Aug 23, 2011

Tasty treats Tuesday

I know I haven't done any back to basics post in a couple weeks - now that we're more settled in the apartment and my life is a little bit back to normal I'm charging full steam ahead! The point of this series was to be for the twelve weeks of summer, and so far I've only shared eight recipes, so I'll be doubling up on a couple of posts to make sure I give you all the recipes I promised!


So...remember when I mentioned a coffee recipe a friend shared with me last week? (You know, the co-worker who shares my love of sonnets?) I got the okay from her to share it with the blogosphere so you can thank me her later.

C (as I'll refer to her from now on) shared this treat with me on a day when I was seriously needing caffeine, but didn't want to drink the bitterness that is coffee.

Here's what you'll need:


Your favorite mug, some chocolate (or dark chocolate) almond milk (for this post I had soy milk because I couldn't find almond milk at the store - the almond milk is much better!), and a pack of Starbucks Columbia VIA.

Fill your mug about half full of the almond milk, and then heat it up for a minute or so in the microwave.



Stir in your VIA...



Add a little bit of hot water....and enjoy.


That's it! It's delicious, will give you the caffeine boost you need, and is such a treat in the morning - like drinking chocolate coffee.

And what better to go with chocolate coffee than No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Chews?

This recipe is from Oh She Glows, but I was made aware of it by the lovely Kyla. I know it probably seems like I say this a lot, but this recipe was so easy! (Yes, those are all the ingredients required).


And yummy. Mmm.


I altered the original recipe, only because I didn't get all vegan products. However, I'd never used rice syrup instead of sugar and it was interesting to know that can be a substitute.


However, when it got to the part of wetting your hands and forming the dough into balls? Epic fail. I don't know why I couldn't get it to work, so I improvised.

(All hail the ice cream scoop).

It's like a rice krispie treat only richer and more chocolate-y and peanut butter-ey. In fact, it's not like a rice krispie treat. It's better.


I thought it was weird that the recipe only made seven, but I had plenty of ingredients to make another batch. I understand why now too - they're so rich, you really shouldn't have more then seven at time. (And for the record, no I did not eat them all. Although I was tempted).

However, combining one of these chews with my new "treat" coffee? That makes for a divine morning indeed.

Do you have anything you treat yourself to, or indulge in, even if it's as simple as coffee?

Happy Tuesday!

9 comments:

Brittany said...

did you say...BETTER than a rice krispie treat??? Hmmm, must try!

Sarah said...

Oh my gosh, that coffee drink looks awesome! And so do those peanut butter chocolate treats. I love a little treat with my coffee on weekend mornings. I tend to go for banana bread or something like that. But how could I go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate?!

Amber @ A Little Pink in the Cornfields said...

Mmmmm, both of those look amazing!

Nora said...

I'm admittedly not a coffee drinker but it looks and sounds divine!

I just made beef and bean enchiladas last night and OMG. SO DELICIOUS. I may be sharing the recipe later this week. Super simple and a taste of Mexican in my own home. :) Can't beat that if you ask me!

UpperBottom said...

omg i love you

Gracie (Complicated Day) said...

I will definitely try those! I find that Rice Krispy treats are universally loved, so these should be a hit in Bible study.

Amber (Girl with the red hair) said...

I REALLY want to try those peanut butter chews. They look divine!

Mandy said...

I love me some coffee drinks. I'm so trying the nutella latte I was telling you about yesterday, well, as soon as I get some non crunchy nutella.

These treats sound delicious. I would have used a cookie scoop too! =)

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Those peanut butter chews look awesome! I would love them.

I treat myself to a peach black iced tea every Friday. I drink home-brewed coffee the rest of the week, but Fridays are tea day. They used to be latte day, but I don't like the taste of soy lattes. I find soy to be super super sweet. Me no likey.

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