No bake Granola cups

How much do we know about dark chocolate?

Labeling dark chocolate might be slightly difficult but we do agree that any regular person is practically able to tell that chocolate is good by its taste; the bitter it is the more tasty! But to understand what makes good dark chocolate, it is very important to dig deeper into its origins and figure out its benefits!

“Food of the Gods” , History reports that chocolate was first consumed by native Americans as a beverage rather than it’s actual form ( treat)… In some parts of Central America, it is recorded that cocoa beans were the local currency until recently (the last century).

It is a real treasure growing inside the fruit on cacao trees, the beans are first fermented, dried then cleaned and roasted. The fermentation and roasting process gives a complexity to its flavor! The cocoa shell embraces the cocoa nib which holds two components : cocoa butter and cocoa cake that becomes cocoa powder. What affects the quality of dark chocolate is the its composition: the higher the percentage of cocoa butter remaining, the more flavorful the cocoa powder tastes.

Besides being super satisfying and hard to overdo, pure dark chocolate can positively affect our health since it is:

  • Loaded with fibers and minerals ( Iron, Magnesium, Copper,…),
  • Rich in antioxidants,
  • a key ingredient to lower blood pressure,
  • stimulant as it contains substances like caffeine and theobromine.

But, since real dark chocolate isn’t always simple to identify by the look of it; making a choice is often hard… Especially, if we are facing so many options! Luckily, I might help you with that. Here’s what to look for in a good quality dark chocolate:

  • A high cocoa percentage (70% and more)
  • Pure flavorings and natural ingredients
  • Less ingredients (cocoa, cacao butter, vanilla and a little sugar)

Now, that we are more familiar with Dark chocolate how about a recipe featuring dark chocolate?

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Just head to the nearest supermarket and buy dark chocolate, because you won’t resist the temptation to make these no bake granola cups… NO BAKING NEEDED, guys!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Dark Chocolate
  • 1 tbs Peanut butter
  • 1 cup Granola
  • 1 tbs Dried fruits
  • 1/3 Butter or coconut oil

Instructions:

  1. Mix granola, peanut butter, dried fruits ( dates, raisin, almonds or nuts…) all with melted butter or coconut oil ( for a healthier version).
  2. Press the mixture down into the mini muffin cups. Using your thumb, press down the middle of each cup making a mini cup out of the granola mixture.
  3. Fill the cups with melted chocolate!
  4. Store in the fridge for, at least, 1 hour!

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Spinach Smoothie

Being healthy is more than just having good food and exercising, it is a way of living…

Before staring to convert into healthiness, I prepared myself for it… My mind had to accept many things about being healthy and part of it was that it was not only a matter of watching my diet. In fact,  it is a sort of triangle that links the mental , physical and emotional health all together…

The first question that one should answer is: why having a healthy lifestyle? Following a trend is not especially what you should look for as an answer, because if you are not mentally convinced then it wouldn’t work out as it should be…

On a personal note, I started this way of living because I wanted to maintain a sort of balance. At the end, it is not about following a schedule or a set of rules… It is mainly about letting go, being free to choose, assuming one’s actions, following instincts and learning good habits without forcing oneself to…It takes time, but when you finally get there it feels like a triumph.

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A cheat meal can help you maintain a healthy lifestyle!

Making exceptions doesn’t mean breaking up with a healthy lifestyle… After all it is part of your own pack of choices. For example, I do allow myself to eat cakes, snacks loaded with sugar… I do eat at McDonald’s sometimes and I definitely skip meals when I feel like doing so. I do not count my calories or the number of pushups that I need to do to cover up an excess of sugar in my blood. Because a ZEN attitude is enough to make it up for you, a good laugh with friends arund food is more treasured and the irony is that you know that a cheat meal can help you maintain a healthy lifestyle… Ths is why the mental part matters as well!

But, this is not an excuse to have a cheat meal every single day … Throught your journey, you will learn to enjoy food without disregarding the taste, to subtitute junk food with healthy… Honey instead of sugar, baking instead of frying, fuit snacks instead of biscuits, Ricotta or Jben instead of cream cheese!

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There are so many options to enjoy good food and so here is my own version of a healthy smoothie featuring spinach and a hint of sugar flavour ( thanks to dried figs).

Ingredients:

  • A bunch of spinach
  • 2 small Apples
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1/3 cup Water
  • 1 tbs dried figs powder
  • Vanilla extract

What I love about smoothies is that there is noo complication to make it. Only one way to go, mix all the ingredients in a blender ( start with the liquids first) and enjoy!

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Almond hot chocolate

Hot chocolate is a kid’s first guilty pleasure and parents love it as well, even if they won’t admit it in front of their children ( don’t worry, your secret shall be safe with me)… For all the sweet tooth out there, It’s Hot Chocolate O’clock!

