Salted Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

So, sometimes you just need some chocolate.  I’m not talking about the one square of dark chocolate that’s typical for an after-dinner treat, but a super-decadent, double chocolate chip cookie.  These past couple of weeks have schooled me in what it takes to care for a sick baby and to see your child not feeling his best only makes you wish you could take all his ailments away yourself.  We’ve seen fevers, coughs, colds, stuffy noses and a number of other bodily functions and fluids that probably shouldn’t be mentioned on a food blog.  I don’t want to ruin your appetite.  However, during those times where the babe was able to nap I indulged myself a bit by making these cookies.  Not only did being in the kitchen soothe my frayed nerves, but I knew I couldn’t go wrong with chocolate.  It tends to make everything better.

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Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats

Rice crispy treats are practically a staple of childhood, am I right?  I distinctly remember frequently making these, either at home with my mom or at friends’ houses.  The best part was definitely not waiting for them to cool, but to grab the gooey warm bits and pieces before they even hit the pan!

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Chewy Chocolate Chunk Cookies

After testing this recipe only once, I will make a bold statement and say this will be my go-to (vegan) chocolate chip cookie recipe from here on out.  They turned out chewy and gooey, packed with melty chocolate and garnished with salt for that extra punch of flavor.  These cookies were demolished in record time and received a thumbs-up from my husband and friends which, to me, are badges of approval.

I made slight substitutions from the original recipe but the base remains in tact, which means they are a perfect canvas for other flavor combinations.  Cinnamon, currants and coconut flakes are just some of the successful variations, though I haven’t attempted them yet.  As much as I love a classic chocolate chip cookie, I’ve got a few more flavor combos that I’m dying to try…updates coming soon!

For now, use this recipe as your base for the best homemade {vegan} chocolate chip cookies!  Yum doesn’t even describe them!

(adapted from Vogue)

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Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats

Rice crispy treats are practically a staple of childhood, am I right?  I distinctly remember frequently making these, either at home with my mom or at friends’ houses.  The best part was definitely not waiting for them to cool, but to grab the gooey warm bits and pieces before they even hit the pan!

These treats are reminiscent of a more innocent time, however, nowadays I try to be a bit more mindful of the ingredients I use when making my desserts.  If I can substitute a whole grain or healthy fat, I will.

This is a super easy recipe and it comes together quickly, no baking required!  Now I can’t take full credit as I saw this on Sprouted Kitchen’s Insta feed, but it was necessary to make it immediately and I just had to share!  Plus, I had recently made my Bourbon Vanilla-Bean Sugar and needed to use it on something!

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Chocolate (Avocado) Mousse

This recipe was inspired by a fantastic dessert my husband and I shared with friends at a little restaurant called Magpie in Sacramento.  Over and over we had been hearing rave reviews about this eatery, so at nine months pregnant with an appetite as big as my stomach, we headed over there prepared to chow down.  I ordered their mac n’ cheese with Brussels sprouts which was decadent and delicious but the highlight of the meal was dessert. Or, more accurately, desserts. Our friend made the executive decision that we had to try and share all four desserts off the menu.  One of the desserts was a chocolate avocado mousse dusted with cinnamon that was by far my favorite.  What excited me even more was that it seemed easy enough to recreate myself.

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So, the mousse I have created includes all the healthy fats from the emerald green avocados with a light, natural sweetness from Medjool dates and 100% maple syrup.  No butter or sugar here!  I also incorporated a few warming spices such as cinnamon, cardamom with a hint of cayenne pepper and topped it off with flaked sea salt.  Perfect ending to a decadent meal.

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