Salted Dark Chocolate Coconut Balls

Alrighty y’all.

It’s Secret Recipe Club time.

I have been up to sooooo much this past month and baking/cooking has taken a backseat in my life.

Really, my blog should be about how to discretely get your friend to fake an emergency via phone call during the worst blind date of your life, put on makeup without a mirror, and get that “i woke up like this” look without actually waking up like that.

I just started a new job that I am extremely excited about last week and I also passed my real estate license exam.

Busy really isn’t the word for it.

Good news is that I am finally learning to balance everything in my life. 🙂 Lucky you…more recipes and chit chat from yours truly.

This month’s recipe comes from Tara the lovely mother and wife behind the blog Tara’s Multicultural Table.

I really enjoyed reading about Tara’s many cultural influences that have played a role in dishes she creates.

Tara was born in Japan, lived in Germany, and her husband is Filipino. Check out her amazing recipe index and you can rest assured you will find recipes from all over the country.

Tara and I are also the same age and both enjoy pastries! Win win!

If you didn’t know I have an extremely large sweet tooth and duh…I made something sweet.

But also a little something salty.

Balance people, balance.

Enter Tara’s Salted Dark Chocolate Coconut Balls.

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This is the easiest little treat to make plus it tastes like a mounds bar with a hint of a salty side.

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Plus coconut soooooooo

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duh coconut = total summer island breeze, take me to the beach, dip my toes in the water feeling.

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I know you can understand my vibe on that one.

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I need a vacation.

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Who is coming with me?

5.0 from 1 reviews
Salted Dark Chocolate Coconut Balls
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Cuisine: Dessert
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Serves: 36
 
Little sweet balls of coconut dipped in dark chocolate and finished with a pinch of sea salt. Gluten-free.
Ingredients
  • 4 cups unsweetened, shredded coconut
  • 14 ounces of sweetened condensed milk
  • 12 oz. dark chocolate, finely chopped
  • flaky sea salt, for topping
Instructions
  1. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the coconut and condensed milk until the mixture comes together.
  3. Roll the mixture into 1-inch balls and arrange on the prepared baking sheet.
  4. Place the balls in the freezer for 20 minutes to set.
  5. In a small mixing bowl, melt the chocolate in the microwave, stirring occasionally between 30 second intervals.
  6. Dip each coconut ball into the melted chocolate and place back on the baking sheet.
  7. Freeze until the chocolate balls are set.
  8. Top each ball with a pinch of sea salt.

MANGIA!!!

Cashew Honey Granola

It’s Secret Recipe Club time y’all.

My secret blogger for this month was Helen, the wife, mother, all around fantastic lady behind the blog,  Casa Costello .

After sifting through her fabulous recipe index , I finally decided to make Helen’s Walnut and Honey Granola.

One twist…I substituted cashews for the walnuts 🙂

Just because I was feeling it.

Y’all…this stuff is addicting.

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It’s crunchy, cluster-y, packed with juicy bursts of dried cranberries, with just enough sweetness from the honey.

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I have fallen off the snack train lately and this granola does the job.

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For reaal.

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I saw my parents this weekend and sent them home with some and my dad couldn’t stop eating it!

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Not being bossy or anything…but you should make this…maybe today, perhaps?!

5.0 from 2 reviews
Cashew Honey Granola
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Serves: 10+
 
Crunchy clusters of oats and cashews sweetened with honey for the perfect snack or healthy breakfast.
Ingredients
  • 1 c. rolled oats
  • 1 c. unsalted, raw cashews
  • ½ c. dried cranberries
  • 2 T. coconut sugar
  • 1 t. ground cinnamon
  • 1 T. + 1 t. pure vanilla extract
  • 3 T. honey
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl until evenly coated.
  3. Spread the mixture out evenly onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes, mixing the granola 3 times during the baking process to prevent burning.
  5. Let cool completely.
  6. Devour!

MANGIA!!!

Peanut Butter Pound Cake

Yo.

It’s February.

A.K.A. the best month ever.

Not just because it’s my birthday month either.

February Secret Recipe Club time.

This months recipe comes from Kirstin, the wife, mother, and blogger behind Loving Life.

I really enjoyed Kristin’s recipe index and wanted to try just about everything, but let’s be real…the peanut butter spoke to me…again.

Peanut Butter Pound Cake 

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Y’all…this stuff is no joke.

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Look at all that thickness.

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Hello peanut butter cream frosting!

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Of course I made it gluten-free.

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So sue me why dontcha!

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If you eat this for breakfast with coffee…you might just have magical powers 😉

Peanut Butter Pound Cake
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Recipe type: Cake
Cuisine: Dessert
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Serves: 6
 
Thick, buttery pound cake with all the flavor of peanut butter topped with a creamy peanut butter frosting. Gluten-free.
Ingredients
  • For the cake:
  • 1 c. smooth peanut butter, all-natural
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • ½ c. coconut sugar
  • ½ c. unsweetened coconut milk
  • ½ t. pure vanilla extract
  • ½ t. baking soda
  • ½ c. coconut flour
  • For the frosting:
  • ½ c. full-fat coconut milk (refrigerated overnight)
  • 2 T. pure maple syrup
  • 2 T. smooth peanut butter, all-natural
  • 1 t. pure vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a square cake pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the peanut butter, eggs, and coconut sugar until smooth.
  3. Stir in the milk and vanilla until combined.
  4. Stir in the baking soda and coconut flour until combined.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and bake for 30-35 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
  6. Let the cake cool.
  7. For the frosting, combine the coconut cream, maple syrup, peanut butter, and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl, mixing until smooth.
  8. Spread the frosting evenly onto the cake.
  9. Slice the cake and serve!

Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake

Happy Secret Recipe Club Monday!

I have been super busy with school and life lately.

Yesterday I was finally able to relax with family and enjoy endless amounts of pasta over great conversation.

Even though life is busy right now, I still make time for baking and cooking.

It calms me down.

For realz.

So, I was super excited to find out that my secret recipe blogger this month was from Jenna, the creative voice behind the The Painted Apron. I loved reading about Jenna’s love for all things family and design. With her amazing recipe list, it was difficult to not want to make everything!

But then…I saw it…Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake.

I put my own spin on things.

Y’all…

this cake.

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I’m not sure I even want to share it with you.

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It’s just that good.

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I mean, it’s chocolate on chocolate…

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enough said.

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🙂

 

Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake

Servings: 8

A rich, cocoa based gluten-free/paleo chocolate cake topped with a creamy chocolate cream cheese frosting for double the chocolate fun!

Ingredients:

For the cake:

2 large eggs

1/2 c. coconut sugar

1/2 c. full-fat coconut milk

1/4 c. walnut butter (or any other nut/seed butter)

1/4 c. unsweetened, cocoa powder

1/4 c. coconut flour

1/2 t. baking soda

1/2 t. salt

For the chocolate frosting:

8 oz. package cream cheese, at room temperature

2 T. unsweetened cocoa, powder

1/4 c. pure maple syrup

1/2 t. pure vanilla extract

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a round cake pan with cooking spray.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the eggs, coconut sugar, coconut milk, and walnut butter until smooth. Stir in the cocoa powder, coconut flour, baking soda, and salt until combined.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.

Let the cake cool completely.

For the frosting, beat all of the ingredients on high using a stand mixer until smooth.

Top the cake evenly with the frosting and slice.

MANGIA!!!

Coconut Tres Leches

Y’all.

It’s time for Secret Recipe Club.

This month I actually noticed my secret food blogger, because ya know…she’s only a current contestant on Master Chef!

I know, get excited.

If you frequently watch Master Chef like me (and secretly wish to get yelled at by Gordon Ramsay), you would have recognized this lady right off the bat.

Yep, it’s Hetal, the food blogger behind Pretty Polymath.

I have been pretty glued to the television as I see Hetal, week after week, rock out dishes in the kitchen.

Oh ya, not to mention, she’s a vegetarian and can cook a tasty piece of meat.

That’s talent.

I was ecstatic to learn that Hetal is a food blogger, just like all of us.

Plus, her recipe index is an absolute dream, with  both sweet and savory dishes, as well as traditional Indian dishes representative of Hetal’s cultural background.

Of course, I chose a dish that spoke to my heart.

I’m sure that I’ve mentioned that I’m absolutely crazy over coconut.

Enter my all-time favorite dessert to make…Coconut Tres Leches.

I love how the cake has this “melt in your mouth” texture after it has been left to seep up the flavors of the three milk combination.

I make this all of the time for my older cousin and I who share a love of coconut.

He’s a model, but we don’t eat on the model diet.

However, for his birthday last year, I made a paleo version.

It was the best paleo thing I have ever made…he had no idea!

Then I told him and he was amazed.

So, here we go y’all.

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This cake is absolutely sinful.

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In all the right ways.

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The cake is tender and soaks up the flavors of the three milks, vanilla, and maple syrup evenly.

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Not to mention, because the cake if refrigerated, it is almost like an ice cream cake, perfect for these hot summer days.

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The coconut whipped cream is cool and creamy.

The cinnamon, well…you can’t have tres leches without cinnamon.

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Plus, trust me on the toasted coconut…it adds the perfect little crunchy to all of those creamy, cool factors.

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Do the macarena, say ole, and dive in.

Coconut Tres Leches
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Recipe type: Cake, Dessert
Cuisine: Mexican
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Serves: 9
 
A fluffy coconut flour cake soaked in "3 milks" and topped with a coconut whipped cream. Gluten-free, paleo, nut-free.
Ingredients
  • For the cake:
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 c. unsweetened, vanilla coconut milk
  • ⅓ c. pure maple syrup
  • 1 T. pure vanilla extract
  • ¾ c. coconut flour
  • 2 t. baking powder
  • ½ t. baking soda
  • ½ t. salt
  • For the "3 milk" mixture:
  • ¼ c. full-fat coconut milk
  • ¼ c. unsweetened, vanilla coconut milk
  • ¼ c. fat-free evaporated milk (I used more full-fat coconut milk for paleo)
  • 2 T. pure maple syrup
  • For the coconut whipped cream:
  • 11 oz. carton full-fat coconut milk, refrigerated over night
  • 1 t. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 T. Truvia or granulated stevia
  • For topping:
  • ground cinnamon, as needed
  • toasted unsweetened flaked coconut, as needed
Instructions
  1. For the cake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8x8 in. baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the egg white, eggs, coconut milk maple syrup, and vanilla until frothy.
  3. Stir in the coconut flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until smooth.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 30-35 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
  5. Let the cake cool and use a fork to prick the top of the cake, making tiny holes for the 3 milk soak.
  6. For the 3 milks mixture, combine all ingredients until smooth.
  7. Pour the mixture over the cake and let the mixture seep through the cake.
  8. Refrigerate the cake overnight.
  9. For the coconut whipped cream, combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl until smooth.
  10. Remove the cake from the refrigerator and top with the coconut whipped cream.
  11. Slice into 9 even squares and dust with cinnamon and top with toasted coconut if desired.

MANGIA!!!