Chocolatelove: Raw Red Velvet Cookies with Cashew Icing

When I was brainstorming for this month’s #chocolatelove bloghop, I knew that I’d have to incorporate some raw treats into my posts. Today is Raw Wednesday, and I have this intriguing and awesome cookie recipe for you! Red Velvet is the quintessential Valentine’s Day dessert, so why not change it up a bit? This delicious cookie is soft, moist, full of flavor and nutrients, and of course, eye-catching.

Who would have thought that with such simple ingredients you could get such a stunning and delicious recipe? Just make sure you have some level of patience, that way you don’t eat the cookies right out of the dehydrator before they’re ready! I find that I have a “problem” with doing that, but I just tell myself it’s for quality assurance. 😉


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Chocolatelove: Gluten-free Chocolate Pancakes with Peanut Butter Sauce!

I’m having a hard time putting my feelings into words when it comes to this month’s bloghop topic. One thing that I can say is that I absolutely love it! I’m so excited for all of the delicious recipes that will be floating around before and even after Valentine’s day, although, I don’t think that my waistline is. 😉 I already have so many ideas whirling around my head, I can’t wait to spoil you all with decadent recipes that seduce you into making them. But, don’t worry, I’ll sneak in a few healthy ones here and there so as not to be so guilt inducing.

The bloghop, this month, is filled with so many amazing blogs! I love that I’m able to be a part of it, and continue to share the foodie love. Here’s a list of all of the bloggers that are participating!

Easily Good Eats ~ Three Cookies
Oh Cake ~ Jessica ~ @jesshose

Please join in on the #chocolatelove fun by linking up any chocolate recipe from the month of February 2012. Don’t forget to link back to this post, so that your readers know to come stop by the #chocolatelove event! The twitter hashtag is #chocolatelove.


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Super Bowl Snacktime: Squash Queso Dip!

Super bowl Sunday is coming up, so I have my first cooking video to show you a great appetizer! I took some inspiration from my smoky mac & cheeze, but added a little Mexican flair with cilantro and jalapeños, while making the smoky flavor more subtle. Serve this delicious dip with some crispy tortilla chips or raw vegetables like I did!

This dip isn’t particularly cheesy, per say, but it definitely has some great color and flavors. I substituted the cashews typically used with this type of sauce with some chickpeas, to keep it healthy and low-fat. Try it out for yourself, and let me know what you think! 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 3 Cups Kabocha Squash, Seeded & Baked
  • 3/4 Cup Cooked Chickpeas
  • 6 Tbsp. Nutritional Yeast
  • 3 Tbsp. Smoked Sun-dried Tomatoes
  • 3 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 tsp. Dried Cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp. Turmeric
  • 1/2-1 tsp. Sea Salt, closer to 1 tsp. is better
  • 1/4 tsp. Smoked Paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. Black Pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. Minced Jalapeño or other Pepper

Directions:

  1. Follow directions in video: Healthy Squash Queso Dip!

As for making my first cooking video, I was so nervous! I can’t even begin to tell you all how anxious even pressing the record button was. I hope that you all enjoy it, and if you have any pointers (constructive obviously) I’d love to hear them. So, thanks ahead of time, for the feedback! 🙂

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