Friday, March 25, 2011

Hazelnut Cocoa Blueberry Goodness

If the late night sweet tooth comes knocking on your door as frequently as it does on mine, may I suggest this four ingredient bowl of goodness.

Blend roughly equal parts hazelnut butter and raw cocoa powder with a dash of your choice of sweetener. Use a fork and just keep mixing until combined. It will be a thick paste. (Notice I'm not suggesting you serve it to guests. This is a late night kind of thing.) Pour a handful of frozen blueberries in the bowl, wait a few minutes until the blueberries just begin to soften, and enjoy.

So I'm just about to post this and Ryan told me I'm basically making a whole foods Nutella. So go figure.

Ben's Friday Pancakes

Hi Mamas.

These soaked grain pancakes have been a real hit around here lately. I find them divine with a thin spread of hazelnut butter, S prefers his plain, and R has gone the maple syrup route. We also like them with some whole yogurt sweetened with homemade jam or maple.

I'll link to the recipe below. There is an option of soaking in either milk or a yogurt/ water combo. I haven't tried the yogurt. We preferred them when I soaked in almond milk over cow milk.

Also the recipe says to blend until smooth-- don't overdo it. When it pours a bit thick it cooks up into nicely formed cakes and has a slightly chewy texture that hits the spot.

Oh, as for the sugar I used coconut sugar crystals I happened to have picked up. I couldn't promise this is what made them so divine but I couldn't say otherwise...