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Almond Joy Smoothie Bowl {Vegan, Gluten-Free, and No Refined Sugar}

almondjoysmoothie2_august2015 You know what’s really embarrassing? Planning on posting a recipe in August before college starts and then two months later you still haven’t posted it. And add to that the fact that you only shared one recipe in summer…But summer was amazingly busy–visiting family and friends all over Europe (Serbia, Croatia, Germany, and Greece), making road trips with my family, and going to a leadership camp–  now that’s my kinda busy, even though it also kept me away from food blogging. But now with college in full-swing  I’m turning back to food and photographing it in a desperate attempt to forget the fact that I actually have assignments due soon.

almondjoysmoothie1_august2015 Oh,  and back to our discussion of how awkward I can be, I’m posting a smoothie recipe in October (in my defense, it was totally applicable in the August-summer heat).

Even though I don’t think smoothies can ever be outta place. There’s nothing better than waking up in the morning and looking forward to starting the day with a tastes-like-dessert-but-it’s-healthy smoothie.

almondjoysmoothie3_august2015 And this smoothie bowl fits the bill. It’s my new favorite smoothie–EVER. Toasted coconut: check. Almonds: check. Chocolate:check. No sugar: check (yes!!). Tastes like dessert but it’s healthy and filling: double check!! It’s like your hopes and dreams in a bowl–and you can eat it. Which is always a major plus :)

You seriously can’t go wrong with this recipe. Add more or less of the ingredients based on your taste (this goes especially for the milk: I used 3/4 cup because that yielded the consistency I like. If you like thicker smoothies, try adding 1/2 cup; if you’re more into thinner smoothies, add 1 cup)

almondjoysmoothie4_august2015 Can we just take a moment to admire TOASTED COCONUT through an insanely-close-up shot? It’s life-changing. I’m not sure I’ll ever go back to untoasted coconut.

(You don’t HAVE to toast the coconut, but, you guys, it takes like 5 minutes and it adds so much YUM to the smoothie. If you’re really against it, though, fine. Be like that 😉

almondjoysmoothie5_august2015 So, since you absolutely cannot go wrong with this AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS dessert-breakfast-in-a-bowl, what are you waiting for?? Nothing, that’s what!

Almond Joy Smoothie Bowl {Vegan, Gluten-Free, and No Refined Sugar}
 
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The best of almond joy in a smoothie--without any of the regrets! Crunchy toasted coconut, almonds, and chocolate prove that you don't need much to make a healthy, delicious, and filling breakfast!
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Serves: Serves 1
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup almonds
  • 2 pitted dates
  • ½ cup coconut
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder*
  • ¾ cup milk of choice
  • dash of vanilla extract
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp ground flax (optional)
  • 1 frozen banana**
  • toppings:oats***,chia seeds, cinnamon, etc
Instructions
  1. Soak the almonds and dates overnight (or for at least 30 minutes). ****
  2. Toast the coconut on broil in a non-greased baking pan until lightly browned, stirring frequently. Let cool.
  3. In a blender add the drained almonds and dates, ½ of the toasted coconut, cocoa powder, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, ground flax (optional), and frozen banana. Blend on high until smooth.
  4. Top with the rest of the toasted coconut and any other toppings you enjoy!
Notes
*If you're not a dark chocolate fan, I would suggest adding only 1 tbsp
**Cut the banana into fourths (or so) and freeze overnight (or for at least 3 hours)
***If gluten-intolerant, check that your oats are gluten-free
****Soaking the almonds overnight not only softens them but also makes it easier for them to be digested. Soaking the dates makes it easier for them to blend into the smoothie.

 

 

Favorite Recipes of 2014

Fav 2014 Recipes

Well guys, 2014 is quickly coming to a close. It started off here with one of my favorite pasta salads, got momentum with this Coconut-Lovers Cake, and flew off with this delicious (and patriotic!) Fourth Of July Cheesecake; and that was only the beginning! Need I remind you of these delicious Peach Hand-Pies (O Summer Fruits, wherefore art thou Summer fruits?), an easy and healthy Quinoa Enchilada Casserole, the real-deal Enchiladas, and my favorite Chocolate Tart. And that, my friends, is only a small snapshot of the recipes!

Wondering which recipes were the most popular? I’ve listed the top 5 below!

