I know…I’m sure you have felt abandoned! To be honest, I have been obsessed with the Crossfit Open over the past month. It was such a great event to be a part of. I love how it pushes you outside of your comfort zone and forces you to do things that you wouldn’t normally do. Then again, I also hate how it makes you feel much more sucky (yes, that’s a word!) at things that you thought you were okay at. Let’s just put it this way, my list of “things to work on” grew exponentially over the course of this season’s Open. With all that said, I would like to give a shout out and congrats to my box for placing 13th in our region and qualifying for Regionals for a third year! Nice Job Crossfit AMRAP! How did you do? I would love to hear from you about your Open experiences!
Now on to an amazing recipe that will hopefully help you to forgive me…Chocolate Waffles!!! Yes, they are as wonderful as they sound! I got this one from Juli Bauer’s (PaleOMG) new cookbook, OMG. That’s Paleo? I am in love with this cookbook! Seriously- go order it today!!!! Luckily, this particular recipe from the book is posted on her website, so I can share it with you.
Chocolate Waffles by PaleOMG
No need to change anything on this one, they are perfect just the way they are! I would suggest doubling or even tripling the recipe for a family. One batch only makes about 2-3 (Belgian size) waffles. We topped ours with maple syrup, ghee and strawberries. Enjoy…we certainly did!
Note: I used my 1/3 cup measuring cup to scoop the batter into my waffle iron. It took 2 scoops per waffle.
We have been hammered with snow this week. I’m not sure of exact amounts, but it’s a lot of snow. Plus, the temps have gone up dramatically. No, I’m not gonna just give you the weather report today, but obviously with this combo my kids have wanted to basically LIVE outside. We have gone sledding, built snowmen, snow forts, made snow angels…you name it- we’ve done it! When we are done, we pile into the house as cold and wet messes! The old me (the pre-Paleo me), would have just starting ripping open bags of hot cocoa for the kiddos. I decided Paleo hot chocolate couldn’t be that much harder to throw together. I’m so glad I tried it out! It’s delicious! It’s a little thicker and more creamy than the normal stuff, so you might want to add even more water. I like it creamy though!
Paleo Hot Chocolate
Check out that hot chocolate mustache!
- 1 can of coconut milk
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 -3/4 cup water
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- dash of sea salt
- Throw everything into a medium saucepan and whisk to mix ingredients.
- Heat up over medium heat just until it starts to steam and foam on top.
- Make sure to keep an eye on it and whisk throughout! You don’t weant it to burn on the bottom of the pan.
- Top with coconut cream! Yum!
Another super easy, super yummy, no bake recipe from PaleOMG. Very similar directions to the No Bake Cookies I posted.
Note: After I mixed everything together, I stuck my bowl in the fridge for about 1/2 hour. It seemed to be the perfect consistency then to scoop into balls.
Chocolate Coconut Stacks by PaleOMG
I never though I would hear the words Paleo and Truffles in the same sentence…like EVER. These little truffles are wonderful bits of heaven. I don’t know if my food processor is about to die on me, I have been chopping too many dates, or I am just too impatient and didn’t chop the pumpkin seeds long enough, but my pumpkin seeds did not turn into a fine meal. They are basically just finely chopped. Nonetheless, they are still amazing.
Triple Chocolate Truffles by PaleOMG
Yes, I am totally aware that I missed Day 8. All I can say is…I’m sorry. As my name states, I am a BUSY Paleo Mom. Two kids diagnosed with pink eye equals no Day 8 recipe for you Anyway…on to Day 9! Coconut Klondike Bites! These fellas are so easy to make (very similar to the Double Layer Fudge), they are also just super cute! They look like a coconut Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup!
Coconut Klondike Bites by PaleOMG
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These little bites are very similar to the Pumpkin Spice Lara Bar recipe I posted at Thanksgiving, except they are much more chocolaty! (I’m not sure if that’s a word, but it sounds like it should be.)
You throw everything into your food processor- have you picked up a common theme to my recipes, yet? I did add a handful of chocolate chips and a scoop of coconut oil (it just so good, plus it helps keep everything together!) After you blend everything in the food processor, the directions say to throw the food processor mess into a plastic bag and smoosh it into a ball in the bag. I liked this tip because it made everything much less messy, plus my kids love smooshing and squeezing things, so they were happy to help! I was feeling a bit impatient today, so I opted to throw the smoothed ball onto some parchment paper and press flat to a thickness of about a half an inch. Then I stuck them in the fridge for about 15 minutes, took them out and cut them into bars.
German Chocolate Fudge Bites by Chocolate Covered Katie
My husband’s favorite dessert is a thing call “Boo Boo Pie” from a little restaurant called Patti’s 1880s Settlement in Kentucky. It is filled with cups and cups of sugar, sweetened condensed milk and other yummy but awful, unhealthy things! Needless to say, he has not had this dessert since we went Paleo two years ago. Well, Christmas has come early for dear ole’ hubby this year with the discovery of this tasty treat! It tastes just like his beloved “Boo Boo Pie”. It’s fairly easy to make…again you are going to make friends with that wonderful food processor! That’s where you mix the entire brownie part!
Magic Brownie Bars by PaleOMG
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Before going Paleo, I use to make a version of this with oatmeal and peanut butter. I think I actually like this Paleo version better! I have an aversion to using olive oil in baked goods, so I did substitute the olive oil with coconut oil. I think this made it a little more runny- I just had to wait about 30 minutes after mixing it together to scoop it onto the parchment paper. It was still delicious!
Paleo No Bake Cookies by Fast Paleo
This is officially my favorite dessert! It is stupid good and super easy to make. You simply put everything in the food processor, blend and freeze! Told you it was easy! It is so good that you could take this to any holiday party and NO ONE will complain that it is a Paleo dessert. It’s also freezable, so go on and make a double batch!
Note: I used a 8×8 glass baking dish. I was concerned that I would have trouble getting the squares out once I froze them, but I didn’t!
Double Layer Fudge by PaleOMG
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These little babies are awesome when you have a crazy sweet tooth that you just can’t knock. They are the paleo version of a Mounds candy bar. Did I mention that they are ridiculously easy to make? You throw all the ingredients in your food processor, make them into balls, and that’s it!!! I have thrown these together in about 5 minutes on multiple occasions.