Oatmeal Raspberry Chocolate Cheesecake bars

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I’m on a huge major intense dark chocolate kick right now …

Not that I’m actually eating it all the time, but all I want to do is shovel trunk loads of dark chocolate chips in my face.

I think it has to do something with the intensity of the smell, the depth of the taste – heh, you would think I was an actual food intellect there for a second.

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I’m not.

But I have something delicious and jazzy to share with you!!

LOOK AT THESE BARS!!

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Also, give me all the berries right now – raspberries especially. Ahh … gimme gimme gimme. Funny fact, one of the reasons I actually really like raspberries besides the crazy colour, and taste, is they don’t require much effort to eat. I can squish them in my mouth and we’re good to go … HOW FREAKING LAZY DOES THAT MAKE ME SOUND?! Mehh … it’s the weekend, let’s embrace it.

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Also, these bars have oatmeal in it = breakfast food. Actually, it covers all four major food groups; which means this could totally count as a meal … riiiiigggghhhht?! Mehh … it’s the weekend, let’s embrace it.

Oatmeal Raspberry Chocolate Cheesecake bars

For the Crust:

  • 2   cup Flour
  • ½  cup quick cook oats
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 cup softened Butter
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 2/3 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • ½ cup fresh raspberries
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips

For the Filling:

  • 8 oz softened Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

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Directions

Preheat oven to 350. Line a 9×11-inch baking pan with foil and spray with nonstick spray.

Whisk together flour, oats, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and cornstarch for crust.

Cream together butter, brown sugar and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla and whip to incorporate. Combine wet and dry ingredients.

Fold in dark chocolate chips and raspberries. Set aside

In a separate bowl, combine all of the filling ingredients.

Press ½  of the crust mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.

Top with filling mixture

Crumble remaining topping over the filling mixture.

Bake in a 350 oc oven for 1 hour.

Allow to cool at room temperature and then refrigerate for 2 hours ( refrigerating is optional, but allows for neat slicing).

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Flur De Sel Nutella Brownies

I’ve made a couple brownies in my time … all 20-something years of it. But nothing compares to this recipe.

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  • 2 kinds of chocolate chips
  • Nutella …. Pretty much made out of angel dust
  • Flur de sel …. Pretty much angel dust.

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I was lucky enough to get a personalized bottle of Nutella for Christmas last year – can I just say, how freaking well do my friends know me?!?! and also … Nutella! With my name on it! that screams hands off, doesn’t it?!

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I knew I wanted to do something special with this little gift – I wanted to keep it simple but make sure it was indulgent and blow-your-mind-delicious. Verdict: we have a winner!!

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I also want to defend these brownies beforehand … yes, they’re fudgey – yes, they’re gooey – yes, the flur de sel shines – yes, they’re hella delicious… and no, it’s not quite bikini season yet.

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Aka I got your back, Jack!! (not sure who jack is, but I got his back)

Flur De Sel Nutella brownies

Ingredients

1 cup dark chocolate chips

¾ cups unsalted butter at room temperature

½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 1/4 cups granulated sugar

1/2 cup Nutella

3 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk

1 teaspoon coffee powder

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

½ teaspoon Flur de sel

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Prepare a 9×11-inch baking pan spray with nonstick cooking spray.

In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine the chocolate chips and butter. Heat in the microwave for 1 minute then stir.

Continue heating until the mixture is melted and smooth but not scorched. Remove from the microwave and let cool slightly. Stir in the Nutella.

In a large bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, and coffee on medium-high speed until thick. Stir in the cooled chocolate mixture. Add the flour, cocoa, and flur de sel.

Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan. Bake 35 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before slicing.

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Also, in completely unrelated – but totally indulgent news, follow me around town this weekend as my girls and I put our  stretchy pants to good use and eat our way through Kensington Market.

Dark Chocolate Chunk Mango Coriander Cookies

Hehehe last week I got my official Foodblogger cookie swap e-mail.

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I was pretty much ( read: totally) bouncing off the walls!! I’ve participated in the past and to be honest, there’s nothing that gets me in the holiday spirit more than cookies.

Oh and Santa of course … speaking of which – the big guy made his appearance this past weekend!!

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This of course makes it okay for me to even start talking about Christmas!! Some of our stores have already started playing carols … too early?!? When do you put up your tree? Is it already up? I have a feeling ours won’t go up for at least a couple weeks … I’m thinking at least until the first weekend of December. The holiday season is always a special time for my family and I – and cookies only sweeten the deal.

Even if you’re not quite in the holiday spirit just yet ( and yes, I know there’s still American Thanksgiving) it’s always a good time for cookies!!

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These particular cookies are a new mixture of sweet and savory – they’re cake like and definitely a heightened version of an everyday chocolate chunk cookie. And the colour and smell of the mango baking away are sure to tantalize your taste buds… also, look how yellow they are!!

