Dark Chocolate Mint Chip Coconut Milkshake w/ Mint Chip Coconut Whipped Cream


I don’t mean to brag, but I consider myself a connoisseur of the chocolate aisle in the grocery store. I find myself there often. Dark Chocolate Mint Chip Coconut Milkshake w/ Mint Chip Coconut Whipped Cream
I’m often browsing the different types of chocolates, mostly dark, and I always find myself reaching for the same brand of chocolate, Green & Black’s Organic Chocolate. They are an all organic and Fairtrade certified company and they are my favorite chocolates to snack on and bake with. During the day I’ll grab a few squares of the 85% Dark Chocolate, and BAM! I’m a new woman!

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With summer quickly approaching in Vegas, I find my kids (and myself) craving cold and satisfying treats. Popsicles and smoothies are usually our go-to, but lately my kids have been on a milkshake kick. Do ya blame them?!

Dark Chocolate Mint Chip Coconut Milkshake w/ Mint Chip Coconut Whipped Cream

I wanted to create something that was light and refreshing, but also indulgent and sweet for those hot summer afternoons. I knew that the Dark Chocolate Mint Bar would go perfectly with coconut ice cream! But then…

Dark Chocolate Mint Chip Coconut Milkshake w/ Mint Chip Coconut Whipped Cream

Fold in that Mint Dark Chocolate in some coconut whipped cream for a topping on the milkshake and it takes everything to a whole new level.

A level I like to call perfection.

Dark Chocolate Mint Chip Coconut Milkshake w/ Mint Chip Coconut Whipped Cream

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Dark Chocolate Mint Chip Coconut Milkshake w/ Mint Chip Coconut Whipped Cream
 
Ingredients
  • (For the Milkshake)
  • 1 pint good quality coconut ice cream OR coconut Greek yogurt frozen ice cubes
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
  • ¼ - ½ c. coconut milk
  • 12 squares GREEN & BLACK'S ORGANIC Mint Dark Chocolate
  • Ice-optional
  • (For the Whipped Cream)
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk, placed upside down in the fridge overnight
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
  • 4 TB. pure cane powdered sugar
  • 6 squares GREEN & BLACK'S ORGANIC Mint Dark Chocolate, finely chopped
Instructions
  1. Make the whipped cream first. Turn the can right side up and open. Remove all of the thick cream and discard or save the water for later use.
  2. Whip the cream and the rest of the ingredients (not the chocolate) together with beaters or a mixer until fluffy, about 3-5 minutes.
  3. Fold in the chopped chocolate.
  4. Cover and place in the fridge until ready to use.
  5. To make the milkshake, place all ingredients in a blender and blend until creamy.
  6. Top with the whip cream.
  7. Eat immediately and enjoy!
  8. Serves 2 milkshakes or 4 small ones.

  Dark Chocolate Mint Chip Coconut Milkshake w/ Mint Chip Coconut Whipped Cream

The second I finished whipping these up my girls were jumping up and down begging for a glass! Too bad I didn’t share… Just kidding! I let them have a sip ;).

They loved the little bits of mint chocolate inside, which added a whole new level of excitement for them. Being a kid is the greatest right? The whipped cream was probably my favorite and I can definitely see using it again for other sweet treats in the future!

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Dark Chocolate:  Dark 70%, Dark 85%, Hazelnut & Currant, Mint, Maya Gold, Ginger, and Spiced Chili

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White Chocolate:  White Chocolate

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The Reality Of How My Family Lives A ‘Healthy Lifestyle’

I would say that 80% of the emails I get are from parents who are struggling with having their family and their children eat healthy. Even though it’s an email or a comment, I can tell that they are stressed, worried, and feel a sense of failure because their child or spouse just hates eating healthy.

As parents, we are responsible for the health and well being of our family, so living a healthy lifestyle and healthy eating are a sensitive and sometimes touchy subject. There are A LOT of different ways to live healthy and with those ways come A LOT of different opinions.

So why not give you mine right?

