Chocolate Chili Mini Churros

Switching gears from all things Frozen, to celebrate something much more adult and exciting, Cinco de Mayo. Because I’m not one to ever pass up a homemade margarita or some yummy Mexican eats and after being surrounded by Elsa, Anna and Olaf for the last few weeks, the holiday definitely represents a much-needed break for me. And for added excitement, I’ve cooked up a batch of homemade mini churros dipped in chili spiced chocolate because well, Cinco de Mayo!

I found the recipe for the churros on the Food Network and made the batter dairy-free by using coconut oil instead of butter. And to make them ever lighter, they’re baked and not fried! The chocolate for dipping is also free of dairy with a touch of heat for an added kick.

Totally fitting for a fiesta!

Chocolate Chili Mini Churros | Posh Little Designs

Chocolate Chili Dipped Mini Churros

Homemade mini churros, dipped in a spiced vegan dark chocolate for a sweet, spicy and lightened up twist on the old classic.

Ingredients/Supplies

 Churros

1 cup water

1/2 cup coconut oil or vegan butter

1 cup flour

1/4 tsp salt

3 eggs beaten

Cinnamon Sugar Mixture

1/2 cup sugar

1 tablespoon cinnamon

Additional Items

1 large baking sheet lined with tinfoil and lightly sprayed

Piping bag or large ziplock fitted with a medium-sized star tipped pastry tube

parchment paper

Dipping Chocolate

1 bar of quality vegan dark chocolate

1/8 teaspoon chili powder

Instructions

Pre-heat oven to 400

Combine water, coconut oil/butter and salt in a pot and bring to a boil.

Whisk in flour, stirring quickly until mixture turns into a ball.

Remove from heat and make a well in the center of the ball of dough.

Slowly stir in the eggs a little at a time, mixing continuously to make sure the eggs don’t scramble.

Continue mixing in eggs until they’re completely incorporated into the batter.

Allow batter to cool slightly, then transfer to your piping bag.

Pipe 3 inch long churros into rows on your greased baking sheet.

Bake in the oven for 10 minutes at 400 degrees and then broil on high for 1-2 minutes until your churros are golden brown.

Meanwhile, mix together cinnamon and sugar in a small dish.

Once churros have been removed from the oven, roll them into the cinnamon and sugar mix until fully coated.

Set aside.

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Heat your dark chocolate in a microwave safe dish on 30 second intervals, or in a double boiler until completely melted.

Stir in 1/8 teaspoon of chili powder.

Dip the tips of your churros into the chili spiced dark chocolate and place back on the parchment paper to cool.

Sprinkle a light dusting of the chili powder on top of the chocolate dipped churros for garnish.

Chocolate Chili Mini Churros | Posh Little Designs

Enjoy!

Chocolate Chili Mini Churros | Posh Little Designs

How do you plan to celebrate Cinco de Mayo? I hope you give this fiesta fitting recipe a try!

Much more on the way soon!

xo

Churro Recipe adapted from The Food Network

This specific recipe for these Chocolate Chili Mini Churros was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2015.

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Coconut Milk Chia Pudding (V)

Happy Friday! I know things have been a little quiet here lately but I’ve been busily working behind the scenes to prepare for my sweet girl’s birthday happening next Saturday. Much more to share on all of that soon, but as for now, I’m thrilled the weekend is here!

And to start my day….my go-to Chia Coconut pudding that takes just moments to prepare. I love that I can make it the night before so it’s ready for me to grab from the fridge in the morning, before my day begins.

My darling Kate Spade mug full of my decaf green tea is also setting the tone.

Morning fave.

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Coconut Milk Chia Pudding (V)

Ingredients/Supplies

1 fancy glass (not required)

1/4 cup Chia Seed

3/4 Cups original Coconut Milk (you can also use almond, cashew, or any other alternative)

Half a banana sliced,

A pinch of cinnamon

Raw pecans and coconut flakes

Instructions:

Soak chia seed in coconut milk overnight or for at least 1 hour so it has time to expand.

When ready to eat, pull from fridge and top with sliced bananas, cinnamon, pecans and coconut. If the chia has soaked up most of the milk, just add more!

Enjoy!

