Chocolate Chip Cookie Coffee Creamer (non dairy)

Chocolate Chip Cookie Coffee Creamer! Say that one five times fast! My homemade, almond-based creamer will turn any cup of coffee into a hot or cold treat! 

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I had a lot of options rolling around my mind when I wanted to make a dairy-free coffee creamer.

I wanted you to like it, first of all. I couldn’t decide: almond or coconut based?

I chose almond. Because every time I go to the store, almond milk brands are rolling out cool creamer versions. And I love that. But they have a ton of sugar in them. I still buy them…but I always wish I didn’t feel a need to use a steady hand when adding it to my coffee.

And then flavor. Holy moly, how do you choose?

I was leaning towards salted caramel…and then I thought mint because of St. Patrick’s Day being this week…but then I couldn’t get one thing out of my head:

That damn Chocolate Chip Cookie Coffee Creamer I bought from the store a few months ago and wanted to CHUG. It was incredible. I never ever buy creamers that are dairy-based, but this one caught my eye and I just had to test it. A million cups of hot chocolate chip cookie coffee and iced coffee lattes later…

Yeah, just had to recreate that one.

I loved that it wasn’t overly sweet, didn’t taste like fakey vanilla, and had a very subtle chocolate flavor running through it (it was a very light brown shade from cocoa being added). It was perfect!

So, my coffee creamer flavor was decided just like that.

I used dates to sweeten mine. I love that you’re not adding any sugars or even stevia. I love that the dates add a caramely sweetness to it, which helps a lot with the cookie flavor.

I use the same method as making almond milk, but less milk for a thicker result, more dates for more sweetness and thickness, and more extracts for the exact flavor I desired. I also would recommend you strain it as many times as you can tolerate. You can never have your creamer be silky enough, in my book.

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Splash this stuff in hot or cold coffee. It’ll certainly brighten your morning…or afternoon…or evening… 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Coffee Creamer (non diary)
Chocolate Chip Cookie Coffee Creamer is a dairy free, almond based creamer that tastes just like cookies! Sweetened with dates, this creamer is totally a guilt-free way to turn your coffee into a treat. (makes 2 cups)
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup raw almonds
  2. 4 large Medjool dates
  3. 2 cups filtered water
  4. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  5. 2 drops* “butter” extract
  6. Pinch of sea salt
  7. 2 tsp. cocoa powder
Instructions
  1. PREP: In a bowl, combine the almonds and dates. Fill with water. Let soak in the fridge overnight.
  2. Strain the almonds and dates from the soaking water. Remove the pits of the dates (they’ll be very soft so the pits should be easy to just squeeze out). Place the almonds, dates, and 2 cups of filtered water in a high-powered blender. Blend until your can tell that the almonds are quite small (this is pretty quick).
  3. Line a mesh strainer propped over a large bowl with cheesecloth. Pour the mixture through, using a spatula to help squeeze all of the liquid through into the bowl.
  4. Rinse your blender. Pour the almond milk back into the blender. Add the vanilla, sea salt, butter extract and cocoa powder. Blend on high speed for 30 sec to a minute, ensuring it is well mixed and any grains are pulverized.
  5. Strain again.
  6. Taste and adjust to your liking (Like a bit more bite? Add a pinch more salt. Like more savory? Add a few more drops of butter extract. Like more sweetness? Add some stevia or maple syrup.). Pour the creamer in a jar or container for the fridge. Add Chocolate Chip Cookie Coffee Creamer to hot or iced coffee drinks!
Notes
  1. *I pour butter extract into the extract lid then carefully let a couple drops fall into the creamer. Butter extract can taste too strong if you add too much, and I just like that hint of butter, since that’s what makes cookies so yummy.
  2. NOTE: Coffee creamer can be kept in the fridge for up to a week.
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 As far as “high powered blenders” goes, I own a Vitamix and a Blendtec at the moment. If you have any questions about either, shoot them my way, I’ll be happy to talk about them! I’m a Blendtec affiliate, and if you click on the pretty ad on the right, and you purchase, you’ll get free shipping! 

