Week in review: Up. And down. And … up?

If I wasn’t against playing favourites I’d say that the past week was up on top there looking back at, say, a six-month period. High praises for a week. The truth is it started well, leaving me feel good on Friday and then all of a sudden took a turn for the worse on Saturday. In other words: It’s an up and down that’s hopefully Not to digress too much but I guess this is another test of destiny to see if I can maintain a newfound positive outlook when suddenly faced with struggles again. It’s difficult to say the least but we’ve got Monday for a fresh start so here’s to keeping the ball in the game and rolling. At least the metaphorical because I’m actually not good at any kind of game involving balls … Unless we’re talking chocolate balls/bites – then I’m all game. Sheesh. I shouldn’t write my intros late at night.

Before I get lost in metaphorical mind wanderings I’ll get to the point of this post and follow Meg’s invitation to look back and what was rather than what might be.

 

Week in review

Without further ado here are some of my accomplishments/happenings: In the past week I …

Worked five days in my regular job. It’s getting better in terms of feeling more “at home” or part of the team. Learning your way around things, not having to ask a many questions, feeling appreciated by the other staff members.

Taught German two times. Truth be told this isn’t going as well as it started out anymore and I’m glad not to depend on it though that never was my initial reason to start this job. I was hoping to help the kids but not seeing any real progress is a little chastening.

Had a nice conversation with my grandma – the other one this time – who stopped by our house very shortly on Friday.

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  • Went on another walk with my dad. Yes, I’m aware it’s probably odd for somebody my age to stress these things so much. Not wanting to spread family issues for the whole world to see I will only say in Facebook-esque manner that: Relationship status: it’s very complicated.
  • Once again I published three posts on the blog again and unfortunately didn’t get to reply to all comments yet. My laptop has decided to act up again and it’s frustrating to say the least when it collapses in the middle of replying or putting together a certain post. I somehow suspect my laptop doesn’t like this kind of post because it has been crashing during the compilation of the latter a million times in past weeks.
  • Relaxed at night listening to the Harry Potter audio books again. My sister and I used to listen to them all the time when we were younger – so many childhood memories. The German speaker, Rufus Beck, is a magician himself in the way he lends every of the many characters a unique voice.

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  • Got rid of other memories by deleting old pictures from my laptop. You know you’re a blogger when … you have about ten times as many pictures as the average Joe. Granted, that’s a guess but I honestly think photos are what slows my little handy blogging device down. Oops.
  • Lend an ear to several friends. We’re all facing our struggles but sometimes it’s merely somebody else looking at the situation from an outsider’s view to put us back into perspective.
  • Sent off mail replies long overdue. This is something I have to continually work on because I really enjoy getting and yes, also writing mails. Only I need to remember that a mail drafted in my head still has to be typed. Is there anybody who can relate??
  • Picked my mum up from the station in a town a bit further away after her well-deserved short albeit stay in Berlin. Am I the only one who finds longer drives oddly distressing? Just what I needed after Saturday morning’s kerfuffle.*

** oh, you just have to like the British for their lovely expressions.

  • Successfully tried a new recipe for the blog. Followed by an equally as successful photo shoot. Fast forward to uploading the pictures and … finding that my camera ate all of them. If it wasn’t for my age I’d have thrown a fit. Okay, maybe I did after all.

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  • Re-shot said recipe so here’s a preview though I’m still not sure how I like the pictures from that shoot. Nevertheless, it will be up on the blog on hopefully – fingers crossed for no more laptop troubles – Thursday.
  • De-stressed by taking walks – no dangerous geese this week. I’ve been feeling anxious a lot lately and as my preferred “treatment” (running) isn’t in the cards walks have been my saving grace. That and my daily pilates/yoga/what-have-you practice. The latter pairs very well with Harry Potter, too. What can I say? I’m an odd one.
  • Put my phone aside for the most part during dinner times and opted for the new book I mentioned last week. It’s one I will definitely talk about in more detail once I’m finished – as of now it’s a lot of information to progress. If you enjoy non-fiction this one might be one for you. I’m happy I’ve been able to focus on reading more again as I – embarrassing to admit for somebody known as a book worm – had abandoned it a bit [too much] in past months.

Finishing this post on Sunday night it’s getting late again so I’ll bid you farewell and hope you’re having a great start to the new week.