This breakfast is enough to keep me full for the entire morning and is a great post workout meal option.

Consuming Chia seed can assist with weight loss, hydration  and blood pressure reduction. It’s also packed with omega-3 to protect against inflammation. I can’t think of a better way to start my morning!

Do you have a favorite Chia Pudding recipe? If so I’d love to hear it and try it!

Photo via Instagram. Follow me there for in-between post updates.

Have a lovely weekend all!

xo

This specific recipe for Coconut Milk Chia Pudding was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2015.

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Posh Fruit Smoothie Bowls (V)

Smoothie bowls seem to be all the rage right now, and I completely understand why. The idea of blended fruits topped with nuts and seeds, and enjoyed with a spoon, is basically perfection! If you’ve tasted one I’m sure you understand, and if not, the eye candy you’ve most likely seen on instagram is enough confirmation of all the perfection that they are. (hashtag) #smoothiebowl. A fresh and trendy way to reinvent your basic fruit blend and elevate it to a whole new level, that not only looks gorgeous with the intricate arrangements of toppings, but offers plenty of health benefits as well!

Kind of my new obsession, served in a stemless martini glass and garnished with edible blooms for the posh factor.

Posh Smoothie Bowls | Posh Little Designs

Posh Fruit Smoothie Bowls (V)

a blend of strawberries, mangos, spinach and almond milk, topped with raw almonds, coconut flakes, chia seeds and blackberries. Packed with vitamins and antioxidants and naturally vegan, dairy and gluten-free. (makes 2)

Ingredients/Supplies.

Smoothie

3 cups frozen organic strawberries

1 cup frozen organic mango

1 cup fresh spinach leaves

1 cup almond milk

Posh Smoothie Bowls | Posh Little Designs

Toppings

16-20 organic blackberries halved

2 tablespoons raw almonds

2 tablespoons of chia seed

2 tablespoons raw unsweetened coconut flakes

edible flowers (find them in the herb section of your grocery store) for garnish

Posh Smoothie Bowls | Posh Little Designs

Posh Smoothie Bowls | Posh Little Designs

Blender or magic bullet

Two clear bowls or glasses for serving. I used stemless martini glasses for a touch of chic.

Posh Smoothie Bowls | Posh Little Designs

Instructions.

Place smoothie ingredients into your blender on high until completely blended. You’ll want your smoothie to be thick since you’ll be eating it with a spoon.

Evenly divide smoothie between each glass or bowl.

Posh Smoothie Bowls | Posh Little Designs

Place toppings on your smoothies in a row style design.

First add the blackberries (they’re a little heavy so be gentle,) then a row of almonds, followed by a row of chia seeds (use a small spoon to make your row of chia otherwise they’ll go everywhere) lastly a row of raw coconut.

Place your finished smoothie bowls in the fridge until ready to serve.

Posh Smoothie Bowls | Posh Little Designs

They’re a great make-ahead breakfast or post workout meal option. I personally love to have one when I finish a Pilates session.

Posh Smoothie Bowls | Posh Little Designs

Also a chic addition to any party menu. If you’re hosting a brunch, bridal or baby shower, these would be as said above, perfection.

I hope you enjoy this recipe just much as I do!

Happy almost Friday!

xo

This specific recipe for Posh Fruit Smoothie Bowl was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2015.

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Rhubarb Délice Mimosas

This past Sunday I spent the afternoon catching up with my dear sis and mom. These are visits that don’t seem to happen often enough, but that I always look forward to. We all share a love for sparkling wine and champagne, so of course our time together involved bubbly cocktails, plenty of laughs and a few quick appetizers that I whipped up that morning.

Rhubarb Délice Mimosas | Posh Little Designs

I kept the menu simple with fresh fruit, assorted crackers and chips, spiced lentil and apricot hummus, pico de gallo, a variety of nuts, olives and crudité, all of  which paired beautifully with our beverage of choice for the day, Délice Chandon. A new cuvée from Napa that’s super refreshing and perfect for Spring, with fruity notes and a light sweetness. Delicious on its own, but also a rather tasty compliment to the homemade rhubarb fruit puree that I made.

