5-Minute Blender Chocolate Pots are Deliciously Simple

Servings: 6 serving(s)

Prep time: 5 minutes

Total time: 5 minutes

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5-minute blender chocolate pots are similar to a pudding only denser. They have a rich, intense chocolate flavour and a creamy texture.

5-minute blender chocolate pots are similar to a chocolate pudding only denser. They have a rich, intense chocolate flavour and a creamy texture.

I grew up in a home where dessert was on the menu every night. We ate a lot of puddings and custards and to this day I have a weakness for creamy chocolate and butterscotch desserts. I’m sure it was memories from my childhood that drew me to this recipe for blender chocolate pots. Similar to a pudding only denser, these chocolate pots have a rich, intense chocolate flavour and a creamy texture.

This recipe is super easy and really does just take five minutes to prepare. It can be eaten right off the bat as well (no need to let it set in the fridge, if you don’t want).

5-minute blender chocolate pots are similar to a pudding only denser. They have a rich, intense chocolate flavour and a creamy texture.

Adding a little molasses to chocolate desserts helps to intensify the chocolate flavour. This is a very rich dessert so a little goes a long way. Serve with crispy cookies or biscuits alongside.

Tips:

  • You can make this recipe with bittersweet chocolate chips. If you don’t have a kitchen scale to weigh the chips, 6 oz is a scant cup of chocolate chips.
  • The mixture is also delicious poured into mini pre-baked tart shells.
  • You can also pour the mixture into a lined loaf pan (small). Once the mixture has set it can be sliced and served in slabs with whipped cream and raspberries.

The recipe is an adaptation of a recipe from The Café Sucre Farine, a terrific blog filled with wonderful, well-tested recipes. I often find inspiration on their site and I bet you will too.

5-Minute Blender Chocolate Pots Recipe

This recipe is made in the blender. Everything but the cream is first chopped in the blender and then hot cream is added to that mixture. The cream cooks the egg and melts the chocolate. Voila!

Ingredients:

  • 6 ounces dark chocolate (70%)
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • ½ Tbsp. Crosby’s fancy molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • a pinch of sea salt
  • ¾ cup heavy cream (whipping cream)
  • Cocoa powder for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Place 6 small ramekins or cups in a 9”x 13” pan. (This will make it easier to put them all in the fridge.)
  2. Combine chocolate, sugar, molasses, egg, vanilla and sea salt in a blender or food processor. Pulse a few times to chop.
  3. Pour cream into a medium pot and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  4. Remove cream from heat.
  5. Turn blender on low and pour in hot cream, while the machine is running (using a funnel, if necessary).
  6. Cover tightly and blend on high until mixture is smooth and silky.
  7. Pour into cups and chill for an hour.
  8. Remove from fridge at least 30 min before serving, sprinkled with a little cocoa powder.

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Chocolate Pecan Energy Bites a Healthy Gluten Free Treat

Servings: 16 serving(s)

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 75 minutes

Cooking time: 60 minutes

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Healthy Chocolate Pecan Energy Bites are a healthy snack that travels well. They’re quick and easy to make and last well in the fridge.

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Chocolate Pecan Energy Bites make a great healthy snack. They’re gluten-free, vegan and Paleo too.

I’m always on the hunt for road trip snacks. I don’t mind stopping along the way to buy something to eat – it helps to break up the drive and relieve the kids’ boredom. But more often than not, the most satisfying road trip snacks are those that you pack from home.

Cookies are a staple for us, and hard boiled eggs, along with whatever leftovers might be in the fridge. And fruit of course, if we’re travelling within Canada. Chocolate pecan energy bites are the newest addition to my travel snack repertoire.

Chocolate Pecan Energy Bites make a great healthy snack. They're gluten-free, vegan and Paleo too.

Chocolate Pecan Energy Bites are the perfect afternoon pick-me-up for those times when you want something with staying power. 

The combination of nuts, dates, and  unsweetened cocoa powder — along with a little molasses and maple syrup to help bind everything together — creates a healthy treat with substance.

Chocolate Pecan Energy Bites are made made with no refined sugar.

This is a versatile recipe. Molasses helps to make them taste more chocolaty and you could always replace the Tbsp. of maple syrup with more molasses. Or you could use a little honey. The recipe works well with both pecans and walnuts and is especially good when made with a combination of the two. Also, I find the texture is best when I use Medjool dates.

UPDATE: I seem to be making this recipe weekly and have had delicious success with the following combinations:

  • School-friendly option: Replace nuts with sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and chia. Delicious as ever! The ratio is: 1/2 cup each of sunflower & pumpkin seeds and 1 Tbsp. chia.
  • All cashews.
  • Half a cup of cashews and half a cup of walnuts.

This recipe has been adapted from The Rawtarian

Chocolate Pecan Energy Bite Recipe

Makes 16 generous balls

Ingredients:

  • 1 generous cup pecans or walnuts (or a combination)
  • 1 cup pitted dates (lightly packed)
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp. Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 1 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • ¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ¼ tsp. salt

Instructions:

  1. Whir the nuts in a food processor until crumbly.
  2. Add the dates and process until nuts and dates are combined.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and process until the mixture sticks together. (Don’t let it get too smooth – you still want some texture.)
  4. Form into tablespoon-sized balls and chill.

Nutritional info: Per ball.

