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Cookin' Up a Storm: Healthy Recipes By Melissa

2 Posts tagged with the chocolate tag

Healthy Chocolate Mousse

Posted by MelissaE Jul 15, 2011

I feel like I owe a double dose of recipe knowledge today since I haven't been around for a while. Here's a good one I tried last week. It's for a  dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free chocolate mousse. Although the avocados might seem a peculiar ingredient here, do not be fooled. They add the perfect texture to this delicious treat. Enjoy as a dessert or a breakfast with lots of fruit and nuts.


  • 4 ripe avocados
  • Sweetner (I used a combo of 2 pinches of stevia + 3/4 cup of maple syrup, but you can use honey, agave, etc...)
  • 2 tbsn pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup raw, unsweetened cacao powder
  • Mint or strawberry garnish


Blend all together. Add fresh mint leaves on top or enjoy with fresh berries.

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted by MelissaE Nov 25, 2008


I can't take credit for this recipe -- I'm not a baker. But they are really good and I'm going to attempt to make them this Thanksgiving. These cookies are actually kinda healthy -- not low calorie, but they are packed with vitamin A, fiber and iron.


  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup white sugar

  • 1/2 cup butter or trans-fat-free margarine

  • 1 egg

  • 1 tsp. baking soda

  • 1 tsp. milk

  • 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour

  • 1-1/2 cups unbleached white flour

  • 2 tsp. baking powder

  • 1/2 tsp. salt

  • 1-1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves

  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg

  • 1 Tbsp. pure vanilla extract

  • 1 cup semisweet or dark chocolate chips

  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray two cookie sheets with nonstick spray. In a large bowl, cream together pumpkin, sugars, butter and egg. In a small dish, dissolve baking soda into milk. Set aside. In a separate bowl, stir together flours, baking powder, salt and spices. Add baking soda mixture to flour mixture.



Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture, stirring until just combined. Be careful not to overmix or the batter will get tough. Add vanilla extract, chocolate chips and walnuts. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned.



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