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a long time, but never really had the ‘courage’ to do so. Saying how we ‘actually’ live is kind of scary, not that I am ashamed. But what if people think I’m a fraud?! Majority of social media and blogs today are all about perfection. It’s rare to see a REAL glimpse into someones life. As far as we know, all the other moms and dads are doing it perfectly, or at least better than you are right? Getting a good workout in every morning, eating healthy, feeding their kids all organic homemade, teaching their kids, dressing in the cutest clothes, and of coarse having the perfect house. One of my favorite quotes that I think fits perfectly is, ” Love her dress, hate her.”

So let’s begin…

How do we really live a healthy lifestyle in our family…

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There was a time when I had one baby where I made homemade crackers.

Yup.

Homemade crackers with different nuts, seeds, and all things healthy.

I remember an older mom friend of mine saying, “I CAN’T believe you are making your own crackers?! How do you find the time?!”

I laughed but in my head thought, “Well you can accomplish anything at nap time!” I also thought, anyone can afford to buy majority of their food organic. Vegan diets are easy. Eating out at healthy restaurants is do-able. You can make anything homemade, during that beloved nap time. Fitting in exercise is the easiest thing…yada yada yada.

Well my friends, my opinion has definitely changed. I woke up. Or in my case, I never slept. Having 3 kids under 4 will do that to you. So where do I/my family stand now you ask?

Here is our reality.

Right now, I like to call our life the “Survival Stage.” 

With 3 kids under 4, a husband who works two jobs and 60 plus hours a week, along with a massive load of student debt, well we are just trying to survive ;).

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Do we buy all Organic Food?

No.

In an ideal world we would buy organic meats, fruits, dairy, grains, etc. There was a time when I did this, again when I was a young mom of one, and I spent A LOT. At the time we were a small family, technically only 2 and 1/2, so we weren’t eating a lot, but buying organic in general was EXPENSIVE. I also shopped locally at the farmers markets and bought organic produce. I loved it.

But things have changed. Now with 5 mouths to feed, grown up bills, and our desert climate, organic isn’t always possible. I just can’t afford to spend 100 on produce alone. I can’t. I’ve been to our local farmers markets and you can buy a tiny things of berries for 8 bucks, and that would be a snack for my 4 year old. It just isn’t possible. Not with a mortgage and all the other bills right?

What about meat? I’m so excited because we just recently got a sprouts market in our city and their organic prices are so much better! If their organic meat is on sale and it’s a good and similar price to what I would pay for non organic, than I will buy it. Otherwise my friends, at this point in our life, I can’t spend 50 just on meat. Of coarse there is always the idea of incorporating for vegan/meat free dishes that way every meal isn’t solely meat based. But still, a package of organic chicken breast at my local store is about 20 bucks. (That’s one night of chicken dinner.)

What about Dairy? The same goes for dairy as it does meat. If it’s on sale, we buy it. If not, we don’t.

It’s a hard reality for me to share, but I’ve learned that we all, if not a lot of us, are not in perfect financial stability. We just can’t afford to pay 300 bucks a week on groceries,  and frankly I don’t really want to. I truly believe you just do the best you can. If you can’t afford organic, great! If you can, great! But don’t buy an 8 dollar mini organic watermelon. That’s just crazy ;).

Does that mean I’m buying crap?

No.

I still buy an abundance of fresh produce and majority of the time I make 3 meals a day for my family. Not always, but a lot of the time. Unless I had 3 hours of sleep the night before because I stayed up to watch the Bachelor. Then it’s cheerios for breakfast.

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Do your kids eat healthy? Do they eat vegetables?

Yes and Yes.

No and No.

Are we clear? haha! Here’s the lowdown on healthy eating with my kids. My girls are learning who they are and developing a sense of, “It’s my way or the highway” kind of attitude. It’s a fun stage. Sometimes when I place vegetables in front of them they either laugh, cry, scream, or just eat them. Everyday is different. But I try and be consistent. I serve veggies with every meal. Sometimes they eat them, sometimes they spit them out and tell me that was disgusting.

