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Almond Milk Hot Cocoa

A cup of hot cocoa is just what I need after a long day of walking from class to class in the cold. Hot cocoa isn’t the healthiest treat, though,…

A cup of hot cocoa is just what I need after a long day of walking from class to class in the cold. Hot cocoa isn’t the healthiest treat, though, and I am trying to live a healthy lifestyle. That is why I am grateful for healthy, delicious recipes like this next one! What is great about this almond milk hot chocolate is that it is dairy free, a good source of protein, and is guilt-free.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of almond milk
  • 3 tablespoons of natural cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons of almond butter

In a sauce pan, combine the almond milk and add cocoa powder. Whisk this mixture while it heats, until it is smooth. Turn off the heat and stir in the almond butter. Enjoy this tasty treat while it is warm!

What a great, quick, healthy way to warm up this winter.

XOXO, Chels

Recipe via: happyfoodstube.com

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Puppy Chow Rice Krispies

This recipe combines two of my favorite sweet treats into one… Introducing puppy chow rice krispie treats! These treats are ooey, gooey, chocolaty and completely delicious. Here is the recipe!…

This recipe combines two of my favorite sweet treats into one… Introducing puppy chow rice krispie treats! These treats are ooey, gooey, chocolaty and completely delicious. Here is the recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 1 bag marshmallows
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 6 cups crispy rice cereal
  • Powdered sugar for dipping

Take a 9×13 pan and line it with foil and spray it with non-stick spray. Place butter, peanut butter, marshmallows, and chocolate in a large bowl. Heat it in 30 second increments, and stir it between each time. Do this until the mixture is melted, then stir in the rice cereal. Pour this mixture into the 9×13 pan, pressing it in. Let it cool, then cut into squares. Place 1 cup of powdered sugar into a bowl and coat each square with powdered sugar.  Then enjoy!

I love this treat because it is quick and has no baking required. Also because it is totally YUM.

XOXO, Chels

 

 

Recipe via: http://www.crazyforcrust.com/2016/09/muddy-buddy-krispie-treats-recipe/

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S’Mores Brownies

What could be better than brownies? S’mores brownies! Now you don’t need a campfire to enjoy s’mores. These treats are great to bring to Halloween parties, fall gatherings, or just…

What could be better than brownies? S’mores brownies! Now you don’t need a campfire to enjoy s’mores. These treats are greatsmores-brownies-1-550 to bring to Halloween parties, fall gatherings, or just to enjoy with friends!

Ingredients:

  • Brownie mix, including ingredients required on box
  • 8 cinnamon graham crackers, broken into pieces
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • Three large Hershey’s bars, broken into equal pieces

Prepare the brownies according to the package directions and bake them in a 9×13 baking dish. Take the brownies out of the oven after they are done and set the oven to broil. Top the brownies with the broken graham crackers and marshmallows. Place the brownies in the oven and broil until the marshmallows start to brown. Take them out and top them with the chocolate pieces. Once the chocolate has slightly melted, cut the brownies into squares. Then enjoy!!

These brownies just scream “fall.” 🙂

XOXO, Chels

 

Recipe via: http://www.pipandebby.com/pip-ebby/2012/12/8/smores-brownies.html

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3 Sweet Summer Popsicle Ideas

Popsicles are my favorite summer snack.  Whether you want sweet, fruity, or chocolatey, you can find a popsicle to satisfy your craving!  I’ve came across a few mouthwatering recipes that…

Popsicles are my favorite summer snack.  Whether you want sweet, fruity, or chocolatey, you can find a popsicle to satisfy your craving!  I’ve came across a few mouthwatering recipes that look absolutely delicious that I wanted to share with all of my fellow popsicle lovers!

