Chocolate Strawberry Yogurt Parfaits

My Chocolate Strawberry Yogurt Parfaits are the perfect no-bake treat to start or end your day! Summer berries are layered with healthy chocolate yogurt, making it a fun dessert or a decadent breakfast. 

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To me, summer has slammed in full force. It’s been around 100 degrees here and I’m m-e-l-t-i-n-g!!!

I took the kids (that I nanny) to the zoo yesterday morning, and by 10am I was in one of those “hurry and look at that animal so we can GO” moods. Needless to say, we didn’t get out of there for another 40 minutes. Sheesh! Pregnant me just can’t take it.

And, because I’m pretty sure you’re feeling it like I am I’m bringing you an awesome no-bake recipe!

My Chocolate Strawberry Yogurt Parfaits make a rich and fun breakfast, but they also pass as dessert, easy peasy. If your husband is like mine, call it pudding.

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But I love that I have this chocolaty, creamy, fresh dessert up my sleeve that highlights summer berries and is a healthy way to end the evening. It’s perfect for the Fourth of July, because any berry would be fabulous here. And ending a barbecue-filled day with an easy dessert is just the way to go in my book.

If you love darker, richer chocolate, just add more cocoa. If you love sweeter chocolate, add a touch more maple. This is so versatile, so play around with it. And I love whipping up this double batch to keep in the fridge for a couple desserts during the week.

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Time to make some Chocolate Strawberry Yogurt Parfaits, right? Yes. 

Chocolate Strawberry Yogurt Parfaits
My Chocolate Strawberry Yogurt Parfaits are the perfect no-bake treat to start or end your day! Summer berries are layered with healthy chocolate yogurt, making it a fun dessert or a decadent breakfast. (makes 2 parfaits)
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup 2% or full fat Greek yogurt
  2. 2.5 Tbs. cocoa powder
  3. 1.5 Tbs. maple syrup
  4. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  5. 4-5 large strawberries
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, combine all of the ingredients except for the strawberries. Mix well until completely smooth and chocolaty. Taste, if you like a richer chocolate, add more cocoa.
  2. Rinse strawberries. Chop into small pieces.
  3. In parfait bowls, layer chocolate yogurt and strawberries. Eat, enjoy!
Notes
  1. Parfaits can be made and put in the fridge to eat later. You can keep them for up to 4 days in the fridge.
  2. Don’t use fat free Greek yogurt. It adds too much tang, taking away from the richness needed for the chocolate flavor.
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For more strawberry-filled goodness for the Fourth, try this, these, and this

I used these Weck jars! Love them. (not sponsored, just an affiliate link)

Roasted Strawberry Honey Galette

My Roasted Strawberry Honey Galette is the grown-up version of those traditional fresh strawberry pies. This galette is SO simple to make, gluten free, sweet from beautiful strawberries, and will have you making pie all summer long.

Roasted Strawberry Honey Pie // treatswithatwist.com  

I’m getting really excited about the Fourth of July and all of the amazing berries that are popping up! My husband and I have some out-of-the-ordinary plans for this holiday weekend, because our first plans fell through.

We really wanted to spend the holiday with his family, at the lake, and see tons of friends and have a great time (ie he wanted to drink a lot and I wanted to eat a lot). But, because the dog boarding place we use was full, we’re homebound for the holiday. Instead, we’re planning on painting our nursery!

I’m really excited and only slightly nervous about painting the nursery. We’ve lived in our home for a good 9 months now, but we honestly have done NOTHING to it. We have all of these painting and construction plans, yet nothing has actually been executed. I feel like this room will be like breaking ground. And it’ll snowball after that…

Well, let’s be honest. We’ll probably paint the nursery, my husband will swear he’s never painting again, and I’ll start painting every room when he leaves on his next business trip. I’ll snowball.

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Anyways! Back to PIE. Because that’s why you’re here. I’ve gone back to my trusty, favorite gluten free Buckwheat Crust recipe! I used this crust for Rhubarb Pies and for a tasty Apple Galette during the winter. But this time, I’ve stuffed it full of juicy strawberries, drizzled the whole thing with honey, and baked it off. Top it with lots of whipped cream and you’ll absolutely LOVE the results.

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The crust is SO simple to make and I tend to just use my hands to mix the whole thing together (breaking up the butter with my fingers and everything). The result is a tender crumb crust that’s hearty and tastes amazing.

Because I hate dealing with pie plates (though I own some gorgeous ones), I’ve tended towards Galettes. They’re so SO simple. You basically roll out the dough (pinch it together where it cracks), pile on your fruit, fold up the sides and you’re done! No scary borders or uneven edges. Nobody cares that it’s “ugly” because you call it “rustic.”

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So, yes, you CAN make pie. Let’s just call it a Galette. Yum. 

