Posts Tagged ‘Nutella’

Gluten-Free Avocado Brownies

These gluten-free brownies are so fudgy they will blow your mind. The surprise is that they are made with avocados topped with a fun, green avocado frosting!

Gluten-Free Avocado Brownies 1

Two gluten-free brownie recipes in one week!? Craziness I know but Sunday’s was a single serving while today’s was made with avocados, and let me tell you they were crazy fudgy. Nearly had to scrape them out of the pan and eat them with a spoon fudgy. “It’s so fudgy I’m going to die!” – paraphrased quote from Agnes of Despicable Me.

Who knew avocados could render such a consistency in baked goods? Then to literally top it off, they are frosted with a green avocado frosting. Surprisingly you do not have to worry about the frosting turning brown. Evidently sugar is the secret weapon against avocado-oxidation.

Whip these up and see if anyone suspects they are anything other than regular fudgy brownies with some frosting you decided to “dye green”. I know most people I offered them to not only had no idea they were gluten-free but could not detect the avocado. The suspiciously green frosting was the only clue.

Gluten-Free Avocado Brownies 2

Two years ago: Baked Banana Almond Pancakes
Read the rest of this entry »

Review: LouAna Coconut Oil & Hazelnut Baci Cupcakes

With all the holiday baking going on right now, I find myself longing for those traditional holidays recipes but at the same time love trying out new things. I have dabbled a little with coconut oil in my baking and cooking and decided to give LouAna Pure Coconut Oil a try in some of my holiday recipes. Coconut oil is the latest buzz ingredient with a neutral flavor and aroma which allows for its incredible versatility. It is a natural alternative to butter and other oils, and contains zero trans-fat. While other oils and butter are high in artery-clogging LDL cholesterol and low in HDL cholesterol (known as “good” cholesterol), coconut oil has been proven to actually raise HDL levels in the body.

LouAna

I decided to try this oil out in two different ways in one recipe – Hazelnut Baci Cupcakes which consist of hazelnut cupcakes topped with Nutella buttercream, chopped hazelnuts and even white chocolate Baci. Side note: Baci is the Italian word for “kisses” and the name for a truffle filled with milk chocolate, hazelnut gianduia, and a whole hazelnut, and coated with dark chocolate. I first experienced these little nuggets while on a trip to Italy with my highschool Italian class. In the U.S. I typically have only been able to find them at stores like Home Goods, and recently stumbled upon the white chocolate variety. I knew instantly that something special had to be made with them.

White Chocolate Baci

For these cupcakes, coconut oil was used in place of the canola oil and butter in the batter and even some of the butter in the frosting. The end result was a soft, fluffy cupcake topped with creamy frosting, and admirers that were clueless to the switch. These cupcakes may not be diet friendly, but I am a sucker for cutting out even minimal amounts of guilt from my baking and cooking. When you cannot taste the difference, why not make those little substitutions?

Hazelnut Baci Cupcakes

One year ago: Pasta with Butternut Sauce, Spicy Sausage and Baby Spinach

Two years ago: Blizzard Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Cookies

Three years ago: Buttermilk Pancakes
Read the rest of this entry »

Nutella Swirl Whole Wheat Banana Muffins

I may be busy as all get out, but I wasn’t going to miss out on participating in Secret Recipe Club this month. I probably should have taken the month off, but here I am anyway. This month I was assigned to Enriching Your Kid! by Shirley. Her blog is geared towards parents looking for ways to enrich their children by strengthening their immunity and facilitating their growth. But if you are like me and do not have children, the recipes are still great for expanding your knowledge about healthy foods.  I plan to try out her Chocolate-Date Compound Butter in the future, and almost made the Chicken Corn Kebabs, but decided on a muffin recipe instead for today because it involved Nutella!

