30 Cinco de Mayo Inspired Cocktails

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We’ve rounded up 30 of the best cocktails, perfect for celebrating Cinco de Mayo! From margaritas to mojitos, we’ve got a drink to please anyone! So raise your glasses & spend the day celebrating the best way you know how – with a rim of salt & a squeeze of lime!

 

35 Cinco de Mayo Inspired Cocktails

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Blackberry MojitoBLACKBERRY MOJITO | The View from Great Island

Blue Curacao MargaritaBLUE CURACAO MARGARITA | Karen’s Kitchen Stories

Champagne MargaritasCHAMPAGNE MARGARITAS | The Kitchen is My Playground

Cheater Margarita SmoothiesCHEATER MARGARITA SMOOTHIES | Farm Fresh Feasts

Cherry-Lime MargaritasCHERRY-LIME MARGARITAS | Cook the Story

Chocolate MargaritasCHOCOLATE MARGARITAS | Kitchen Meets Girl

Citrus Moscato SangriaCITRUS MOSCATO SANGRIA | Laylita’s Recipes

Colada MargaritaCOLADA MARGARITA | Cooking on the Front Burner

Fiery Green MartiniFIERY GREEN MARTINI | The View from Great Island

Fresh Blackberry MargaritaFRESH BLACKBERRY MARGARITA | Karen’s Kitchen Stories

Fresh Grapefruit MojitoFRESH GRAPEFRUIT MOJITO | The View from Great Island

Frozen Mango-Lime MargaritasFROZEN MANGO LIME MARGARITAS | Kitchen Treaty

Frozen Pineapple MargaritaFROZEN PINEAPPLE MARGARITAS | Taste Love and Nourish

Jalapeno MargaritasJALAPENO MARGARITAS | Wine & Glue

Key Lime Pie MargaritasKEY LIME PIE MARGARITAS | Kitchen Meets Girl

Mango MargaritaMANGO MARGARITA | Cooking with Curls

Mango Coconut MargaritaMANGO COCONUT MARGARITA | Snappy Gourmet

Mango Passion Fruit MargaritaMANGO PASSION FRUIT MARGARITA | Laylita’s Recipes

Margarita Lime Jello CubesMARGARITA LIME JELLO CUBES {SHOTS} | Liv Life

Margaritas with Lemon & BasilMARGARITAS WITH LEMON & BASIL | Cook the Story

MexaratiniMEXARATINIS | A Spoonful of Luxe

Mexican Chocolate ShotsMEXICAN CHOCOLATE SHOTS | Snappy Gourmet

Midori ColadaMIDORI COLADA | Kitchen Meets Girl

Moscow MuleMOSCOW MULE | Kailley’s Kitchen

Peach Jalapeno MargaritasPEACH JALAPENO MARGARITAS | Dessert for Two

Perfect Fresh Blended Pina ColadasPERFECT FRESH BLENDED PINA COLADAS | Sweet Anna’s

Rose MargaritaROSE MARGARITA | Karen’s Kitchen Stories

Skinny Spicy Tequila CocktailSKINNY SPICY TEQUILA COCKTAIL | Keep It Sweet Desserts

Sparkling Limon-Lime MargaritaSPARKLING LIMON-LIME MARGARITA | Frugal Foodie Mama

Strawberry Margaritas STRAWBERRY MARGARITAS | Laylita’s Recipes

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Slow Cooker Buffalo Meatballs

These Slow Cooker Buffalo Meatballs are the perfect addition to your game day menu.  With just a few simple ingredients needed to make the sauce, you’ll be set for entertaining!

These Slow Cooker Buffalo Meatballs are the perfect addition to your game day menu.  With just a few simple ingredients needed to make the sauce, you'll be set for entertaining!

I’m a huge football fanatic.  NCAA football is my favorite, but I do enjoy NFL games as well – especially this year, when the Chiefs had a winning season!  And even if you’re not a fan of the games, just about everyone loves football food. :-)

Superbowl is the ultimate day for the consumption of finger foods, and meatballs are one of our favorites.  I love making meatballs from scratch, but when it comes to game day entertaining, I want quick and easy.  For this appetizer, I used frozen meatballs, but feel free to substitute your favorite homemade meatball if you’d rather.

