Friday, July 5, 2013

Frozen Pear Mocha

This is good stuff.  Sweet, creamy, and super healthy to boot!  I enjoyed this coffee drink much more than a standard Starbucks Frappuccino, and I'll definitely repeat the combination of frozen fruity pears infusing my blended coffee beverages.  It's so easy, and most things you'll have around the house anyway.  If you chop and freeze the pears yourself, you can freeze and blend with skin (frozen fruit is often already skinned) for an extra fiber boost.

You will need:
  • Chopped frozen pear
  • Milk of choice (I used unsweetened Silk Almond Milk)
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder to taste (I used Hershey's Special Dark)
  • Instant coffee or espresso, 1-2 servings worth
  • Optional: cinnamon to taste (I used it), additional sweetener (I didn't include)
  1. Put all ingredients in a blender.  I used my Magic Bullet.
  2. Pulse until blended.
  3. Enjoy!

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Super Fudgy Steel-Cut Oats

Nutty + chocolatey +... healthy?  Yes!  Cocoa + coconut oil work so well with the steel cut oats here.

Steel cut oats have a wonderful nutty flavor and a satisfying crunch.  While I generally prefer them to the standard rolled variety, I would avoid them because they were too much work.  That is, until I realized I could make steel cut oats easily in my single serving rice cooker (stay tuned for some more details in a future post!).

To make these chocolate oats, you will need:

  • Plain oats of choice, cooked as you like them and warm (steel cut oats are wonderful!)
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder, to taste
  • Sweetener of choice, to taste (I used Splenda)
  • Coconut butter, a small dab for richness or to taste
  1. Mix everything together.
  2. Taste and adjust ingredients as necessary.
  3. Enjoy!