  • Calories: 99,
  • Fat: 6 g,
  • Saturated Fat: 1.4 g,
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg,
  • Sodium: 38.5 mg,
  • Carbs: 12.4,
  • Sugar: 8.9 g,
  • Protein: 1.3,
  • Fibre 2.4 g,
  • Potassium: 157 mg,
  • Calcium: 15.3 mg

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Oatmeal Peanut Butter Energy Bites

Servings: 18 balls serving(s)

Prep time: 10 minutes

Total time: 70 minutes

Cooking time: 60 minutes

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Oatmeal Peanut Butter Energy Bites: A wholesome, sweet treat filled with chia, flax, hemp and more.

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Energy Bites: A wholesome, sweet treat filled with chia, flax, hemp and more.

Sometimes you need a sweet treat that feels wholesome.

After nibbling through chocolates and ice cream on Valentine’s Day, the craving for sweets doesn’t disappear and if anything, it gets a little stronger, especially with my kids. That’s why it’s good to have sweet snacks on hand that are healthy and satisfying, like these Oatmeal Peanut Butter Energy Bites. They hit the spot, are filling and full of good stuff. And I almost forgot – they’re gluten-free too.

My daughter, who often makes a conscious effort to complain about healthy food, devoured each and every peanut butter energy bite that I rolled in coconut. I preferred the bites rolled in cocoa powder and almond flour.

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Energy Bites: A wholesome, sweet treat filled with chia, flax, hemp and more.

This recipe lends itself to endless variations. You could use different nut or seed butters (try almond or sunflower seed) and change up the quantities of chia, flax meal and hemp, all depending on what you have in the cupboard. Another option is to swap the honey for maple syrup if you’d like a brighter sweet flavour.

To make these school friendly, substitute sunflower seed butter for the peanut butter.

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Energy Bites will last for a week in the fridge.

This recipe is slightly adapted from the blog Family Bites.

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Energy Bite Recipe

Makes 18 balls

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ cup natural peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp. Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 2 Tbsp. honey or maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 Tbsp. ground flax seed
  • 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp. hemp seeds
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Shredded coconut, almond flour or cocoa powder for rolling (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor, pulsing until they come together. Scrape into a bowl and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. Using a tablespoon measure, scoop the mixture and shape it into balls. Roll in your preferred coating or leave plain.
  3. Place them on the prepared baking sheet and chill for 30 minutes before serving.

Nutritional info*:Per ball:

  •  Calories: 88.4
  • Fat: 4.8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Carbs: 10 g
  • Sugar: 4.8 g
  • Sodium: 2.3 mg
  • Fibre: 1.5 g
  • Protein: 2.6 g
  • Potassium: 110 mg
  • Calcium: 16.7 g

*This nutritional analysis is incomplete. It does not include nutritional impact of hemp seeds or any coating, if used.

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Wholesome snacks: Naturally Sweetened Coconut Mounds

Servings: 18 serving(s)

Prep time: 60 minutes

Total time: 60 minutes

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Wholesome snacks: naturally sweetened coconut mounds

Homemade Coconut Mounds let you feel good about giving into your cravings

Sometimes all you need is a little nibble of something sweet to satisfy a craving and these Coconut Mounds seem to do the trick. They’re really part energy bar, part chocolate bar, so let me give into my sweet tooth without feeling like I have been eating junk.

These Coconut Mounds use natural sweeteners as a white sugar substitute:

Coconut balls usually call for sweetened coconut and lots of icing sugar. This naturally sweetened version reduces the sugar by more than half by using unsweetened coconut and just a bit of molasses and honey to sweeten and bind the coconut. A little coconut oil is essential to holding it all together since it firms up well.

Wholesome snacks: naturally sweetened coconut mounds

I use 72% chocolate as a coating. It’s slightly bitter so a nice balance for the coconut. If you prefer something sweeter you can go with melted chocolate chips.

It takes less than 10 minutes to mix and shape these coconut mounds and then they sit in the fridge for about 30 minutes to firm up. You can get the dipping chocolate set while they’re chilling.

Naturally Sweetened Dark Chocolate Coconut Mounds

Adapted from Pinch of Yum

Makes about 18 Tablespoon-sized mounds

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups desiccated coconut (medium)
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • 3 Tbsp. Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 1 Tbsp. honey or maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
  • 150-200 grams of dark chocolate for dipping (can use chocolate chips)
  • Extra coconut for sprinkling

Instructions

  1. Pulse the coconut in a blender or food processor a few times so it looks a bit like almond flour.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk the melted coconut oil with the molasses, honey, vanilla and salt.
  3. Scrape coconut into the bowl with the oil mixture. Stir until well combined.
  4. To shape the mounds, scoop the mixture into a one-tablespoon measuring spoon and press it firmly into the spoon until the top is flat. Nudge the mound out of the measuring spoon and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet, flat side down.
  5. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until you have time to do the chocolate dipping.
  6. Melt the chocolate slowly in a double boiler. Drop each mound into the melted chocolate, flip to coat and remove with a large fork. Place on the cookie sheet flat side down.
  7. Sprinkle over some coconut and refrigerate until chocolate has hardened.
  8. Store in the refrigerator.

Nutritional info – Per mound:

  • Calories: 144.4
  • Fat: 12.2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 9.9 g
  • Cholesterol: .2 mg
  • Sodium: 15.3 mg
  • Carbs: 8.7 g
  • Sugar: 4.8 g
  • Potassium: 166.9 mg
  • Calcium: 16.6 g
  • Fibre: 2.3 g

 Coconut mounds - a step-by-step guide

 

Wholesome snacks: naturally sweetened coconut mounds

 

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