Roasted Strawberry Honey Galette
My Roasted Strawberry Honey Galette is the grown-up version of those traditional fresh strawberry pies. This galette is SO simple to make, gluten free, sweet from beautiful strawberries, and will have you making pie all summer long. (makes one 9-10" galette)
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Ingredients
  1. 1 recipe for Buckwheat Crust (linked in narrative above and below)
  2. 1 egg
  3. 1-2 Tbs. sparkling sugar
  4. 2-3 cups ripe strawberries, halved
  5. 1 Tbs. honey
  6. whipped cream, for serving
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. After you’ve made your Buckwheat Crust dough and let it rest in the fridge for several hours or overnight, lay out a piece of parchment and sprinkle with cornstarch or rice flour. Carefully roll out your dough into a generally even circle (Gluten free crust can be crumbly, so if you need to dampen your fingers and pinch some spots back together, no worries. Just be patient, it’ll get there!).
  3. Pile your halved strawberries in the middle of the pie crust, leaving a 2” free border of crust. Use the parchment, lifting it and carefully folding up the crust sides, pressing it around, until you’ve worked around the pie and have the border folded up the edge of the strawberries (If you try to just lift the pie crust it is probably going to be more frustrating, but if you use the parchment to lift the sides and press then it’s easier).
  4. Beat your egg in a small bowl. Use a pastry brush to carefully brush the outside of the crust and edges with a thin layer of egg. Sprinkle on sparkling sugar.
  5. Drizzle the honey over the top of just the strawberries.
  6. Carefully use your parchment to transfer the pie to a baking sheet (I basically place the baking sheet at the edge of the counter, and use the parchment to pull the whole thing onto the baking sheet). Bake for 45-60 minutes, until the strawberries have released juices, which are thick and bubbling at the bottom of the crust, and the crust is darkened and crisp.
  7. Let the pie cool completely before cutting and serving. Serve with fresh whipped cream.
Notes
  1. The finished pie can be kept, wrapped in plastic wrap, in the fridge, for 4-5 days (seriously, you can’t eat an entire galette in 4-5 days?!). Add whipped cream only before serving. You can also freeze the finished galette, but I’d recommend keeping it on a sturdy plate or something to prevent the bottom from cracking.
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Find/print the original recipe for the Buckwheat Crust here

The Buckwheat Flour I use. 

For more strawberry goodness, try these…and this…and this

The Gender Reveal!

This is super exciting! I can’t wait to share the details of my family Gender Reveal with you!

 

I don’t know why I feel a need to say this, but I want to show you a picture I took the day after the Gender Reveal, when I hit 17 weeks. I think it gives a better view of what my bump looks like (versus the dress in the picture which draped off the largest part of me…eek!).

From my Instagram:   Week 17 // treatswithatwist.com

Now! My gender reveal was set up by my amazing friend Lindsay when I decided that I had to share the moment with my parents and brothers in St. Louis! She jumped right on it when I asked if she could set something up for me. And she did an amazing job! She found Jessica, of Emma Constance Photography in St. Louis, to take the pictures (and she did an amazing job!! I HIGHLY recommend her if you’re ever in the area and need to document your fun life events!). She set up balloons for us to pop too and finally find out our gender!

Ok, here we go!!

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K-Gender-Reveal-Web-6 [Family guesses! I held one of each...cheater.]

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Gender Reveal 3// treatswithatwist.com [Wait, I missed it!]

Gender Reveal 4// treatswithatwist.com [I just picked up this confetti and HOLY CRAP look at the color!]

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K-Gender-Reveal-Print-14 ZOOM [Just had to zoom in! I had to read the confetti to make sure I was seeing things correctly!]

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IT’S A BOY!!! HOLY SMOKES!

K-Gender-Reveal-Web-16 [Lindsay's babe, William is like "yeah I already knew" like a boss.]

K-Gender-Reveal-Web-19 [This picture with my brothers cracks me up! Always a laugh!]

Thank you again Lindsay and Jessica for making this all possible! And thank you mom for buying the “guess the gender” balloons and making ribbons for the whole family! 

Chocolate Dipped Frozen Banana Bites

My Chocolate Dipped Frozen Banana Bites are a fun, super simple treat for those hot Summer days. They’re fun to dip, roll in toppings and freeze for an anytime treat. 

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When it comes to torching-hot, impossibly humid summer days, nothing beats a frozen treat. And for some reason, I’ve been hooked on staring at pictures of Disneyland treats lately, because I haven’t been there since I was a little kid.

This is kind of embarrassing, really. Because it isn’t a “recipe”, it’s more of a method. But that’s the best, right? SO easy, and SO good. And just looking at them reminds me of Mickey Mouse. Priceless.

I definitely encourage you to be adventurous with your toppings! I chose to mix together toasted and untoasted coconut, some of my favorite granola, and yummy honey roasted almonds, chopped up very fine! But these would also be amazing with salted peanuts, cacao nibs, mini white chocolate chips…endless possibilities.

