Does anyone use the Flipboard App?? I do and I love it. You can select your topics and then just flip through it on the daily to get some good info on stuff YOU want to read about.
One of the topics I selected was healthy eating. I have gotten some really good recipes from there! So, my routine is to flip through Flipboard, see a good recipe and then save it to Pocket (another app) or just send it to myself.
Well, my inbox was getting really crowded, so I decided to try a couple of recipes from one of the articles I saved. I forget the exact title, but it was basically an article with 50 NO BAKE treats!
Scrolling through the list, a few definitely caught my eye. Here are my criteria – ingredients I have on hand now (or mostly), it involves chocolate (duh), they are easy (food processor or blender easy), and Mario will eat them (which he almost always does, even if it may not be to his liking; he’s cool like dat).
So, I picked out some salted caramel treats and some coconut treats! Both met all my criteria! I did have to go buy some sunflower seeds, but that was not a big deal because they helped make the most delicious salted caramel ever!! I’ve seen caramel made by an IG account called avantgardevegan (Gaz Oakley is the guy behind it) and he made some nutty, caramelly, chocolaty treats, and since then I’ve been wanting to try out a version. Side note: Follow avantgardevegan for some great recipes. Yes they are vegan, but they are full of flavor!
I decided to start with the dark chocolate salted caramel first. It was super easy, just blend the seeds and dates, press into a pan, pour melted chocolate on top and sprinkle with sea salt, then pop in the fridge to set. Let me tell you these were perfect. The recipe actually called for roasted and unsalted seeds, but I could only find roasted AND salted. They worked beautifully. And I had left over seeds that I am still munching on! LOVE THEM!
Next I moved onto the hacked Mounds bars. Also super easy – blend coconut and dates, form into little mounds, put in freezer to set (20 mins), then take them out and coat with melted chocolate. They you just put them back in the freezer and then they are good to go. I actually stored mine in the freezer, but they probably would be good in the fridge too.
Homemade Mounds Bar
I mean, they were so easy, barely used any ingredients or equipment and they lasted a long time. I have to say, they were even a hit with our nephews. For healthy desserts, they sure didn’t taste like it.
I still have 48 more recipes to go from that list 🙂 I’ll share my faves for sure!!