The original recipes had a dollop of Nutella in the middle of the muffin, but I forgot to only pour half the batter into the muffin pan in order to accomplish that so I just made a swirl on top. They might not have a Nutella-center but they certainly tasted as good as they looked. I loved that the recipe uses olive oil instead of a lot of butter or canola oil, and my taste buds were completely fooled. And with whole wheat flour and bananas in addition to the Nutella, there’s really no way to go wrong with one of these for breakfast, or a snack.

Nutella Swirl Whole Wheat Banana Muffins

Read the rest of this entry »

Nutella Ice Cream with Granola Topping #IceCreamWeek

Welcome to #IceCreamWeek! Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen of Juanita’s Cocina have teamed up with more than 20 of their blog friends to bring you a week full of ice cream treats, including a special ice cream giveaway! Prepare to have your taste buds tempted with some of the best ice cream treats around! Make sure you enter the giveaway for a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker and two fabulous ice cream cookbooks so that you can join in on the ice cream fun!

I have to confess that chocolate ice cream does nothing for me. Just like a solid bar of chocolate, I feel like other things need to be mixed in there. Brownies are about the only solid chocolate thing I enjoy, but even those I prefer the addition of nuts or peanut butter. But this chocolate ice cream is different, because it’s Nutella! Although I did actually mix in some hazelnuts and top it with granola haha. This ice cream is also incredibly creamy, which is perfectly contrasted with the crunchy nuts and granola.

Nutella Ice Cream

If you’d like to check out today’s #IceCreamWeek recipes, drool over the blogs below:

Make sure you stop by our Pinterest board #IceCreamWeek 2013 to answer today’s question which enters you in our bonus prize draw. Just click the highlighted link and it will take you right there so you can comment on the pin!
One year ago: Peanut Butter Cup Mousse Parfaits

Two years ago: Homemade Pesto
Read the rest of this entry »

Salted Nutella Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

These days it seems as though stuffing caramel into desserts is the new thing. Pies, cookies, brownies, ice cream, cakes – you name it and it’s in it. So I hopped on board and not only put caramel into these bars, but salted Nutella caramel! The addition of the salted Nutella caramel will please your taste buds, and also ensure that the bars stay super moist and chewy. And then it’s contrasted with some crunch due to the presence of chopped hazelnuts and chocolate chips. I sent these to my Bakin’ Friend last month and she said they blew her away!

Salted Nutella Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Read the rest of this entry »

S’mores Puppy Chow

My phone stinks. Not because it is a dumb phone (I actually don’t really feel the need for a smart phone), but due to the fact that I can text on it all day long without any trouble yet the second I try to talk on the phone, after 5 minutes it decides to go from 100% battery to 0% and shuts off without even a low battery warning beep. Many conversations have been abruptly cut off, likely with me cursing at my phone as it dies (hopefully it dies fast enough that no one hears). Of course it then sits off for a couple minutes and when it finally comes back it has full power again. WTF!? Therefore, the only way I can talk on my phone is if it is plugged into its charger. I think I need to hunt down a new battery, and hopefully that will fix the issue.

In baking-related weather news, Friday we had a break in the heat and humidity but the next day it went right back to almost normal for this time of year. It’s not quite as hot but it’s still muggy so that means you get another no bake recipe today! It’s puppy chow with a s’mores twist, made with graham cereal instead of chex and then chocolate and marshmallows are mixed in before dusting with powdered sugar. Plan to lose self control.

S'mores Puppy Chow

Two years ago: Banana Foster Cream Pie
Read the rest of this entry »

Nutella-Stuffed Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies have been popping up all over so I decided it was finally time to jump on the bandwagon. After all, it’s difficult to imagine a world where anything stuffed with Nutella would not be worth while. Let alone the addition of browned butter and some sprinkles of sea salt. Speaking of sea salt, for some reason I refuse to buy fleur de sel online, and has become my mission to find it in person. Somehow even the local spice store doesn’t carry it.  But thankfully, I’ve seen more recipes calling for coarse seas salt rather than the fancy stuff lately and the mad hunt had been put on hold for the moment.

Nutella-Stuffed Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies 1

These cookies rival the Nutella chunk cookies I made awhile back. But instead of chunks of Nutella dispersed like chocolate chips, these have an entire blob of Nutella inside! As a result they are definitely best when served right out of the oven so that the Nutella in the middle is still nice and gooey. But you if somehow have any left over after the first day, 10 seconds in the microwave will rejuvenate them.

Nutella-Stuffed Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies 2

One year ago: Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Two years ago: Bacon-Corn Fritters
Read the rest of this entry »

Nutella Pecan Pie Bars

World Nutella Day is probably my second favorite food holiday next to Peanut Butter Day. If there was a holiday celebrating their union together I would be there rejoicing. That being said, you would think I was setting up the intro to a peanut butter and Nutella recipe but no, today is all about Nutella. Well, pecans and Nutella.

KeepCalm_NutellaOn-240x300

These bars taste just like pecan pie but have a bit of Nutella smeared in them for some extra flavorful fun. Topped with some vanilla ice cream and I’m ready to dig in! How will you be celebrating World Nutella Day?

Sara from Ms. Adventures in Italy and Michelle from Bleeding Espresso solemnly declare February 5th “World Nutella Day 2013″ – a day to celebrate, to get creative with, and most importantly, to EAT Nutella.

Other Nutella recipes you might enjoy:

Nutella Pecan Pie Bars

One year ago: Nutella Chunk Cookies

Two years ago: Nutella Rice Krispies Treats
Read the rest of this entry »

Salted Nutella Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies

It’s National Peanut Butter Day!!! And what better way to celebrate than with some cookies? You all are very much aware of my peanut butter obsession, but with the addition of nutella I pretty much lost my mind. These little thumbprints might have to go into overtime in the competition against the butternut salad to determine which is my favorite recipe this week. I know I talked up that salad a bunch, but take the same excitement and apply it here again. How about I just have that salad again with these for dessert? Like 8 of them.

Fleur de sel continues to be unavailable to me except by purchasing online (which for some reason I refuse to do) so I was excited to see course salt used on these cookies. The recipe is also incredibly simple and requires few ingredients – most of which you should already have in your pantry except maybe the natural peanut butter, but I am tempted to try making them with regular. In other words, there is no excuse for not making these in honor of today.

For more peanut butter recipes to celebrate National Peanut Butter Day, check out my peanut butter & chocolate roundup with recipes from all your favorite bloggers.

Salted Nutella Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies

One year ago: Homemade Pizza Sauce

Two years ago: Peanut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies
Read the rest of this entry »

Nutella Swirled Banana Bread Snack Cake

Are any of you members of a gym? I am asking because even though I absolutely adore my gym (especially the group classes like Piyo and Spin), the fact that I have to call an entire month in advance if I want to freeze my account for a lower monthly rate is a bit much. Who starts planning everything they need to get done over a month before they go somewhere? Or maybe instead I should be wishing for a Lifetime Fitness near where I will be staying. Ugh, guess I’m going to be doing a lot of treadmill/outdoor running and DVD workouts.

But anyway… As I told you yesterday, I embarked on a journey through the land of Melt buttery spread for a week and this is the first of three recipes which I mentioned in the Melt Away Challenge post. It seems like I have a habit of swirling Nutella into banana-things, since it has been done before in a popular post of mine for Peanut Butter, Banana & Nutella Bars. But can you really blame me? It’s such a great addition. These cake bars can be eaten as a dessert, a snack or even breakfast if you ask me.

One year ago: Pepperoni Pizza Deviled Eggs
Read the rest of this entry »

PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket
Follow Me on Pinterest
Photobucket
Photobucket
  • Bake Sale
  • Bread Rolls Buns & Dough
  • Contests
  • Dressing Sauces & Condiments
  • Gift Ideas
  • Giveaways
  • Reviews
  • Salads
  • Side Dish
  • Slow Cooker
  • Travel
  • Uncategorized
  • Vegetarian
Events
The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2014
Groups
stephsbitebybite.com
 photo Gourmandize-loves-this-blog.png
Little Bitty Design Studio