Posts Tagged ‘chocolate’

  1. vegan chocolate chocolate chip muffins

    August 31, 2017 by Angie

    I am not a chocoholic. I prefer really good bread or a sugar cookie over chocolate cake and I would never even consider eating chocolate ice cream. But then these muffins came into my life. Chocolate with chocolate inside and chocolate on top. Send me to chocolate rehab because I am chocolate wasted.

    Slightly adapted from this recipe by B. Britnell.

    Yield 12 muffins.

    Ingredients

    1 and 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    heaping 1/4 cup of cocoa powder
    1 cup of powdered sugar
    1 cup soy milk
    1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    heaping 1/4 cup of unsweetened apple sauce
    heaping 1/2 cup of vegan chocolate chips (I used the Enjoy Life brand.)

    Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a standard muffin pan with liners.
    2. You need a large bowl and a medium sized bowl. The large bowl is for the dry ingredients to which you will add the wet ingredients either.
    3. In the large bowl, stir together the flour, salt, baking soda, cocoa powder, and powdered sugar.
    4. In the medium bowl, stir together the soy milk, apple cider vinegar, vanilla extract, and apple sauce.
    5. Add the wet ingredients into the dry and stir until it’s just combined. This is one of those things you don’t want to overstir so break up any chunks of cocoa powder or powdered sugar before you add in the wet ingredients.
    6. Stir in the chocolate chips.
    7. Evenly distribute the batter across the twelve liners filling them up about 2/3 of the way. Top each with 4 or 5 chocolate chips.
    8. Bake for 15 minutes. Conduct the toothpick test to be sure they’re ready.
    9. You now have a dozen warm, chocolatey, chocolate muffins with chocolate chips on top. You are welcome.

    Robbie, the dessert shunner, ate three! of these babies. I brought them to work and everyone there ate two each. They’re really special. I can’t wait to make them for my parents, the true chocoholics.


  2. chocolate chip SunButter bars

    July 16, 2017 by Angie

    Game of Thrones is back tonight! This is not super relevant but is the excuse I used to try a new recipe.

    I followed Chocolate Covered Katie‘s recipe for chocolate chip peanut butter bars. I swapped in SunButter on account of anaphylaxis prophylaxis (you like that?). Turns out SunButter is really, really oily. Between that and my oven being pure shite, I had to bake the bars about twice as long before they even thought about setting. These bars have a bit of a texture problem but the taste is awesome.

    If (WHEN) I make these again I will cut the SunButter a tad and add a tiny bit more flour. I’m also interested in trying this recipe with cashew butter to see if that works out any better.


  3. Montréal, QC

    May 19, 2017 by Angie

    Our sixth anniversary trip last month was to Montréal, QC. I read and heard it’s best to visit Montréal in May through October. I didn’t really believe the haters. After visiting in April, I would agree with that advice. That being said, we had a great time and there was plenty to do even though a lot of stuff is closed until May 1 or later.

    On the Border in the airport

    Getting the party started in the airport bar. Bon voyage to us.

    We stayed at the Hotel InterContinental Montréal, which is downtown. The ride from the airport was not bad and they charge a flat rate to that part of town. They let us check in early and offered free late checkout at 2:00 pm.

    We immediately went to a vegetarian restaurant called Lola Rosa. They have three locations. They gave us so much food.

    Robbie, wine, and nachos

    Robbie, wine, beer, and nachos

    NACHOS at Lola Rosa

    Nachos!

    lasagna at Lola Rosa

    Lasagna

    Veggie burger at Lola Rosa

    Robbie got an elaborate veggie burger.

    We walked to a wine bar, Pullman. It was very nice inside but Robbie didn’t like his drink and our drinks were expensive. Check out this chandelier made of glasses.

    Pullman chandelier

    Pullman washrooms

    I guessed “F”.

    After that we went to McLean’s Pub to watch hockey thinking everybody would be excited about it but nobody cared at all. No photographic evidence of that stop.