  1. Tutti-Frutti Ice Pops.  For these you’ll need: a ½ cup of sliced strawberries, a ½ cup of sliced peaches, a ½ cup of blueberries, 2 sliced kiwis, and 1½ cups of coconut water.  You’ll need six ½-cup popsicle molds to divide your fruit among evenly.  Pour in the coconut water, place in popsicle sticks, and freeze your pops for 5+ hours. Chelsea Crockett - Nutella Pops Then enjoy!
  2. Sweet Tea Pops.  This may be the simplest treat to make.  All you need is to purchase your favorite sweet tea (mine is Gold Peak!) or make your own.  Then pour it into the molds, set popsicle sticks in, and set them in the freezer for a few hours!  So simple yet so delicious!
  3. Nutella Cool Whip Popsicles.  All you need for these is: a ¼ cup of Nutella, 1 cup of milk, and 1 cup of cool whip.  Combine the milk and cool whip together in a mixer then whisk in the Nutella.  Pour them into the mold, place in the popsicle sticks, and freeze for 6-10 hours!

Side note: If you’re having trouble getting the popsicles out of the mold, run cool water over the frozen popsicles or run warm water over the back of the mold.  Both should help your pops slide out much easier!

Which one do you want to try for yourself?  Let me know below!

Enjoy! – Chels

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Midnight Snacking Done Right

Midnight snacking is one of my weaknesses. I am usually up pretty late at night finishing up homework or editing videos, and my tendency is usually to go down to…

Midnight snacking is one of my weaknesses. I am usually up pretty late at night finishing up homework or editing videos, and my tendency is usually to go down to the kitchen and grab myself a yummy late night snack. The problem with this? The later at night you eat, your body is more and more likely to store those calories as fat. Eating healthy midnight snacks can help keep you from consuming unnecessary calories!

  1. Greek yogurt: Instead of reaching for the pint of ice cream in your freezer (although very tempting!), grab some sweet, cool Greek yogurt. Top it with frozen berries or honey to add some pizazz to it!greek-yogurt-1
  2. Air-popped popcorn: Instead of reaching for a bag of potato chips, although crunchy and very satisfying, opt for air popped popcorn. Add some salt and a smidge of butter to make it taste just like bagged microwave popcorn, but with much fewer calories.
  3. Almond butter and apples: Peanut butter contains healthy fats, but it is also packed with calories. Get the same nutty, rich flavor from almond butter, and dip slices of your favorite type of apple in it! Salty AND sweet.
  4. Chocolate: Yes, chocolate! But the RIGHT kind of chocolate. Two squares of dark chocolate are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth and have way less sugar and more antioxidants.

Happy snacking!

XOXO, Chels

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Hot Cocoa Breakfast Smoothie

Chocolate for breakfast. How heavenly does that sound? If it is done right, it can actually be a great healthy start to your day! One way is to make this…

Chocolate for breakfast. How heavenly does that sound? If it is done right, it can actually be a great healthy start to your day! One way is to make this deliciously creamy hot cocoa breakfast smoothie. It combines fiber, plant based protein, and wholesome ingredients to give you a sweet start to your day, Here is how to have chocolate for breakfast.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ¼ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon almond butterHot-chocolate-Smoothie-tall
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon extract

The night before, add all ingredients to your blender and then stick your blender in the fridge overnight. In the morning, blend your ingredients on high until the oats are shredded and you have a smooth, creamy consistency. If you want to drink it cold, go for it! If you want it to be like hot chocolate, pour your smoothie into a small saucepan and cook it over medium heat. Add some chocolate chips if you want, and allow it to warm up. Once it is at the heat you desire, pour it into a heat safe glass and enjoy!

Who knew chocolate for breakfast could actually be good for you?

XOXO, Chels

Recipe via: http://www.runningwithspoons.com/2015/11/07/hot-chocolate-breakfast-smoothie/#_a5y_p=4739088

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Healthy No-Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie

What do you usually have for an after school snack? After a long day at school I tend to crave something sweet. Something like…cookies! There is a few problems with…

What do you usually have for an after school snack? After a long day at school I tend to crave something sweet. Something like…cookies! There is a few problems with this. One is that cookies are time consuming to make, and I want a snack right when I get home, and the other is that they aren’t the best for you! Today I am introducing cookies that are not only good for you, but they only take 5 minutes to make! They are packed with protein and sugar free, so that means they are totally guilt free, too. This recipe makes a giant yummy cookie for one.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup rolled oatshealthy-no-bake-giant-cookie-for-one2
  • 1 tbsp coconut flour
  • Dash of salt
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 2 tbsp peanut or almond butter
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • ¼ cup almond milk
  • Chocolate chips of choice

Line a plate with parchment paper and set it aside. In a mixing bowl, combine the oats, salt, coconut flour protein powder, and cinnamon and mix well. Stir the peanut or almond butter and honey in until the mixture is crumbly. Add the milk a tablespoon at a time until the batter is very thick. Use your hands to form a cookie shape and eat up!

