Archive for the ‘Chocolate’ Category

Red Velvet Oatmeal

Monday, June 24th, 2013


I called this oatmeal Red Velvet Oatmeal, but it could also go by Raspberry Chocolate Oatmeal.


The idea came to me while I was stuck in traffic coming home this past Friday afternoon. Red velvet anything is always fun, and I especially enjoy playing around with different oatmeal options.


Red velvet often has loads of red food coloring, but this recipe doesn’t include a bit of it. Raspberries are reduced to a sauce bursting with color and flavor.


I used plain Greek yogurt as topping, which worked well as it perfectly balanced the  strong raspberry flavor.


I just love dark chocolate chips, and couldn’t resist including them. I added a sprinkle of cocoa powder (to stay true to the red velvet concept), but be careful because this can muddy up the red color.

I hope you give this a try! It’s my new favorite oatmeal!

Red Velvet Oatmeal

Makes 1 serving

Plain oatmeal of your choice (quick-cooking, steel-cut, etc)
3/4 cup raspberries
1 Tbsp Sugar
1 Tbsp water
1/4 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder (optional)
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
2 Tbsp plain Greek yogurt

Prepare oatmeal according to package directions.

Cook raspberries, sugar and water over medium heat in a small saucepan. Cook and stir occasionally for at least 5 minutes, until the raspberries have broken down and the mixture becomes a thick sauce.

Stir sauce into oatmeal. Stir in cocoa powder, and top with dark chocolate chips and Greek yogurt. Enjoy!

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Gooey Snickers Cookies

Monday, June 17th, 2013


I think 101 Things To Do With a Cake Mix has become one of my new favorite cookbooks. I just love when I look at a recipe and there are less than 5 ingredients!

This particular recipe calls for cake mix, eggs, oil and Snickers. You can actually use either chocolate or yellow cake mix. I went with Moist Supreme Dark Chocolate. It was a good choice (as chocolate always is) but I should mention this particular kind was very sticky to work with.


By the way, you will have plenty of Snickers left over to add to your chocolate stash – just one more reason to make these cookies!


These cookies were delicious – how can you go wrong with gooey cookies with a Snickers surprise inside? I think these would be a lot of fun to make with kids.

I hope you can give them a try! If you experiment with a different cake flavor, let me know what you think!

p.s. I am going to be trying out a new schedule on this blog: Mondays will be new recipes, Wednesdays will be anything blogging/photography/style/makeup etc, and Fridays will be lifestyle posts (High Five for Friday, etc).

I enjoy writing about a range of categories, but would love to hear if there are any you particularly enjoy reading. Thanks so much for reading my blog! Have a great week!


Gooey Snickers Cookies

Slightly adapted from 101 Things to Do With a Cake Mix

Makes about 16-20 cookies

1 box chocolate cake mix
2 eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 bag Mini Snickers

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Place cake mix, eggs and vegetable oil in the large bowl of an electric mixer. Beat for about 2 minutes.

Cut Snickers in half and place in the center of a ball of dough. Make sure the candy is covered.

If dough is sticky, use parchment paper on the baking sheets. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until done.

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Chocolate Cake with Coffee Frosting

Monday, June 10th, 2013


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I made this cake in a short pocket of time between errands and school. I was looking for something simple, and pulled out a cookbook called 101 Things To Do With a Cake Mix.

My personal philosophy on cake mix is that if it tastes good then do it! It’s always such a relief to simply pour a bag of mix into the bowl, instead of struggling with exploding flour and endless measuring cups.


I decided that I was in the mood for cream cheese frosting, and I also needed coffee. So coffee frosting was the natural choice! And let me tell you. Let me tell you…this frosting was SO GOOD.


All I did was add instant espresso to one of my favorite cream cheese frosting recipes, but it was one of the best choices I’ve ever made in the kitchen.

Both the cake and the frosting turned out delicious and were so easy to make. I sincerely hope you try this recipe -  and it will only take a little time and even fewer ingredients. Let me know how you like it!


Chocolate Cake with Coffee Frosting

Cake slightly adapted from 101 Things To Do With a Cake Mix

1 Devil’s Food cake mix
1 small box chocolate instant pudding
1 can (12 ounces) lemon-lime soda
1/3 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs

For the frosting:
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
4 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 tablespoons instant espresso
1 1/2 tablespoons water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Place all ingredients in the large bowl of an electric mixer. Beat for at least 2 minutes.

Place batter in a greased 9×13-inch pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes. Let cool.

Dissolve the espresso in hot water.

In the large bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and cream cheese together. Add the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, mixing on low, until the frosting is smooth and creamy. Beat in the vanilla extract and espresso.

Spread frosting evenly over cake and enjoy! If desired, sprinkle extra espresso powder over the frosting.

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Easter Candy Bark

Thursday, March 28th, 2013


Hi everyone! Just wanted to let you know that I have a post up over at the Taste section of Huffington Post. This bark is my favorite recipe to make around Easter – it’s so fun and so easy. Follow this link for the recipe:

Have a great night!

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