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Chocolate Dipped Frozen Banana Bites are such a fun treat to put together with kids. They’re also just fun to do in a spare moment. Just be careful, because somehow I ended up with chocolate all over my face by the time I was done…I have no clue how that happened.  

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Chocolate Dipped Frozen Banana Bites
My Chocolate Dipped Frozen Banana Bites are a fun, super simple treat for those hot Summer days. They’re fun to dip, roll in toppings and freeze for an anytime treat. (makes 8-10 bites)
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Ingredients
  1. 2 large bananas
  2. ½ cup dark or semisweet chocolate
Toppings
  1. ¼ cup shredded coconut (toasted, not, or both)
  2. ¼ cup granola
  3. ¼ cup chopped honey roasted almonds
Instructions
  1. Have a pan lined with parchment paper ready.
  2. In the microwave or in a double-boiler, melt the chocolate slowly so it stays glossy.
  3. Cut your bananas in 1-2” chunks. Dip each chunk into the chocolate, then roll in a topping. Set the finished banana on the parchment. Dip each piece and roll in a topping until you’ve finished the bananas.
  4. Put the pan of finished banana chunks in the freezer. Freeze for 4-6 hours or overnight. Place in a plastic bag to keep in the freezer for snacking! Enjoy!
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 There’s always money in the banana stand. 

My First Trimester!

As promised, here’s an update on how my first trimester went in my pregnancy. It’s quite the word dump, so get ready for some fun! 

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The best part was getting to tell my husband! After being in utter shock over getting a positive test, I went the whole day in a daze, so excited to tell Steve. Being huge 90’s TV show enthusiasts, I knew I wanted to play on that. I set up the exact dinner that Aunt Becky used to tell Uncle Jesse that she was pregnant on Full House! No joke. If you haven’t seen it or don’t remember, just YouTube it. I think the look on Steve’s face when the puzzle pieces fell together, looking at that plate, is something I’ll never forget.

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I’ll be honest, I’m not trying to “fear monger” you, but I was really, really sick. And not just “oh I’m a little queasy” sick, I was VERY sick.

I started getting sick at the earliest possible week, Week 4. The waves of nausea hit and pretty much didn’t let up. If you’ve ever had the flu, you know the waves of nausea are the worst, and you think it’ll be better if you throw up…but if you’re pregnant, there is no true relief (because this isn’t a virus that will pass in a week). So, lots of throwing up, lots of nights going to bed at 6:30 just so I wouldn’t feel nauseous anymore, lots of bland crackers just to not feel hunger (because hunger pains are really just worse nausea), lots of naps in the afternoons, and very few days of feeling functional.

I had a few cravings! But, they were totally not what I was expecting. Cravings for me were: one food that sounded edible while the rest sounded like I’d hurl for days. So, I went through a stage of wanting/eating steamed dumplings for every meal for 4 days, sour cream and onion chips for one day (then never wanting them again), seaweed salad with Sriracha for 3 days. Crazy stuff! The rest of the time I was sipping soup.

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As I hit 12 weeks, things started to let up just a bit for me. I ate real food (not just crackers and broth) for a few days, I went to Blend retreat and only got sick from the plane rides, and I was able to have a good time! But, even up until now, after every few days of feeling functional, I have a day of epic sickness. I’m so ready for this stage to end. (My mom and husband are asking me where my bump is, because it’s still pretty small; I tell them I threw it up. I’m hysterical. Sometimes.)

Treats With a Twist - Pregnant! // treatswithatwist.com [week 13!]

The bump! Well, I can tell that it’s there, but it is kind of small. The biggest change and mind warp for me was how huge my breasts got (TMI?). Like, crazy sized. And that started while I was on hormones before we got pregnant, so it’s pretty out of control. It’s also nuts how huge my hips and butt got when I was barely eating and throwing up so much. Hormones are NUTS.

On that same note: pregnancy brain is real! I forget everything! Words don’t get to my mouth, I have to make note of everything…I’m a nut case.

Yoga - Blend Retreat  

I’ve kept up with my workouts! Unless my workouts fall on a sick day, I’ve been keeping up. I go to Spin classes, several yoga classes, take walks, do weights…I just get super exhausted very quickly and my heart races out of my chest. I get overheated very quickly too, edging on blacking out if I’m not careful and drinking enough water (trust me, I drink TONS of water when I’m working out).

 

Telling people we are pregnant is still my favorite thing! I love hearing other people’s excitement for us! It truly is a miracle and we are just overjoyed. Some family members made the “what took you so long??” comments, not knowing our journey (despite my public “job”, I’m a pretty private person), and we just smiled. Publishing our story was a very freeing moment for me. My husband and I read every comment, and they truly meant the world to me. I love that being honest could help another woman/couple that is struggling. I also heard from a lot of people I hadn’t heard from in years, privately reaching out to me to tell me what they went through or what they are currently going through. I’m just glad I could be there, and I’m glad our happy outcome was a light for some people.

 

That’s how my First Trimester went! I can’t wait to update you as we find out the gender and I register!