Rhubarb Délice Mimosas | Posh Little Designs

The tartness of the rhubarb blends with the sweetness of the Délice bubbly so very well creating a harmonious Spring time cocktail, that’s a fabulous brunch, afternoons with your favorite girls, or as celebratory beverage option.

It was so good that I’m looking forward to many weekends ahead with this cocktail on repeat.

Be sure to add it to your Spring and Summer beverage rotation as well!

Rhubarb Délice Mimosas

A sparkling cocktail made with Délice cuvée and fresh blended rhubarb. An instant Spring and Summertime favorite.

Ingredients/Supplies:

1 bottle of Délice Chandon (will make 6 servings)

2 cups fresh rhubarb washed and chopped into chunks

2 tablespoons of raw sugar

1.5 cups of water

mint sprigs for garnish

Blender/Magic Bullet

Rhubarb Délice Mimosas | Posh Little Designs

Rhubarb Délice Mimosas | Posh Little Designs

Instructions

Place your chopped rhubarb into a pot with raw sugar and stir well to incorporate.

Rhubarb Délice Mimosas | Posh Little Designs

Add the water to the pot and bring to a boil stirring the mixture occasionally.

Continue to cook the fruit mixture until the rhubarb breaks down. About 10-12 minutes.

Transfer rhubarb mixture to your blender or magic bullet and puree until completely smooth.

Pour through a fine sieve and transfer to a glass jar.

Chill your gorgeous pink blended rhubarb until ready to serve.

Rhubarb Délice Mimosas | Posh Little Designs

Pour Délice bubbly into each of your champagne glasses filling 3/4 of the way full.

Rhubarb Délice Mimosas | Posh Little Designs

Top with two to 3 teaspoons of rhubarb mixture and stir in with a stir stick, until fully blended and a soft shade of pink.

Rhubarb Délice Mimosas | Posh Little Designs

Garnish with mint leaves and propose a toast!

Rhubarb Délice Mimosas | Posh Little Designs

Sweet, chic and délice.

Of course you can always enjoy this sparkling wine right out of the bottle. With flavors of nectarine, pear and grapefruit you’ll love it on its own or garnished with fresh citrus or herbs.

Cheers and happy Tuesday! Hoping your Sunday was as lovely as mine.

More on the way soon!

xo

This specific recipe for Rhubarb Délice Mimosas was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2015.

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Salted Pistachio Dark Chocolate Shamrocks (V)

Whenever I need a little pick me up, dark chocolate is my go-to. I just love how well it pairs with different flavors. From fruits and nuts to savories and especially wine, it’s certainly a rich and luxurious treat, and most importantly for me it’s dairy free! Now with St. Patrick’s Day fast approaching I’m elevating this go-to of mine a to give it some holiday appeal. Using shamrocks for good luck, a hint of sea salt and pistachio green and a dusting of edible gold glitter, this sweet treat is now suitable for the upcoming arrival of St. Patty’s Day.

Sea Salt & Pisatchio Dark Chocolate Shamrocks | Posh Little Designs

 Salted Pistachio Dark Chocolate Shamrocks (V)

Dark chocolate paired with sea salt, pistachios and edible gold. Sweet, salty & St. Patrick’s Day chic.

Sea Salt & Pisatchio Dark Chocolate Shamrocks | Posh Little Designs

Ingredients/Supplies

8 oz of quality dairy free dark chocolate (3 bars)

1/2 cup coarsely chopped pistachios

1 tsp sea salt

edible gold glitter flakes

shamrock mold

2 ziplocks or piping bag

parchment paper

Sea Salt & Pisatchio Dark Chocolate Shamrocks | Posh Little Designs

Sea Salt & Pisatchio Dark Chocolate Shamrocks | Posh Little Designs

Instructions

Heat 7 of the 8 oz chocolate in a double boiler or on 30 second intervals in the microwave until fully melted.

Pour melted chocolate into your ziplock or piping bag and pipe into your shamrock mold cavities.

Gently tap the mold on a solid surface until chocolate is evenly distributed.

Allow to chill for 1-2 hours in the fridge until completely solid.

While chocolate is chilling, mix together the sea salt and chopped pistachios.

