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Mocha Chip Cookie Recipe

By Polly Conner

These mocha chip cookies are light and fluffy. You'll love the dark chocolate chips and the hint of coffee. They're sure to be a hit at your next gathering!

I’ve got another dangerous cookie recipe to share with you. These mocha chip cookies are moist, chewy and a delicious combination of chocolate with a hint of coffee. Not only are the cookies amazing but the cookie dough is to die for!

My little gal proved to be a great helper in the kitchen when making these. That is if you define helping as tasting various ingredients and attempting to stir with her hands.

These mocha chip cookies are light and fluffy. You'll love the dark chocolate chips and the hint of coffee. They're sure to be a hit at your next gathering!

Despite managing the eager toddler hands as I made these, they turned out great. The original recipe is actually a peppermint mocha cookie recipe but I’m not a huge fan of peppermint so I just excluded that ingredient and they turned out great.

These mocha chip cookies are light and fluffy. You'll love the dark chocolate chips and the hint of coffee. They're sure to be a hit at your next gathering!

These mocha chip cookies are light and fluffy. You'll love the dark chocolate chips and the hint of coffee. They're sure to be a hit at your next gathering!

Hope you get a chance to try these out! Check out other dessert ideas in our recipe index.

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Mocha Chip Cookies

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 12 mins
  • Total Time: 27 mins
  • Yield: 2 dozen 1x

Description

These mocha chip cookies are light and fluffy. You’ll love the dark chocolate chips and the hint of coffee. They’re sure to be a hit at your next gathering!


Ingredients

  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 1 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips
  • (optional) 1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients (cocoa, flour, coffee, baking powder and salt.) Add to wet ingredients and fold in dark chocolate chips.
  4. Drop tablespoons of dough onto lined sheet trays and bake for 12 minutes. Let cool completely.
  5. Optional: Melt white chocolate chips in the microwave (stirring after each 30 second interval) and scoop into a small plastic bag. Snip off end and drizzle cooled cookies with white chocolate.

 

Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie Recipe {Freezer Meal}

By Rachel Tiemeyer

This healthy peanut butter cup smoothie has a Reese's taste, but none of the additives and unknown ingredients.

Peanut butter and chocolate are two of my great loves in life. Is it possible that this combo can actually be good for you?

The good news is peanut butter and chocolate can be nutritious if eaten in moderation and in their real food form (and if you’re not allergic to peanut butter, of course!). The bummer is most peanut butter, chocolate or chocolate-peanut butter candy on store shelves is far from real food. (Note: Real food is as close to the original source as possible and free from additives and preservatives.)

If you’ll check the label, most of the peanut butter, chocolate chips, and the Reeses Peanut Butter Cups you can purchase in the store are full of ingredients you may not recognize, extra highly processed sugar (read: high fructose corn syrup), excessive sodium, and even trans fats. Those kinds do not count as health food…sorry.

But, get ready to celebrate, because THIS Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie recipe IS a healthy real food snack. It creates the perfect chocolatey-peanut-buttery flavor–think Peanut Butter Cup–without all the icky additives and trans fats of the actual candy. It’s also full of probiotics, protein, calcium, and even some antioxidants (from cocoa and honey).

This healthy peanut butter cup smoothie has a Reese's taste, but none of the additives and unknown ingredients.

It is such a treat, especially on a warm day. Add a little Homemade Popcorn (the best recipe for homemade popcorn I’ve ever had by the way) and your kids will thank you for this one!

I plan to enjoy this Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie as an after school snack with my little Kindergartener who heads to his first day tomorrow! Are his “little years” gone so soon??? Parents of little ones, enjoy them and use them wisely while you can, like this book encourages. They do indeed go by in a flash.

This healthy peanut butter cup smoothie has a Reese's taste, but none of the additives and unknown ingredients.

Enough of my “Kindergarten mom” sentimentalism. I hope you enjoy your real food snack with a person you love too!

Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie

Makes: six 1 cup servings

Ingredients:

1 cup plain organic yogurt or kefir

1 1/2 cups organic milk (I recommend 2% or whole which I think gives it a richness)

1/3 cup 100% cocoa powder

1/2 cup all-natural organic peanut butter (make sure it’s just straight-up peanuts with no additives)

1/3 cup honey (preferably use raw honey)

1 tsp real vanilla (don’t be fooled by imitation vanilla–pay for the real stuff)

1/4 tsp salt (I use kosher salt since even table salt has additives; do not add salt if your PB is salted)

3 cups ice (use more ice if needed until it’s the icy consistency you like)

optional: banana (this would make it more banana-flavored obviously)

Directions:

Put all ingredients in blender except ice.  Blend until well combined.  Add one cup of ice at a time and blend until smooth.

Cooking Note: I stuck our extra in the freezer and then blended it later. It turned out to be an even better consistency after being slightly frozen and re-blended!

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Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie Recipe {Freezer Meal}

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: six 1-cup smoothies 1x
  • Category: Smoothie
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This healthy peanut butter cup smoothie has a Reese’s taste, but none of the additives and unknown ingredients. Your family will love this dreamy treat!


Ingredients

  • 1 cup plain organic yogurt or kefir
  • 1 1/2 cups organic milk (I recommend 2% or whole which I think gives it a richness)
  • 1/3 cup 100% cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup all-natural organic peanut butter (make sure it’s just straight-up peanuts with no additives)
  • 1/3 cup honey (preferably use raw honey)
  • 1 teaspoon real vanilla (don’t be fooled by imitation vanilla–pay for the real stuff)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (I use kosher salt since even table salt has additives; do not add salt if your PB is salted)
  • 3 cups ice (use more ice if needed until it’s the icy consistency you like)
  • optional: banana (this would make it more banana-flavored obviously)

Instructions

  1. Put all ingredients in blender except ice. Blend until well combined. Add one cup of ice at a time and blend until smooth.

Notes

Freezer Meal Instructions:

To Freeze:
Blend all smoothie contents together until desired consistency. Place smoothie in a glass jar or other freezer-safe container. Store in freezer for up to 3 months.

To Prepare:
Remove smoothie from blender. Let thaw at room temperature until it reaches a desired consistency. You can also re-blend the smoothie.

Cooking Note: I stuck our extra in the freezer and then blended it later. It turned out to be an even better consistency after being slightly frozen and re-blended!

Holy Chocomole!

By Rachel Tiemeyer

Who doesn’t love some chocolate pudding every now and then?  But, every time I read the labels on the pudding packs at the store, I cringe.  That’s why I was intrigued by Katie Kimball’s idea at Kitchen Stewardship called Chocomole.

You are not going to believe this, but it’s true.  Using her recipe, I just made the best, real-tasting chocolate pudding from three healthy, real food ingredients.

#1 – 1/4 cup cocoa powder
#2 – 1/4 cup honey (raw honey, if you have it)
#3 – 1 AVOCADO!

Sounds weird, huh?  But, I’m here to testify that if you put these three things in your food processor and process the snot out of them, it turns into smooth, sweet, chocolaty pudding that does NOT taste like avocado.

My kids will wake up from naps in a few minutes and will get to taste.  That will be the real test.  Stay tuned for an update on this post for kid results.

Update: Kid results after naps–The 4-year-old really loved the first few bites, but gave up after that. (It is pretty rich.) The 2-year-old ate the whole bowl and loved it.

Looking for more great fake-outs? Here are 50 ways to sneak fruits and vegetables into kids’ favorites!

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Holy Chocomole!

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 8 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This three-ingredient pudding tastes fantastic and is such a healthy alternative to store bought pudding. Try it as your next healthy dessert.


Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup honey (raw honey, if you have it)
  • 1 whole avocado – See more at: https://thrivinghomeblog.com/2011/09/holy-chocomole-or-the-proof-is-in-the-pudding/#sthash.9r3y92ly.dpuf

Instructions

  1. Cut open avocado and scoop insides in to blender.
  2. Add cocoa powder and honey to blender.
  3. Blend on low to medium speed until the ingredients are fully incorporated. May need to use a spatula and wipe down inside of blender for any excess honey or cocoa powder that’s not fully mixed.