Wednesday, October 28, 2015

National Chocolate Day!



I think I've said it before, I get a kick out of how there seriously is a "national day" for everything you can think of! National dog day, coffee day, popcorn day, hat day, hugging day, and get this...even a national straw day. Who comes up with this stuff? Well, I don't really know but all I know is that today, October 28th, is National Chocolate Day. Now there are very few of these "national days" that I actually give two hoots about, but I gotta say, National Chocolate Day is one of them! Probably ties in importance with National Coffee Day for me, lol.

Now I do love chocolate, but it's not something I have or even crave all the time. Actually I am very cliché when it comes to chocolate. There is a specific time I crave it every month, and without having a TMI situation, I'll leave it at that. Ok, moving on...so since it is National Chocolate Day, I figured I'd share a couple chocolate based recipes with y'all today!

I'll start off with a super easy one! Not to mention it's healthy too! Chocolate covered bananas! (National Banana Day is August 27th, by the way, lol) These are simple because they only require three ingredients and you already know the two main ones.

Here we go...
 

Chocolate Covered Bananas
(makes 12)



Ingredients:
  • 6 large bananas
  • 6 oz. chocolate chips
  • 1/2 coconut oil
  • popsicle sticks (12)
  • wax paper
Instructions:
  1. Peel bananas and cut each one in half through the middle.
  2. Insert a popsicle stick into the bottom (flat) portion of the banana.
  3. Put bananas on a tray lined with wax paper and freeze until totally frozen, approx. 4 hours.
  4. Before removing the bananas from the freezer, start making the chocolate coating.
  5. In a microwave-safe dish, combine the chocolate chips and coconut oil.
  6. Heat for 30 seconds, then stir. Heat for 30 seconds, then stir. Repeat once more if needed. (You don't want to over heat the chocolate, it can burn)
  7. Pour the liquid chocolate into a tall glass and dip each banana until well coated.
  8. After dipping each one, place on its side on the wax paper, then store in the freezer. If you want one right away, let it stay in freezer about 10 minutes, then enjoy! The rest can stay in the freezer until you wish to eat them! They will last quite a while in there, not that I expect them to last very long!
Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies
 
 

Ingredients:
  • 8 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar (organic raw cane sugar is a good option)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Microwave the butter just until it becomes soft, approx. 30 seconds.
  3. Using a mixer and hand-held beater, beat the sugar and the butter until smooth. Add the vanilla and egg, then beat on low speed until well blended. Don't beat too long, 20 seconds at most or the cookies won't come out soft.
  4. Add the flour, salt, baking soda and mix well.
  5. At this point, the consistency should allow you to mold the dough into balls, using your hands. If they seem to stick to your hands too much, add a touch of flour to your hands between making each ball.
  6. Roll out 9-12 balls and place on a non-stick cookie sheet.
  7. Bake in oven for approx. 10 minutes. Keep an eye on them and watch for them to become puffy and just slightly tanned on top. Don't wait until they are browned like you might with other cookies.
  8. Remove from the oven and let cool 20 minutes...unless you can't wait, then just dig right in!

Chocolate Martini


Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 ounces Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
  • 1 1/2 ounces Cream de Cacao
  • 1/2 ounce Vodka
  • 2 1/2 ounces half-and-half creamer
  • chocolate shavings
  • cocoa powder
  • ice cubes
Instructions:
  1. Put martini glass(es) in freezer for ten minutes.
  2. Put a few ice cubes into a shaker and add all liquid ingredients, shake vigorously for 1 minute.
  3. From any solid chocolate bar, shave off some, as much as is to your liking.
  4. Take your martini glass(es) out of the freezer. Pour some cocoa powder on a plate. With your finger, wet the outside rim of the martini glass and dip it into the cocoa powder.
  5. Pour the drink from the shaker into the martini glass, throw some chocolate shavings on top and enjoy!
*note: if you want an extra chocolaty touch, before pouring the drink, you can use chocolate
syrup to make some lines along the side of the glass.
 
 
 

22 comments:

  1. Love these! Will have to try that martini that sounds delicious!

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  2. YUM! I'm all about chocolate! I've been snacking on trick-or-treating candies all day!

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    1. Me, too! :)

      Ursula

      www.blueridgebeautyblogger.com

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  3. I'm right there with you as not giving a hoot about all the national days. But I am a huge fan of National Chocolate Day as well. These recipes look amazing. I need to try that martini

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  4. Amazing ideas, I love chocolate so much! Xx

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  5. I need to try those bananas with my kids!

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  6. Seriously martini??? Oh Em Gee!!!! I so need to make that. You are having me in a chocolate coma right now LOL

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    1. I bet the Godiva will be great in a cheesecake! :)

      Ursula

      www.blueridgebeautyblogger.com

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  7. I love Chocolate every day 365!! I love Chocolate Chip cookies the best but I would give the Chocolate Martini a try (less vodka in mine, please)!

    Ursual

    www.blueridgebeautyblogger.com

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  8. I love chocolate! Especially chocolate covered berries and fruit. It's my favorite dessert!

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  9. I could not live without chocolate. I think if there was one food I had to eat for the rest of my life, that would be it.

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  10. Seriously I want to eat it all...and now! I actually do a post at the beginning of each month listing all the National Days. I get a kick out of them, and they are built in blogging prompts lol!

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  11. Chocolate covered bananas? Yes please! I also LOVE chocolate covered cheesecake. :)

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  12. I can't think of anything that deserves a national day more than chocolate! LOL. This is fantastic!

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  13. You had me at chocolate! There really is a national "whatever" day for everything under the sun and then some. I can totally get behind National Chocolate Day though.

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  14. I can't believe I missed National Chocolate Day! But it's never too late to celebrate, right? I'm going to try those chocolate covered bananas!

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  15. I can't believe I missed National Chocolate Day! But it's never too late to celebrate, right? I'm going to try those chocolate covered bananas!

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  16. This is making me hungry and Im not even a huge chocolate eater

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