 

Happiness-inducing today: Having lots of time to read.

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Good good links #129

Bring back, bring back, oh bring back my Saturday to me, to me …

Apparently I have a newfound thing for song lyrics as evidenced this past Sunday, too. Honestly, though, this week feels like there had been no Saturday. Everbody dislikes vague blogging – myself included – but the day started out wiht a serioiusly scary happening for my family. Things are better again now but that really threw me off for the remainder of the day. Life is precious. Tell your loved ones how much you appreciate having them in your life often – not just on Valentine’s Day.

Okay, onto nicer topics though I do hope you love love.

I’m sorry I haven’t replied to comments on this post yet – I’m happy it resonated with so many of you. The reason are laptop troubles once again which led to it crashing in frequent intervals [I’m pretty much expecting the next one to happen as I type …]. I will get back to them, though. Promise.

Before I go I can’t forget to send a special shoutout to Kat. She’s the birthday girl today and also had a pretty amazing chocolate theme going on her blog this week which you can’t miss because: chocolate.

Happy Sunday and happy reading!


Good good links

Good good [food for thought]

Why I (and Everybody Else) Should Learn to Take a Compliment via Popsugar

“Playing small and being timid about my beauty or strength are not doing anyone any favors”. And yet many of us do it. Time to make a change.

when you just want someone to take care of you via sometimes, always, never

A beautiful reminder that it’s okay to be aching and we’re deserving of love and hugs.

 

 

Good good [advice, inspiration and other insightful reads]

10 Things You Should Never Post to Social Media via PureWow

Take some advice from Ed Sheran and just: don’t! It’s for your own best – not just others!

12 Things You Don’t Need To Apologize For via Peace, Love & Oats

Like what you like, be who you are and don’t scare away from talking about it.

3 Everyday Words That Make You Sound Pretty Rude in Emails via The Muse

#3 aside I fully agree here. For all my fellow friends of language and grammar.

32 Must-Follow Food and Nutrition Blogs via Greatist

Trust me, neither your nor my Bloglovin’ feed is overflowing yet – oh, the lie! Honestly, though, this is a great list festuring some blogs I’ve been following for years and some great new additions.

7 Ways to Live a More Creative Life via The Private Life of a Girl

While the last sentence sums it all up every single one of these tips is worth trying.

How to Make a Gratitude Journal Even More Transformational. via Elephant Journal

An interesting idea to turn our view around and one that actually makes a lot of sense

 

Health

12 Healthy Foods You’re Overeating on Accident via Run to the Finish

“Guilty” of #1 hence why I don’t buy it anymore. Some of these you’ll know but others might surprise you (#8!).

 

Blogging

Are you an authentic blogger? via Skinny Fitalicious

Blogging is a lot of work and for some, outsourcing certain parts of it might work – as long as the community aspect doesn’t get lost.

Little Known Tools to Design a Dazzling Blog via Gina Alyse

While I’m still far from thinking about blog design these are some seriously clever strategies to create the blog of your dreams.

What It Takes to Make a Recipe Go Live via The Blissful Balance and Behind the Scenes: A Day in the Life of a Food Blogger via In It 4 The Long Run

Georgie and Christina are true blogging mavens and these insights into their days and creative process were very interesting.

 

 

Good good [posts to make you smile + DIYs]

10 Things to Never Say to a Healthy Eater via Popsugar

Once again a pinch of truth in these to take with a grain of salt. We can’t really like healthy eating, no?!

Obama Sends A Valentine’s Day Message To His Wife, With A Little Help From Ellen via Huffington Post

Because it’s Valentine’s Day and I can’t deny that while not being into the whole fuss about it I’m a hopeless romantic.

 

Good good [food]

chocolate covered strawberry cheesecake bites via love me, feed me

Careful whom you’re sharing these with because they look like they might cause spontaneous marriage proposals ;).

Clean Eating Vegan Strawberry Mousse via The Healthy Family and Home

Do you sense a berry topic here? This sounds dreamily creamy and – if you happen to have coconut milk chilling in the fridge – would make a fabulous last-minute dessert.

Fudge Truffles {vegan + paleo] via Katalyst Health

These look amazing and make you wonder why storebought ones contain a million [crappy] ingredients when these heavenly bites use a mere five.

