Sprinkle Covered Cherries

Sprinkle  Covered Cherries are such a fun, easy treat. They come together in minutes, are addictive, and don’t require any baking, which is perfect for these hot summer months.

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Sprinkle Covered Cherries, ie Sprinkle Dipped Cherries, ie Sundae Cherries, ie Confetti Cherries, ie CRACK!

I know this may sound like a crazy “recipe” because it is so simple, but seriously, these cherries are the bomb! I could eat a million of them in one sitting.

And because it just happens to be cherry season, you can make them and eat them with abandon, not feeling like you’ve just spent a million dollars on a treat.

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These cherries are so good solo, or on a sundae. Just don’t forget that they still have the pits in them, so enjoy them slowly.

You can use white chocolate or dark chocolate for this recipe, but I promise you, if you use that vanilla Candy Quick easy melt white chocolate stuff, they’re the BEST. And use whatever sprinkles delight your eyes. I use jimmies because I love them.

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Make as many of these as you can, because if you intend to share them, you’ll probably accidentally eat half of them, so plan for that. And enjoy! 

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Sprinkle Covered Cherries
Sprinkle Covered Cherries are such a fun, easy treat. They come together in minutes, are addictive, and don’t require any baking, which is perfect for these hot summer months. (makes 20 cherries)
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Ingredients
  1. 20 cherries, washed, stems on
  2. ½ cup of easy melt white chocolate
  3. sprinkles
Instructions
  1. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the chocolate.
  2. Dip the a cherry into the chocolate, then roll in sprinkles, then place on a piece of parchment to set. Repeat with all of the cherries until you’re done.
  3. Let the chocolate set completely. Eat, enjoy!
Notes
  1. Keep finished cherries in a sealed container in the fridge for up to a week.
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Pistachio Dipped Cherry White Chocolate Popsicles

Popsicle Week is here! And I’ve made you Pistachio Dipped Cherry White Chocolate Popsicles! They’re super simple, delicious, and will keep you cool all summer long. 

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It’ssssssss POPSICLE WEEK!!!

I love Popsicle Week!! Last year was my first year participating, and because I love Billy and popsicles SO much, I just had to again this year!

Popsicle Week is when us crazy food bloggers come together (figuratively speaking) and sprinkle you with crazy delicious popsicle recipes! It’s SO exciting. And just gorgeous (seriously, just look at all of the popsicles that are floating the web this week).

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My popsicles are the Pistachio Dipped Cherry White Chocolate Popsicles. And they are SO simple.
Basically, cherries are on sale and abundant right now, so go get some.

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And get a pitter. Because, honestly, there’s no reason to have purple fingers for a week from hand-pitting.

You basically just heat milk (I use almond milk) and that awesome Candy Quick white chocolate stuff that comes in a giant brick but is divided into smaller rectangles until it’s melty, add blended cherries, and freeze. So simple!

And when they’re totally frozen, I love to dip mine in white chocolate and roll in pistachios. This is a killer delicious step, so you probably shouldn’t skip it (I know you still want to be friends with me…so just don’t skip this step and we’ll be golden).

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Ok! So go make these, eat them ALL and then go check out the other amazing popsicle recipes from my fellow bloggers. Happy Popsicle Week! *emoji confetti*

Pistachio Dipped Cherry White Chocolate Popsicles
I've made you Pistachio Dipped Cherry White Chocolate Popsicles! They're super simple, delicious, and will keep you cool all summer long. (makes 4 "double" popsicles)
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Ingredients
  1. heaping 1 ½ cups cherries, washed, pitted
  2. 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  3. ¼ cup easy melt white chocolate (or 1 block of vanilla Candy Quick)
To dip
  1. ¼ cup easy melt white chocolate (or 1 block vanilla Candy Quick)
  2. ½ cup chopped pistachios
Instructions
  1. In a food processor or blender, blend the cherries until well broken but not completely smooth (a few tiny chunks are always fun in a popsicle).
  2. In a small sauce pan over med-low heat, heat the milk and the white chocolate until the white chocolate is melted and completely mixed in. Turn off the heat. Mix in the cherries.
  3. Pour the mixture into your popsicle molds. Freeze according to your mold instructions, or overnight.
  4. Before serving, melt the remaining white chocolate. Dip the corner of a popsicle in the white chocolate, roll in pistachios. Repeat with the rest of the pops. Eat and enjoy!
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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)

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. 

Roasted Garlic Hummus Chicken Salad

It’s National Hummus Day!! I’m teaming up with Sabra to celebrate and we’re feasting on a super simple Roasted Garlic Hummus Chicken Salad. 

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I know that I rarely do savory recipes here, but I just couldn’t help myself when I was given the opportunity to team up with Sabra! Those are the dip Kings and Queens for sure.

I think the most amazing thing about hummus, is that you can find it in SO many flavors, which is what inspired my recipe today.

Because my recipe is 100% pulled together with hummus, the flavor you choose will dictate the flavor of your Chicken Salad! I’ve chosen the Roasted Garlic Hummus, because it has such a bold flavor and that works so well with this dish. I also think it would be amazing with the Lemon Twist Hummus or the Roasted Red Pepper Hummus. The possibilities are truly endless.

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The hummus is so creamy and keeps this chicken salad moist without adding extra oil, dressing, or mayo! Literally, we’re just using hummus here folks.

What makes it a signature chicken salad, for me, is the dill! Don’t skimp on fresh dill! It’s my favorite fresh herb to use and you can find it in the grocery store with the other fresh herbs. It truly adds something special to chicken salad. My husband and I agree whole-heartedly: no grapes in our chicken salad. I didn’t grow up with it that way, so that’s not the way I make it (or enjoy it), so if that’s your thing, go right ahead and do it (just don’t tell me about it).

I’ve paired my Roasted Garlic Hummus Chicken Salad with various rice crackers to keep the whole dish gluten free, but you can use whatever crackers you like best. My husband ate an entire batch (I had to make 2 batches in one day!) with some fancy poppy seed crackers. Whatever floats your boat!

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AND! To celebrate National Hummus Day, Sabra is offering a coupon for $2.00 off a container of hummus! That’s a pretty sweet deal! It’s good for today only, so go ahead and print that out, then stock up and get ready to party!

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Roasted Garlic Hummus Chicken Salad
This incredibly easy chicken salad will have you ready for picnics and parties in no time! An easy combination of Roasted Garlic Hummus, chicken and herbs, this chicken salad will be your new go-to for easy entertaining. (makes 2 snacky portions, 1 cup)
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup shredded chicken (1 large breast, already cooked)*
  2. 3 Tbs. chopped white onion
  3. 1 Tbs. fresh dill, chopped
  4. ¼ cup Roasted Garlic Sabra Hummus
  5. salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Use your fingers to shred the chicken breast. Add the onion and dill, then mix in the Hummus, mixing until completely combined. If you need more moisture, add a few Tablespoons more of the hummus, and mix. Add salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with more dill.
  2. Serve with rice crackers for a gluten free appetizer, or any variety of crackers that your guests will enjoy!
  3. Keep prepared chicken salad in the fridge, covered with plastic wrap, until you're ready to enjoy.
Notes
  1. * I purchased a rotisserie chicken and shredded the breasts. If you buy a small one, use the breast and thigh/leg meat. I like to automatically double the recipe, shredding the whole chicken.
  2. Try using any variety of Sabra hummus for a change in taste!
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Note: This post was sponsored by Sabra. All opinions are 100% my own.