If you miss my cooking demos and classes, do I have a TREAT for YOU!
Beginning October 19th, I will be hosting a series of cupcake baking and decorating classes, where kiddos will get to create their own pack of spooky magical wizards and witches. The live online workshops are for kids between the ages of 6-10 and will be held on KidsConnected. Parental/guardian supervision is STRONGLY advised. The 1 hour workshop is $15. If you’re interested in registering , click here (scroll to the bottom to view BOTH the witch AND wizard-themed cupcake workshops: https://www.kidsconnected.com/directors/364/mara_latorre
A (healthier) version of the Chick-fil-a peach milkshake is just as delicious as the Chick-fil-a peach milkshake…but healthier!
I’m going to keep this particular recipe post short & sweet. I have a weakness for Chick-fil-a milkshakes…but I’m also trying to watch my waistline. So, I got pretty creative and concocted a healthier version of their classic summer beverage. Your girl is trying to lose weight. There. I said it.
Disclaimer for this Peach Goodness!
There is something pretty important that I need to address before I jump into the recipe. Healthy food, especially while trying to lose weight does NOT mean that you have to compromise on flavor! Often times, I find myself being super hateful and resentful of diet food and diets in general. For one thing, I have spent so much of my life yo-yo dieting (which clearly hasn’t worked). Second: Most diet’ food I have seen or tried tastes horrible. I can already taste that weird artificial chemical flavor that so many ‘slimming’ treats taste like. Not for me! I have, and will always believe that food should taste mouth-watering and delicious, no matter where you are in your unique health journey.
I wanted to provide a second disclaimer for this recipe. This (healthier) version of the Chick-fil-a peach milkshake recipe is healthiER compared to the original small-sized chick fil a milkshake, which has a whopping 660 calories. This is why I say healthier in the title of this recipe. Nevertheless, feel free to swap out for a plain no sugar added vanilla yogurt, if that’s your thing! And if you do that, please let me know what ya think!
Just like the title suggests, I’m going to show YOU how to create a healthy(er) version of the famously delicious Chick-fil-A peach milkshake. This version is SO yummy, that you and your family will devour this in NO time! So let’s continue onto the recipe, shall we?!?
This chocolate avocado mousse is rich, creamy, and oh-so decadent!
I <3 Chocolate
I REALLY love sweets. Especially dark chocolate. It’s so velvety, yet not too sweet. The bitter and somewhat savory-nutty notes of this precious delicacy makes my taste buds smile. But you know what else I love? Avocados.
What do avocadoes and chocolate have to do with one another? Well, at first glance…nothing. Often times, Western culture associates avocadoes with savory dishes. But when you think about it, avocadoes are fruits, and fruits are commonly tied to desserts or sweeter delicacies. The smooth and silky texture of avocadoes lends perfectly to the rich flavors and subtleties of chocolate.
I wanted to find a dish that would lend well with chocolate, and believe it or not, avocado and chocolate go so incredibly well together. For this tutorial, I am going to show you how to create a very simple yet mouth-watering chocolate avocado mousse. Eating this felt like biting into a really creamy and buttery chocolate truffle-no joke! This recipe is vegan and minimally processed, as well. You won’t even be able to taste the avocado! Feel free to adjust the maple syrup or swap it out for another sweetener of your liking. Also, if you have kids, this is the perfect type of recipe to create with them!
Alright kiddos, let’s move into the recipe now, shall we?!?
If you’re looking for an easy and delicious way to incorporate blueberries into your next dessert, look no further than this blueberry crisp recipe! Just be warned, you MAY wind up eating the entire batch!
It’s still blueberry season in Florida. And for many, blueberries mean DESSERT! Now, before I proceed with the rest of this blog post, I have a bt of a confession to make:
I’m not a baker. At all. It’s just…not my thing!
I’m not kidding, I don’t bake very often.
Despite my claim, above, there is one very specific exception: crisps. I LOVE a good apple crisp. It’s one of the few desserts that I enjoy baking. Why? Not only is a[pple crisp delicious, but to be honest, it’s quite simple to make. And- unlike most other baking recipes, baking a crisp allows for SOME improvisation.
But what does apple crisp have to do with this particular recipe? Well, as I try my est to incorporate as many local and seasonal ingredients into each of my recipes, I knew that I had to do something with the rest of our blueberries before we move out, next weekend. With that being said, I combined forces with one of my all-time favorite desserts to create a beautiful melt-in-your-mouth hybrid: blueberry crisp.
You’re in for a Treat with this Crisp!
In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to make a really simple yet scrumptious blueberry crisp which uses everyday ingredients. I would like to once again thank Keel Farms for these amazing blueberries. If you live in or around the Plant City, FL, area, check them out!
