Friday, February 12, 2016

Vegan Valentine--Chocolate Coconut Mousse

No, I'm not a vegan. But I have deep, passionate feelings for coconut cream/milk. What better inspiration for Valentine's Day than some good food love. If you are vegan or just a lover of creamy coconut, then this is the perfect food for you on the day of love and chocolate (or any other day).

This mousse is also super simple and comes together extremely quickly.

Chocolate Coconut Mousse
adapted from Cafe Delights
Makes 4 small (shot sized) servings
Prep time: 5 minutes
Coconut milk: 1.90, sugar: .05, cocoa: .10, dark chocolate: .45

Note: You'll notice there's a big range with the amount of sugar for these. The original recipe called for the small amount. This leaves you with a mousse that has barely any sweetness at all. That totally works for some people--they just want the creamy, coconuty flavor of this mousse. However, if you're expecting/wanting the more traditional sweetness of a more traditional mousse, then you'll need to use more sugar. So mix in and taste as you go, then decide how sweet you want it. The chocolate shavings will add a bit of sweetness, but not a significant amount.

1 can coconut cream or coconut milk (just the thick creamy parts)
1-4 Tbsp powdered sugar
3 Tbsp cocoa powder
1 oz dark chocolate, chopped or shaved (optional)

Whip the coconut cream (or the thick part of your coconut milk) in a bowl. Add the cocoa powder, then the milk.

Chop your dark chocolate and then fold it in.


Sunday, February 7, 2016

Secret Recipe Club--Banana Coconut Bread

It's time for a Secret Recipe Club recipe again. This month I had Cookaholic Wife who has a ton of lovely Valentine's recipes up right now (unlike someone else we know) who a) forgot about the super bowl and b) keeps forgetting to make something amazing and heart-shaped. Alas. We'll have to let Cookaholic Wife do it for us. In searching for the perfect recipe, I made a delicious barley soup, annd I was going to post it. But then I made her banana coconut bread and decided to kill you with sweetness. Except that it's actually kind of healthy too--so now you can have your cake and eat it too. Mostly though I was just intrigued by the combination of flavors--banana, coconut, and chocolate. Perfect. You could doll it up with a glaze and a dusting of coconut if you want, but we just ate it deliciously as it was for breakfast.

Banana Coconut Bread
adapted from Cookaholic Wife
Makes 2 loaves
Prep time:
Cook time:
Cost: $4.25
sugar: .20, coconut oil: .50, eggs: .20, bananas: .50, buttermilk: .15, flour: .70, chocolate chips: 1.80, coconut: .20

1 C sugar
1/2 C coconut oil (I used extra virgin as should you if you want it to taste and smell coconut-y)
2 eggs
4 ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 C buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 C whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 C chocolate chips (let's be real; I totally used more than that--probably a whole bag)
3/4 C sweetened shredded coconut

Preheat oven to 350. Grease two loaf pans.

In a large bowl, combine the sugar and coconut oil. [Note: Coconut oil is liquid over 72 degrees and solid under that. So, if your oil is warmish, mixing will be easy--you'll just mix. If it's not, you can either warm it, or combine it by cutting it into the sugar with a pastry cutter like you would cut butter into a pie crust]. Stir in eggs, then bananas, buttermilk, and vanilla.

To this add your dry ingredients. Don't overmix them (meaning--mix until they're just combined with the wet ingredients and then stop mixing).

Add chocolate chips and coconut (again just mix until combined).

Bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool for 10 minutes, then turn it out to cool the rest of the way (if you don't do this it might get stuck in your pan).

We ate ours the next day for breakfast and it was fantastic.


Friday, February 5, 2016

Local in Evansville: Chocolate Deals

Happy Day Evansvillians!

Today when I went to Schnucks for a quick run, I um, accidentally found myself in the chocolate aisle. It was a happy "accident" since they had a ton of really good chocolate on clearance. 

Naturally I sold my soul and stocked up. I don't know if it's on clearance at all locations, but at the Schnucks on Green River, south of Lynch, it's a steal. This is especially fantastic nine days before Valentine's Day when chocolate tends to skyrocket. Here's what I got (only, um, I got more than one of each item). 

-6 full sized Heath bars (8.4 oz): $1.00 
-Butterfinger (huge bar thing 4.4 oz): $.8, 
-Godiva minis (4.4 oz bag): $2.00 
-Green and Blacks (organic 3.5 oz): 2.00 
-Chocolove (3.2 oz): $1.00 
-Culinaria (2.15 oz) (which I've never tried before, but figured what the heck) $1.00 except the Butter Cake one, which was $.50 (whaaat?), 
-Dagoba (2 oz): 1.00 

They also had Godiva bars on sale 2 for $5 and the bags of Godiva squares (I think; or maybe Lindt) 2 for $7 (?). But I didn't buy any of those because the other things were such a fantastic deal. 

I got about a jillion of them, which I plan to freeze (not eat right away; pinky promise) and make into a little Valentine's baggy for Kip. These bars are usually $3-4 each.

Love you guys! Happy Valentine's Day from me. 


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