Best back to school snack everrrr!

XOXO, Chels

 

Recipe via: http://thebigmansworld.com/2015/10/25/healthy-no-bake-giant-cookie-for-one/

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Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie

I am a sucker for any food with the word “chocolate” in it. That being said, chocolate chip cookies are a particular weakness of mine. Here is a recipe for…

I am a sucker for any food with the word “chocolate” in it. That being said, chocolate chip cookies are a particular weakness of mine. Here is a recipe for a bigger take on your average chocolate chip cookie…made in a skillet!

Ingredients:

  • 10 tbsp unsalted butter, divided and softened
  • ½ cup granulated sugar9843402706_b19092a1ca
  • ½ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips.
  • (optional) vanilla ice cream

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, then use 2 tablespoons of butter to grease the bottom and sides of a 9 inch cast iron skillet. Add the other 8 tablespoons of butter and sugars to the bowl of a stand mixer and beat them together until it is light and fluffy. Add in the egg and vanilla, then beat well until combined. Next add the baking soda, flour, and salt to a large bowl and mix to combine. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ones and mix on low. Pour in the chocolate chips and mix on low. Press the cookie dough into the skillet and bake for 20 minutes until the edges are crisp and the cookie is golden. Take it from the oven and let it cool, then eat it with some vanilla ice cream!

This is a great sleepover or “girls night” treat. You can literally eat a giant cookie out of a pan! How great is that?!

XOXO, Chels

Recipe via: http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/skillet-chocolate-chip-cookie/

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Coffee Fudge Brownies

Coffee and fudge, in brownie form?! Goodness gracious, it doesn’t get any better! Here is the recipe for the most delicious java-inspired brownies you’ll ever taste. Ingredients: 2 sticks unsalted…

Coffee and fudge, in brownie form?! Goodness gracious, it doesn’t get any better! Here is the recipe for the most delicious java-inspired brownies you’ll ever taste.

Ingredients:

  • 2 sticks unsalted buttercoffee fudge brownies
  • 5 oz unsweetened chocolate
  • 2 tbsp instant-espresso powder
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Preheat your oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a 13- by 9-inch baking pan. Melt the butter and chocolate with espresso powder in a saucepan over low heat. Whisk it until it is smooth. Remove the mixture from heat and let it cool until it is lukewarm. Whisk in the sugar and vanilla. Next, whisk in eggs 1 at a time until the mixture is glossy and smooth. Whisk together the flour, cinnamon, and salt, and then whisk into the chocolate mixture. Pour the batter into the pan and spread, then bake on the middle rack for 25 to 30 minutes. Let the brownies cool completely before cutting them. DEEEE-licous! I cannot wait to make these, how good would they taste with a cold glass of milk. MMMMM…

XOXO, Chels

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DIY Rocky Road Fudge

Fudge. Just the word makes me happy. If you a chocolate lover like me, then you probably go bananas over a good slice of fudge. Want some good news? You…

Fudge. Just the word makes me happy. If you a chocolate lover like me, then you probably go bananas over a good slice of fudge. Want some good news? You can make delicious fudge at home with only 5 ingredients! If you love rocky road ice cream then you are going to love today’s recipe.fudge 1

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows, divided
  • 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
  • 11 1/2 ounces milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cups peanuts, or almonds

Take an 8-inch square baking dish and line it with parchment paper. Pour 1 cup marshmallows into the bottom of it. In a large glass bowl, combine the chocolates and peanut butter. Microwave the mixture for 30 seconds, stir and then microwave for an additional 30 seconds. Continue stirring until smooth and continue to microwave until it is all melted. Stir in the remaining 1 1/2 cup mini marshmallows and peanuts. You’re your chocolate mixture over the marshmallows in your baking dish. Refrigerate the dish until the fudge is firm, which will take several hours. Cut your creation into bite sized pieces and eat up!