If you’re gluten-free, please feel free to swap the flour for your preferred substitution.
If you're looking for an easy and delicious way to incorporate blueberries into your next dessert, look no further than this blueberry crisp recipe!
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
½cuppacked brown sugar
¼cupcold buttercut into pieces
2tbsp.cold buttercut into pieces
4cupsfresh or frozen blueberriesripened
Heat oven to 375°F. Spray 8-inch square(2-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, mix 3/4 cup flour, the oats,brown sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon until blended. Cut in cold butter, using fork or pastry blender, until mixture is crumbly. (Do not over-mix. Don't worry if all of the butter clumps evenly disperse throughout the mixture. The magic will happen in the oven. Just wait!!) Set aside.
In a large bowl, mix Filling ingredients until well-coated. Spread evenly in baking dish. Sprinkle crumble over top. If you want extra crisp, feel free to place some extra dices of cold butter on top!
Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until topping is golden brown and juices are bubbling along edges.
Cool at least 15-20 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
Nutrition information for the Blueberry Crisp (per serving)
I have a confession to make: I really love hot chocolate. In fact, drinking hot chocolate is kind of an addiction for me. No matter the temperature, or time of the year, nothing feels more satisfying than curling up somewhere, and allowing the creamy warmth of hot cocoa massage my taste buds and soul. It’s kind of a spiritual thing.
Being that I am a Florida gal, it’s actually a big deal for me to be such an avid hot cocoa lover, given the fact that I spend half of the year in notoriously hot and humid conditions. But as someone once told me, you make time for what’s important.
Strawberry Fields, Forever!
For those who do not know, I live in a lovely town, known as Plant City, Florida. Aside from the contributions that Henry B. Plant made towards our establishment as a historic railroad hub, we are also known for something else: Strawberries! Winter is the season that strawberries grow and thrive, and the region around Plant City and Central Florida has a pretty prevalent array of strawberry growers. More specifically, according to Fresh From Florida, if you are interested in purchasing these sweet berries, depending on climate conditions, strawberries typically grow from December until early April. According to the Florida Strawberry Growers Association, the sweet spot to enjoy these berries is typically from late January-early March, when the growing season begins to peak. But overall, when the temperature and soil conditions align, one can expect to enjoy some pretty sweet and juicy berries.
When Strawberries Meet Hot Chocolate
As you see, I just made a pretty vulnerable confession about my love for hot chocolate, and I also provided some 101 information about Florida’s strawberry season. But what do strawberries and hot chocolate have to do with each other? Well, everything.
You see, I have been trying to figure out a very creative way to enjoy my favorite beverage that incorporates my town’s beloved fruit. Hence, I am very proud to say that I concocted a pretty darn tasty and satisfying strawberry hot chocolate recipe. Forgot the processed strawberry syrup from your grocery store. This recipe contains real strawberries, and white chocolate, which beautifully compliments the berries.
If you’re based out of the Central Florida region and looking for some tasty berries to purchase, I definitely recommend shopping for a flat (or two!) of Strawberries. They can be found at and around the premises of the Florida Strawberry Festival. You will definitely get a good bang for your buck. If you live in the Plant City area, and are looking for some quality white chocolate, definitely hit up my friends over at The Corner Store. They sell quality European white chocolate buttons, by the pound!
Did I mention how delicious this recipe is?!? If I didn’t mention it, I will assure you that it is!
Even though this recipe will take about 20 minutes to make, I assure you that it’s a pretty simple one. This will be well worth every precious second of your life. Trust me.
This strawberry hot chocolate recipe is a really delicious and uniqueway to enjoy delicious strawberries with your family!
Course: Dessert, Drinks
Keyword: Hot chocolate, strawberries
1cupwhite chocolate chips
4cupsunsweetened almond milk (or any other milk of choice!)
1tsp.pure vanilla extract
De-stemand coarsely chop the strawberries. Set aside.
In a medium-large sauce pan, heat to medium. Gradually add in water, vanillaextract, brown sugar, and strawberries. Take a masher and gradually stir andmash every couple of minutes for about 10-15 minutes, or until the strawberrieshave disintegrated and the sauce reduces into more of a syrup consistency. Then sieve out excess strawberry puplp with a fine straine or cheesecloth (optional).
Continue to use the same pot at medium heat with the strawberry syrup, and graduallystir in the milk. Afterwards, gradually add in the white chocolate chips andsalt. Stir for about 2-3 minutes, or until all of the white chocolate chipshave dissolved.
Servewith diced strawberries, or whipped cream & enjoy!
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