Vegan Fondue via Healthy Slow-Cooking

Just reading the ingredient list of this is making me hungry and feel like getting out the dipping vehicles [= vegetables galore].

No-Bean Roasted Carrot Hummus via Physical Kitchness

If you’d told me chickpea-less hummus could sound just as good as regular I’d have doubted you. But look at this …

How to make vegan pasta via Amuse your Bouche

Making pasta from scratch is on my life “kitchen to-do” list and this recipe doesn’t even require a machine.

Plantain flour via Immaculate Bites

A tutorial on how to prepare your own paleo-friendly flour – no oven or dehydrator required.

 

 

 

Happiness-inducing today: First and foremost that the situation alluded to above has improved again and then also thankfulness for kind people being there to help right away.

 

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Why you should blog for yourself and how to do so.

Ebb and flow, ebb and flow. Like I said that’s how my mind works in terms of blogging topics. Some weeks I can hardly come up with a single post and others inspiration almost jumps at me on every corner. The latter has been the case for this post which you’ll notice so let’s not wait any longer but think out loud.

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We hear it all of the time as bloggers: first and foremost you have to blog for yourself. And most likely we rolled our eyes a little at least one of those thinking “tell me another story – everybody wants clicks and readers!” It’s one of the big [and hard to process at the beginning] lessons every blogger has to learn. Those frustration-filled first months of blogging when nobody will read and much less comment. Or only your mum, friends and relatives. I’d be lying if I said quitting hadn’t sounded intriguing at times back then. What ultimately kept me going was my passion to write and too many thoughts in my mind needing an outlet.

Now I’m not one of the “big” bloggers so can in most cases only talk from my perspective as an observing reader. But then again it’s for readers’ pleasure we write and even as bloggers we’re part of somebody else’s audience every day, too, so it’s a topic everyone can chime in on. Here are my [obviously subjective] ideas on how to fuse writing for yourself while also for readers:

Time and blog post frequency: Writing when you’re not feeling it doesn’t work. Plants, animals and humans all need water to grow and flourish. A blog requires its author’s brain to be a source of inspiration. If the latter doesn’t flow [good, enjoyable] posts don’t happen.

If you’re a mum, busy working in a full-time + job or lead a stressful life due to any other reasons post as often as works and feels good to you. Unless jobbing is indeed your job it should add joy not stress to your life.

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Product Reviews and sponsored posts: That’s something that occasionally gets me annoyed when visiting other blogs, at worst it makes me quit reading a blog for good. Let me stress that there’s absolutely nothing wrong with these posts to begin with . Integrity’s the keyword again.
I get that a) it’s exciting when a brand reaches out to you for a collaboration or b) you’re a full-time blogger and depend on making money from your blog. However, there should be a limit to how many and which offers you accept. At least for myself I can say I’ll visit your blog less and less the more inauthentic product reviews I see. If your readers know you as a recipe blogger how in line with this image is promoting ladies’ hygiene products [aside from the fact you might be lady but never talked about these things before]? Or if you’re into healthy living but all of a sudden declare your life-long fondness of a popular brand’s sugar-laden cereals? #sponsoredpost

Recipes

Confession time again. This specifically has been on my mind for a while and was one of the reasons to write this post. It’s no secret recipes are what draws us to blogs. We all like to talk about and [I don’t like using this word myself but will replicate it due to popularity] drool over food. Knowing what’s popular in the healthy living blog world I was tempted to let others’ preferences lead my recipe creations and – for a second or two – considered if to get into that no-bake ball bite game. However, that wouldn’t be true to myself. I’m simply not rolling – literally – that way. As nutritious as they are I simply don’t fancy these and luckily there’s no lack of other delicious foods to create and share.

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Blogging niches

Then there’s the other side: Let’s say you’re – like many of us – a healthy living blogger. Naturally, you deliver dozens of delicious recipes for flourless cookies, oil-free fries and green smoothies containing every superfood known to man**. But maybe you still enjoy a good cheese-filled enchilada casserole with – the horrors! – white flour tortillas once in a while. To post or not to post said recipe? Yes, yes and yes! Because while some people might be surprised to see this kind of dish on your blog there will likely be just as many [or more?] readers who are all up for it. Seeing that hey, that girl/guy has balance down to a pat, doesn’t let a label define her and is likely very fun to hang around.