With that being said, my kids have had boxed macaroni and cheese. And Oreos. This goes back to that “Survival Stage” where I had a new born baby who nursed on demand every hour, a toddler who was going through pacifier withdrawls, a 4 year old who thought she was 16, and a husband at work. The LAST thing I wanted to do was think about what to make for dinner. When those days happen, don’t feel guilty about making a boxed macaroni and cheese. Just pat yourself on the back that your kids are being fed dinner! There were multiple times, yes multiple, where I would put a movie on to try and fit in a 30 minute nap only to wake up to find my 2 year old knee deep in a jar of nutella. It happens.

Do you exercise every day?

No.

At this particular time in my life I would say I exercise 3/7 days a week. Is it a good solid workout? I wish, but no. I’ve been blessed with very alert kids. Kids that at the age of 4 still don’t sleep through the night. Add a new born to that and when I wake up in the morning I’m crawling down stairs half asleep. I also have a husband who leaves at 6 in the morning for work and by the time he comes home, I am way to tired to work out.

With that being said, I try to fit in a walk, jog, or a workout video in every so often. But it’s not easy right now, and THAT is ok. There was a time when I had a 18 month old and a 3 1/2 year old and I wasn’t pregnant. I would run every day and get a great workout in. The kids were sleeping a little better and I felt more alive. That time will come again, but I know right now I just have to do the best I can. Are there moms who are better at this? Definitely. But I’m not that mom.

We are all different and we do things differently. Like I said, we do the best we can right?

Do you eat at healthy restaurants?

Yes and No.

(Aren’t you loving my answers? SO clear.)

If you ask my husband, I’m constantly begging him to try new healthy, vegan, and sometimes raw food places. Sometimes he is willing but most of the time he isn’t. If we eat out as a family, we try to be spending conscious and if I have a say, health conscious. We have definitely ordered a pizza, and my husband loves to take the girls to McDonalds. (I try and put my foot down on that, but marriage is compromise right?) It’s not a weekly thing or even monthly, but my girls have had fast food. (And I really like red burritos without cheese from Del Taco. AHHHH!!) But if we eat out, I usually always order sometime healthy/light and my girls usually stick to similar things, like macaroni and cheese, or chicken. They don’t really stray from that.

A long those lines, my girls love to eat at healthy juice places and have fresh juice and healthy baked goods. I usually take them with me to try new places and they are really open to doing things like that.

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In closing…

I love finding ways to live a healthier lifestyle. It truly changed my life and the way I feel. Somedays I am on top of it, and sometimes I am just trying to survive. I love to be in the kitchen, so I’m always trying to make healthier dishes. It’s a passion. I love sharing those recipes and ideas with others so they can try them on their family. I also love the way exercise and healthy eating make me feel. Nothing makes me feel more energized for the day then when I get a good solid workout in.

This is why I am SO excited about this breakfast book I’ve been working on! I can’t wait to share it with everyone.

But I’m not perfect, and neither are you. I’ll be the first person to say I love a big slice of chocolate cake or chocolate chip cookie! You have do to what works best for you and your family. And if you are a young mom with little babies like me, well then just remember you are doing the best and just trying to ‘survive’ :). There will be a time when all those babies are in school and sleeping through the night, (or so I hope!). Then getting up at 6 to workout will be easier right? :)

 

Again, this was kind of scary for me to share, but I hope that I was able to answer some of my most frequently asked questions! More importantly, I hope you feel better about yourself! Thanks for all of your support and love my friends!

Sun Dried Tomato and Pesto Meat Balls

*Need a quick weeknight dinner? Meatballs are one of our family favorites and it’s super fast to whip together! Add the meatballs to your favorite pasta and you are done! Plus, these meatballs have a hint of veggies in them!*

I find myself making meatballs almost weekly for my little family because it’s fast and one of the dinners that my kids eat without hesitation.

I think it’s their Italian blood that doesn’t have a problem eating meatballs and pasta. It’s also that same Italian blood that makes our family look like a performing broadway show with all the singing, yelling, animated gesturing and dramatic exits…

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Dramatic as in when you are picking up your 2 year old from preschool and she doesn’t want to leave. So then you have to drag her to the car as she screams, flailing every body part only for the unlock button to stop working. Don’t worry, the kids and their parents stopped in their tracks and watched every single moment.

