Dumplings and Chocolate

“Mom, why haven’t we had dumplings lately?”

“I don’t know little man.  Do you want some?”

“Yes! I love them. (Now THIS is news to me! Mental note to remind myself that we can attempt them again at home without a fling and throw yourself on the floor battle…maybe?)

“Remember when I tried them last? I hated them.”

“Oh yes, I remember that time dear son…very well.” (And it was at a dear friend’s house and I was nearly humiliated to dust with your rantings and tears over how awful they were when everyone else was gulping them down, only I didn’t say this to you.)

“Mom, what are dumplings?” (It has me wondering at this point in the conversation if we really are on the same page.  Perhaps he’s thinking of something else?)

“They are kind of like a thick noodle only shaped like a ball.”

“Well I don’t like the name.”

“What do you think they should be called?” (I’m very much holding my breath at this point.)

“Chocolate….or maybe candy.  I like candy.” (And we ALL kn0w that my dear little man, we all know that.)

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I’m Sorry….These Are Delicious!

Chocolate mini muffinsSo sometimes you just want something you can eat and not feel guilty about and know that every little bite is full of wholesome goodness.  These delightful little chocolate puffs were inspired from a recipe I found here and I modified it to suit what I had in my pantry.  It turned out to be the perfect Saturday night treat and just enough left for a Sunday morning run and go breakfast.  I plan on making a jar of these to have handy on the counter when this crazy prednisone body goes nuts for something tasty this week.  The silky smooth texture is to die for and worth celebrating every small sojourn this life can hold (just don’t tell your friends or family it’s made with beans until after they’ve had their fill). Enjoy! And let me know what you think….

       CHOCOLATE MINI-MUFFIN BITES

  • 1 can black beans rinsed and drained
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 egg whites
  • 4 heaping Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 TBL coconut oil
  • 4 TBL whole rolled oats
  • 5 TBL sugar

Process everything in a food processor for 3-5 minutes or until completely smooth. Then, pour into a well-greased mini muffin pan (filling it 2/3 full), and bake at 350 for about 10-12 minutes.

Chocolate Buttermilk Frosting

  • 2 TBL butter
  • 1 1/2 TBL cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 TBL buttermilk

Bring to boil while stirring in sauce pan.  Take off heat and add 1 cup powdered sugar and 1/2 tsp. vanilla.  Stir and chill for 15 min. until set.  Stir again and lightly frost muffins.