I was so excited to get to go to the zoo this weekend with my parents and my husband! There was a penguin exhibit open that we attended last year, and you get to be THIS close to the penguins and puffins! Thought I’d share a snapshot with you!

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Spiced Chocolate Cutout Cookies

Spiced Chocolate Cutout Cookies are an all-coconut oil chocolate sugar cookie, sure to impress your friends and your tastebuds! Nutmeg, cardamom and cinnamon take these chocolate cookies to a whole other level and make them the perfect companion for hot coffee or cocoa. 

Spiced Chocolate Cut Out Cookies // treatswithatwist.com

I’d like to think that (besides for our employment) my husband and I inched further south because the cold is our Kryptonite. I thought that I’d get to bask in some extended Summer warmth, forgo that winter terror…

And then I got iced in.

Yes, iced. Not snowed.

I’m plenty used to this, because in Arkansas, where I did some growing up, we would have epic ice storms, which were a shocking contrast to the Colorado snow storms I was used to. But in Mississippi? I was truly hoping those days were behind me.

My yard is encapsulated in a thick layer of ice and my dogs are so confused as to how they’re supposed to get a grip and do their business. Sorry kids, I don’t know what to tell you.

Anyways, for an icy day, I’ve made some Spiced Chocolate Cutout Cookies!

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I was 100% smitten when Ashlae posted her Coconut Oil Sugar Cookies and I just HAD to make them…

After tweaking them into gluten-free glory and then switching them up to chocolate and adding spices, I think I’ve found a way to love cut-out cookies! The recipe is mostly hers though, so definitely check out the original ones with her instructions if you’d like to stick to that! She tested it over 15 times to get the right method, so she definitely did all of the hard work for me!

I’ve made my instructions incredibly detailed, but they’re actually very simple to make. Just read the directions all the way through, and you’ll see the dough comes together quickly and they’re easy to get cut and baked.

Definitely do your shapery on parchment like I’ve specified. I did it on my countertop for the first batch, and the second I tried to get them to the pan, they would smoosh and morph into bizarre shapes. So, just do them on parchment, peel away the excess, slip that parchment straight onto your cookie sheet and you’re golden!

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Enjoy these lightly spiced chocolate cookies with a steaming cup of hot cocoa or coffee. They’re SO tasty! They’re buttery from the coconut oil, crisp and tender. So, although it is Lent and you may have given up something that looks this decadent…and although they are composed of powdered sugar and coconut oil…they happen to be gluten free and just too damn good to say no to. So don’t. Enjoy! 

Spiced Chocolate Cutout Cookies
Spiced Chocolate Cut Out Cookies are an all-coconut oil chocolate sugar cookie, sure to impress your friends and your tastebuds! Nutmeg, cardamom and cinnamon take these chocolate cookies to a whole other level and make them the perfect companion for hot coffee or cocoa. (makes 20 cookies with 1.5" circle cutter)
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Ingredients
  1. 6 Tbs. coconut oil, melted
  2. ¾ cup powdered sugar
  3. 3 Tbs. almond milk, warm
  4. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  5. ¼ tsp. baking soda
  6. ¼ tsp. sea salt
  7. 1 cup all purpose gluten free flour
  8. ½ tsp. xanthan gum
  9. 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  10. ¼ tsp. cinnamon
  11. ¼ tsp. allspice
  12. 1/8 tsp. cardamom
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In your stand mixer, combine the melted coconut oil and powdered sugar. Let mix (I use a scraping paddle) on medium speed for 30-40 seconds, until well combined. Add the vanilla next and let it mix in for another 15-20 seconds.
  3. Turn the speed off so you can add your dry ingredients. Add all of the dry ingredients. Turn the mixer on and slowly up to medium speed until it comes together, then turn off your mixer (this is pretty quick).
  4. Feel your dough, it should look/feel like glossy chocolate putty. If it’s moist, you should add a couple more Tbs of gf flour and blend. But it should be perfect now.
  5. Scoop your dough into a plastic zip-top bag and place in the fridge (it’ll only be in the fridge for 10 min or less).
  6. Set a sheet of parchment paper out (one large enough to fit a cookie sheet). Sprinkle the parchment with powdered sugar (liberally). Dust a rolling pin with powdered sugar. Turn out your dough onto the parchment and roll it out. Stamp out cookies! Carefully peel away the excess dough that is surrounding your shapes, leaving just the cookies you stamped out.
  7. Pop this tray into the oven and bake for 10 minutes.
  8. Meanwhile, set up another sheet of parchment with the rest of the dough on powdered sugar and repeat stamping out cookies. If you have room, you can stick the excess dough from this round together again on the same sheet and finish stamping out cookies. I ended up, ultimately with 20 cookies (1.5” diameter) and a bit of excess dough that I tossed in the trash (my mouth). Bake the rest of the cookies for 10 minutes.
  9. Let baked cookies rest on the cookie sheet on a cooling rack until cool. Place them from the cookie sheet directly onto the wire rack to finish cooling.
Notes
  1. Cookies will keep in a sealed container on the counter for 5 days or in the fridge for 2 weeks (or in the freezer indefinitely). Dip them in coffee or cocoa! Yum!
Adapted from Oh Ladycakes
Adapted from Oh Ladycakes
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 The adorable star coffee cup edge cutter was a gift from my mom. But I searched Amazon and found other cute ones, like these and these, if you’re interested*. Happy baking! 
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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 