Why do moments like that feel like slow motion?

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Back to meatballs. Italian hot headed or not, your family will thank you for these meatballs. And, this recipe is pretty versatile! This recipe originally came from THIS meatball recipe, and I’ve adapted it so many times and tried new flavors! Add your favorite pasta, or simply use the rest of your pest0 and sun dried tomatoes to your pasta (kind of a version of THIS recipe), and you have a complete meal!

Side Note: I can’t guarantee that the side effects from these meatballs won’t be a little dramatic…

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Sun Dried Tomato and Pesto Meatballs
 
Ingredients
  • 1¼ pound ground turkey
  • 1 beaten egg
  • ⅓ c. parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • ⅓ c. bread crumbs
  • 1 large carrot, finely grated, plus extra for topping
  • 4 TB. pesto
  • ⅓ c. chopped sun dried tomatoes
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. pepper
  • 1 grated garlic clove
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a bowl, add all ingredients together and gently fold and incorporate until combined. Do not over mix.
  3. Using a large casserole dish, 9 X13, coat the bottom of the dish with 2 TB. olive oil.
  4. Using a cookie scoop, shape meat into 1 inch size meatballs and arrange in the baking dish. Sprinkle the top with more parmesan cheese, lightly coated.
  5. Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes, or until the meatballs are cooked all the way through. Cover with foil and allow them to sit for a few minutes before serving.

 

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Preschool again today…Wish me luck!

Nailed It : Laundry

Let’s talk about laundry.

I LOATHE laundry.

Nope. Scratch that. I HATE laundry.

I feel bad because I think it’s one of those things I should have told my husband before he married me. But I didn’t.

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See that pile on the bed? It’s clean. Clean-ish.

That pile was washed a week ago. It’s been in a pile for a week on the bottom of my bed/on the floor. Need a shirt? Look in that pile. Need new undies? The pile.

See that laundry basket behind The Pile? That’s dirty laundry, SPILLING over the top.

Why does laundry hate me so much?

Do you see the time on the clock? You can’t really tell but it says 2:57, in the afternoon. That’s right. 3 in the afternoon and I haven’t even thrown a dirty load of laundry into the wash. NOT ONE.

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I could blame the children.

I mean, after all I have been taking care of 3 kids under 4 all day…You know what? It’s all their fault! But I also hated/had issues with laundry B.C. (before children), so I guess it’s technically not their fault. Which only means one thing…

Nailed it! Nice one me, nice one…

 

 

Single Serving PB Cup (Quick Dessert!)

Sometimes mommy just needs some candy.

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Like when your husband comes home from work with a king size bar of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and you just watch him take each bite wishing he would share, but secretly hope he doesn’t.

So twisted.

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Or when you are convinced your 3 daughters have Pre menstrual like symptoms and you have a bag of pink shiny peeps just SCREAMING your name to offer you a tiny glimpse of sanity…

Single Serving Dark Chocolate PB Cup via The Diva Dish

Sometimes we need candy. Sometimes we need chocolate. And sometimes we need peanut butter chocolate candy.

Single Serving Dark Chocolate PB Cup via The Diva Dish

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Single Serving PB Cup (Quick Dessert!)
 
Ingredients
  • 1.5 TB chopped dark chocolate, melted
  • 1 TB natural PB
Instructions
  1. Get 3-4 cupcake wrappers and stack them together.
  2. Add half of the melted chocolate to the bottom of the wrapper. Using a spoon, push some of the melted chocolate up all the sides of the wrapper. Not the whole way, just a little bit.
  3. Next spoon on top the peanut butter.
  4. On top of that, add the rest of the melted chocolate, and carefully spread it over the top of the peanut butter.
  5. Place the peanut butter cup in the freezer for about 5 minutes to set, then enjoy!

 

Single Serving Dark Chocolate PB Cup via The Diva Dish

If you want to jazz this dessert up even more, chop up the PB cup and fold it into Banana Ice Cream or Greek Yogurt/Greek Yogurt Ice Cream for double the protein!

Now go enjoy that candy!