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Dark Chocolate Chunk Mango Coriander Cookies

1 Large mango; peeled and diced

1/4 cup water

1 cup gran­u­lated sugar

1 Tbsp fresh coriander, minced as fine as possible

1/2 cup shortening

2 eggs

2 cups flour

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup Dark Chocolate Chunks

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Directions:

Pre­heat oven to 325 degrees F.

In a blender / Food processor combine mango and water. Blend to a thick pulp.

In a small bowl, combine sugar and coriander – rub together to flavour the sugar.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt and baking soda.

In a separate bowl, cream together shortening and sugar mixture.

Add eggs and mango puree.

Fold in dry ingredients, and add in chocolate chunks.

Scoop onto prepared baking sheet and bake for 12 minutes.

Remove from oven and allow to cool.

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Dark Chocolate Chunk Chocolate Red Wine Cookies

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Noooooovember … could it beeeeee that cookie season is upon us?!?!

Am I pulling a starbucks, and rushing life?!?

But I have dark chocolate, and red wine, and cookies – all up in one jooooint!! I suppose you could call these adult cookies … as we ma-ture, the relationship ma-tures with us.

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How I met your mother … hah. such a good show, early on. And then, when we found out who the mother was, it was like WHAT THE HECK – WHHYYY – NOOOO. Okay.

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Cookies, to cure the mondays.

Cookies to help with your Halloween tummy ache ( not sure how that works, but what evs.)

Cookies, to remind you, that you should decide what you’re going to make for this year’s Food Blogger Cookie Swap

Cookies, to also help me decide what I should make?!?! — seriously, please help me 😦

WINE + Chocolate = Cookies. That’s the kind of math i can get behind.

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Dark Chocolate Chunk Chocolate Red Wine Cookies

1 1/4 cups flour

1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon Sea salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

½ tsp instant coffee powder

½ cup margarine

3/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup brown sugar, packed

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup red wine

¾ cup dark chocolate chunks

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Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

In a mixing bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda, ground coffee and cinnamon.  Set aside.

In a separate mixing  bowl, cream together the butter and sugar.  Next, add in the egg, vanilla, and red wine.  Mix until well combined.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet. Fold in dark chocolate chunks.

Spoon the batter onto a prepared baking pan; bake for 9 minutes Bake for 8-10 minutes. Let cool slightly before serving.

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Dark chocolate chunk kefir Oatmeal Banana bread.

If I ever become pregnant I seriously worry for my husband. I’m not even close to being pregnant and I get cravings like a mad woman!!

Randomly I’ll get a whiff of maple syrup and NEED TO HAVE waffles … sometimes is cheese danishes … other times its peanut butter cookies … other times doughnuts … sometimes it’s salad ( not very often, but it happens …) this time it was banana bread.

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Banana bread studded with huge chocolate chunks – dark chocolate chunks. Not too sweet … so I can justify it as breakfast, but also sweet enough that I can have it as an afternoon snack over coffee.

That’s where this fine lookin loaf came from : Dark chocolate chunk kefir Oatmeal Banana bread.

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I’ve never actually baked with kefir before, I didn’t know what to expect – I hoped that it would be acidic like buttermilk, but with a lower fat content. The result was perfect, a dense banana bread, that was loaded with chocolate chunks. Sweet – but not overly sweet … and ( note: I’m about to say the “M” word ) Moist … I can feel my teeth hurting from just reading that word.

Make the bread ladies and germs, you totes-ma-goats need this bread. Ahhh and then make this banana foster with it – you’re welcome!! And now … I need that banana foster.

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Dark chocolate chunk kefir Oatmeal Banana bread.

Ingredients

3 whole, ripe bananas

1 large egg

3/4 cup Kefir Milk

1 tsp Vanilla extract

1 1/4 cup flour

3/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 tablespoon granulated sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1 tsp cinnamon powder

½ tsp ground ginger

1/2 cup dark chocolate chunks.

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Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mash bananas in a medium bowl, then stir in egg and kefir and vanilla extract.

In a separate bowl whisk together flour oats, sugars, baking soda, baking powder, sea salt, cinnamon powder, ground ginger.

Add dry ingredients to the wet.

Stir in chocolate chunks.

Pour mixture into a lightly greased loaf pan.

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Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes.

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Taaa daaaaa …. This shit really is B-a-n-a-n-a-s.

… sorry, there was no way this entire post was going to happen without me saying that!! Happpppyyyy ddaysss my loves.

Smoked Sea salt Triple Chocolate Threat Cookies

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Happy Frrrraaaiiidaaaayy!! I have the best chocolate lovers cookie combo for your crazy cats today ( how many C-words, can I use in one sentence)  – or if you’re in a giving valentine-y mood … heeeeellllllooooo chocolate aphrodisiac – I seriously can’t believe I wrote that, knowing very well, that my mom reads this blog.