 

Flourless Double Chocolate Chewy Cookies

My Flourless Double Chocolate Chewy Cookies are everything you want in a chocolate cookie: dark, rich, sweet, toothsome and satisfying. You’ll never look at another chocolate cookie again after you’ve had these! These make a perfect gift for Valentine’s Day or any day!

Flourless Double Chocolate Chewy Cookies // treatswithatwist.com  

I went to lunch with a friend not too long ago. She told me this story about how she made flourless chocolate cookies for her boyfriend (now her husband) and they were so terrible, she declared that all cookies should have flour in them. I kept my lips zipped, but I’ve made some epic flourless chocolate cookies!

I’ve actually made these in several versions. I made them with nuts, with coconut, with espresso, with peanut butter…obviously I’m a chocoholic. The problem? My recipe was really out-dated.

Yes, it was published here. But my tastes change, your tastes change, the recipe needed to change. So that’s what I’ve done! I based these cookies off of an old recipe of mine but these are MUCH better. And the pictures are slightly more attractive (I hope), so there’s a double win.

My husband decided that for Valentine’s Day, he wants to buy a couple nice steaks and grill them at home, and I’ll make the sides and dessert (ie he couldn’t get a reservation). I’m fine with that! And I’m pretty sure he’s hell bent on me making these cookies (because he ate the whole first batch!).

These cookies are not your average flourless cookies. First of all: DOUBLE chocolate. Second: I included flax meal and chopped oats to give them texture and chew. Third: they’re shiny, beautiful and taste killer when dipped in hot coffee or hot chocolate!

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Enjoy! xxoo

 

Flourless Double Chocolate Chewy Cookies
Flourless cookies with extra umph! They're chewy, chocolatey, and gluten free! Perfect for Valentine's Day. (makes 12 cookies)
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup powdered sugar
  2. ½ cup oats
  3. 3 Tbs flaxseed meal
  4. ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  5. pinch of coarse salt
  6. 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
  7. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  8. 2 egg whites
Instructions
  1. PREP: In a blender or food processor, pulse the oats until small pieces but not as fine as flour. Next, pulse the chocolate a few times to break it into varied sizes.
  2. Preheat your oven to 360 degrees F. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment and spray with nonstick spray.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the powdered sugar, pulsed oats, flaxseed meal, cocoa and salt. Stir together until well combined. Then stir in the chocolate. Now, add the egg whites and vanilla. Use a silicone spatula or wooden spatula to stir until it comes together in a thick batter/dough (it may seem like it would never come together, but keep mushing and stirring and it will!).
  4. Use a tablespoon to drop cookie dough, well spaced on the cookie sheets (6 per cookie sheet).
  5. Bake for 12 minutes.
  6. Let pans cool on a wire rack before carefully removing the cookies from the parchment. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. Keep cookies in a well-sealed container on the counter for a week or in the fridge for a couple weeks.
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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?!