Healthier Valentine’s Day Treats

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and I know you have chocolate on your mind! I do too, in a BIG way! So here are my favorite Healthier Valentine’s Day Treats so you can indulge and enjoy the holiday (whether that means alone with a chick flick or with your sweetie). From breakfast to dessert, I’ve got ya covered! 

 

Dark Chocolate Red Wine Truffles

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Flourless Double Chocolate Chewy Cookies

Flourless Double Chocolate Chewy Cookies / treatswithatwist.com

 

Cocoa Maca Porridge

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Coconut Hot Chocolate 

Coconut Hot Chocolate (treatswithatwist.com)

 

 

Dark Chocolate Blended Chia Pudding 

Chocolate Blended Chia Pudding // treatswithatwist.com

 

Pistachio Chocolate Chip Coconut Milk Ice Cream

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Decadent Waffles With Strawberries and Mascarpone 

Strawberry Mascarpone Waffles // treatswithatwist.com

I know, whatever you make that day, your sweetheart is going to love it! 

xxoo 

 

My Favorite Superbowl Eats!

I’m sharing My Favorite Superbowl Eats! You can have pizza, Chex mixes, cookies and ice cream without feeling guilty or gorged-out! Hooray! Go team! 

 

The Superbowl is a holiday, for sure, in my house! In fact, my husband admitted when we started dating that I was more into the Superbowl than he was. Case in point, my enthusiasm last year.

My dad and I bet on the Superbowl every year. And its one of those things that ends up being brought up in conversation for MONTHS after the Superbowl is long forgotten. Who won George? Ugh, I hate losing.

So! I am not divulging my pick for the winner this year. That will be my own personal internal hurricane to enjoy. I WILL, however, share with you my Favorite Superbowl Eats!

It’s all about the food, right?! Salty, sweet, fatty, greasy…

Well, we can do that in the right way. I’ve got pizza, snack mix and cookies for you!

  Plantain Crust Pizza (treatswithatwist.com) #glutenfree

Plantain Crust Pizza – my plantain pizza is the BOMB. The crust is made from just two ingredients plus seasonings. Then top it how you like it! My extended family have all tested it in their own homes and continue to send me texts and pictures every time they make it! My husband loves that he can eat the entire pizza and not feel like a total pig. I love that I can eat as much of it as I want with zero guilt…and still have dessert!

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Chex mixes! Chex mix is always present at my family’s celebrations. Handful after handful, this is always a winner. I have a couple kinds for you to graze on!

1. Honey BBQ Chex Party Mix 

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 2. Honey Nut Chex Mix 

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Cookies! No Bake Halva Cookie Bites are my latest obsession. I love that I can eat a couple, feel satisfied and oh-so-happy and a sick, over sugared tummy never results. 

No Bake Halva Cookie Bites // treatswithatwist.com // #glutenfree

 

Need some ice cream to go with those cookies?! Of course you do! I’ve made ice cream in the BLENDER for you! Pistachio Chocolate Chip Coconut Milk Ice Cream (yes, dairy free!). 

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Ok! Now what are YOU making for the Superbowl?! 

Double Marshmallow Krispie Treats

Double Marshmallow Krispie Treats are a softer, more delicious version than the original! You’ll never make Krispie Treats the same old way again. 

Double Marshmallow Krispie Treats (treatswithatwist.com)

This past weekend we a friend and his girlfriend visiting for the first time since we moved into our new house! Playing hostess was nerve-wracking yet so fun…

Except a small thing that keeps pinching at me…

Not to complain…

I made multiple meals. Our dishwasher is broken. I made a huge pot of green curry, and our friend said he had never had curry before earlier in the day. So needless to say I was really nervous, because curry is a take it or leave it food, but I knew that my method turns out darn-good results, so I knew I just had to go for it! Well, everyone ate all of it…but not a SINGLE word was said.

How terrible is that?! How much of a mess would you be?! I get not complimenting my scrambled eggs [though they are pretty darn fluffy and amazing if you ask me], though that bothered me too. But dinner went without a single compliment OR complaint too?

Maybe I’m a foodie and I think food is a bigger deal than it is…

Maybe I was raised by the Emily Post family crossed with the manners police family…

But that bothered me. And remember the dishwasher? Yes, I hand washed dishes for the whole weekend…without a single disingenuous offer to assist…

Call me crazy. Guess I’m nit-picking? Let’s just say that I guess I’m just so used to going to peoples’ houses, doing their dishes, gushing over their mad cooking skillz and then sending a thank you note when I get home. [invite me over!]

Ok, now that you hate me [and will probably never visit, though I promise I won’t be judging you after this learning experience]…

Double Marshmallow Krispie Treats (treatswithatwist.com)

I made Double Marshmallow Krispie Treats! [yes, for said weekend]

Covered in sprinkles!

