whole tray of oreos in the blender. Mix until very fine. If your blender is having trouble, try putting only a few in at a time. Next, add in your cream cheese. Mix until completely blended. If you do not own a blender, no worries. Put the oreos in a large ziploc bag, mash them until very fine, then use a hand mixer to mix in the cream cheese. If you don’t own a hand mixer… I’ve got nothin’.

It will look like this:

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Taste it, it’s already delicious.

Get out a baking tray, place a sheet of parchment paper on it. Roll your mixture into small balls. Don’t make them too big. As you can see in the video, your hands won’t get disgusting and covered in mush. The mixture is oily so it won’t stick to you. They will look like this…

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Put the tray in your fridge for about 30 minutes. Just need them to be slightly hardened so you can dip them in warm chocolate without them falling apart. If you have to go do something, go for it, you can leave them in there as long as you need.

Melt your chocolate. If you’re using chips in a double boiler or a make shift double boiler (a sauce pan with a glass bowl on top), make sure to add crisco. If you are using the melting chips I used from a candy store, just throw them alone in the microwave. 30-40 seconds. Take out and stir. Continue adding 10 second intervals until total creaminess has been reached.

Use a fork and a spoon to dip the truffles in the chocolate. Throw in one ball at a time, flip over once, and let it drip off of the fork before putting it on a the tray. You’re trying to save chocolate and not make a giant mess. Because they are rich, I aim for a thin layer of chocolate coating. Believe me, it’s the perfect amount. If they are falling apart in your chocolate, put the tray back in the fridge, they aren’t cold enough yet to dip.

Make sure you decorate as you dip, because if you don’t, the chocolate will get hard and then your decorations will not stick! Dip 3 or 4 at a time, stop and decorate those few. You can even see in the video that because I was distracted taping, I didn’t decorate the first 2 truffles fast enough and they got hard!

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Put them in the fridge for about 45 minutes and they will be ready to go!

Don’t waste the leftover chocolate! Dip anything you have in it. Fruit, nuts, bacon, whatever. Put them on a tray with parchment paper, the same exact way you did with the truffles.

Take them out of the fridge, and if your truffle is not in a perfect little ball, no worries. If you have some excess chocolate that dripped, take a small knife and cut it off.

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These are great treats to bring to a party. They will fly off the tray. We bought an expensive Cheesecake Factory cake for my birthday, and instead of eating that, everyone ate the truffles!!

Make them and enjoy!

Have a great week!

Chef Stef