Continue reading Favorite Recipes of 2014

Chocolate Tart

Chocolate Tart 12 Along with  eclairs I made this chocolate tart for my birthday two weeks ago! Rich, creamy and chocolaty, it was a great way to start the first day of my new year! Whether it’s for a birthday, a family-gathering, a rainy day, a holiday, a back-to-school treat, to satisfy a chocolate-craving, or to spice up a bland day, this tart will be a winner for everyone!

Chocolate Tart 2

These recipes are adapted from Sherry Yard’s The Secrets of Baking: Simple Techniques for Sophisticated Desserts. It has now become my favorite baking book. I love the way she presents recipes: a Master Recipe begins each chapter and that recipe is tweaked to create new recipes. So instead of memorizing 35,683,500,671 different recipes, learn the Master Recipe, understand the techniques behind it, and you’re ready to make chocolate souffles, chocolate sauces and chocolate fillings from the same Master Recipe with the same basic techniques!

Chocolate Tart 3 This crust recipe, like all of the recipes in the book, stems off of a Master Recipe for pie dough. In her book, Ms. Sherry describes in detail the differences between and processes behind flaky and mealy pie doughs. 

Chocolate Tart 4

The recipe makes enough dough for two 9-inch pie crusts. I only wanted to make one chocolate tart, so I used the extra dough to make tartlets (isn’t that a cute name?) which I filled with whipped cream and topped with fresh blueberries. You can use the extra pie dough for anything your heart desires (if your heart desires two chocolate tarts, double the ganache recipe).

Chocolate Tart 7

Before reading Sherry Yard’s book, ganache seemed like a mystical treat. But after reading through the Master Recipe (and memorizing it) I was stunned by its simplicity: boil heavy cream, add to cut up chocolate, tap bowl, let sit for a minute, gently stir, and BAM! That’s all! (I was also shocked to find out how easy it actually is to make souffles; that should be my next adventure in the kitchen!)

Chocolate Tart 11

After pouring the ganache into the crust, I topped it with whipped cream in the middle and refrigerated it before serving.

I must give one warning before giving you the recipe: the filling is very rich and creamy; better to slice it thinly and get two (or three–if no one’s watching) slices then to slice it thickly and have to throw away half-eaten slices.

Just sayin’

Chocolate Tart

Prep Time: 50 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: About 16 slices

Chocolate Tart

Ingredients

    Almond Crust
  • 6 oz. cold butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1 egg
  • a pinch of salt
  • Ganache Filling
  • 9oz bittersweet chocolate
  • 2 cups heavy cream

Instructions

    Almond Crust
  1. Sift together the flour, almond flour, and sugar.
  2. Add in the butter and combine until the dough resembles coarse walnut-sized pieces.
  3. Mix together the egg and salt. Add to the flour and butter mixture and mix until the dough just starts to come together.
  4. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill for at least 1 hour. (The dough can stay in the fridge for up to 3 days)
  5. Preheat oven to 350F.
  6. Take the dough out of the fridge and on a lightly floured surface roll it out in a circle with a diameter an inch or two larger then the pan it will be baked in.
  7. Place the dough in a lightly greased baking pan. Using a fork poke a few holes in the bottom of the dough. Place parchment paper over the dough and fill the bottom with a faux filling. Bake at 350F for 10 minutes, then lower the temperature to 325F and bake for another 10 minutes.
  8. Take out the faux filling and bake for another 10 minutes at 325F. Once the crust is golden brown, take it out of the oven and cool before using.
  9. Ganache Filling
  10. Cut up the chocolate into small pieces (about 1/4 inch). Place in a heat-proof bowl.
  11. Bring the heavy cream to a boil.
  12. Immediately pour the heavy cream over the chocolate and tap the bowl on the kitchen surface to settle the chocolate.Let sit for one minute.
  13. Gently stir the mixture with a spatula, careful not to add too much air to the mixture while stirring. Keep slowly stirring until the chocolate and heavy cream have been combined into a thick ganache.
  14. Pour the ganache into the cooled crust and refrigerate for at least ten minutes before decorating (optional).

Notes

Recipes adapted from Sherry Yard's The Secrets of Baking Almond Pie Dough recipe and Master Ganache recipe

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Disclosure: this post was not sponsored by Sherry Yard or affiliates; all opinions are my own