Once shamrocks are fully chilled, heat remaining 1 oz of chocolate until fully melted and pour into remaining ziplock or existing piping bag.

Flip the shamrocks over onto a sheet of parchment paper to remove chocolates.

Turn them right side up and quickly pipe remaining chocolate in a zig zag motion over top the shamrocks.

Top with chopped pistachios and sea salt, and finish with the edible gold glitter.

Place them back in the fridge for 30 minutes to fully harden.

Sea Salt & Pisatchio Dark Chocolate Shamrocks | Posh Little Designs

They are ready to enjoy!

Sea Salt & Pisatchio Dark Chocolate Shamrocks | Posh Little Designs

This is such a quick treat to make and an easy way to elevate plain dark chocolate. You can display these shamrocks on trays or cake stands at your St. Patty’s Day celebration, or package them up and give them away as a bit of sweet good luck for your friends and loved ones.

More on the way soon!

xo

This specific recipe for Salted Pistachio Dark Chocolate Shamrocks was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2015.

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Super Bowl Party Popcorn


It’s officially Friday and we’re now just two days away from the most exciting night in football…not that I’m counting or anything. Do you have big plans for the Super Bowl? Mine are actually pretty low key. I’ll be hosting a small group at my home but I still have plenty of prep work ahead, so my goal is to keep the menu fairly simple. This can sometimes (or all the time) be pretty difficult for me, considering that I’m not really a simple gal, but I’m relying on many of the recipes I created at last year’s Super Bowl celebration, which will definitely make things much easier on me.

Since I’m from the PNW and a serious Seahawks fan, I want to be able to make ahead as much as possible, so I’m able to relax and actually enjoy watching the game come kickoff.  If you can relate and are looking for last minute treat and snack ideas for Sunday, I have you covered with this simple party popcorn recipe.

All you need is a few quick ingredients and M&Ms in shades of your favorite team’s colors. Warning….this will require some color sorting, but it’s totally worth doing to achieve a team themed look! If you have kids at home, sorting is a really fun job for them to take part in.

I cannot forget to mention the DIY miniature footballs. Seriously how adorbs right?! They literally take seconds to make and although tiny, they add so much festive fun to recipe and a taste that’s touchdown worthy!

Super Bowl Party Popcorn | Posh Little Designs

Super Bowl Party Popcorn

Sweet and salty popcorn mix made with coconut oil, almond butter, M&Ms mixed nuts and pretzels. perfect party food and for celebrating your favorite team during Super Bowl Sunday! Go Hawks!!

Ingredients/Supplies

Popcorn Popper (I own one and love it but you can also make your popcorn on the stove or in the microwave.)

1/3 organic popcorn kernels

1/4 cup coconut oil

1 tbsp orgnaic smooth almond or peanut butter (I use Trader Joes brand)

1 tsp agave nectar

3/4 pretzel bites (TJ’s pretzel sesame squares were used in this recipe, but any pretzel will do)

3/4 cups mixed nuts

1 medium sized bag of regular chocolate M&Ms sorted (colors blue, green and brown for the Seahawks)

mini paper serving cups

Super Bowl Party Popcorn | Posh Little Designs

Super Bowl Party Popcorn | Posh Little Designs

Instructions

Make popcorn in popcorn maker. While popping melt your coconut oil in the microwave, or on the stove for 30 seconds. Once melted, add in your almond or peanut butter and agave nectar to the oil and stir until completely blended.

Mix together popped popcorn and mixed nuts until fully incorporated.

Pour oil/butter mixture over the top of your cooked popcorn and mixed nuts. Stir well until coated.

Add in pretzels and stir to incorporate.

Set aside for 30 minutes so the popcorn mix has time to set, then add your colored chocolate M&Ms.

While your popcorn is setting, you can make your mini footballs. Instructions below!

Serve your party popcorn in individual containers for your guests.

Grab and enjoy!

Super Bowl Party Popcorn | Posh Little Designs

DIY Mini Footballs

Mini chocolate footballs made using brown peanut M&Ms and piped white chocolate for the laces.

1 oz white chocolate

sorted brown peanut or almond M&Ms

sheet of parchment paper

1 ziplock bag

Instructions

Place all sorted brown peanut or almond M&Ms on a sheet of parchment paper (M side down).