Spring Citrus Kale Salad

The other day as I was making a kale salad, my cousin looked at me and said, “Isn’t it funny how now you are eating that, but back then it was a decoration on your steak plate!”

Citrus Spring Kale Salad

Years ago, the thought of eating kale would have been a laughing matter to me. If kale was in fact that veggie on the plate, I gladly scooted it over and face planted right into some creamy mashed potatoes.

(I think I might still do that?)

Luckily for me, my family have taken that spot and forcefully push their veggies to the side along with an exaggerated, “OMG THAT LOOKS LIKE POOP!” Husband, please don’t say poop at the dinner table…

That’s right, you heard me. My family doesn’t love veggies. I know you probably assumed the first thing my kids ask for in the morning is a carrot, but no my friends. Wrong.

Spring Citrus Kale Salad from The Diva Dish

They ask for Lucky Charms…Every day. And every day I say No. Then they cry, tell me I’m a mean mom and how we aren’t best friends. My husband is so dramatic.

ALL before 7 a.m.

So imagine my reaction when I placed this kale salad on their dinner plate the other night and everyone started gobbling it up. Excited? Shocked? Happy?

Spring Citrus Kale Salad from The Diva Dish

Is there a feeling that describes Booya? I could picture it so clearly…

Kale salads being requested every night. Kids screaming for veggies and hummus as a snack. Fighting for the last scoop of vegetables at dinner…

Spring Citrus Kale Salad from The Diva Dish

Spring Citrus Kale Salad from The Diva Dish

None of that happened and they still asked for marshmallows for breakfast this morning…

But they ate a kale salad for dinner last night, so I guess you could call that a win in my eyes.

Boo-ya.

Spring Citrus Kale Salad from The Diva Dish

Spring Citrus Salad
 
Family Friendly
Ingredients
  • 1 head curly kale
  • 1 c. strawberries
  • 1 c. clementines cut in half
  • 2-3 ounces of goat cheese
  • 3 TB. slivered almonds
  • Dressing:
  • Zest of 1 large orange (1/4 c.)
  • Juice of 1 large orange
  • 2 TB. olive oil
  • 1 TB. honey
  • 1 garlic clove smashed or grated
  • 1 TB. greek yogurt
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. using a cutting board, remove the leaves from the stems of the kale.
  2. Roll the leaves up and slice them. Place them in a bowl.
  3. Make the dressing by whisking everything together in a small bowl. Pour it over the kale salad and toss to coat.
  4. Next add strawberries, oranges, and almonds. Toss to coat.
  5. Top with Goat cheese.
  6. Allow to sit for a few minutes for the dressing to marinade.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Salad adapted from HERE

Spring Citrus Kale Salad from The Diva Dish 

I think the reason why this Kale salad was so family friendly were for the following reasons:

I used fruit in the salad, which is one of their favorite foods. The bright strawberries and clementines automatically drew them in.

The salad was frilly like a tutu. This really drew my husband in ;). Before I served it, I told my girls that the salad was frilly like a tutu and it got them excited. I know it sounds crazy, but when you have a 2 and 4 year old daughter, you will understand.

Spring Citrus Kale Salad from The Diva Dish

I’m hoping I can pull another fast one on them again for dinner this week, but we shall see. I think my husband is on to something.

The BEST Acai Bowl

From the age of 16 through 20 I worked at smoothie businesses.

One might think this is where my love of ‘healthy living’ developed…But when a pizza place next door starts exchanging you breadsticks for smoothie, well…

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Also, did you know the majority of smoothie chains make their smoothies with sugary juice and frozen yogurt ice cream? It makes them taste oh so delicious! But it also kind of cancels out the fact that drinking a smoothie is a healthier option.

Does that mean pizza bread sticks could have been a healthier choice?!

I’d like to think so.

The BEST Acai Bowl from The Diva Dish

Hands down one of my ALL TIME favorite smoothies are Acai bowls, which are becoming quite popular.

(Let it be known that I totally like Acai Bowls before they were cool.)

But unlike so many others, I won’t toss my beloved smoothie bowls to the curb when it gets popular. I won’t think of it any different even though it has become quite the media whore.