    We took an Uber to a really cool speakeasy, The Coldroom. You have to know what the door looks like because there’s no sign. You ring the bell and somebody comes to let you in. The drinks were great.

    The Coldroom

    Angie's drink at The Coldroom

    We passed by Notre-Dame all lit up on our way back to the hotel.

    Notre Dame at night

    Notre-Dame Basilica at night

    We walked around a little while in the neighborhood near the Notre-Dame Basilica. It was mildly shady and a little more than mildly touristy. The church is really worth seeing, however.

    Notre Dame

    Wow

    The altar at Notre Dame

    The Underground City is not as good as I wanted it to be but better than I expected considering Underground Atlanta is my reference. Our hotel and many (all?) subway stations are connected to it. We used it to get around a little when it was raining and I got delicious bagels from the shop right outside the InterContinental twice (bagel count: 2).

    We had lunch at the Green Panther where I had the falafel sandwich and Robbie got a BBQ tofu sandwich. I neglected to get photos but we totally recommend it.

    I like to see libraries. It was rainy and we ducked into the Grand Bibliotheque, Quebec’s national library and part of BAnQ. It is impressive and seems popular with the locals. Most of the materials are in French but they have some English stuff too.

    BAnQ

    Stories of library stuff!

    The Stranger

    I wish I could read this book in French.

    It was still rainy so we stopped at a locals’ bar, Bistro a JoJo where two Canadians were mean to us! Yes, mean Canadians! One guy said the library is where he would put his wife so he could go to the strip club. A gentleman and a scholar.

    After that we had a round at La Distillerie #1 per my brother’s recommendation. It was before 5:00 on Thursday and still raining so it was pretty quiet. The bartender made Robbie’s favorite Old Fashioned of the whole trip. She gave us free goldfish crackers. We loved this place.

    Le Distillerie

    Le Sainte-Elisabeth is one of the places that really needs to be visited during terrace season. The terrace is huge and in the photos online it’s beautiful. When we went it was closed, the vines were dead, and it was raining and about 50 degrees. I guess we need to go back to Montréal in the summer! No photos of the sad terrace, sorry.

    We visited the absinthe bar in our hotel, Sarah B., twice and ordered the cheese plate both times. It was wonderful enough to warrant coming back, I promise. We also got some really great fries on our second visit. Robbie kept ordering weird drinks I thought tasted awful, but I loved the wine I had the first time and the espresso martini the second time. Even though we went twice I managed to get no photos. You should look at their Yelp photos because it’s for sure the coolest hotel bar I’ve ever seen.

    My favorite meal of the trip was brunch at L’Avenue. I regret not taking photos of our food. We waited outside in the cold for a table so once we were seated it was all business and shoving delicious fruit, a Montréal bagel (bagel count: 3), and a very fancy omelet into my face. I’m against bathroom selfies as a rule, but check out this bathroom. The clock thing is a video. The black lights and the huge mirror were really disorienting.

    L'Avenue

    Disorienting bathroom

    There was a break in the rain so we walked around the Mile End neighborhood and then got an Uber towards McGill University and got dropped off near the entrance to the Parc du Mont Royal.

    mural

    Mural of important, dead socialist, Albert Saint-Martin

    Fairmount Bagel

    We didn’t eat the famous bagels at Fairmount Bagel, but I did eat three (bagel count: three!) Montréal bagels during our trip. Robbie was not a fan at all but I think they’re so much better than New York bagels.

    McGill University

    Aside from speaking very poor French, our big adventure was visiting Parc du Mont-Royal and walking up the “mountain” to the lookout area. The park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted who also designed Central Park. It’s a beautiful park, even in mid-April. You can take stairs to the top where there is a lookout area and a chalet with restrooms (washrooms, if you’re Canadian) and a gift shop.

    Park du Mont Royal

    lookout

    Robbie

    Robbie at the lookout area

    Montreal

    Montréal

    Angie

    Angie squinting in front of the skyline

    thingie

    I like this thing

    Robgeleen are serious

    Robgeleen!

    The saddest missed photo documentation opportunity was at Dieu du Ciel, a brewery/bar not far from the park. Robbie had their American style IPA, Moralité, and was so in love.

    We had a late lunch at Le Cagibi where Robbie had tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich with pesto and I had veggie nachos. For the count: that’s two nachos and three bagels.

    Le Cagibe

    We spent a long time at a swanky bar, the Sparrow. We sat at the bar and chatted with the bartender. The drinks were fantastic and Robbie won’t stop talking about the fries he ordered. They really were good fries.

    Drinks at the Sparrow

    Dispensing

    We struggled to find things that were open and not too packed, but not totally dead either. We went to Bar Kabinet which is a soviet themed bar attached to Bar Datcha where I understand there is sometimes dancing. It was quiet but nice. We had a round at Apt. 200 which was also quiet but very awesome inside with house plants and couches. We walked a lot looking for stuff to do and then walked a long way back to the hotel. We saw the mural and really cool lights below.

    mural

    cool lights

    lights and a mural

    We didn’t want to leave without having crepes. The next morning we went to Spanel Crepes & Gourmets for buckwheat crepes. They were unique and quite different from regular crepes, but so good!

    crepes!

    buckwheat crepe

    We had late lunch/early dinner at BEVO Bar & Pizzeria. Again, no photos. I’m lame. It was so good and our waiter and the rest of the staff were really nice.

    Our longest wait of the trip was for a spot inside another speakeasy, Cloakroom. It was worth the wait. Cloakroom is a bespoke suit shop and barber shop with a hidden bar. That mirror is on a secret door!

    Cloakroom bar

    They go out of their way to make it a classy experience. They only let 25 people in at a time because it’s so small. They gave us a playing card as a kind of pass, took our coats, and brought us to our seats at the bar. We had an assigned bartender who explained their approach. He asked us what we like in a drink and our favorite flavors and then created something just for each of us. The drinks were perfect. We stayed for another round and those were perfect too!

    drinks at Cloakroom

    Personalized drinks at Cloakroom

    On our last day, we had breakfast at the adorable Olive et Gourmando where we had pain au chocolat and cheese toast with tea and a very pretty soy latte.

    pain au chocolat

    Thank you, Montréal, for the wonderful time and happy anniversary, Robbie. <3


  4. best favorite banana bread

    April 25, 2017 by Angie

    I have tried several banana bread recipes over the years. This is my go to. My all-time “best favorite”. I originally found it on the blog Hell Yeah It’s Vegan! The blogger totally revamped the site and did away with some of the recipes. The banana bread recipe featured there now is quite different. I found the old one here, but can’t tell if all of the text is from the original blog. Either way, it’s the same recipe I’ve known and loved. Because it’s such a favorite, I’m blogging it myself to keep it forever.

    I’ve made this banana bread with chocolate chips many times. Below is my slightly altered version to reflect the ingredients I always use and my actual method for baking the bread.

    This banana bread is always a huge hit. Last night I made it to bring to my library’s volunteer appreciation breakfast. I was told it went fast.

    This recipe is vegan if you hunt down vegan chocolate chips – which is much more difficult now that Ghiradelli Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips have milk in them. R.I.P. Ghirardelli vegan chocolate chips.

