Vegan Double Chocolate Black Bean Brownies

      Many people are going vegan these days for a variety of reasons.  Some people do it because they are animal rights activists, others do it because they are concerned about our planet and taking care of our natural resources, and still others do it because they think it is a healthier diet option.     Whatever your reason is for following a vegan diet, I have been curious for a long time about how good some of these vegan recipes actually are.  I figured what better way to try a vegan dish than to make a vegan dessert?!?!  A vegan diet is also known as a "plant-based" diet and it consists of giving up all meat, dairy, egg and animal products from everything you eat.     As a Survivor, I am always looking for ways to take better care of my body but I'm not sure if I could fully commit to giving up dairy and egg from my diet.  Although I currently drink only almond milk, I love eating cheese and I've always been a big fan of eggs.  I think I could eat more vegan dessert treats if … [Read more...]

Caramel Coconut And Fudge Truffles

    This past week, my husband and sons have been munching on caramel coconut and fudge cookies every single day.  I promise that I did not indulge but I definitely wanted to, if I'm being honest.  They taste delicious and are hard to resist.  I really wanted to have an excuse to buy even more of this cookie variety regularly so I thought it would be a good idea to include them in a fun and delicious recipe.  I hope you guys enjoy it as much as we did!Caramel Coconut and Fudge TrufflesYields: 1 dozenINGREDIENTS:1 box caramel coconut and fudge cookies 4 oz. (1/2 brick) cream cheese - softened 1/4 cup caramel sauce (I used ice cream topping) 12 oz dark cocoa candy melts Optional - 1/4 teaspoon coconut extractDIRECTIONS:1. Line a large cookie sheet with wax or parchment paper and set aside.2. Place the cookies in a food processor and pulse into fine crumbs. Reserve 1/4 cup of the crumbs for later use and pour the remaining … [Read more...]

Frozen Hot Cocoa Spoons

    My husband just went out to get breakfast and left the front door open when he came back in to get his car keys.  I can't even begin to describe to you guys how cold it has gotten in New York City.  I've never been a big fan of the cold weather but I do love certain things about this season.  Aside from being able to wear tights and boots, I also enjoy winter recipes and just about anything that will warm me up when I get in from the cold outdoors.    One of my favorite winter treats to enjoy are hot cocoa spoons.  They are perfect for dipping in hot chocolate or even in a hot cup of milk.  You can make them in white or milk chocolate and can even decorate them and wrap them to give away during the holidays.  Since I love Frozen so much, I thought this would be a great theme for my hot cocoa spoons this year.  Check it out! FROZEN HOT COCOA SPOONSSUPPLIES NEEDED12 Plastic Spoons 2 T solid shortening 3/4 cup … [Read more...]