The same would go if you’re usually a [insert niche] blogger but feel the urge to get your thoughts on a topic dear to your heart but not conforming with your niche out there. I’d say go for it because these posts are what truly shape our blogs to be a representation of who we are.

**please note I’m not actually hating on any of these foods. Mmmh, cookies.

In the end, blogging for yourself is blogging for your readers. Because they come back to find out what you think, create, like, dislike, your quirks and funny stories. Not for you pretending to fit into a certain mold of paleo/clean eating/smoothie drinking/running/lifting bloggers. What all of this comes down to is one statute will always lead any choices I make related to my blog – be it in terms of topics, recipes, sponsored posts or reviews:

Writing the blog I want to read. And I hope it’s one you enjoy reading, too.

 

 

Happiness-inducing today: Another spontaneous after-work walk with my dad and winning another game of yathzee. Hello, lucky strike [not of the smoking variety].

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Week in review: Walking, working, blogging.

… and just like that the first week of February is in the books. That one went down fast. No? Just me. Either way, it’s Monday and time to take a leaf from Meg’s book and be at least a smidgen proud of not drowning completely in the hurdles of everyday life

[Also: did anybody catch the song reference in th title?]

Week in review

 

Starting with one of the last things checked off my to-do list and then going on in no particular order I …

  • Called my grandma. We had a good strike of talking about bi-weekly the past months of 2015 but it somehow fizzled out with the start of the new year. Our conversation included me trying to explain what exactly I do when I mention blogging [the umpteenth attempt but we have to forgive our grandparents for being confused, no?]. Despite my efforts to rectify this belief she still thinks that a) every one of you commenting is some sort of pen pal of mine [hiiii!] and b) suggested that I should move in with one of you to live overseas for a few months. I won’t deny I think she’s onto something with that last idea 😉 …
  • Published three posts again. I will admit this was a bit of a struggle for a few reasons but I’m happy I kept up with this kind-of-schedule from past weeks. A regular posting schedule is one of my unwritten goals of 2016 after I was inconsistent during the past months and I’m happy it worked so far.

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  • Worked in my regular job and taught German three times**. Two of those lessons went down pretty well, the third … not so much. Being the over thinker I am it’s hard to combat considering a failed lesson or children not making much progress as my fault. The brief consideration of becoming a teacher is an issue of the past now for sure.

**these two jobs do not amount to as many hours as a full-time job – I wouldn’t want to make my working life sound as stressful as some other people’s. I have huge respect for people working 40+ hour-weeks and still getting a lot done on the side.

  • Replied to comments on the past week’s posts. Aside from a more regular blogging schedule I’m trying to improve my replying game because I want to show you how much I appreciate your comments – because I really do. If only I didn’t get distracted so easily online. Repeat after me: multi-tasking is not the way to go.
  • Did a second photo shoot for these vegan and paleo Chocolate Coconut Caramel Cups. I wasn’t pleased with the outcome of the first picture  – I promise they taste better than they look –  but stressed myself about getting the post up on Friday still. Otherwise it’d have resulted in me posting three days in a row – Saturday, Sunday and today – and that messes with my OCD traits.

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  • Worked on two (three?) blog post drafts. Inspiration is an ebb and flow varying weekly. I’d prefer a consistent stream of inspiration but we’ve got to work with what your brains churn out, right? Though maybe those more regular walks again will help …?
  • Cleaned my apartment. Oh, those spider webs. Pesky, pesky spider webs. They’re everywhere. And did I mention I have slight arachnophobia? Fun times. Only not.
  • Washed my dad’s car. Questions coming up: 1. Who buys a silver-coloured car i.e. one that ? It’ll look dirty again in no time. 2. How many nooks and crannies attracting and collecting dirt does a car have? 1. Answer: people who prefer function over appearance. 2. Too many. Way too many. I’d like to think I did a pretty good job in making the car look more presentable again which – not quite altruistic, are we? – will benefit me, too, when I use it.
  • Painted my nails. For some reason I’d been putting this off because it seemed to take too much time (yes, I know: really??) but I’m happy I did. Colourful nails brighten my days.