So, as we, my sister and I, were having fun at the kitchen. She suggested that we should organize a sort of a Friday girls night in ( winter edition)… Which means, a couple of movies, a blanket and a hot drink. Of course, we wouldn’t have settled with a regular hot chocolate because both of us are FOODIES and we want to send our energy and insulin levels crazy!

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This is how the almond hot chocolate idea came out, it combines the crunchiness of almonds, the sweetness of caramel and the tenderness of condensed milk. This unique recipe might turn into a real ritual and thanks to its rich intense flavor, one sip could be a killer.

So if you are a chocolate addict and love nothing more than drowning into a dreamy cup of hot chocolate to warm colder nights and adding a magical touch to a normal life, you might want to check out this -easy peasy- recipe!

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Thus, I have to warn you that it might be addictive… But if you’re feeling extra decadent, add a splash of heavy cream or ice cream to it just before serving…

Ingredients: 

  • 2 cup Milk
  • 1 tbs Flaked almonds and chopped walnuts
  • 1tbs Sugar
  • 1 tbs Dark Chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 tsp Raw cocoa powder
  • Nestlé condensed  milk ( 1/2 can)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla sugar
  • Cinnamon ( optional)

Instructions:

  1. Heat the sugar in a frying pan over a low heat it has melted. When the caramel has turned golden-brown, carefully pour over the almonds and nuts to coat and leave to cool.
  2. Place Nestlé condensed milk,  dark chocolate chips, vanilla, cocoa powder  into a medium sauce pan. Stir until everything is well combined.
  3. Gradually add the milk without boiling it. When it’s ready, pur it into cups and garnish with caramilized nuts and cinnamon.

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Blueberry Crumb Muffins

Good evening,

If you are following me on Instagram you probably know the news… If not, I am glad to announce to you that I am officially a graduate from the National school of Management. Last Friday, I took part of the graduation ceremony and gave one last speech! It was tremendous; my favorite part was when I ended the speech with a favorite quote of mine by Eric Roth from his screenplay for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”:

“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.”

This quote always inspires me to do whatever I want as long as I love it! This is how I started the food blogging experience, learned crochet, stepped up my game in Volleyball and became a better person who is proud of what she is doing… No matter what others would say or think!

 

Speaking about doing what you love, I felt like eating some muffins with bread crumbs while maintaining my weight… I know, it sounds like a bad idea! But, hey! One can live a healthy life and tolerate some sweetness in from time to time… As long as you make sure to exercise more often!

They say that regular muffins are pleasing but these crumb muffins are scrumptious!! So let’s check out this amazing recipe!!

Ingredients

Batter:

  • 1 1/2 flour
  • 3/4 sugar
  • 1/3 veg oil
  • 1/3 milk
  • 7g baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • salt
  • Blueberries ( Strawberries or rasberries might do the trick)

Crumbs:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 melted butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees C ; lightly grease muffin cups, or line with muffin papers;
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the batter ingredients. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups;
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the crumbs ingredients. Sprinkle topping over muffins;
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes.

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Fruit tartlet featuring”Jben”

Hey food lovers,

I’ve been away lately; some might have thought that I quitted the blogging once for all. But, I’m just dealing with so many issues that I don’t have time for my favorite pastime: Cooking & blogging.

So, the time that I took made me evaluate my work and I realized that I should focus less on food and maybe try a new type of blogging… Don’t worry, I will be still a food blogger but with a different dimension; I mean, the intro part could be dedicated for my recent travels, new experiences or an event or someone’s work that is worth sharing.

Last week, I went to “the Andalusian Gardens” located within “the Oudayas Kasbah” which is one of Rabat’s proudest features. Don’t be misguided by its name, the gardens were actually designed by a French architect in the twentieth century who was influenced by the beauty of Andalucía and the typical fragrances reminiscent of Alhambra.

I have to say that its water features, fountains and gardens make a shady retreat on hot days, besides the tearoom (Café Maure ), next to the gardens, offers a wonderful view off the Bouregrag  river!

What I loved the most is the overall décor and architecture quietly kept intact… But it’s disappointing to witness the deterioration of its plants; it gave me the impression that these gardens were in some way abandoned. The gardens were not taken care of as it’s supposed to be; thus, only the big fruit trees survived the weather!

 

Despite the few critics, I strongly recommend visiting this site after a long day of exploring Rabat! By the way, have you ever visited the Andalusian garden in Rabat or Andalucía? Can you spot the similarities between the the two spots?

Anyway, let’s switch into the food mode…As you know, I am chicken hearted when it comes to baking! I always have this feeling that it won’t worked out as I imagine it to be. But, can you believe that I took so many risks when I made this fruity tart? Today, you’ll get to read how a girl with no experience at baking could make a tart out of scratch!