    Ingredients
    5 medium to large, very ripe bananas, mashed
    1/4 cup vegetable oil (I use Smart Balance oil and measure out a scant 1/4 cup.)
    3/4 cup sugar (I go slightly scant on this as well.)
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1 cup unbleached flour
    1/2 cup whole wheat flour
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
    a pinch of ground cloves
    1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

    Directions
    1. Preheat oven to 350°.
    2. Grease a loaf pan.
    3. You need really ripe bananas for this. If you’re like me, you froze some bananas a while back and they’re still in your freezer because you didn’t take them out to thaw on the counter earlier. Procrastinators: place the bananas in a microwave safe bowl and defrost them until you can peel them. Place the peeled, freezy banana goodness in a new bowl and continue defrosting for 2-3 minutes. Now you’re ready to mash the bananas with a fork.
    4. In a large bowl, mix bananas, oil, sugar, and vanilla extract together by hand.
    5. In a separate bowl, combine flours, spices, salt, and baking soda.
    6. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients; stir by hand until there are no chunks of flour visible. Do not overdo it or use a mixer. You want to stir it just enough to mix the wet and dry, but not so much that it gets gummy. Lumps are to be expected!
    7. Fold in the chocolate chips.
    8. Pour into the greased pan. I like to tap the pan around a bit on the counter to get the batter settled in there nicely.
    9. Bake for approximately 30 minutes and then start checking it. It takes anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes to bake fully. I look for a golden top and test with a toothpick. When a toothpick inserted into the middle of the loaf comes out relatively clean, you’re good to go.
    10. Cool on a cooling rack.
    11. Enjoy as soon as it’s cooled off enough or wrap aluminum foil over the whole pan and bring it to brunch, your potluck, your library volunteer appreciation breakfast – feed somebody delicious banana bread!


  5. SunButter cups

    September 26, 2016 by Angie

    I’ve never known the joy of a Reese’s peanut butter cup on account of my severe allergy. I hear they’re delicious but I ran a cost-benefit analysis and decided to steer clear. Until NOW! Kind of.
    Sunbutter cups

    I saw a video recipe for three ingredient peanut butter cups. I made the recipe with SunButter, which is very tasty sunflower seed butter, instead. The jar says you can substitute it one for one for peanut butter in recipes.

    Yield: about 12 mini muffin cups

    Ingredients

    1 and a 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
    1/2 cup SunButter
    3 tablespoons powdered sugar

    Directions

    1. Place liners in a muffin tin. I used a mini muffin tin and mini liners. It made 11 cups.

    2. Melt the chocolate chips in a bowl in the microwave. I cooked for 30 seconds, stirred, and repeated that two more times.

    3. Pour the SunButter into another bowl. Stir the powdered sugar into the SunButter until it’s mixed in.

    4. Fill the muffin liners a little over a third of the way with melted chocolate. Top with a small spoonful of the SunButter mixture. Top that with enough melted chocolate to cover the SunButter and fill the liner almost to the top.

    5. Refrigerate overnight.

    6. Peel the liner off and experience anaphylaxis-free, chocolatey, nutty yumminess. Store them in the refrigerator.

    Sookie asks please

    Verdict: rich and delicious! I’ve been missing out!

    Robbie says these are much better than the real thing, but he also says SunButter doesn’t taste like peanut butter. He hates peanut butter and likes SunButter so there’s a definite bias here. I’m going to seek out more taste testers and report back.

    I started with a cup of milk chocolate chips based on the video recipe and needed to melt more. I upped it to 1 and a 1/4 cups but still had some of the SunButter mixture left over. I think 1 and a 1/2 cups would work best and would probably be enough to yield an even dozen cups.


  6. SunButter bites

    June 12, 2016 by Angie

    I was very intrigued by these no-bake peanut butter oat “protein” bites I saw on Buzzfeed. You can watch the video and get their recipe here. I’m allergic to peanut butter so I substituted SunButter, which is sunflower seed butter. You can use it just like peanut butter in recipes.

    Caution: somebody in the BuzzFeed comments put the ingredients into MyFitnessPal. These should really be called “fat” bites, hence why they taste so darn good.

    SunButter Bites

     

    These are going fast in our house. Only 8 SunButter bites were remaining at the time of this photograph.

    Ingredients

    2/3 cup SunButter (I believe any nut butter would work.)
    1 cup old fashioned oats
    1 1/2 tablespoons honey
    1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
    1/4 cup flax seeds (The original recipe says the flax seeds are optional. The original recipe is incorrect. To take the no flax seed option is to make a poor life choice.)