So I know not too long ago I told you these smoked sea salt chocolate cookies were the bee’s knees … well, I lied. No I didn’t they’re pretty darn-tootin-good ( I annoy me too .. it’s not just you) BUT these cookies are better.

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Smoked Sea salt – Check

Dark Chocolate – Check

Milk Chocolate – Check

Semi-Sweet Chocolate – Check

White Chocolate – Check

Stretchy pants – Check

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… sorry, I got a little carried away. BUT HOLY MOLY I COULD TOTALLY GO TO TOWN ON THESE COOKIES!!

I actually brought these cookies into my new office, and I had co-workers tell me this was the best cookie they’ve ever had!! Now, that could mean one of two things – either they’re being nice and want me to continue bringing in goodies or they really are stinking delicious.

The secret to this recipe is low and slow … yes, we’re still talking about cookies – stop it! These cookies are baked at 300 oc for 20 minutes – creating a shell exterior and an extremely chewy interior.

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Smoked Sea Salt Triple Chocolate Threat cookies

 Ingredients

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

2 tablespoons margarine

1 cup + 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking powder

¾  teaspoon smoked salt

½ tbsp coffee powder

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons brown sugar

2 large eggs, at room temperature

2 tablespoons whole milk

1 tbsp vanilla extract

1/2  cup milk chocolate chips

½ cup dark chocolate chips

¼ cup white chocolate chips

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 Instructions

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper, lightly spray them with non-stick spray, and set aside.

Place the semi-sweet chocolate chips and margarine in a small, microwave safe bowl. Microwave until melted and well combined – should take about 20 seconds.

In a medium-sized bowl sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and smoked sea salt and coffee.

In a separate medium-sized bowl whisk together the sugars, eggs, milk, and vanilla.

Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, and stir to combine.

Add in your melted butter/chocolate combo.

Add all 3 types of chocolate chips

Lower oven to 300 degrees and scoop batter on the prepared baking sheets, and bake for 20 minutes. Allow to rest on baking tray, for 2 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

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Chocolate lovers UNITE!! How perfect would these cookies be for valentines day, instead of a box of chocolates?

Blood Red Orange Dark Chocolate Scones

I’m on a bit of a kick these days … a deep – intense –  flavour kick.

I’ve been in the mood for food with not just great textures, but goodies and delectable that look as appealing as they taste and when it comes to taste … I want it to be through the roof.

If I’m going spicy – I want to feel the heat!

If I’m yearning for something sweet – bring on the sugar!

Pizza? – I want it extra saucy and good quality cheese.

Doughnuts? – Chocolaty and crazy amounts of sprinkles … or jam-packed with jelly.

Oatmeal? – Extra cinnamon

Coffee? – Dark Roast Please.

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I guess it’s not a kick … I guess it’s life.

If I’m going to eat, I might as well eat good food and fall in love with the experience.

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Hence Dark chocolate and blood red oranges; Bonjour Belle

YES … let it happen.

Let the sweetness of this stunning fruit play with the emotions of the dark chocolate. Let the two romance each other – have a little alone time

… and taadaaa beautiful Blood Red Orange, Dark Chocolate Scone babies are born.

Don’t kid yourself, your food gets frisky too.

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Blood Red Orange, Dark Chocolate Scones

Fresh Zest and Juice of 2 Blood Red Oranges

1/3 Cup Granulated Sugar

2 Cups Flour

1 Tsp Baking  Powder

1/4 Tsp Baking Soda

1/2 Tsp Sea Salt

1/2 Cup Sour Cream

1 Egg

1/2 Tbsp Vanilla  Extract

1/2 Cup Cold Butter

1 100g Dark Chocolate Bar – coarsely chopped ( the bigger the chunks, the better 😉 )

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Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 oc. Prepare a large baking sheet, by spraying with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside until ready to bake

In a medium-sized bowl, mix sugar and blood-red orange zest.

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In a large bowl, sift together all of your dry ingredients (Flour, Baking Powder, Baking Soda & Sea Salt). Toss in your orange-sugar.

In a separate bowl, mix together sour cream, egg, vanilla extract and orange juice.

Next, using a box greater ( or you can use 2 forks, or a pastry cutter) grate cold butter into your dry ingredients. Note: the colder the butter, the better!! 

Mix together the dry ingredients and the butter. Next, toss in the chopped chocolate.

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Add your liquid mixture to your dry. Mix until well combined.

On a well floured surface, form a 1 inch round disk. Cut your dough into half – then quarters – then eighths ( or you could form round scones, by using a biscuit cutter 🙂 )

Bake 25 minuets.

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I say, put up a pot of dark roast to percolate – we’re just about ready for the weekend!!