Me?  I’ll be throwing these in the slow cooker and getting down to game-watching!

These Slow Cooker Buffalo Meatballs are the perfect addition to your game day menu.  With just a few simple ingredients needed to make the sauce, you'll be set for entertaining!

Slow Cooker Buffalo Meatballs

Slow Cooker Buffalo Meatballs

Ingredients

  • 2 (1-pound) bags frozen meatballs (about 40 meatballs)
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup Buffalo hot sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup

Instructions

  1. Combine the chicken broth, Buffalo hot sauce, and ketchup in the bowl of your slow cooker.
  2. Add your frozen meatballs into your slow cooker, and mix the sauce around so each meatball is coated.
  3. Turn the slow cooker on to high, and leave it on high for about an hour, stirring a couple times.
  4. Once it appears that the meatballs have somewhat thawed, turn your slow cooker down to low, and allow to warm for an hour longer, or until warm throughout.
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Fiesta Pinwheels

With just five ingredients, these Fiesta Pinwheels are the perfect game day appetizer! 

{or lunch…not that I’m speaking from experience}

With just five ingredients, these Fiesta Pinwheels are the perfect game day appetizer!

Last month, when I had the opportunity to visit the Pillsbury Test Kitchens, we spent the first half of our kitchen time whipping up quick, easy, and mouthwatering appetizers.  In my family, finger-foods are our favorite way to entertain, so I was in appetizer heaven.

And with Superbowl just around the corner, I have big plans for a game watching party – with lots of appetizers!

 With just five ingredients, these Fiesta Pinwheels are the perfect game day appetizer!

{fun fact about me: I’m as girlie as they come, but when it comes to football…watch out}

And when it comes to appetizers and football, I want something simple and fast so I don’t miss any of the game or socializing time.

These fit the bill.

Just start with Pillsbury Seamless Crescent Dough – divided into two long rectangles.  Spread sour cream over each rectangle, and then sprinkle with Shredded Mexican Chicken, cheese, and green onions.  Roll ‘em up, and slice each roll into eight equal pieces.  You may also just as easily use any leftover chicken you have on hand {deli chicken works great}.  Just give it a sprinkle with some Mexican spices or taco seasoning first. ;-)

Then just bake the Fiesta Pinwheels until the crescents are golden brown and slightly crisp.

With just five ingredients, these Fiesta Pinwheels are the perfect game day appetizer!

I just love these tasty little appetizers. With a lightly crisp and flaky shell wrapped around my favorite Mexican flavors…these Fiesta Pinwheels are a fun finger-food for any occasion where you want a popable appetizer!

With just five ingredients, these Fiesta Pinwheels are the perfect game day appetizer!

Fiesta Pinwheels

makes 16 pinwheels

Fiesta Pinwheels

Ingredients

  • 1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated crescent dinner rolls or 1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury® Crescent Recipe Creations® refrigerated seamless dough sheet
  • 4 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1/4 cup Mexican Shredded Chicken
  • 4 tablespoons shredded Mexican Four Cheese Blend shredded cheese {I used Kraft}
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • salsa, optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. If using crescent rolls: Unroll dough; separate into 2 long rectangles. Press each into 12x4-inch rectangle, firmly pressing perforations to seal. If using dough sheet: Unroll dough; cut lengthwise into 2 long rectangles. Press each into 12x4-inch rectangle.
  3. Spread 2 tablespoons of sour cream over each rectangle. Sprinkle each with half of the shredded chicken, cheese, and green onions.
  4. Starting with one short side, roll up each rectangle and press the edge to seal. Using a serrated knife, cut each roll into 8 slices and place cut side down on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  5. Bake 12 to 17 minutes or until edges are deep golden brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheet. Serve warm and with salsa for dipping, if desired.

adapted from Pillsbury

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XO, Ashley

Disclosure:  Pillsbury paid for my travel and accommodations to the General Mills Headquarters as part of a Holiday Bloggers event.  However, all opinions in this post, as always, are 100% my own.

 

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Berry Power Smoothie

Thank you to Weight Watchers for getting my new year started off right. Though I was compensated for my time and commitment, all views, positive and negative, are my own.

Filled with fruit, Greek yogurt, and a bit of flaxseed, this berry power smoothie is a #simplestart to a new you!

So…2014.  Canyouevenbelieveit?

If you’re like a lot of other folks, the beginning of a new year sparks a desire to make some healthy changes to your eating habits.  Let me just say this: having a baby post age-30 + writing a food blog = the skinny jeans are not happening.

And I’m not so much as concerned about the skinny jeans as I am about maintaining healthy eating habits and setting a good example for raising a healthy child.  But for me?  It’s really, really hard.  I have a terrible habit of ripping open a bag of tortilla chips after work in the early evening and just going to town.  Willpower when it comes to food is not my forté.

I’ve been a long-time member of Weight Watchers – and not primarily because I have a lot of weight to lose.  But when Doodle was about two years old, I realized my personal health was taking a backseat to my mommy duties.  I was too tired, too stressed, too focused on everything else in my life to take time for me.

And that wasn’t good for anyone.

So I took charge of my life again, and signed up for Weight Watchers.  I lost weight, yes, but more importantly, I felt better about myself.  Healthier.  Stronger.  Happier.  In control.

And then…I started blogging.  My snacks of fresh berries and veggies with hummus slowly became replaced with bites of cheesecake cookies and chocolate banana bread during photo shoots.  My jeans got a little tighter.  I felt tired and sluggish, and I knew I needed to make some changes – again.  So when I saw Weight Watchers had a new Simple Start plan to get into the swing of things, it was just the push I needed.

Filled with fruit, Greek yogurt, and a bit of flaxseed, this berry power smoothie is a #simplestart to a new you!

The goal of Simple Start is to get you in the habit of eating good-for-you foods. During the first two weeks of this plan, you don’t have to worry about portion size.  All you have to do is choose meals and snacks from the lists provided, and eat ‘em. ;-)

Weight Watchers even created a shopping list to help you navigate the grocery store aisles. The meals have swap options and flavor boosts, and there are plenty of options for vegetarians.  Yep, it’s really that easy.

Filled with fruit, Greek yogurt, and a bit of flaxseed, this berry power smoothie is a #simplestart to a new you!

Not only that, but on the Simple Start plan, you get 7 point-plus per day to spend on indulgences.  That includes chocolate, peanut butter, and/or wine.  I don’t know about you, but it’s the times that I’m too strict or deprive myself that I have a hard time staying on track.  Knowing that I have a daily treat to look forward to really helps keep me motivated.

Filled with fruit, Greek yogurt, and a bit of flaxseed, this berry power smoothie is a #simplestart to a new you! While this smoothie isn’t specific to the Simple Start plan (I’ll talk about specifics in a later post), it is one of my favorite snacks when I’ve tracked points in the past.  Loaded with fresh fruit, Greek yogurt, coconut milk, and a bit of ground flaxseed, you don’t have to feel guilty about indulging!

Tell me: what are your tips for maintaining a healthy diet?

Berry Power Smoothie

Berry Power Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 banana, sliced and frozen
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup light coconut milk
  • 1 cup mixed berries (I used strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries)
  • 1 teaspoon flaxseed
  • 1 large handful fresh spinach, optional

Instructions

  1. In a blender, combine banana, yogurt and milk and process until smooth. Add in remaining fruit, flaxseed, and spinach (if using), and blend until desired consistency is reached.
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75+ Fun and Festive Holiday Drinks

Over 75 Fun and Festive Holiday Drinks at www.kitchenmeetsgirl.com
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Pumpkin Pie in a Glass

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This Pumpkin Pie in a Glass is my new favorite drink for Fall.  Now you can eat your pie – and drink it, too.  

This Pumpkin Pie in a Glass is my new favorite drink for Fall.  Now you can eat your pie - and drink it, too.  #KahluaHoliday

It’s the time of year for entertaining, and if you’re like my friends and family, you can’t get enough pumpkin pie anything.  My cousin is actually known for layering huge scoops of whipped cream between two slices of pumpkin pie and eating it all herself {we call it the double-decker}.  Granted, she did this as a teenager {a few decades ago}, but it’s still the main topic of conversation around the dessert table at Thanksgiving.

And if you’re really like me, you’re stuffed to the brim after the Thanksgiving meal {or any holiday meal, for that matter}…but you still want that something sweet.  Sweet potatoes don’t count: those are vegetables, no?

That’s where Pumpkin Pie in a Glass comes in.  Seriously, this drink is rich, creamy, and delicious, and tastes just like pumpkin pie.  Plus, it has Kahlúa Pumpkin Spice in it, so it’s perfect for my family functions. ;-)

This Pumpkin Pie in a Glass is my new favorite drink for Fall.  Now you can eat your pie - and drink it, too.  #KahluaSpirit

It’s also just as delicious served right along these no-bake mini pumpkin pies.  Because who needs a double-decker when you can drink your pie and eat it, too?

If you want to be a little decadent, add some of the Kahlúa Pumpkin Spice into your whipped cream.  I taste-tested it for you, and it’s pretty darn yummy.

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Pumpkin Pie in a Glass

Pumpkin Pie in a Glass

Ingredients

  • 2 parts Kahlúa Pumpkin Spice
  • 1 part hazelnut liqueur
  • 2.5 parts heavy cream
  • 1 part pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a martini shaker filled with ice. Shake to combine, and then pour into glass. Serves one.
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Mini No-Bake Pumpkin Pies

Mini No-Bake Pumpkin Pies

Ingredients

  • 1 package (16 count) mini shortbread pie shells
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar (light brown sugar is also fine)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • For the whipped cream:
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons Kahlúa Pumpkin Spice

Instructions

  1. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, beat together cream cheese, pumpkin sugar and pumpkin pie spice. Carefully spoon pumpkin pie filling into shortbread shells, and top with whipped cream.
  2. For the whipped cream:
  3. Beat together cream, powdered sugar and Kahlúa until peaks form. Dollop cream on top of pies.
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XO, Ashley

 

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Cinnamon Cookie Martini

I don’t know about you, but when something is labeled “Cinnamon Spice,” I’m pretty much all over it.  I’m not going to lie, sometimes our extended family holiday functions warrant sneaking a little something extra into my coffee.

Get into the holiday spirit with these festive Cinnamon Cookie Martinis! #KahluaSpirit

So when I saw this Kahlúa Cinnamon Spice sitting on the shelf at my liquor store, I pretty much had to have it.  Um, Merry Christmas to me!

{Side note: Christmas is just over a month away.  Let that sink in for a minute, then have a mild panic attack along with me, while I wonder how in the world 2013 passed by so quickly.}

Right now, our temperatures here are still in the 60’s by mid-afternoon, so while imbibing a shot of this Kahlúa in my after-dinner coffee would taste fantastic, a cool, creamy cinnamon cookie martini goes down just as nicely.  Plus, it looks fancy, and every now and then, I like to appear sophisticated, even though it’s likely I’m drinking this in my spaghetti sauce covered sweatshirt.

Get into the holiday spirit with these festive Cinnamon Cookie Martinis! #KahluaSpirit

I love chocolate, and it’s the perfect pairing with this Kahlúa Cinnamon Spice. With a hint of chocolate, the creamy factor from the chocolate milk, and the notes of cinnamon and spice from the Kahúla, these martinis go down easily.

Bottoms up!

Cinnamon Cookie Martini

serves 1

Cinnamon Cookie Martini

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 parts Kahlúa Cinnamon Spice
  • 1 part chocolate liqueur
  • 1/2 part Absolut Vanilla Vodka
  • 1/2 parts chocolate milk or heavy cream
  • pinch ground cinnamon, optional
  • chocolate shavings and cinnamon sticks for garnish, optional

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients, through cinnamon, into a martini shaker filled with ice. Shake to combine, then strain into glass. Top with chocolate shavings, if desired.

Drink is intended for those whom alcohol consumption is appropriate. Always drink responsibly.

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Please note: the labeling on the bottle has changed slightly from the images I’ve shown in my photos above.  This is the current labeling:

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Pumpkin Nog Smoothie

Using a blend of dairy-free pumpkin eggnog, frozen bananas, and flaxseed, this Pumpkin Nog Smoothie is as tasty as it is healthy!  Who says smoothies have to be boring?

Using a blend of dairy-free pumpkin eggnog, frozen bananas, and flaxseed, this Pumpkin Nog Smoothie is as tasty as it is healthy!  Who says smoothies have to be boring? #smoothie #pumpkin #smoovember

I’m an eggnog fanatic.  Once the holiday season hits and I spot it in the dairy case, eggnog is pretty much all I can think about.  Seriously, I could go through a gallon of the stuff every week completely on my own.  But then my jeans wouldn’t button, and I’d have a completely new set of problems.

So, the last few years, I’ve been making a dairy-free, lightened-up version…one that’s become my all-time favorite seasonal drink {no joke}.  It uses light vanilla soy milk {you may also use almond milk}, dry pudding mix, pumpkin puree, and lots of seasonal spices:

Lightened Up White Chocolate Pumpkin Nog #recipe #beverages www.kitchenmeetsgirl.com

You can get the recipe here.

I’ve already made it twice so far this season, with no chance of stopping anytime soon.

Doodle has been obsessed with smoothie-making lately, and my old blender hasn’t really been keeping up – trying to blend even one frozen banana in it is just an effort in futility.  So when I saw that Hamilton Beach had a new smoothie-maker out, I knew I had to get my hands on one.

The Smoothie Smart™ Blender prepares a perfect smoothie with the press of a button: Auto Smoothie. This 45-second smart blending cycle is programmed with the precise pulses and speeds needed to get the right consistency.  So in my case, no removing the blender lid, stirring, cursing, and repeating.

At the end of the cycle, the blender shuts off automatically.  Cool, right??

Using a blend of dairy-free pumpkin eggnog, frozen bananas, and flaxseed, this Pumpkin Nog Smoothie is as tasty as it is healthy!  Who says smoothies have to be boring? #smoothie #pumpkin #smoovember

Not only that, but it has a special “pour-spout” that makes serving a breeze – and mess free.  If you’ve ever lived with a 6-year old who wants to pour his own drink – well, you know how important this is. ;-)

And while my favorite faux-nog is super yummy all on it’s own, it’s even better used in a healthy smoothie: combined with frozen bananas and a bit of ground flax seed.  The flax seed is optional, but you really can’t taste it, and it is a great way to get some Omega-3 and extra fiber into your diet.

Using a blend of dairy-free pumpkin eggnog, frozen bananas, and flaxseed, this Pumpkin Nog Smoothie is as tasty as it is healthy!  Who says smoothies have to be boring? #smoothie #pumpkin #smoovember

Give this smoothie a try and go guilt-free during the holiday season!

Pumpkin Nog Smoothie

serves 2

Pumpkin Nog Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup lightened up pumpkin nog or store-bought eggnog
  • 1 banana, sliced and frozen
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground flax seed
  • 10 ice cubes
  • sprinkles, optional

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients except for the sprinkles into your blender. Pulse until ice cubes are crushed and bananas are creamy.
  2. Pour into glasses and top with sprinkles, if desired. Enjoy!
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The Single Serve Blender is sized to fit most cup holders, so you can easily make a smoothie for on-the-go!  Even better, you can place the cup or blending jar right in the dishwasher when you’re done.

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Autumn Russian

So, wanna hear about that time I was on my honeymoon and drank my weight in White Russians?

Use Kahlúa’s Limited Edition Pumpkin Spice to make these Autumn Russians - it's like pumpkin pie in a glass! #KahluaHoliday

Actually, that’s not quite true. We actually ate our weight in cheese fries and fresh mangoes (life’s all about balance, right?), while lying nearly comatose with our toes dipped in the Caribbean Sea and the Jamaican sun kissing our cheeks.

Because we vacationed at one of those all-inclusive resorts, we were determined to “get our money’s worth” by not skimping on the fun and festive umbrella drinks, if you know what I mean.  But here’s the thing about rum in Jamaica – it’s apparently poured and served like water, because every rum-based drink we ordered was pretty much 99 percent rum and 1 percent something else.

After a few days of making various requests (“light on the rum, please;” “a splash of rum, thanks;” and “seriously, just wave the rum bottle over the glass and pretend to pour”), we finally smartened up and started ordering drinks that weren’t rum-based.  My drink of choice: White Russians.

Because White Russians hold a special place in my heart and because we married in the fall, I knew exactly what I wanted to make when I spotted Kahlúa’s Limited Edition Pumpkin Spice: these Autumn Russians.

It’s almost like pumpkin pie in a glass, and who’s not down with that? ;-)

Use Kahlúa’s Limited Edition Pumpkin Spice to make these Autumn Russians - it's like pumpkin pie in a glass! #KahluaHoliday

Autumn Russian

Autumn Russian

Ingredients

  • 1 part pumpkin spice Kahlúa
  • 2 parts vodka
  • 1 part heavy cream
  • sprinkles for rimming, optional

Instructions

  1. Rim glass with sprinkles, if desired. Fill a rocks glass with ice. Pour in Kahlúa, vodka, and heavy cream over ice and stir.
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Triple Chocolate Energy Bites

These Triple Chocolate Energy Bites are just what I needed after a long weekend away at my first blog conference.

These no bake energy bites are filled with three kinds of chocolate: chocolate peanut butter, chocolate chips and cocoa powder, and come together in just a few quick steps! #recipe #chocolate

I basically had the best time ever in Austin over this last weekend.  I had the opportunity to meet some of my blogger friends {and make new ones!} and basically eat myself into a food coma.  It was awesome!

I also realized that a 30-something introvert with a sedentary day job is quickly exhausted after a few days of constant networking and walking around the hot streets of Austin.

So when I arrived home, I decided I needed a quick pick-me-up: but also something that wasn’t too time-consuming to prepare.  Anyone else need a vacation in order to recover from vacation?  Yeah, that’s me this week.

These no bake energy bites are filled with three kinds of chocolate: chocolate peanut butter, chocolate chips and cocoa powder, and come together in just a few quick steps! #recipe #chocolate

These triple chocolate energy bites did the trick.  Packed with oats, coconut, chocolate peanut butter, chocolate chips, and some flax seed, these quick treats came together in about 45 minutes, including refrigeration time.  Plus, they’re no bake, so they’re perfect for a summertime goodie.

Our temperature here exceeded 100 degrees yesterday so I have a feeling we’re in for a long summer.  I’m all about recipes that don’t require baking this time of the year!

These no bake energy bites are filled with three kinds of chocolate: chocolate peanut butter, chocolate chips and cocoa powder, and come together in just a few quick steps! #recipe #chocolate

You could certainly use regular peanut butter in these bites, but my philosophy is the more chocolate, the better.  That’s why I filled my little bites with Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter from Peanut Butter and Co.  If you haven’t spotted this in your local grocery store, you need to go grab some as soon as possible.  Seriously amazing.

I added chocolate chips to these bites and rolled the finished treat in a little cocoa powder for triple the chocolate.

And, if you’re unsure about using flax seed, this isn’t one of those healthy ingredients that people claim you “really can’t taste.”  I promise – you really can’t taste it.  Plus, there’s some evidence it may help reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes (source).

It’s a win-win.

These no bake energy bites are filled with three kinds of chocolate: chocolate peanut butter, chocolate chips and cocoa powder, and come together in just a few quick steps! #recipe #chocolate

Triple Chocolate Energy Bites

makes about 20 balls

Triple Chocolate Energy Bites

Ingredients

  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup chocolate peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • cocoa powder, for dusting

Instructions

  1. Stir all ingredients except for the cocoa powder together in a medium bowl until combined. Allow the mixture to chill for about 30 minutes in the refrigerator. Once chilled, roll into small balls - I used a 1" cookie scoop to form mine, but you can make yours whatever size you like. Roll formed balls into cocoa powder if desired.
  2. Store refrigerated in an airtight container for up to one week.

adapted from Gimmie Some Oven

http://kitchenmeetsgirl.com/triple-chocolate-energy-bites/

XO, Ashley

 

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