This fudge has the perfect mixture of crunchy and gooey. If you are looking for a cute gift idea, put a few fudge squares in a cute baggie, tie with a ribbon, and write a cute card to go with it!

XOXO, Chels

 

Recipe and photos via shugarysweets.com

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Nutella Hot Chocolate

Is there anything better than a hot cup of hot chocolate on a chilly winter day? I think I found it…Nutella hot chocolate! Imagine the creamy, chocolatey goodness of Nutella,…

Is there anything better than a hot cup of hot chocolate on a chilly winter day? I think I found it…Nutella hot chocolate! Imagine the creamy, chocolatey goodness of Nutella, in hot liquid form. Mouth=watering. Here is how to make yourself a batch. Excuse me while I do so myself!

Ingredients:Nutella-Hot-Chocolate1

  • 4 cups skim milk
  • 2 tbsp Nutella
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp sugar

This recipe is so easy, even my dogs could make it. Heat the milk in a medium saucepan on medium/high heat until it begins to warm and steam. Add the Nutella, sugar, and cocoa powder, then whisk until it is well combined and dissolved. Simmer it, stir it, then take it off of the heat. Pour yourself a glass, let it cool, and then top with your choice of toppings! My favorite is marshmallows and chocolate chips.

This recipe is fun and easy to make with friends!

Eat up 🙂

XOXO, Chels

Recipe by: cafedelites.com

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Say “Goodbye” to Baking Mistakes!

If you browse through my website, you’ll be sure to find out that I love food…especially sweets! Whenever I have free time, I love to try out new baking recipes…

If you browse through my website, you’ll be sure to find out that I love food…especially sweets! Whenever I have free time, I love to try out new baking recipes for fun! While it may seem easy, baking can be hard sometimes! I even mess up the box directions! By observing my mom and my own mistakes, I figured out the way around some of the most common…and not some common, baking mistakes. Let’s make the best cake ever!Chelsea Crockett- baking mistakes

  • I love love love fruit! If you’re making a cake or cupcakes with fresh fruit, roll the fruit through flour to keep each piece from sinking to the bottom.
  • Melting chocolate chips can be hard! Microwave chocolate pieces with vegetable or canola oil for short amounts of time, stirring in between. Chocolate can burn very easily! (I’ve done this too many times.)
  • Only fill cupcake cases 2/3 high to leave room for rising! They’ll turn out to be the perfect size!
  • Don’t put too many things in your oven! This causes the baking time to be longer, which may result in over-baked or burnt goods!
  • Test cakes right out of the oven by dipping a toothpick in the cake. If the toothpick is clean, then your cake is perfectly cooked!
  • To avoid your desserts from looking sloppy, make sure they are fully cooled before decorating or icing. I know it’s hard to be patient when it smells so good!!

Happy baking Insiders!

           Chelsea

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Easy Graham Cracker Cookie Bars

Today’s recipe is for a dessert that is so easy even a guy can make it! 😉 I know some pretty talented dudes who can bake, but this one is…

Today’s recipe is for a dessert that is so easy even a guy can make it! 😉 I know some pretty talented dudes who can bake, but this one is for the guys who have trouble just making boxed mac ‘n cheese. Plus, it is pretty delish! So, if you are not the best baker, have no fear, this recipe is just for you!man bars 3 pn

Ingredients:

  • 1 box graham crackers (14 ounce box)
  • 1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips (12 ounce bag)
  • 1 cup finely chopped nuts
  • 2 cans of sweetened condensed milk (14 ounce cans)
  • 5 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2-3 cups of powdered sugar

In a large bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, chocolate chips, condensed milk, vanilla, nuts, and salt. Mix it well until it is combined into a batter. Take a 9×13 baking pan and line it with parchment paper or greased aluminum foil. Spread the batter into the pans and bake it at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. After it is done baking, let it cool completely and cut it into squares. Pour the powdered sugar into a bowl and add the squares to the sugar. Gently toss them in the bowl to coat them with sugar, and then store them in an air-tight container.