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  • Went on several walks. The past weeks’ nasty weather kept me mostly inside but recent almost spring-like days have provided excellent conditions for getting my daily dose of fresh air in. Mood change for the better? Check.
  • Survived an almost-attack of three geese on one of said walks yesterday. No, it’s not as funny as it sounds. They can be aggressive when they feel threatened and trying to walk past them in a few metres distance is enough. My legs felt like jello for a few minutes and I hope no neighbor heard my high-pitched scream. Actually, I wouldn’t have minded the geese’s owner to hear it so he’d finally fix his fence for good.
  • Kept up my “workout” routine which honestly is just a 25-minute-circuit without any jumps [does anybody else avoid those in at-home workouts?] but did take break from it on Monday. If you’re feeling unwell there’s no sense in pushing yourself and working out. Not at all. Mental progress is progress still.

And with that It’s a wrap as they say though having worked at Subway I should probably say: it’s a sub! No charge for extra tomatoes and cucumbers today.

Have a great start to your fresh new week!

 

Happiness-inducing today: Reading in an amazing new book I just started.

 

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Good good links #128

I’m a German girl, lost in a football world. <- sung to the tunes of this song. If you’re in a funky mood watch this video – I’d actually never seen it before searching it this very second – for a guaranteed laughter.

Onto the meaning of this, though, I contemplated if there was any specific way to open a post on Super Bowl Sunday [I’m still none the wiser]. Then, however, I have the excuse of living overseas and lacking any knowledge of football [or any kind of sports rules] and get excused, yes? If you’re browsing around today I guess you’re not watching it, either, or are waiting for kickoff.  There have been many great posts around the web again so waiting  clearly won’t get boring. The food offered will probably help, too. For any of you worried about that this could make you feel better :).

Super Bowl or not: enjoy your Sunday!


Good good links

Good good [food for thought]

It all matters. via Alexandra Franzen

Don’t ever think you couldn’t make a difference in somebody else’s life.

When you don’t fit the body image mold via Hungry for Balance

Is it possible to protect children from comments hurting their body image and raise them with a positive outlook on themselves in today’s society? A post that touches on many interesting aspects of the body image conversaion.

 

Good good [advice, inspiration and other insightful reads]

9 Little Hacks That’ll Turn Your Crappy Day Into A Happy One via Huffington Post

You’re only allowed to call a day truly crappy if none of these helped.

I Went on the “Gilmore Girls Diet”—and I Lost Two Pounds via Marie Claire

Likely not intended this way the article serves as proof for the intuitive eating principles [i.e.: eat whatever you crave, no good or bad labeling and you’ll find balance naturally.]

How I Knew When I Was at My Natural Weight via Healthy Hits The Spot

The size of your clothes doesn’t tell you. “At your natural weight, you feel natural. You feel normal with food. You feel healed.”

How to Get Back on Track After Overeating via Ambitious Kitchen

With a title like that I was skeptical of what this post would entail but Monique encourages a very gentle way to feel better again after going overboard a  little.

How To Spend Less Time On Your Phone And More Time On Becoming Successful via Career Girl Daily

Ignoring the advertising parts this post offers some good ideas on how to stay focused and not get distracted by your  phone.

 

 

Health

If you crave this, your body is lacking that via Love, Health and Home

No more guessing around about when you want to eat all the cheese and ways to even out any deficiencies we might be dealing with.

 

Blogging

8 Ways to Deal with Social Media Trolls via The SITS Girls

Avoiding them is nearly impossible but these are some great ways to handle the trolls – I especially like #5, 7 and 8.

7 Ways to Increase Your Blog Traffic via Thirteen Thoughts

Reminders that are worth repeating time and time again.

5 Ways to Find Blogging Inspiration via Foodiecology

Where to look on those days when inspiration doesn’t strike  naturally.

 

 

Good good [posts to make you smile + DIYs]

If you’re living in the US and like good food you shouldn’t miss these news. Colour me jealous.

Good good [food]

Chocolate Cashew Butter Swirled Candy Cups {Paleo & Vegan} via Paleo Running Momma

Is cashew + chocolate the new combination giving the latter + PB a r un for its money? Either way, these candies look dangerously delicious.

