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Sweet and Spicy Bacon Chipotle Chocolate Cake!!!

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Chocolate Energy Bars, Fuel for your Day!

If you need energy for a workout or breakfast on the go -these are the perfect way to go. Our Chocolate Energy Bars are full of protein, whole grains, chocolate, and just a touch of cayenne creating a little taste of Heaven in every bite. Low in sugar, and high in energy!

I have been using energy bars a lot now because I have a weight goal. Just 18 months ago I was 205 lbs. and am only 5’4″. I did not like how I felt on the outside or on the inside. I spent my first 40 years on the planet overweight and out of shape. I woke up one day and said NO MORE! I never looked back. It has been a struggle but only at first. Once I found the one thing that got me results quickly, I stayed with it. For me, that was running. So today, I am 162 lbs. and need to lose 22 more.

Recently, I have added to my running and eating healthy routine.  My boss gave all of us a 90 day membership to Cross Fit. Really great guy, he heard us talking about getting personal trainers and wanted to do something really great for all of us.

So here I am trying to lose the last of this extra weight, and now I’m nearly doubling my workout. I feel more drained and need the extra fuel to get through it all. So I created my version of an energy bar. Sort of a granola bar meets no bake cookies, but with wholesome ingredients. I am an advocate for real-natural ingredients, so there is real butter, natural peanut butter, and honey in these. About the only thing that’s not natural in here are the chocolate chips.  Hey, I said natural ingredients are great, but I’m not perfect -girl’s gotta have her chocolate!

Chocolate Energy Bars

Ingredients:

1/3 Cups Cocoa

1/2 Cup Butter

3 Tbs. Honey

1/4 Cup Brown sugar

1/3 Cup All Natural Peanut Butter

1. In a medium sized pot warm all of the above ingredients on the stove top until well melted. Not too hot, just until the brown sugar is dissolved. Set aside and let cool slightly. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Then I gathered the rest of the ingredients -this is so easy you won’t believe it:

1 1/2 Cups Granola (see our recipe!)

1 3/4 Cups Rolled Oats

1/2 Cup Whole Wheat Flour – fresh ground is best

2 Tbs Wheat Germ

3 Tbs Ground Flax

1/4 tsp Cayenne pepper (optional – but so good)

3/4 tsp Cinnamon

3/4 tsp salt

1 Cup Chocolate Chips

2 Eggs (beaten)

2. In a large mixing bowl, add all of the above dry ingredients (minus the eggs) and mix well.

3. To the wet cocoa mixture that has had time to cool a bit, add slowly, 2 beaten fresh eggs and mix well. Then pour all of this into the dry ingredients and mix until well incorporated. Spread into a 13″ x 9″ sprayed pan.

4. Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Let cool slightly, cut into bars and separate on a cooling rack to cool fully. Wrap and store on the counter for 2-3 days or in the fridge is best. Will last for a week if you don’t eat them all first!

Makes: about 36, 1.5″ x 4″ bars.

Time: 30 minutes

Enjoy and be healthy!!


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Sinfully Good Chocolate Cupcakes: Perfect Dessert for Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day is drawing near and I wanted to bake a simple chocolate cupcake that would make a great dessert for anyone to make for their mom.  These moist, chocolatey tidbits really ‘take the cake’ when it comes to chocolate cakes.  What mom wouldn’t love to have a cupcake like this to follow up their Mother’s Day meal?  A delicious ending to any day really.

I made these when I was visiting all of the Brady Girls in Utah last week. We tried out different recipes and had a good ol’ time.  When the cupcakes came out of the oven, I had my niece right up next to me, begging to have one even if they were still the temperature of the hot oven!  I hadn’t even frosted them yet!  She was able to snag one, and then another, and this continued as the night went on and I proceeded to frost them.  Once the frosting hit the tops of these babies, they were fair game and they disappeared.  Granted, I did my fair share and ate way too many.  But, that’s what vacation is all about, right?!  Indulgence.  And these cupcakes make you close your eyes and just savor the flavor as you bite into them.  Or if you’re my niece, grab two or three and run as fast as you can so her aunt doesn’t catch her and give her the noogies she deserves for stealing her baked goods 🙂  I love family!  Show your mom how much you love her by baking her some Sinfully Good Chocolate Cupcakes this Mother’s Day! Here’s the Recipe:

Sinfully Good Chocolate Cupcakes

Ingredients:

2 Eggs
1 Cup Buttermilk
½ Cup Vegetable Oil
2 tsp. Pure Vanilla
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Cup Sugar
1 ½ Cups Flour
1 Cup Cocoa Powder
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1 ¼ tsp. Baking Powder
1 tsp. Salt
¾ Cup Boiling Water
½ tsp. Instant Coffee

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350° F.  Place paper liners in two cupcake pans.

2. With an electric mixer, mix the eggs, milk, oil and vanilla in a large bowl for three minutes.

3. In a separate bowl, stir together the sugars, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.  Add slowly to wet ingredients.

4. Boil ¾ cups of water and add ½ tsp. instant coffee and stir.  Add to cake batter and stir using a rubber spatula.  Batter will seem thin, but this is okay!  Note:  if you don’t want to add coffee, feel free to leave it out.  Coffee intensifies the flavor of chocolate so if you’re a coffee lover, add another 1/4 tsp. -1/2 tsp. of instant coffee.

Runny batter is okay!

5. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake both cupcake pans for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick when inserted near the center of a cupcake comes out almost clean.

6. Repeat step 5 until batter is gone.

7.  Remove from oven and allow to cool in cupcake pans for 5 minutes.  Then remove let finish cooling on counter.

8.  When completely cool, frost with your favorite buttercream frosting, like our Chocolate Buttercream Frosting in our ebook, Cookin’ Up Sweet Treats available in the Amazon Kindle Store. You can download it on your Kindle, iPad, iPhone, Blackberry, Android Phone, and your home computer! Learn more here.

Note:  You can also use this recipe to make a cake! Works great in a 9×13″ pan or two 8″ pans.  Just be sure to spray pans with cooking spray and line bottom of pans with parchment paper.

Tip: If you do not have buttermilk on hand, use one cup of milk and add 1 Tbs. of white vinegar to it.  Allow to sit for 5 minutes for milk to sour.  Easy homemade buttermilk!

Makes:  Approx. 3 dozen

…P.S. We will have a youtube video up showing you how to decorate these bad boys in a couple of days! I’ll link it here, so stay tuned… Happy Mother’s Day!


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