See, what did I tell you! These are so easy to make, even a caveman could do it! 😉

XOXO, Chels

 

recipe via: southyourmouth.com

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Festive Fall Pretzel Bark

I get so pumped when stores start putting out candy corn because that means FALL IS HERE. Plus I just love candy corn. Today’s fall inspired recipe combines all of…

I get so pumped when stores start putting out candy corn because that means FALL IS HERE. Plus I just love candy corn. Today’s fall inspired recipe combines all of my fall favorites; cranberries, candy corn, pretzels, and white chocolate! I’ll tell you how to whip all of these yummy bits into a mouthwatering mixture.

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  • ½ pound chopped white chocolate
  • 1 cup mini pretzels
  • ½ cup candy corn
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries

Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper. Leave an overhang on 2 sides of the pan. Melt the chocolate, and then spread it on the prepared pan. Sprinkle it with pretzels, candy corn, and cranberries. Allow it to cool in the fridge for a few hours, then remove the bark from the pan. Break it into pieces, eat a few yourself, and then give the rest away to friends, family, and possibly your favorite teacher. 😉

I feel like this dish is so festive! Thoughts?

XOXO, Chels

Recipe: realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/candy-corn-pretzel-bark

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Fudgesicles Featuring Nutella

Although summer is coming to a close that doesn’t mean that the warm weather is done with its smothering assault on us. It stays warm where I live wellll into…

Although summer is coming to a close that doesn’t mean that the warm weather is done with its smothering assault on us. It stays warm where I live wellll into September, so I am going to take advantage of it as long as I can, and that means whipping up sweet cold treats. Here is one of my fav cold recipes: Nutella fudgesicles! Fudgesicles are fudge popsicles. Here is how to whip yourself up a batch!

Ingredients:red-nutella-pop_250

  • 1 ½ cup whole milk
  • 1 tbsp corn starch
  • ¼ cup & 2 tbsp Nutella
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened coca powder
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

Put the milk and corn starch in a saucepan and stir until the starch is dissolved. Place the mixture over medium heat and add the Nutella and cocoa powder. Stir it frequently so that it doesn’t stick to the bottom. Heat it for about 5 minutes or until the mixture thickens and then take it off of the heat. Stir in the vanilla and let the mixture cool for 5 minutes while stirring frequently. Once it has cooled pour the mixture into the molds and freeze it for 6 hours or more. When you are ready to devour them, hold the mold under warm water to help the fudsicles come loose.

These sound like heaven! Woud YOU try these fudgy pops?

XOXO, Chels

Recipe via: thewholesomedish.com

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S’mores Krispie Treats

Everyone knows the rule: don’t go on Pinterest when you’re hungry! Unfortunately, I’m now craving a chocolatey treat. I found a recipe for s’mores krispie treats and they look to…

Everyone knows the rule: don’t go on Pinterest when you’re hungry! Unfortunately, I’m now craving a chocolatey treat. I found a recipe for s’mores krispie treats and they look to die for! They’re simple to make and fun for a summer treat. Here’s what you need to know:

First comes first, ingredients… You’ll need 3 tablespoons of butter, a pinch salt, 5 cups of mini marshmallows, 6 cups of Graham cereal pieces, and 3 Hershey’s® chocolate bars. First off, melt the butter in a pot and stir in the salt. Chelsea Crockett - Smores Krispie TreatsStir in 4 cups of marshmallows in the melted butter until they’re completely melted as well. Take the pot off of heat and stir in the cereal and the extra cup of mini marshmallows. For the next part, make sure your Hershey’s® bars are broken into individual squares (it’s easiest to do this before you start the process to save time). Spray a pan with cooking spray and quickly pour in half of your mixture onto the pan. Add a layer of broken chocolate pieces on top of the mixture. Repeat this step again by adding the second half of the mixture followed by the rest of the chocolate pieces. Let it sit overnight or in the refrigerator for an hour.

Lastly, enjoy! YUM!

-Chelsea       

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