2.25.2013

healthy hearts


have you ever googled the benefits of coconut oil? if it really does all that it's supposed to, shouldn't we be bathing in it and ingesting it daily? it's apparently a miracle substance, and since i've been using it in my beauty regimen, i've really noticed an improvement in my skin and hair.

i've been wanting to find a way to incorporate it into my diet, but i am really partial to cooking with olive oil.  my friend melissa came over the other day and whipped up these little cuties for me.  they are made with 4 TBL. melted coconut oil, 4 TBL. unsweetened cocoa and 1 TBL. honey, mixed well and frozen in my little heart candy molds.  it made about 8.  if you don't have a candy mold, just spread on wax paper and freeze for 15 minutes, then break apart and store in the fridge.

it's a nice way to have a "little something" that's 100% healthy and extremely high in antioxidants.  
disclaimer:  if you do not like DARK chocolate, these aren't for you.  

2.17.2013

peanut butter cup trifle


1 batch brownies, cooled and cut into cubes (i used ghiradelli.)
1 large box (5-ounce) of instant chocolate fudge pudding, prepared and chilled
1 bag of peanut butter cups, chopped
2 cups heavy cream
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 cup of creamy peanut butter
1 cup of powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk
8 ounces of whipped cream cheese, at room temperature

beat heavy cream and sugar on high speed until stiff peaks form. transfer the whipped cream to a separate bowl and stick in the fridge until ready to use. i didn't even clean the bowl of my electric mixer and just began mixing the peanut butter mixture.

add the peanut butter and cream cheese to the bowl and beat at medium speed, until creamy. add in powdered sugar and mix until combined, then mix in 2 tablespoons of milk. remove the whipped cream from the fridge and add 1 cup of it to the peanut butter, folding it in until the mixture turns lighter in color and is just combined.

grab your trifle dish and begin to layer your ingredients however you’d like. i did a layer of brownies, then peanut butter, then a handful of chopped peanut butter cups, chocolate pudding, whipped cream, and so on. i repeated it until I got to the top, then piped the remaining whipped cream on top and sprinkled the candy on. you really can’t go wrong with layering – just use a long spoon to serve.  (use small bowls.  this is the richest. dessert. ever.)