Double Marshmallow Krispie Treats (treatswithatwist.com)

Double Marshmallow Krispie Treats (treatswithatwist.com)

These were totally inspired by Shelly, because after she posted these, I couldn’t get them out of my head. Then Amanda posted a picture of a fluffy marshmallow-packed Krispie treat too…HAD to do it!

These are super simple, so grab 2 bags of mallows and play along! I’m thinking of even making them to hand to parents of Trick-or-Treaters in my neighborhood. [Or will they just get thrown away because they’re not packaged and thus poisoned?] 

Double Marshmallow Krispie Treats
Double Marshmallow Krispie Treats are a softer, more delicious version than the original! You'll never make Krispie Treats the same old way again. (makes12-16)
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Ingredients
  1. 2 bags of mini marshmallows
  2. 6 cups krisp'd rice cereal (gluten free, you know the stuff)
  3. 4 Tbs. unsalted butter
  4. sprinkles (I used 1/2 a bottle...)
Instructions
  1. Spray a 9x13" dish with nonstick spray
  2. In a large (LARGE) pot on your stovetop, over medium heat, melt the butter. Add 1.5 bags of the marshmallows and stir until melted.
  3. Turn off the heat. Add the cereal and stir to combine, then add the last 1/2 bag of marshmallows and stir a few times to distribute them.
  4. Transfer it all to your prepared 9x13 dish. Spray your hands with nonstick spray and use them to pat down the Treats until level. Generously sprinkle the top with sprinkles. Wipe your hands off (so they're not greasy), and pat the sprinkles into the top of the Treats.
  5. Let set for 30 minutes. Cut, enjoy!
Notes
  1. These can also be made in the microwave.
  2. Krispie treats can be stored in an air-tight container on the counter for a week.
  3. (pictures may appear different than what you make because I added an extra cup of cereal, but to make them extra gooey just follow the recipe)
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Pumpkin Spiced Granola

Pumpkin Spiced Granola is a crunchy, morish treat you’ll not only sprinkle on your yogurt but you’ll want to nosh on all day long. Spiced with those quintessential fall spices, orange-hued from pumpkin, this will be your morning staple, all autumn long.

Pumpkin Spiced Granola (treatswithatwist.com)

Are you ready for PUMPKIN?!?!

I think you are! Especially after last week’s Mini Pumpkin Pie Smores Tarts. You totally died after those, right?

Well, I have some yummy pumpkiny delights coming your way!

But first…

This weekend. I’m exhausted. This weekend was one of those weekends where I had HUGE plans to get stuff done…and I’m pretty sure I got nothing done. I wanted to paint our office or our room. I wanted to hang pictures, gallery-wall style. I wanted to install a cork wall in the office. I wanted to build planter boxes and start a garden…

We fought over paint. His argument: there’s no need. Mine: it’s pretty and fun.

We went to several plant stores…and bought nothing.

We went to Lowe’s…and didn’t find the wall stuff we needed.

We laid out picture frames…and didn’t hang them…and realized that most of them are empty and I need to actually order pictures.

I did eleventy billion rounds of dishes.

I swept the floor. He watered the lawn. We put felt pads under the furniture corners.

Yup, that’s about it. So…nothing.

 

Except all of those dishes. Because I made you tons of pumpkin stuff. See, its all for you. You’re welcome.

  Pumpkin Spiced Granola (treatswithatwist.com)

Pumpkin Spiced Granola (treatswithatwist.com)

Let’s start with Pumpkin Spiced Granola! Because I could honestly munch on granola all day long. And when it’s sweet from pumpkin and tastes like fall because of cinnamon and allspice, it’s the best munchy ever [I regret saying munchy]. (note: it was 90 degrees this weekend…I’m forcing Fall)

I’ll give you some granola cluster tricks here!
1. When you go in to stir your granola half-way through your baking time (and add the other batch of spices), use a spatula and carefully turn it, don’t just stir it around, or you’ll break up your clusters.
2. Let it cool in the oven as the oven cools. This creates extra crispy granola, and when you pull it out and pour it into a container, it’ll be very clustery. If you pull it out of the oven straight away, pour it into a bowl to cool, it’ll break all of the clusters. Sad panda.

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AND here’s an IMPORTANT tip: reserve some of your granola right away! Put it aside. Totally aside. Because I have another recipe for you that calls for this granola (maybe ½ cup to be safe) and if you eat it all right away, you’ll regret it later. Just saying. 

