Chocolate Crunch Bars

I think we all know that I loooove 3 ingredient recipes.

So, I was super happy to come across this one that only included Rice Krispies cereal, melted chocolate and flakey salt.

All I had to do was melt the chocolate (1 1/2 bags of chocolate chips) and mix in the Rice Krispies (2 1/2 cups).

I poured the mixture into a baking pan lined with parchment paper.

I placed the baking dish into the fridge for about an hour until the mixture hardened and set. Once it was ready, I sprinkled some of them with flaky salt (although I didn’t sprinkle them all because I didn’t think it would need that flavor).

The consistency was just like a Nestle Crunch Bar and was perfectly sweet. The ones that did have salt on them were good but I didn’t think it was a needed ingredient.

Will definitely make these again!

Sweetly,

Simona

Coconut Granola

Happy Sunday!

It’s a cold and foggy day in San Francisco and while I was thinking about the week ahead, I decided to whip up a batch of coconut granola. In my effort to eat healthier, I’ve also been focussing on actually eating breakfast and making breakfast as healthy as possible. Most important meal of the day, right?

This recipe only had a few steps and not too many ingredients so it was perfect for in between my Sunday plans.

I placed the honey, maple syrup, coconut oil, pumpkin seeds, vanilla, dried coconut, rolled oats and sunflower seeds into a bowl and mixed it all together.


I spread the mixture out on a baking sheet and put it in the oven for 15 minutes.

After 15 minutes, I added the cranberries and coconut flakes then put in back in to bake for another 15 minutes.

Once it was cooled, I put it into mason jars for tomorrow’s breakfast! I took a test bite and it is super yummy! I love the chew of the cranberries every so often and the coconut makes it refreshing and sweet.

Sweetly,

Simona

Christmas Crack

Since the Salted Caramel Pecan Bars were so popular at Friendsgiving, I did some searching for a Christmas inspired version.

And I found it – Christmas Crack!

Just like the first ones, these were super easy to make. The prep included lining a cookie sheet with tin foil and spraying it with cooking spray (I’ve been using Trader Joe’s Coconut Oil Spray). I then lined the tin foil with Saltines.

I put those aside and began to work on the caramel.

Once it was done, I carefully poured it over the Saltines as evenly as possible.

This is where I missed a step. I was supposed to bake them like this for 5 minutes. I totally spaced out on that and moved on to the following step which was to sprinkle chocolate chips all over the top.

I put this into the oven and let it bake for the suggested 5 minutes. When I took it out, the chocolates were warm, but not melty enough to spread out.

So I put it back into the oven for another 5 minutes. This time, I was able to spread the chocolate a little more easily over the caramel.

Now it was time to cover the melted chocolate with a bunch of Christmas inspired decorations and candies. I had wanted to use red & green M&Ms but could only find peanut M&Ms, which added a bit of awkwardness to the Crack, but was a tasty alternative.

I put the cookie sheet into the fridge for 25 minutes to set. Once the chocolate had cooled and the candies were  set in place, I removed it from the fridge and cut them into pieces. This was a little tricky to do because the peanut M&Ms kept rolling off.

Regardless of that, these were DELICIOUS. It’s no surprise that they’re called Christmas “Crack”. They were hard to stop eating and were easy to make making these perfect holiday treats!

Sweetly,

Simona

Salted-Caramel Pecan Bars

Salted-Caramel goodness!

For Friendsgiving, I made cranberry jell-o shots and these salted-caramel pecan bars. Since I was making the turkey, I opted for a simpler dessert that could be made far in advance.

The prep simply entailed toasting the pecans and spreading a layer of slightly overlapping graham crackers on to a greased pan.

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I started by making the caramel…

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…and then I added the pecans to it, stirring to ensure they were fully integrated.

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I immediately poured the mixture over the graham crackers and spread it as evenly as I could with a spatula.

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I placed these in the oven to bake for about 11 minutes and oh my goodness, they were SO delicious when they came out. They were a big hit at Friendsgiving and I couldn’t stop eating them 🙂

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Sweetly,

Simona

Chocolate Quinoa Balls

Before all you quinoa skeptics get on my case about this recipe, think about the other ingredients in it…

Chocolate, peanut butter, almonds, etc!

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To start, I boiled the quinoa for 12 minutes until softened.

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In the meantime, I chopped the almonds then added the cooked quinoa, dates, peanut butter, and chocolate chunks.

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I pulsed it all together and got a very thick paste.

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I then rolled the mixture into balls. Some were bigger than others because some of the dates didn’t get crushed down enough.

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I then rolled them through coconut flakes. This part didn’t go so well. The coconut flakes didn’t really stick so I had to push them in to stick. I tried to make the flakes smaller in the food processor but they didn’t change. I placed them into the fridge for about an hour and when they were set, I took them out for a bite!

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I have to say, these were pretty tasty. Such a great alternative for a mid day or post workout snack that even has chocolate! They were filling too, so they would definitely curb any nasty hankerings for junk food (or a spoonful of Nutella in my case).

These are great to have in the fridge and will definitely make more!

Sweetly,

Simona

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