Place your white chocolate in a heat-proof bowl and microwave in 30 second intervals until melted.

Pour melted white chocolate into a ziplock bag and snip the tip. Make sure that the tip is small enough to create a thin line on each M&M.

Holding your hand steady, pipe one straight line down the center of each peanut M&M.

Complete the look of the football laces by piping 3 crossed lines over the straight center line.

Allow 1 hour to dry.

Once M&M footballs have dried, place one to two in each individual container of party popcorn for a winning finishing touch!

DIY Mini Footballs | Posh Little Designs

Super Bowl Party Popcorn | Posh Little Designs

So honored to watch our hawks play again this Sunday! Their energy is truly incredible and I can’t wait to see them on the field! I’d love to hear what your plans are for Super Bowl Sunday and I hope you give this recipe a try.

Happy Friday and GO hawks!!

Much more to share soon.

xo

This specific recipe for Super Bowl Party Popcorn was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2015.

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Cherry & Coconut Dark Chocolate Cups (V)

Hoping you all had a fabulous weekend! I’m finally feeling better and now that I am, I’m realizing that I’m a little far behind. Seriously! I cannot believe that January is almost over. Of course that means Valentine’s Day is near, so I’m wasting no time jumping in to the themed posts and breaking out the dark chocolate. Yes today’s post is all about dark chocolate and some other delightful fruit pairings to go along with it. Dark chocolate candy cups, with pink fruit filling to be exact. I really don’t think it gets more hearts day appropriate or fitting than that…but for a few extra Valentine’s day points, all the ingredients in today’s post are all natural and free of gluten and dairy, making these chocolate delights a perfect any time treat, even great for sweet gifting as the holiday approaches.

Tuesday is looking better already!

Coconut Cherry Chocolate Cups | Posh Little Designs

Cherry & Coconut Dark Chocolate Cups (V)

Coconut Cherry Chocolate Cups | Posh Little Designs

Homemade candy cups made completely free of dairy and gluten, with a crisp dark chocolate outer shell and a tart and creamy coconut cherry filling for Valentine’s Day or any day. 

Ingredients/Supplies

4 oz premium dark chocolate

1/3 cup organic cherry preserves

1 cup shredded flaked coconut

1 tbsp almond milk

20 mini paper cups

1 piping or ziplock bag

blender or food processor

Treat bags and washi tape

Coconut Cherry Chocolate Cups | Posh Little Designs

Instructions

Coconut Cherry Chocolate Cups | Posh Little Designs

Arrange your 20 mini paper candy cups on a tray.

Blend together cherry preserves, coconut and almond milk until a thick paste forms.

Place your dark chocolate in a microwave or double boiler. Heat in 30 second intervals or over the stove until completely melted.

Pour chocolate into the ziplock/piping bag.

Fill the bottom of each candy cup with melted chocolate.

With your hand, pick up each chocolate filled paper cup and drop it lightly on a solid surface to distribute the chocolate evenly. Repeat this step for each candy cup.

Take 1 tsp of cherry coconut filling and form into a small ball using your fingers.

Place each cherry coconut formed round into the center of the chocolate bottomed candy cup leaving space around each side. Repeat this step for each piece of candy.

Pipe chocolate over the top of each candy cup until filling is completely covered.

Again pick up each cup and drop it lightly on a solid surface to evenly distribute chocolate.

Repeat this step for each piece of candy making sure no filling is showing.

Place in the fridge and chill for 1 hour.

Once chilled, these are ready to enjoy!

Coconut Cherry Chocolate Cups | Posh Little Designs

Since I’m loving gold and metallics so much these days, I quickly decorated white treat bags with a tiny gold, silver and bronze hearts. Placed two candy cups in each little bag, and then finished them off with a piece of pink chevron washi tape. Such a cute and simple way to dress up ordinary bags for hearts day gifting.

Coconut Cherry Chocolate Cups | Posh Little Designs

Have a lovely Tuesday!

I’ll have a Super Bowl XLIX related post to share here later this week!

Thanks for reading.

xo

This specific recipe for Cherry & Coconut Dark Chocolate Cups was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2015.

All Images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2015.