    Directions

    1. Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl.

    2. Cover and chill for at least 30 minutes.

    3. In your hands, roll and press the mixture into balls. You should get about 16 balls. Try to press some extra oats onto them. I didn’t have much luck with this – still delicious, doesn’t matter.

    4. Eat now or store in the refrigerator.


  7. vegan chocolate brownies

    January 9, 2014 by Angie

    Robbie doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth but he will mess up a tray of brownies. I made a new-t0-me vegan chocolate brownies recipe as his birthday treat. I used the recipe from the quite excellent vegan cookbook, The Joy of Vegan Baking by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau. You should probably buy the book but if you’re not inclined to do so someone else has put the brownie recipe online here.

    A cakey little brownie in my hand

    I followed the recipe exactly (for once!) and baked for 40 minutes. I got cakey, but still far from dry, chocolate brownies. Robbie and our friends visiting from Arizona really enjoyed them. I didn’t care for them at first but I ate another piece a day or two after I baked them and they really grew on me. I think next time I will either melt the chocolate chips first to get them to distribute more evenly throughout the brownie or use more of them. Every bite with chocolate chips in it was delicious but there were some bites that weren’t so chocolatey because of the method used in the recipe. It is a much easier recipe than the one I usually use and since the chocolate brownie lover in the house really liked them I will definitely make them again!


  8. easy chocolate chip cookies

    May 21, 2013 by Angie

    I lovingly call these the easy chocolate chip cookies. They are great-tasting, quick, vegan cookies from the Post Punk Kitchen. I do have another (more difficult and time-consuming) recipe that I slightly prefer but if you need chocolate chip cookies in a hurry, I highly recommend these. I’ve made them twice before; once with my niece because they’re easy enough that she could help.

    giant cookie for our niece

    She was a great helper so she got her own GIANT cookie. She was stoked!

    I also made them once with m&m’s instead of chocolate chips for last year’s rainbow challenge.

    m&m cookies

    Here they are today, hanging out on the cooling rack. I brought them to team trivia tonight in exchange for pizza! Delicious.

    easy chocolate chip cookies


  9. peppermint bark

    December 31, 2012 by Angie

    I did it! I baked my way through the whole year. The final challenge for Reddit’s 52 Weeks of Baking is peppermint. I couldn’t come up with a truly baked food that involves peppermint, or even one that would be improved by the addition of peppermint, so I went the sorta cheater route and made this peppermint bark. I put some peppermint sticks in a sandwich bag and beat the hell out of them with the end of my rolling pin. Then I melted a 3 oz bar of 70% cacao chocolate in a bowl in the microwave. I poured the chocolate into a pan covered with parchment paper and quickly sprinkled the smaller peppermint pieces onto the chocolate. Let it cool for a few hours in the fridge and it’s peppermint bark o’clock. The dark chocolate and peppermint go really well together. Robbie gives it his picky sweets eater seal of approval.

    peppermint bark


  10. chocolate cake with chocolate ganache

    December 17, 2012 by Angie

    Week 50 of Reddit’s 52 Weeks of Baking Challenge is plating. Only two challenges left! I made a chocolate cake with chocolate ganache for my mom’s birthday. I used the reliably delicious recipe for basic chocolate cupcakes and the chocolate ganache used for lots of things from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. I had never made it as a cake before but found it was just the same except I didn’t need to bake it for quite as long as the instructions said – it started to smell like something might be burning at about 28 minutes.

    I baked it in a springform pan, took the edges of the pan off, then spread the ganache on the top and sides, and decorated with m&ms. The cake and ganache are vegan but the m&ms are not so you could decorate with fruit instead to keep it dairy-free. For added “plating” effect, and to get it across the state without a chocolate mishap, I put it in my fancy cake carrier. Mom and Dad report they like the cake. They seemed particularly impressed with the chocolate ganache topping.