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Dessert For One: Fudgey Brownie Cake with Chocolate Syrup & Whipped Cream

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I’ve been having dreams about this cake.

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Dreams, I tell you.

The past few weeks I’ve been on a healthy eating bender. I mean, I usually eat pretty healthy but this is healthy even for me. We’re talking all organic chicken/veggies/almond butter all the time. The whole shebang. And on the one hand I’ve been feeling great. I could run a marathon! I could bench press 120 lbs! Who needs sleep? Not this girl! (Just kidding. I’ll take my 8 hours, please.)

But on the other hand, there’s still something missing.

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And that thing is cake.

Fudgey chocolate brownie cake. Smothered in melted chocolate. And peanut butter syrup. And whipped cream.

So I waited all week for Saturday to roll around because it’s my “cheat day” and then I caved and made this delicious mini cake first thing in the morning. It’s just enough to keep me from gnawing my arm off after my umpteenth salad of the week, but not so much that I go into sugar shock and spend the whole day on the sofa watching Bar Rescue repeats.

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Now let's just say that while I was inspired to make this cake after seeing a whole bunch of recipes online for mug cakes, it's nothing like a mug cake. Have you ever had a mug cake? Then you know exactly what I'm talking about. This actually has the texture of a brownie with a dense fudgey center that doesn't make you feel like you're eating a sponge. And it's cooked in a real oven with real bakeware.

It's just tiny.

And delicious.

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Mini Chocolate Cake for One

2 tbsp coconut oil
1/4 c dark chocolate chips
2 tbsp egg, whisked
3.5 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tbsp arrowroot
Pinch salt
1 tsp coconut flower
Pinch baking powder

Toppings (optional)
Whipped cream
Peanut butter
Melted chocolate

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a small cup, combine your coconut oil and chocolate chips. Microwave in 20-second increments until chocolate is completely melted. Stir to combine.
  3. In a bowl, whisk together remaining ingredients. Slowly add coconut oil/chocolate mixture and whisk thoroughly.
  4. Pour into a greased ramekin or 3-inch pan and bake for 25 minutes (bake time will vary depending on the size of the pan you use). Use a toothpick to check for doneness and continue baking until toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Top with melted peanut butter, chocolate, and whipped cream if desired.

A new way to drink your coffee: The Coffee Tonic

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So I found this article while looking around on the internet the other day.

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It seems that the idea of combining espresso and tonic water has been brewing for a while (did ya catch that? zing!), and a few big name coffee shops like Stumptown in Portland, Oregon, have jumped on the bandwagon and started honing their recipes. While it has yet to reach DC, this coffee cocktail is getting a pretty big following in New York and LA and it looks like it’s here to stay for a bit.

Color me intrigued.

And a little grossed out because espresso and tonic?

But mostly intrigued.

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After doing a little more digging, I came away with a handful of articles on this mystery concoction but nothing in the way of recipes other than some general guesstimates of espresso-to-tonic ratios that should do the trick. So, armed with very limited knowledge of how one is supposed to taste and a lot of questions (why am I doing this? did I really just spend $15 on espresso and tonic water? what’s wrong with me?), I decided to try it out for myself.

I started out with a 4:1 tonic to espresso ratio and went from there. I’ll admit, I was a little gun shy at first and only poured in about 2/3 of my espresso, and while it wasn’t bad, it definitely wasn’t good. So I poured in the rest of the espresso, making the ratio somewhere around a 3:1, and sipped again. Not. too. shabby. Then I added a little cherry juice and topped it with a couple whole maraschino cherries and gave it to the biggest coffee snob I know, the hub, for final approval.

After a few sips I got the thumbs up I was looking for -- this stuff is blogworthy.

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Now, while it's called a "coffee tonic", it can be made with either espresso or strong, cold brewed coffee (or any type of coffee you choose, really). I just chose espresso to keep things interesting, but I wouldn't hesitate to use coffee instead. If espresso isn't your thing and you would rather make this with coffee, start with the same 3:1 ratio and adjustit by taste-testing the mix until you get it just right, which all depends on the type of coffee bean and strength of the brew. So, don't let the name fool you!

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Coffee Tonic Recipe

Ingredients

1 oz espresso or strong, cold brewed coffee
3 oz tonic water (I used Fever Tree)
Ice
Maraschino cherries

  1. Fill a glass with ice.
  2. Pour in your tonic water, then sloooowly add your espresso. Careful! It gets fizzy quickly and might bubble over - just keep an eye on it as your pour.
  3. Add 1 tsp cherry juice and top with a whole cherry (or 3 because they're really the best part).
  4. I stirred mine before drinking, but you don't have to. As you sip you'll get a good mix of coffee and tonic whether you stir or not.

If you're not sure how to make cold brew coffee, check out my Ultimate Guide to Cold Brew here where I cover all the bases.

 

So what do you think? Will you be hopping on the coffee tonic bandwagon?

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Watermelon Salsa

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Happy watermelon day! I bet you didn’t know there was such a thing, did you? Well it’s true and today’s the day.

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I went to Whole Foods on Saturday to pick out the perfect watermelon as well as get a few other goodies for the weekend, and I grabbed a small basket rather than a shopping cart, per usual. Well lo and behold they only had giant watermelons for sale and I was much too stubborn to go back and get a cart. So I ended up stuffing my prized melon into my tiny basket and piling the rest of my goods on top, then I proceeded to have Chuck lug the whole thing around the store for about 20 minutes while we got breakfast and coffee.

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The things I make my husband do for watermelon day…

Anywho, let’s get busy and make some salsa, shall we?

Watermelon Salsa

Watermelon Salsa Recipe

Ingredients

2 c watermelon
1 oz goat cheese
5 fresh figs (say that five times fast)
3-4 large basil leaves
1.5 tbsp lime juice
Tortilla chips

  1. Cut 2 cups watermelon into ¾-inch cubes. Next slice your figs into fourths and chop your basil. Combine in a large bowl.
  2. Sprinkle with goat cheese and lime juice. Toss.
  3. Serve with chips.

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Watermelon Salsa

Pssst. This is what happens when you ask your husband to help with blog photos ^^^