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Obviously, a “baker” should have a complete set of molds … But that’s not the case for me or for a regular person who doesn’t bake often! I always thought that “need” is a source of miracles, and I needed that tart… So, I couldn’t help myself but think of a substitute!

I used mini Tagines from my mom’s collection to work as molds, as we know, Tagines are made from clay and they can endure high temperatures But the tartelette would stick right? Luckily, the one that I used are made from ceramic, it’s exactly similar to a gratin dish but in a shape of Tagine ( which I don’t mind) haha What I loved about using them, is that it prevents the tart bottom from burning as it equaly and gently spreads the heat all over the tart base.

The second issue was: What would I use to fill the tartelette? Since, I am too lazy to go out and buy fresh cream… I thought about using an available ingredient in our kitchen, which is Jben ( Same as Ricotta cheese). And I did not regret making that choice!!! The mini tarts turn out to be light and consistent in the same time…. With a hint of lemon and mint combined with the sweetness of fresh fruits, the flavors were out of this world!

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Baked Harsha

This weekend has been a busy one, I’ve made tons of recipes… took so many shots and ate a lot! Luckily, It doesn’t bother me and I’m certain that it won’t bother you either; since you’ll be reading a new article!

Harcha or Harshais a moroccan flatbread made of semolina that is usually pan-fried. Harsha is everyone’s favorite here in Morocco, once you have tried the Moroccan harsha , especially if you dip it in honey or “Jben”, and eat it with a Moroccan mint tea, you might never recover from its amazing taste. I’m practicly eating it three times per week, and feel harsha-sick within 2 minutes after finishing it!

My inspiration for this recipe is my grandma( My mima) who is, actualy, my cooking idol, she introduced me to this easy peasy moroccan recipe that made me feel nostalgic… Grandma is a typical moroccan lady with MANY cooking notebooks where she keeps her old recipes, now that she became an insta addict ( like her granddaughter) she’s holding a virtual notebook since she is collecting screenshots of recipes haha.

You know, I must say that everything she cooks has a different outstanding taste; she has magical hands that can turn a simple dish with few ingredients into a flavoursome and a spellbinding recipe! Whenever I visit her, I don’t miss the chance to taste some of her delcious meals ( Lucky me, she always keeps Tektouka and zaalouk in her fridge)

 

Today, you’ll learn how to make Harsha but not any type of harcha, it’s a sweet baked Harsha that I used to buy from a local shop right after school. This modest biscuit styled Harsha is one of the many wonders of traditional moroccan foods that I can’t wait to share with you.

When I made it at home, my dad was like ” You’re making the cheapest yet the yummiest biscuit ever”. Well, he is right; this biscuit won’t cost you much money nor time! Just follow these steps and you’ll be rewarded!

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Ingredients: 

  • 500 g Fine semolina flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar ( more or less)
  • 1 1/4 cup milk (warm)
  • 1 cup oil
  • pinch of salt
  • 14g baking powder (2 packets)
  • 1 tbs soft butter

Instructions: 

  1. Preheat the over at 300° C
  2. Work the dry ( semolina, sugar, salt, baking powder) ingredients  together with the oil, add the milk and butter then combine the whole mixture very well;
  3. Don’t worry, if it looks too watery because it will become more consistant when leaving it to rest for 15 min;
  4. Bake it for 20 min on 250° C.

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The best chocolate Brownies

Dear foodies,

I didn’t have the chance before to thank you for 2016! But it wouldn’t have been the same without your support. I would like to thank each person who left a comment, a like, a direct message on the social medias and of course a special shoutout to the friends and camarades that meet me in the school’s hallway and never showed me anything but love, appreciation, and jokes about torturing them with my food on instagram.

I thank you from the bottom of my heart… But, for you my heart has no buttom!

 

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This is my special gift for you all! I must confess that I love to eat chocolate cakes more than I like to bake them, but this brownie is easy and highly satisfying which doubles the pleasure!! If you’re looking for a snack, a dessert, or just a treat to enjoy while drinking coffee… This is your call!

These goodies are the best way to show off your baking muscles to your friends and loved ones! You might add some dried fruits into the mixture, go green by making a matcha brownies or if you’re a choco-aholic then an extra layer of dark chocolate would be a good idea.