Pumpkin Spiced Granola
Pumpkin Spiced Granola is a crunchy, morish treat you’ll not only sprinkle on your yogurt but you’ll want to nosh on all day long. Spiced with those quintessential fall spices, orange-hued from pumpkin, this will be your morning staple, all autumn long. Be sure to read all of the directions, which help you understand the ingredient list (why the spices are doubled yet separated), and help you achieve maximum clusters (also see the narrative above for clustering tips!). (Yields approximately 3 cups)
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups old fashioned oats
  2. ½ cup flaked coconut (unsweetened)
  3. 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
  4. 1 Tbs. chia seeds
  5. ¼ cup hemp hearts
  6. 1 cup nuts (I used cashews and walnuts)
  7. ¼ cup maple sugar (or coconut sugar or raw sugar)
  8. 1 Tbs. maple syrup
  9. ½ cup pumpkin puree
  10. 3 Tbs. coconut oil, melted
  11. 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  12. 1 tsp. cinnamon + 1 tsp.
  13. ½ tsp. allspice + ½ tsp.
  14. ¼ tsp. nutmeg + ¼ tsp.
  15. ¼ tsp. cloves + ¼ tsp.
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 325 deg F. Line a baking sheet with parchment and spray with nonstick spray (I use coconut oil spray).
  2. In a large bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, combine all of the wet ingredients (pumpkin, oil, vanilla) and the spices (just the first round, not the "+").
  3. In a small bowl, combine all of the "+" spices and set aside. This will be used later.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Stir until completely combined and everything is moistened (sorry, had to do it). Pour your granola onto your prepared pan. Spread out into an even layer, but keep it around 1/2" thick, which will ensure you get clusters.
  5. Bake granola for 15 minutes. Take it out of the oven, sprinkle the rest of the spices over the granola, use a spatula to carefully turn it over in sections. Bake for an additional 15 min. Turn off the oven and let it all cool, with the granola in the oven, for at least 1 hour (don't forget it's in there!!).
  6. Pull your granola out of the oven. If it isn't completely cooled, let it finish cooling on the counter. Place the granola in an airtight container and enjoy it as you please!
Notes
  1. I found maple sugar at Trader Joe's.
  2. Keep your cooled granola in an airtight container on the counter or in the pantry for up to 2 weeks.
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Strawberry Almond Milk Soaked Muesli

Strawberry Almond Milk Soaked Muesli is a delightful, flavorful breakfast. Quick prep beforehand leaves you with an amazing, berry-filled summer breakfast in the morning, and a new flavor of almond milk you’ll want to drink all on its own. 

Strawberry Almond Milk Soaked Muesli (treatswithatwist.com)

I had the week “off” from my other job this week…which meant I relaxed for all of two seconds, spent two days in bed (except for a break for yoga) sick, then started pumping out treats in the kitchen. I think I went nuts and made Halloween treats too. Yeah. 

Breakfast! 

So one of my favorite thing to do is prep breakfasts at night that are ready to grab and go in the morning. No excuses not to eat breakfast. Y’all already know I’m rolling in overnight oats (I happen to have 3 different flavors in my fridge right now), but muesli is my other love! 

Strawberry Almond Milk Soaked Muesli (treatswithatwist.com)

Muesli is basically granola but not stuck together with oils and sugars. I love it. And when you add dried fruits, they become plump and tender and release the most beautiful flavors into your bowl as they soak. Can’t beat it. 

I think that the soaking liquid is just as important as the actual muesli is! If you have bland milk, then you have a bland breakfast bowl. Simple as that. So, I’m totally turning my milk into a fruit-filled experience!

Strawberry Almond Milk Soaked Muesli (treatswithatwist.com)

For this breakfast, I threw together a quick mix of oats, seeds and nuts, then poured in (sloppily, because that’s real life) some delicious, summery Strawberry Almond Milk! So good!

Strawberry Almond Milk Soaked Muesli (treatswithatwist.com)

It’s so easy too. For the milk, you’re basically whizzing together almond milk, strawberries, and honey. Then, don’t drink it, because you have to pour it over your muesli! If you have a bit more time for your muesli, make a big batch of this one, because it is SO good. 

Ok, so prep, refrigerate (at least 2 hours, but overnight is the name of my game), EAT! Got it? Good. 

Strawberry Almond Milk Soaked Muesli (treatswithatwist.com)

Strawberry Almond Milk Soaked Muesli
Strawberry Almond Milk Soaked Muesli is a delightful, easy, quick breakfast to prep and enjoy all summer long! A mix of oats, nuts and seeds are soaked in homemade Strawberry Almond Milk. (makes 1 breakfast bowl)
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Ingredients
  1. 1/3 cup rolled oats
  2. 1 Tbs. flaxseeds
  3. 1 tsp. chia seeds
  4. 1 tsp. shredded coconut
  5. 3 Tbs. chopped nuts (I used pecans and almonds)
Strawberry Almond Milk
  1. 2/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
  2. 3 large strawberries
  3. 2 tsp. local raw honey (or maple or agave, if vegan)
  4. extra strawberries for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, combine the oats, seeds, coconut and nuts.
  2. In your blender, combine the almond milk, strawberries and honey. Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour the Strawberry Almond Milk over the muesli. Stir well to combine. Cover with plastic wrap and let soak for at least 2 hours (or overnight) in the fridge.
  4. Garnish with more strawberries. Enjoy!
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