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Double Chocolate Banana Bread

Double Chocolate Banana Bread

First things first, let’s just get one thing straight: eating chocolate for breakfast is perfectly acceptable when there’s fruit mixed in. Like this Double Chocolate Banana Bread. Totally breakfast food. Second thing: sometimes one type of chocolate just isn’t enough. For these special occasions, you’ve gotta go double or go home. Just trust me on this one.

Double Chocolate Banana Bread

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Hawaiian Bark with Kona Coffee, Macadamia Nuts & Coconut Flakes

Hawaiian Bark with Kona Coffee, Macadamia Nuts and Coconut Flakes

Chocolate Bark is a sneaky treat. See, it sounds fancy. But in reality it’s so easy to make that I’m almost embarrassed to share this Hawaiian Bark recipe with you. Almost

Chocolate bark is basically a homemade candy bar – topped with all your favorite ingredients. Pretty great, right? There are lots of great bark combinations using nuts, dried fruit, cereal, cookies and more. But I’m pretty predictable, and couldn’t help but top my latest creation with some of my favorite Hawaiian treats: Kona Coffee grounds, toasted macadamia nuts, and of course, coconut. 

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Salted Chocolate Chunk Macadamia Nut Cookies

Salted Chocolate Chunk Macadamia Nut Cookies

My parents divorced when I was just a baby. WAIT – this isn’t a sad story, so don’t leave. See, they both remarried and had more children. After a few years, my father moved from Oahu to the Big Island, and I became what he likes to call  their “back and forth kid.” I spent weekends bouncing between airports to see my two families. Between the time I was 5 and 12, I flew as an “unaccompanied minor,” which meant my parents were able to walk me onto the flight (back in the days that your family could walk you to the gate, instead of leaving you at security. Remember that?!). Oh, and I had to wear those clip-on wings (which were embarrassing for longer than they were cool). Another perk was that I was almost always bumped to first class. See, when you’re a cute 5 year old with a Hello Kitty suitcase, and you fly every other weekend – and you’re probably the youngest member of the Aloha Airlines frequent flier club – flight attendants know you.

In first class, the inter island flights used to serve little packs of macadamia nuts. I’d spend the 26 minute flight sucking on the salty macadamia nuts. I never actually ate the nuts, and I’m sure I didn’t spit them out so discretely. Gross, I know you guys. But kids are weird.  I’m sure the flight attendants and the other first class guests – who had actually paid for their seats – thought I was a little nuts. Um, no pun intended.

Salted Chocolate Chunk Macadamia Nut CookiesSalted Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

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Pumpkin Pie Stuffed Chocolate Cupcakes for Childhood Cancer Month

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I don’t know about you, but I know the seasons are changing based on Pinterest trends. That, and I’ve noticed holiday wrapping paper at our local grocery store. I suppose that’s a sign of the times, but all I want to do is enjoy the end of September while it’s still here, and NOT think about the upcoming holidays. There are so many fantastic things about early Fall that I don’t want to miss… like crunchy leaves, crispy mornings, and pumpkin-everything.

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Baked Coconut Donuts with Chocolate Almond Glaze

Baked Coconut Donuts with Chocolate Almond Glaze

Baked donuts do not taste as good as traditional fried donuts.

There. I said it.

Buuuut they are a great healthier alternative for donut lovers, like myself. I’ve been experimenting like a mad scientist with my donut pan to find a baked donut that’s up to par. And let me tell you, it hasn’t been easy. I’ve thrown away more batches of donuts than I care to admit. My Baked Margarita Donuts were a win, but a girl can only have tequila at breakfast every so often. Thankfully, I found another recipe keeper: Baked Coconut Donuts with Chocolate Almond Glaze.

These donuts aren’t just good; they are insanely good. You literally wouldn’t know they are baked. They are extravagant and rich. And the roasted almond chunks deliver the necessary crunch of traditional donuts that baked donuts seem to be missing.

Baked Coconut Donuts with Chocolate Almond Glaze

And the coconut-chocolate-almond combination is totally reminiscent of Almond Joys – which happen to be my favorite candy bar. I don’t eat them often, but then again, you can’t eat Almond Joys for breakfast.

Melting Hot Chocolate Souffles

chocolate soufflesThere is a fancy schmancy restaurant chain in Hawaii called Roys. Growing up, it was reserved for super special occasions, like my 21st birthday dinner, and our engagement celebration. Roys is known for its fabulous seafood and tropical cocktails, but the item I most look forward to is their Chocolate Souffle.

Have y’all had one of these warm, goey bowls of chocolate overload? It’s kinda like the best brownie you’ve ever had, warmed up and filled with chocolate sauce. In the restaurant, you have to order the souffle at the same time you order your dinner to allow the chef time to whip one up. So, naturally, you spend dinner thinking about dessert. But, it’s so incredibly worth it.

chocolate souffle 2Imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon THE Roys Chocolate Souffle recipe. I thought about throwing it away to save my future waistline, but instead am posting it here to live on forever. Mwahaha. There are still a few months before bathing suit season, right? Oi.

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