You’ll be surprised how much the brownies are tender, chewy and crispy at the same time… A soft heart covered with a crusty surface is surely the dessert that you will  soon be fond of, above all of that the rasberries takes the brownies into a whole new fresh level! So trust me when I tell you that these are the best chocolate brownies that you’ll have. Check out the recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 170g dark chocolate
  • 125g butter
  • 150 sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 70g flour
  • 2tbs cocoa powder
  • pinch of saltsany0640

 

Instructions:

First, preheat your oven at 180°c

  1. Melt the chocolate and butter with a bain-marie (double boiler).
  2. While you wait for the chocolate to cool, break the eggs and whisk it together with sugar until having a white mixture;
  3. Pour the cooled melted butter+ chocolate into the batter. Then add flour and cocoa powder while whisking.
  4. Line the base of the square tin with non-stick baking parchment. Then, gently pour the brownies batter into it!
  5. Bake it for around 25 min over 180°c. ( the surface should have a papery crust, if not bake for another 5 minutes)
  6. When it’s ready, set aside to cool slightly at room temperature! Then, cut it into squares.

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Banana yogurt parfait

Hey foodies, this is my first post after exams… So it has to be special! The exams period is such a tiring period of time, and ain’t nothing better than this banana yogurt parfait topped with ice cream and a mesmerizing Nuttella sauce to cure all the pain!

Ingredients: ( 1 cup)

  • 1 cup Yogurt
  • 1 small banana
  • 2 tsp coffee (liquid)
  • 1 tbs Nutella
  • Banana Ice cream
  • Speculos

Instructions:

  1. First, peel the banana and slice it.
  2. Into the serving cup, pour 1/2 of yogurt then place the banana slices and the crushed speculos… Cover it with the remaining yogurt.
  3. Prepare the sauce, by gently  melting nutella with coffee over low fire
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Double Choco Popcorn

Hey, I hope that you’re doing fine ( at least better than I do)… It’s been a while that I didn’t post a new recipe, SORRY!!!I have to be honest with you, studies got me like CRAZY! and sometimes you start questioning yourself if it is the life you’re seeking… I mean, are we supposed to suffer while studying? Not being able to eat? being stressed out all the time and not having a single minute for ourselves? If it is not the case then I might be living in the wrong side…

Anyway, here I am happy to share with you this amazing and easy recipe for a special food battle… So I’ve been asked to participate in this challenge by Mahmoud; the main theme would be “CHOCOLATE“, this guilty pleasure that you can’t resist! I’ll be glad to join the following bloggers on this food battle:

I can’t wait to see your recipes guys !!

The wise cook would go for something predictable, but if you were as crazy as I am… Being bizarre would be a MUST! What if I tried a new sort of recipe that combines your favorite dessert with your number one snack?

CHOCOLATE + POPCORN

The salty-sweet thing is always such a good call. And you know what’s better than caramelized popcorn? Double chocolate caramelized popcorn!! It sounds absolutely weird… But it’s whopping great! I mean can you imagine a combo of sweet white chocolate with bitter dark chocolate on top of a layer of honeyed caramel… No wonder these taste so amazing!

Without those small kernels of corn exploded by heat, movies aren’t worth watching. Get cozy for a Saturday night of movies and popcorn at home! However NOT ANY popcorn… These are the best you’ll ever taste! You’ve got my word!

Meet the outlandish, astonishing recipe that will soon be an audience favorite!

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbs vegetables oil
  • 1/3 cup popcorn kernels
  • White chocolate
  • Dark chocolate
  • 25g butter
  • 2 to 3 tbs sugar
  • 2 tbs honey
  • pinch of salt

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Instructions:

  1. Heat the oil in a saucepan.
  2. Put 3 or 4 popcorn kernels in the pan, cover and wait until they pop up. Then add the rest of kernels.
  3.  Cover and remove from the heat! In 30 seconds, all the kernels will pop up.
  4. Start making the caramel, melt the butter, add sugar and honey and let it cook on fire until it gets golden brown.
  5. Carefully pour the hot mixture over the popcorns.
  6. Let it chill, meanwhile melt the dark chocolate and the white chocolate separately in the microwave or over simmering water (a bain marie). Be careful, not to burn the chocolate if you’re using microwave…
  7. When ready, pour the dark chocolate then the white chocolate over the caramelized popcorn.
  8. Let it chill for 2 hours or more, if you can’t wait longer so expect to get your hands dirty with chocolate!

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Cornflakes Snacks

Ain’t nothing better than a bowl of cornflakes with milk and a glass of orange juice in the morning… For those who can’t survive a day without breakfast,you know exactly how it feels.

As for those who wake up 10 minutes before class and skip breakfast, you’re probably looking for a substitute. Maybe these  easy to pack cornflakes snacks are what you’re looking for!  Simple and with healthy ingredients makes it a winner for all of us!

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Ingredients: 

  • Cornflakes
  • White raisins
  • Dried apricots
  • White or dark chocolate
  • Sesame seeds

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Instructions: 

  1. First, Toast sesame seeds and chop the dried apricots.
  2. Mix the cornflakes, sesame seeds, dried apricot and raisins;
  3. Melt the white or dark chocolate then add it to the mixture;
  4. Roll into  balls and let it chill in your fridge for 1 hour.

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