Vegan Conversation Hearts via Mayhem in the Kitchen

Would it be super obnoxious if my comment on these ended with: ❤ ❤ ?!

Vegan BBQ Wings via Katalyst Health

Just how real do they look?! I’ve never had actual wings but would happily join any Superbowl party for these alone.

Mushroom Bourguignon via The Iron You

If an omnivore attests a vegetarian dish its delicious heartiness you know it’s good. Mmmh. meaty mushrooms.

Savory Moroccan Spiced Oatmeal via Dietitan Jess

I’m a huge fan of savoury oats [for breakfast, that is] and this recipe is packed with interesting flavours.

Sweet Potato Noodles with Basil Cheese Sauce via In It 4 the Long Run

Not your average “noodles” but rather an upscale grain-free dish of cheesy deliciousness.

 

 

 

Happiness-inducing today: Going on two short walks. Fresh air never fails to brighten my mood.

 

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Chocolate Coconut Caramel Cups [vegan & paleo]

Rich dark chocolate encloses a layer of slightly sweet coconut crumbles mingling with naturally sweet date caramel. An easy and quick to prepare treat suitable for vegans, gluten-free and paleo eaters alike – there’s a refined sugar-free option, too.

Another chocolate creation already again? Why, yes. Valentine’s Day is around the corner after all so you can never have enough chocolate on hand. Though if you’re like me – or any other normal human – you don’t need a special occasion to eat chocolate. Its existence is reason enough to eat it. In fact, I don’t care much about Valentine’s Day. If you love somebody you shouldn’t need a special day dedicated to prooving just that. I’d much prefer to be surprised rather than either well, not surprised as it’s a given on that date or disappointed if my significant other forgot about Valentine’s Day while every other lady was showered with treats. A sweet letter, homecooked dinner or any other little treat saying “I love you” throughout the year would make feel much more loved. Bonus points if that surprise involves chocolate.

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Okay, onto the star of this post now. After trying date caramel for the first time here it made my mind spin for other uses of it. The same goes for my rediscovery of coconut butter. When I saw the cutest silicone molds at a store the decision was pretty much made. Side note: I’m awful at resisting cute kitchen accessoires, plates, towels/you name it. At least I used them right away …? It’s my excuse to postpone working on this bad habit. Don’t judge.

What these Chocolate Coconut Caramel Cups are? Naturally sweet date caramel layered with crumbly coconut filling for a tropical touch enrobed in deep dark chocolate. They are the perfect balance of sweetness with some crunch from the coconut leaving you satisfied without the sugar shock. A no-fuss little treat made in almost no time.

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The recipe below yields three chocolate caramel cups – perfect for savouring all by yourself sharing with your valentine?! – but is easily doubled or tripled for a larger get-together. Many of my recipes result in small batches as I’ve found this to be a rarity. A large yield is awesome if you’re feeding a crowd but I’d personally would rather double a recipe than eat one and the same thing for a week. More room for further experimentation … mmmh.

Chocolate Coconut Caramel Cups

  • 1/4 batch of this date caramel
  • 1 1/4 oz/35 g of dark chocolate  [unsweetened for a sugar-free version]
  • 1 1/2 tbsps coconut butter
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1-2 tsps agave (adjust to taste)
  1. Melt the coconut butter.
  2. Stir in the agave sirup, adjusting the sweetness to your preference. Mix in the shredded coconut.
  3. Melt dark chocolate.
  4. Add a teaspoon of melted chocolate on the bottom of each cupcake liner. Spread well. Let the chocolate harden in the fridge for at least 15 minutes.
  5. Place a generous teaspoon of date caramel on top of the chocolate and pat down to even it out.
  6. Add a teaspoon of coconut filling on top and smoothen out as good as you can. No need for perfection here.
    Finish off with enough melted chocolate to completely cover the filling. Let harden in the fridge again before serving.

 

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I’m linking up with Allergy Free Wednesdays#RecipeOfTheWeek,#StrangeButGoodGluten-Free Fridays,Tasty Tuesdays,Healthy Vegan Fridays, Meatless Mondays.

 

Happiness-inducing today: Getting a little walking in right in the morning. No day can feel completely bad if you start it with a bit of movement and fresh air.

 

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Do you prefer recipes yielding larger or smaller batches?

What are you thoughts on Valentine’s Day?