No. I will love them forever. Why? Because when Acai Bowls are tomorrows news and another health craze becomes the star…I’ll still be there. Just like I was for Kale.

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One smoothie place I worked for used apple juice and strawberry juice with acai ice cream.

Another used almond milk, vanilla ice cream, and acai smoothie packs.

With the knowledge I have and for the love of all things healthy, I came up with is what I think the BEST Acai Bowl ever.The BEST Acai Bowl from The Diva Dish

But seriously, what makes them so popular? Besides the looks, it’s a great way to make a meal out of a smoothie. You can add fruit, crunchy granola, and a drizzle of funny and eat it all up with a spoon!

It’s mad I tell you, MAD. But once you do it, you won’t be able to stop thinking about it. Then before you know it, you will dream about it, and then well…

The BEST Acai Bowl from The Diva Dish

Then you will make an acai bowl i guess.

Or you will drive to the nearest juice bar and have them make it for you because most likely they will know you by name and exactly what you want. So in order to avoid that embarrassment you will have to make it at home sometimes.

You’re welcome.

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The BEST Acai Bowl
 
Ingredients
  • 1 acai smoothie packs, I found mine at Costco
  • Handful of frozen strawberries and blueberries
  • 1 frozen banana
  • a little bit of non dairy milk-I used cashew or almond
  • (opt. a little bit of apple juice)
  • 1 TB. agave
  • handful of ice
  • Toppings:
  • chopped fresh strawberries, frozen blueberries, sliced bananas, and a drizzle of honey
Instructions
  1. Add all smoothie ingredients into a blender and add a splash or two of liquid (milk and apple juice.) The less milk, the creamier.
  2. Blend until creamy.
  3. Add toppings to smoothie and dig in with a spoon!

The BEST Acai Bowl from The Diva Dish

The BEST Acai Bowl from The Diva Dish

Would I trade this acai bowl for a box full of breadsticks now a days? I mean…No, but I love bread sticks so…halfsies?

And Then There Were Three…

It’s amazing how you don’t think that life could get any better, or that you could share your heart any more, but as soon as we welcomed our 3rd sweet baby girl everything changed. I feel so incredibly  blessed!

Life with 3 girls…where do I begin?

I read this quote some time ago and I think it states perfectly how I feel…

The Happiest State of Human Existence Is to Love Someone More Than You Love Yourself.”

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Trust me friends…That is truly where Happiness lies.

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Thank you all So much for your kind words, comments, tweets, emails, instagram hellos, etc.! I feel the LOVE so much! I’ve been busy snuggling my little angel and I appreciate the patience. I’ve also been working on The Diva Dish E-book Breakfast Cookbook! I just need to tackle a few more recipes.

I do need a creative Hashtag to go with the book, so if anyone can think of one I am willing to send someone a ‘prize’ :).

 

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Love your family & Love your friends! Happy Tuesday!

Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts

*My kids request donuts often, and I love baked donuts that I can make from home as a healthier alternative! These are made with pancake mix, so half the work is already done for you! Enjoy these Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts with your kids anytime without the sugar overload!*

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We live somewhat close to a donut shop, and every so often on a  Saturday we will walk over with the kids and get them their favorite chocolate donuts! There is also a green juice place next door, so usually I’ll grab my breakfast there and then stare them down with jealousy as they eat.

It’s a wonderful family tradition.

Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts from The Diva Dish

I’ve made quite a few baked donuts at home, but I always seem to have a problem with the texture. Especially if I have used bananas in the batter, then I just feel like I’m eating a circle sized banana bread. But lately I’ve been baking with pancake batter, and for some reason the texture has been just perfect!

Light, airy, but still cake like. All that’s missing is a rich chocolate frosting with 1/4 cup of chocolate sprinkles on each donut.

Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts from The Diva Dish

Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts from The Diva Dish

Even better, these things bake up in a little over 10 minutes, and you don’t have to wait in a long line only to find out the parent in front of you took the last chocolate donut that would have belonged to your 4 year old. Thank goodness for a game of rock, paper, scissors with your husband to see who has to relay the message to her…#firstworldtoddlerproblems

Speaking of my husband, he ONLY eats glazed donuts. I just. I can’t. It’s all about the cake donut my friends. Am I right?

Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts from The Diva Dish

Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts from The Diva Dish

Also, I’ve talked about my love for Kodiak Cakes before, and I swear they aren’t paying me to say this, but they have been my favorite pancake mix to use! I just LOVE the ingredients, so if you haven’t ever tried it, definitely do so!

And while you are at it, drizzle some good quality melted chocolate over the top of your donuts. When the chocolate hardens on the soft donut it’s OH SO GOOD!

Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts from The Diva Dish

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Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts
 
Ingredients
  • 1 c. pancake mix-I used Kodiak Cakes
  • 2 TB. cocoa powder
  • ¼ c. coconut sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 TB. melted coconut oil
  • ½ c. milk of choice
  • ¼ c. mini chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Whisk the pancake mix, cocoa powder, and coconut sugar together.
  2. Then add the egg, coconut oil, and milk and whisk until combined.
  3. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  4. Grease a donut pan.
  5. Add the batter in a large plastic bag, and then cut the corner off.
  6. Pipe the batter into each donut, filling almost all the way to the top.
  7. (This should make about 5 regular sized donuts.)
  8. Bake at 350 for 12-14 minutes.
  9. Let cool and then remove from the pan.
  10. Top with desired toppings~I drizzled some melted white chocolate over and it was delicious!

 

Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts from The Diva Dish

Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts from The Diva Dish

In the spirit of Valentines, feel free to sprinkle a touch of pink love on each donut. It appeals to little eyes even more! No pink box needed ;).

Sunday Dinner : Before Baby

I think there is a 6th sense roaming about our household. Each one of us in our own way knows that the 5th member of our family will soon be here, and well….

Each one of us is handling the situation differently.

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My girls personalities have completely switched, but I’ve still managed to have one ‘out to get me’ child, and ‘one that really must love me’ child.

My husband has been teaching my girls how to punch, fight, kick, and play sports non stop. I think he is starting to feel how little power he really is going to have living in a house with 7 women.

7 because I count as 3 women total. That’s right. I’ve fully embraced the last stage of my pregnancy with more than enough hormones to the point where I cry over missing shoes and hugs from my littles.

And I cried at like every super bowl commercial.

Sunday  Dinner; The Diva Dish

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We also just finished up the last of our ‘major’ kitchen projects before the baby comes! The minor things will come later, but my husband told me we have to pay our mortgage so…

After two weeks of being unable to use my kitchen, it felt nice to have a peaceful Sunday just enjoying my little family of 4 before we add one more!

We made lemonade, chicken +pasta, rolls, and chocolate. The recipes/links to recipes will be at the end of this post!

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Sunday  Dinner; The Diva Dish

Sunday  Dinner; The Diva Dish

Sunday  Dinner; The Diva Dish

Sunday  Dinner; The Diva Dish

Sunday  Dinner; The Diva Dish

Sunday  Dinner; The Diva Dish

Sunday  Dinner; The Diva Dish

Sunday  Dinner; The Diva Dish

Sunday  Dinner; The Diva Dish

Sunday  Dinner; The Diva Dish

Sunday  Dinner; The Diva Dish

Sunday  Dinner; The Diva Dish

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I feel like it’s a calm before the storm, because guess what, we are naming our baby Storm.

Totally kidding.

…But more like, we will be lucky if we change out of our pajamas and do productive things after she arrives. Sorry hubs. And sorry kids. And sorry kitchen floors. And sorry hair…You won’t be washed often.

:)

Here are the recipes from our Sunday Dinner:

Strawberry Lemonade (Just water, no sparkling water)

Chicken Piccata + Parsley Pasta

Parmesan Italian Herb Rolls= Frozen Dough Rolls topped with melted coconut oil, grated Italian herbs, and freshly grated parmesan. Baked at 400 for 16 minutes in a greased cast iron skillet.

Salad= Not pictured, but it was just lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, apples, goat cheese, almonds, and dressing.

Brownies= Boxed w/ homemade frosting. (Melted chocolate chips, coconut oil, powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk)