Fun do (fondue)

This past week was march break and I wanted to make it special for the girls, especially since my daycare was closed so I could be with just them.  On the first day I let them over do it a bit on candy but I still wanted to have a fun dessert and this made me remember something my sister and I did as children.  We would melt down our extra Easter bunnies and make fondue.  Of course at the time we didn’t know about fondue, we thought we were genius using our extra bounty in such a way.

As a surprise I made the same for my girls.  We don’t have Easter bunnies to use yet but I do have chocolate chips.  As a child we would just microwave our chocolate, now I don’t own one so I heated water in a pot and put a bowl of chocolate on top.   No you don’t need a fancy fondue pot, at least not for this idea.

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Cut up a variety of fruit to dip and anything else which may taste great wrapped in chocolate.  Now sit back and enjoy!

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The girls were thrilled and I got to share a fun memory from when I was a little younger.

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Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Healthy Chocolate  Chip Cookies

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So what makes them healthy you ask?  Chickpeas.  A few years back I received “Deceptively Delicious” by Jessica Seinfeld as a gift and have since found ways to hide veggies/fruits/beans etc in my meals.

The book has many wonderfully deceptive recipes and though I like my children to try foods as a whole (i.e. not hidden in their meals) I also like to squeeze in extra goodness when I can.

I’ve altered the original recipe to suit my needs and it is as follows;

  • few tbl of maple syrup or honey
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 15 oz can of chick peas
  • 1 1/2 cup chocolate chips (though 1 cup would be plenty)
  • 2 cups wholewheat flour
  • 1/2 cup old fashion oats
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cups raisins, nuts (optional)

preheat oven to 350F

blend the honey, butter, eggs, vanilla, chick peas

combine the dry ingredients in a bowl

add the wet to the dry, fold in the chocolate chips, use your hands to form a dough if needed

drop a tablespoonful of dough on a cookie sheet (greased depending on the type), flatten with a fork and bake about 11-13 mins.

 

enjoy!!