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. 

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

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Cocoa Maca Porridge

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Coconut Hot Chocolate 

Coconut Hot Chocolate (treatswithatwist.com)

 

 

Dark Chocolate Blended Chia Pudding 

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Pistachio Chocolate Chip Coconut Milk Ice Cream

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Decadent Waffles With Strawberries and Mascarpone 

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

xxoo 

 

Dark Chocolate Red Wine Truffles

Dark Chocolate Red Wine Truffles are an indulgent treat, perfect for a gift or to stock up your fridge with treats for yourself. The rich, almost-bitter chocolate is enhanced with a hint of red wine, making this a truffle you’ll want to enjoy slowly…over and over and over. 

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I’m pretty sure I had just gotten finished with telling my husband that I wasn’t sure how many holidays I’d “celebrate” this year before I launched into making a TON of chocolatey goodness and pulling out my Valentine’s Day tea towels. I take back everything I just said. Holidays are my jam.

I haven’t ever made truffles before, though! And let me tell you, they are so easy you’ll laugh when your friends gush over how amazing you are for making truffles. Or just smile smugly. Can you guess which one I’d do?

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Not to sound like Ina [though really, would that be so bad?], but you need to use really good dark chocolate here. If you don’t think you could eat the chocolate straight from the package, there’s no point in making truffles with it. Think Ghirardelli, Valrhona, Guittard…something really yummy. I used Ghirardelli dark chocolate chips. If you’re vegan, choose an amazing vegan dark chocolate.

And, instead of loading them with cream, I opted for coconut milk! That way, you can gift them confidently to a dairy-free friend. Plus, that’s what I had on hand. Just another reason these were so easy.

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I’ve even included in the instructions the way to do these in the microwave! Yes! No double-boiler nonsense. Unless, of course, you really ARE  Ina and a double-boiler is the only way you’d ever melt chocolate. Totally up to you. I’ll stick with the microwave.

Now, the wine! I used whatever I already had open on my counter. I used a Pinot Noir that I happen to adore. I wouldn’t, however, go any lighter than that. Stick to something full-bodied and nothing too overly sweet or you’ll clash with your dark chocolate. Something rich and something you’d sip slowly on during a romantic dinner. You know the ones: Merlot, Cabernet, Malbec,, Pinot Noir…make it good.

I hope you make these! They’re so simple. And my mom drooled all when I presented them to her. So they’re definitely a hit. 

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Dark Chocolate Red Wine Truffles
Dark Chocolate Red Wine Truffles are an indulgent treat, perfect for a gift or to stock up your fridge with treats for yourself. The rich, almost-bitter chocolate is enhanced with a hint of red wine, making this a truffle you’ll want to enjoy slowly…over and over and over. (makes 40 truffles)
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Ingredients
  1. 12 ounces dark chocolate (I used Ghirardelli)
  2. ¼ cup + 2 Tbs. coconut milk (full fat, canned)
  3. 2 Tbs. rich red wine (Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet, or Pinot Noir)*
  4. Dark or unsweetened cocoa powder
Instructions
  1. In a glass, microwave-safe bowl, start melting the chocolate. Microwave for 1 minute on half-power. Stir, then repeat (on half-power!), stirring [with a fork or whisk] and heating until the chocolate is melted. Stop when you have just tiny bits of chocolate left to melt, and stir vigorously, melting the last of the chocolate and creating a glossy, melty bowl of deliciousness.
  2. Now, add the coconut milk and stir vigorously until completely smooth. Next, add the red wine, and stir again until completely incorporated and smooth. [You may think it looks like its breaking apart or not smooth as soon as you add the coconut milk or wine and start stirring. Trust me, just start whisking away and it’ll all come together.]
  3. Refrigerate the chocolate, covered with plastic wrap, for 4-6 hours (or overnight), until completely cool and set (but it will still be scoopable).
  4. Set up a bowl of cocoa powder and an empty container (or mini cupcake liners) in an assembly line.
  5. Use a teaspoon-sized scoop (teaspoons, melon baller, small cookie scoop) to scoop out the chocolate. Roll it quickly between your palms to smooth into a ball (I didn't need to do this because my scoop is very round, so I just dropped them straight into the cocoa). Drop the ball into the cocoa powder, roll it around until covered, then transfer to a paper liner or a container. Repeat until all of your chocolate is gone (I got around 40 truffles out of the batch!).
  6. Package them for a loved one, share, enjoy!
Notes
  1. Keep truffles in a sealed container on the counter for a week or in the fridge in a sealed container for a few weeks. Just keep them in a cool, dry environment. I recommend the fridge just to be safe.
  2. *When I originally wrote the recipe, I had 3 Tbs of wine, which worked wonderfully. But when I remade the recipe, it seemed to have a different texture than the first time, and I think decreasing the wine just a tad will help with this.
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